Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Making Connections

It is amazing how many people are willing to help you. Working through the Library2Play activity this summer I commented on a post by a teacher in Australia who has recently started podcasting with her students. I told her about our project and she offered any help and suggestions based on her own experience. If you are interested in checking out her blog, it is Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age. Happy exploring.



  1. I am posting a transcript of my email conversations with Maryna Badenhorst, the teaching and learning coach from Australia, so that everyone involved can read her comments and check out the links she has shared.


    Our blog address is: http://northbrookms.blogspot.com. Thank you for the tips. We do have Photostory on our computers, so that will make it easy for us. Speaking for all of us, I know we’d love to set up a skype visit with you and/or some of your students. It would be so exciting for our students to have that opportunity. Our group working with the grant will be getting together soon to hash out our plans. We are currently on summer break for about one more month, but I can guarantee you will be hearing from us soon.

    Thanks again for the help and support.

    Hi again Gail
    1. I almost forgot, but if you are looking for photos, clipart, soundbites or music to use in your podcasts or vodcasts or blog pages, I kept a list of good sites that offer royalty free stuff, here: http://marynabadenhorst.globalteacher.org.au/royalty-free-stuff/
    2. You could also transform any PowerPoint into a vodcast using Photostory (software available as free download from the web), by saving the PowerPoint slides as JPEGs and then importing these JPEGs into Photostory. You can record your own voice or use other music with this software. Save product as a movie, download to USB for putting on any laptop or computer, or just put onto your iPod or MP4 player. Let me know if you would like to find out more about this application.

    Kind regards,

    Hello Gail
    Thanks for the great feedback! I am a teaching and learning coach and work with many teachers in many different schools. Would you guys like to hook up via skype in the future? We could make that happen if we could set the time (taking time difference into account!) Also, please forward your blog links so I can forward it to the schools, perhaps you will find some of our students or teachers here may leave comments for you over there. Blogs are a really good way of keeping a diary of the steps you took in your journey. Reading about it later always makes you feel good to see how far you've come, especially on the days you feel you have not achieved much.
    Best wishes. Remember I am just an email away! So don't be shy to ask questions.

    Have a fantastic day...

    "You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging the same hole deeper" - Edward De Bono
    This means that trying harder in the same direction may not be as useful as changing direction. Effort in the same direction (approach) will not necessarily succeed.
    Maryna Badenhorst
    Teaching and Learning
    Loddon Mallee Region - Echuca
    Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
    Email: badenhorst.maryna.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
    Web: www.marynabadenhorst.globalteacher.org.au
    Twitter: marynabadenhors
    Mobile: 0439 14 888 7 

    From: Dunn, Gail
    Sent: Wed 15/07/2009 12:26 AM
    To: Badenhorst, Maryna M
    Subject: podcasting help

    Thank you for your generous offer to help us in our journey to begin podcasting. I have posted a link to your blog on ours so the other teachers involved here can visit your site and get some background. We would be grateful for any insights you have to share. You have just found some new subscribers half way around the world. I think our students will be fascinated to know we are communicating with other countries as well. Thanks again.


  2. Hello Gail
    How is the podcasting journey going? I recently posted some screenshots of "How to create a Photostory using an existing PowerPoint's slides", and if you are interested, here is the link: http://marynabadenhorst.globalteacher.org.au/2009/09/07/digital-stories-using-photostory/ You will also see a link on this post to another page on my blog where more info is given re digital storytelling, namely http://marynabadenhorst.globalteacher.org.au/videos/video-creation/digital-storytelling/ I also featured two inspirational videos made using this method, here http://globalteacher.org.au/2009/09/27/inspiration/ I hope you are having wonderful success and that your journey is full of adventure, as would fit your name "21st Century Knights". Feel free to email me with questions or comments. Kindest regards, Maryna Badenhorst

  3. Maryna,
    Thank you for thinking about us. It took us a little longer than we anticipated to get our equipment in and get things set up to start. We have one class using our new iTouches this week and we are working on a schedule so each of us involved in the program can have an opportunity to use the devices we ordered. We just received our new netbook computers which will enable us to get things posted on the web. We will certainly be checking out your links and using your tips to help us get started. My broadcast and journalism classes are finally about finished with their first actual news stories, so I’m hoping I can get them up as podcasts quickly. It would be nice for the students to get to post something soon.
    Gail Dunn

  4. Hello Gail

    I am just wondering how your podcasting went? Are you still creating digital stories, and if so, what have you found to be beneficial? I am now running my own tutoring business, and am still creating short, targeted teaching videos for students to help them remember basic Maths or English strategies. Hope things are going great at your end.
    Kind regards from Down Under,
    Maryna Badenhorst