This week, all 150 participants are invited to contribute media about our week at the Teach the Teachers Collaborative in Ojai. Teachers in grades 4-8, from all over LAUSD, have come to learn how to integrate technology into their science curriculum, mostly using podcasting. In the past, one person was designated as the one to stay up all night the night before our last day to create a movie of all the photos and sound bytes from the week. Now, we are using the internet to have everyone contribute content, which will go into a slide show that can be played on the final day.
We decided to use a new (to us) program called Cellblock to send pictures to our group picture slideshow. The online application is very easy to set up. You create an email address within Cellblock to which contributors can send their photos and short movies (under 10mb). They can email from their cell phone or thier computer. The images show up almost immediately in the slideshow. There are varying levels of privacy and security. What a great tool for our use this week!
We’ll be using Gabcast to leave our reflections about the learning that’s taking place this week. Gabcast is an easy to configure tool that you can set up for any kind of collection of audio recordings. Gabcast has a toll free number that contributors call. You set up a channel number and password that is used in the phone call., and the recording is added to the “podcast”. What’s nice is that individual recordings can be downloaded as .mp3′s to add background music or remix.
User contributed content is easier than ever, now that we have tools that allow us to easily contribute photos through email and recording voice through calling a simple phone call. Using the cell phone to contribute this content is a great way to model how this powerful technology could be used in the classroom.