Seminars

Multimedia

School Newspaper, Digital Cameras, and Podcasting

Video Editing Made Easy

Digital Camera Workshop, Camera Tips and Curriculum Building

Available by Fee

Digital Camera Workshop for Special Education

Explore the Universe of Assistive Technology!

School of Photography and Podcasting

School of Podcasting (Fee: $349/person)

Beginning School of Photography -- Photography Basics and Building Projects (Fee: $499/person)

Beginning School of Photography -- Photography Basics, Field Trip and Building Projects (Fee: $499/person)

Advanced School of Photography-Advanced Photography, Field Trip, and Animation Workshop (Fee: $799/person)

Multimedia

School Newspaper, Digital Cameras, and Podcasting

Target Audience: All Levels and Special Education

Platform: Mac/Win, 4-8 hours.

Level: Basic and Intermediate

Get your students involved in developing your school’s newsletter, and watch your public outreach grow!  We’ll pass out digital cameras and walk through some great hands-on tips and tricks for taking better photographs.  Explore sports mode and learn how to reduce blurring in action shots. Discover panorama mode where we’ll shoot a series of photographs in a 360° circuit. Transfer the images to the computer and “stitch” them together into one incredibly long image for your newspaper’s banner. Switch over to the computer and create a one-page newsletter. Develop the masthead, set up columns, and add digital photos. Learn how to craft advertisements using angled text and graphics. Next, we’ll plug in a standard microphone and turn our newspaper into a podcast.  We’ll use our speaking voices to create a podcast that announces upcoming events, then invite parents to tune in and listen. Attendees receive a manual packed with project ideas, a copy of Tool Factory Workshop (worth $199), plus a subscription to Elementary Zone.

Video Editing Made Easy

Target Audience: Grades 2-12 and Special Education

Platform: Windows, 4-6 hours.

Level: Basic

Get out your director’s chair and start a video project in your classroom. Make commercials, run a digital storytelling project, or develop newscasts. Click-and-drag skills are all that’s necessary to create and edit videos projects. You don’t even need expensive video equipment! We’ll use a simple handheld “digital still” camera to capture short video clips. Then transfer the clips to the computer’s desktop and simply browse for the files.  Video clips can be easily dropped onto a timeline and then played back in sequence. Crop out the best video footage, add transitions, text titles, sound effects, and narration.  We’ll mix-in photographs, add titles, and select transitions.  Discover some great resources for copyright free photos and music.  Save your final project as a movie. Explore how the video editing software can be used for claymation projects. Your final project will be a clay-animated cartoon. Attendees receive a manual, sample software, plus a subscription to Elementary Zone.

Digital Camera Workshop, Camera Tips and Curriculum Building

Target Audience: All Levels and Special Education

Platform: Mac/Win, 3-8 hours

Level: Basic and Intermediate

Come to this rowdy seminar and find out what you never discovered about your digital cameras! Get fantastic tips on taking higher quality photographs for your student projects, newsletters, and yearbooks. Take the sports challenge and find out how to take better action shots. The instructor will guide you through a series of photography assignments covering panorama, zoom and super-macro. Then together we’ll explore an extensive photographic library and build some of our favorite curriculum projects created by teachers in these training labs. Construct a report that includes narration and sound effects. Use a paint program to enhance your images by creating frames and adding special effects. Smudge out a frame, stamp down a border, and email your creation to your pen pal. The instructor will walk you through some impressive projects that can be done with simple mouse clicks. We’ve loaded each computer with a great library of photographs to get you started. Learn about a great online showcase that allows you to easily share your work with peers! Get strategies on implementing a system-wide training program for your school or district. Learn how to procure digital cameras through training budgets, and lower your “total cost of ownership” across district by standardizing the technology. Attendees receive a step-by-step photography manual packed with project ideas, a copy of Tool Factory Workshop (worth $199), plus a subscription to Elementary Zone.

Available by Fee

Digital Camera Workshop for Special Education

Target Audience: Grades K-8 Teachers and Special Education

Platform: Windows/Mac, 1-8 hours

Level: Basic

If you are working with visual learners, you’ll know that photographs can provide an incredible way to reach selected students. Discover a myriad of ways to use digital images in special education. Take photographs of all the people, places and things that bring a positive response from your students, then build learning activities that utilize these images. Begin at a lower cognitive level with Picture Builder. Browse for a single photograph, then touch the screen to make it slowly reveal. Anticipate what’s coming next and hold discussions on the content of each photograph. Build a puzzle from a digital image to hone matching and ordering skills, then increase the difficulty to progress. Place a photograph on the face of a slider puzzle to work on problem-solving skills. We’ll show you how to activate a “sound switch”.  Students who can only make simple vocal utterances, will be able to play a myriad of learning activities that develop the use of voice through extended sounds, tone, pitch, and volume.  Explore cause-and-effect activities that develop timing skills and targeting.  Using a collection of photographs, we’ll play the Touch It game, where photos fly across the screen in pre-selected speeds and directions, giving students the opportunity to capture them with a touch. Travel up the cognitive spectrum and build a mnemonic memory aid for difficult spellings. Browse for a photo, write your own mnemonic, and even record your voice speaking the mnemonic in rhythmic tones. Wrap up with some confidence building activities using a paint program. Open a photograph, then use blurring, blending and smudging techniques to create vivid images with simple mouse strokes. Frame a photograph, stamp down borders, and even create wrapping paper from photographs. Wrap up by building a photo-rich report with speech feedback and narration. Your visual learners will excel!  Get a great manual and free copy of Tool Factory Workshop (worth $199).

Explore the Universe of Assistive Technology!

Target Audience: Grades K-8 Teachers and Special Education

Platform: Windows/Mac, 1-8 hours

Level: Basic

Experience a hands-on exploration of assistive technology. Journey into a wide array of hardware and software programs, and identify powerful new ways to reach your students with special needs.  We'll demonstrate a myriad of input devices, designed to work in tandem with software for skills building and literacy development. Try out pressure-adjustable switches, then explore a switch-adapted reading reinforcement program for phonics development. Plug in two types of trackballs and feel what it’s like to access the computer with only the tips of your fingers. Look at a touch screen overlay and then play the Touch It games to develop targeting, tracking, and timing skills. Grab a mini-mouse and imagine you have small hands. Then try out a paint program that develops click-and-drag skills and decision-making. Learn about mounting devices that make computer usage possible for students with motion issues. We'll even show you how to use a microphone to control character movements during game play. Learn how to set up each device, discuss when to use each one, then experience firsthand the software that complements each assistive device. Discuss situations where each tool can make a big difference in achievement. Play games, make music, and practice literacy skills! This is a great session to get a general overview of many available software programs and hardware devices in context. Find out how and when to best use assistive technology. Free switch-accessible phonics software (worth $70) for every attendee, great printed manual, plus a subscription to www.elementaryzone.com.

School of Photography and Podcasting

School of Podcasting (Fee: $349/person)

Target Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Education, and New Podcaster

Platform: Win

3-6 hours

Level: Basic

Each attendee receives an Olympus WS series Digital Voice Recorder (worth $100) ideal for daily classroom or field trip recording, Olympus Noise Reduction Microphone (worth $20), Tool Factory’s Simple Guide to Podcasting Book (worth $20), Clip Art Station subscription account (worth $35) and Tool Factory Podcasting software (worth $100).  Learn create podcasts and use all the necessary equipment that will get your students jumping out their chairs for more!  The Tool Factory trainer will give the basics of how to podcast using Tool Factory’s Podcasting software and in minutes you will be creating your very own podcasts!  More detailed training will include instructional use of the microphone and digital voice recorder.  Later, using Tool Factory’s Simple Guide to Podcasting book, the trainer will cover aspects, unknown to most podcasters, such as copyright information and acceptable use policies.   Come with curriculum objectives in mind and leave satiated with podcasting classroom applications!

Beginning School of Photography -- Photography Basics and Building Projects (Fee: $499/person)    

Target Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Education, and New Camera Users

Platform: Mac/Win

3-8 hours

Level: Basic

Each attendee receives an Olympus FE series, 7.1 megapixel digital camera (worth $250) ideal for daily classroom shooting. This camera features 12X zoom, macro mode, panorama, and video.  Plus receive a detailed digital photography book, lesson plan packet, and a free copy of Tool Factory Workshop (worth $199).You'll be taking quality photos for yearbooks, newspapers, flyers, lab reports, worksheets, presentations, bulletin boards, and much more! Construct a report that includes narration and sound effects. Use a paint program to enhance your images by creating frames and adding special effects. Smudge out a frame, stamp down a border, and email your creation to your pen pal. The instructor will walk you through some impressive projects that can be done with simple mouse clicks. Come and explore various camera features, learn about storage formats, and decipher the often-cryptic terminology you’ll encounter when learning about a digital camera.  We’ll cover the basics of digital photography, and practice using resolutions, zoom and macro. Learn about the rule of thirds, leading lines, and foreground interest. Complete a series of mini-photography assignments, transfer the pictures to the computer, and touch them up. Edit your images, improve lighting, and eliminate red-eye. Then we'll show you how to create a one-click slide show, and build impressive worksheets with your digital photos. Add captions to photographs, and turn a photographic scene into a background with clip art characters for story writing. For math and science, we’ll create a photo-enhanced database and spreadsheet. Finally, we’ll build a more serious report that integrates photographs, text, video, and sound effects. Come prepared to experiment!

Beginning School of Photography -- Photography Basics, Field Trip and Building Projects (Fee: $499/person)

Target Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Education, and New Camera Users

Platform: Mac/Win

6-8 hours

Level: Basic

Each attendee receives an Olympus FE series, 7.1 megapixel digital camera (worth $250) ideal for daily classroom shooting. This camera features 12X zoom, macro mode, panorama, and video. Plus receive a detailed digital photography book, lesson plan packet, and a free copy of Tool Factory Workshop (worth $199).You'll be taking quality photos for yearbooks, newspapers, flyers, lab reports, worksheets, presentations, bulletin boards, and much more! Construct a report that includes narration and sound effects. Use a paint program to enhance your images by creating frames and adding special effects. Smudge out a frame, stamp down a border, and email your creation to your pen pal. The instructor will walk you through some impressive projects that can be done with simple mouse clicks. Come and explore various camera features, learn about storage formats, and decipher the often-cryptic terminology you’ll encounter when purchasing a digital camera. The instructor will guide you through a series of mini-photography assignments covering resolutions, zoom and macro. Get up to speed on camera basics and get answers to questions as they arise. Transfer the pictures to the computer and edit your images, improve lighting, and eliminate red-eye. The instructor will guide you through building a “one-click” slide show. Then create impressive worksheets with your digital photos. After lunch, we’ll take a field trip to (organizers select field trip location)  where we’ll take photographs of (field trip events).  (Insert descriptive sentence of the place we visit). Learn firsthand about the rule of thirds, leading lines, and foreground interest as the instructor shows you quick tricks to improving photo composition. We’ll return to the training lab and wrap up by building a final project using the photos we just shot. Submit your final project to the online showcase (optional) and share your work with your peers after the workshop! Come prepared to experiment, and bring your walking shoes!

Advanced School of Photography-Advanced Photography, Field Trip, and Animation Workshop (Fee: $799/person)          

Target audience:  K-12 Teachers With Good Computer Skills

Platform: Windows

6-8 Hours

Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Each attendee receives an Olympus 8 Mega Pixel digital camera (worth $650) ideal for the yearbook or photography department. Camera features include: 15X zoom, super-macro mode, panorama, video, audio, and sequence shooting modes.  Attendees also receive a detailed digital photography manual, lesson plan packet, plus a free copy of MultiMedia Lab V (worth $99).

If you want a high-end camera for the yearbook or photography department this is the seminar for you. We’ll explore the difference between digital and optical zoom, then demystify resolution versus compression, and explore nuances of macro photography. Get composition tips, and complete a series of mini-photography assignments as we explore each camera feature. Transfer the pictures to the computer, and touch-up your photographs. Get tips on cleaning up red-eye, eliminating imperfections, and cropping images. After lunch, we’ll take a field trip to (organizers select field trip location)  where we’ll take photographs of (field trip events).  (Insert descriptive sentence of the place we visit). Get photographer’s tips on the rule of thirds, leading lines, and foreground interest as the instructor shows you real time tricks to improving photo composition. We’ll return to the training lab and use our photographs to build websites and photo-rich animation projects. We’ll show you how to import a photographic backdrop. Then construct a path animation, by inserting a character and giving it a multi-point path to travel around the scene. Insert more paths to create a moving photography montage. Use the “Sprite” builder to create a virtual flip-book out of photographs. Shoot 3 frames of animation and assemble them into a looping Disney-style cartoon. We’ll even manipulate clay figures along with a digital camera, to create a mini clay-animated sprite. Finally, we’ll show you how to bring all these project together using MultiMedia Lab V and post them on the internet.  No beginners please.