These are my notes from David Jakes’ presentation “Creating Immersive Learning Environments with Mixed Media” at the 12th annual Palm Beach County Schools Technology Conference. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. Official session description is:

This session provides participants with an understanding of how to design interactive and immersive learning environments by blending together a wide variety of different online media. Participants will have an opportunity to examine media rich resources that can be blended together through the use of embedding techniques. Participants will then learn how these resources, along with primary source content and more traditional online resources such as Web sites, can be combined together with contemporary learning platforms such as wikis and Google Earth to create dynamic learning environments for students.

Everything today is on jakes.editme.com/immersive
I am very enthused about these tools we’ll use today to create customized learning enviorments

Let’s rethink the way we share content today, and consider new ways to remix it

2 platforms today
– wikis
– Google Earth

4.3 million images on Flickr now

Now a full day of content is being uploaded every hour to YouTube
– social media growth is amazing

Today we will use:
– SlideShare
– Google Streetview
– Issuu
– Scrbd
– Jing
– VoiceThread
– Dipity
– RSS
– Etherpad
– iPadio
– delicious
– Slide.com
– Wordle
– and more….

These are all sites that accept content from everybody
– we can remix and redirect it to meet our instructional needs

1 – ID instructional need
2- Get media
3- design and mix together in the platform
4- create the learning environment

The ability to mash up these pieces of content

Define literacy
– traditionally that is reading and writing

Jason Ohler” “Being literate in a real-world sense means being able to read and write using the media forms of the day, whatever they ay be…”
– we are talking about communication

Donald Leu: Do you see the Internet (and web 2.0) as a ‘context in which to read, write and communicate?’

New context for literacy today: The Web
– teachers can really relate to and buy into this idea: same goals for literacy, but a new context

Transliteracy: The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms and tools from orality through print, TV, radio and film, to networked digital media (from Socialtext)

This gets to the question of what it means to be literate” in 2010

All of these tools produce EMBED CODE

teachers design instruction: that is what we do every day
– now with this process we have deeper resources to tap into

wikis allow us to have a website that anyone can edit

what do server stats say about when kids are online at sites like these (wikis)
– kids come on at 9 pm, stay on till about 1:30 am
– we track this in our district

We are excited in our district about leveraging online entertainment time into online learning time

Creating Immersive Learning Environments with Mixed Media by David Jakes

Also will create with Google Earth
– placemarks
– think of placemarks as “containers for content”

I can teach you to create content in Google Earth in about 10 min

Now showing a series of images to activate

If I needed to teach cellular devision () I could just lecture about it

or I can say: Cancer is runaway cell division
– describe tumor growth, invasive development, etc….

I am framing this content (cellular devision) in the conext of a real world idea: Cancer
– so the students’ challenge in groups is to come up with a plan to explain cellular division
– I will provide a wealth of resources via my wiki for students to use
– then I facilitate their work

Elements in the wiki resource tool I’m providing:
– Critical Reading
– Media Platforms
– Resources
– Process: examples
– Embedding Etherpad sites
– Online HTML Editor
– much more…

All of these are on jakes.editme.com/immersive

I was 4 year old when JFK was assassinated
– when I visited Dealey Plaza I was overwhelmed with thoughts of what happened there
– I can’t take kids to Dallas, but I can create an immersive online enviornment for students to experience that place and the history/issues of the time

David’s JFK immersive lesson is on immersivemedia.wikispaces.com/Kennedy+Assassination

Now showing in Google maps how to navigate straight to a location using Google Street View (drag person icon from zoom bar off onto the map)

There is an “x” on the street in Dealy Plaza for the location on the street where JFK received his fatal head shot

WikiSpaces handles embed code from all sorts of sites VERY well
– I AGREE, THIS IS A BIG REASON TO USE WIKISPACES TODAY INSTEAD OF GOOGLE SITES. SITES IS MUCH MORE RESTRICTIVE ON EMBED CODE WHICH CAN BE USED.

MY QUESTION IS: AS TEACHERS CREATE THESE, ARE THEIR GOOD OER (OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES) PLACES TO LINK/POST THESE, AND WAYS TO READILY LICENSE THE WORK UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS?

David’s district used EtherPad all the time
– iEtherpad now works
piratepad.net

With Etherpad you can put a directory name after the Etherpad

We do a “fishbowl” activities

Etherpad OPTIONS let you remove and add colors as well as line numbers
– there are IMPORT / EXPORT options

Etherpad is free and very straightforward to setup
– no way we know of to restrict access other than using a cryptic URL others can’t guess

Sneaky thing for Etherpad: Use this custom Embed code

THIS IS A GREAT TRICK!!!

I NEED TO TAKE NOTES FROM THE GREAT WAYS DAVID ORGANIZES AND SHARES HIS WORKSHOP CONTENT…

Aside: Chicago River course direction was reversed historically so it flows now into the Illinois River instead of Lake Michigan

Now embedding a video about Asian Carp (a huge problem) into a Google Earth document

Now showing how you can create a FOLDER for placemarks within Google Earth

I NEED TO FIND OUT ABOUT WAYS TO GENERATE GOOGLE MAPS / GOOGLE EARTH VIEWS OF VIDEOS WE HAVE IN CELEBRATE OKLAHOMA VOICES

Last tool David is sharing:
Dipity lets you create timelines that you can share with the world. You can share the latest news, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Twitter and more.

WOW, ANOTHER GREAT SESSION FROM DAVID JAKES. I LOVE GEOGRAPHY MASHUPS LIKE THIS. DAVID IS A MASTER-LEARNER AND A FANTASTIC PRESENTER. SO MUCH TO LEARN NOT ONLY FROM HIS CONTENT/IDEAS BUT FROM HIS STYLE AND METHODS. GREAT WEBSITES OF RESOURCE MATERIAL. 🙂

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