This morning I shared a presentation titled “Multimedia and Social Web School Publishing Exemplars” with educators gathered at the University of Oklahoma for the Oklahoma RTNDF Multimedia Workshop. Many thanks to Tammy Parks of Howe, Oklahoma, for getting me involved with this GREAT summer learning opportunity for teachers. After my presentation, Dr. Syb (“The Multimedia Maven” who leads the Journalism Program at Belmont University and is the professional lead for this RTNDF workshop all week) interviewed me briefly using TwitCam. This was the first time I’ve heard of or seen TwitCam – it came out last week and is tied to LiveStream, which used to be Mogulus.

Interview 30 July 2009 at OU in Norman with Dr Syb, "The Multimedia Maven" :-)

Here is the embedded six minute video on Twitcam – by default autoplay is turned on, so I tried (unsuccessfully) to turn autoplay off by adding autoplay=”false” to the embed code.

Dr. Syb also interviewed me about social media and storytelling, and posted the video to YouTube and her blog. She used a Flip camera for this interview.

Dr Syb’s bio (which Tammy Parks sent me) is:

Sybril Bennett is a professor at Belmont University in Nashville. Dr. Bennett is a two-time Emmy award winning television news journalist. Her professional career started at WISN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s worked behind the scenes at CBS in Chicago, Illinois and at CBS in Nashville, Tennessee. She has also been an on-air reporter/anchor/talk show host at CBS in Nashville. In between her stints as a full-time journalist, Sybril earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and electronic journalism from Marquette University; a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Loyola University Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include: Digital Media Convergence, the Black Identity in the Media and the Media and Higher Education. She teaches Mass Media & Society, the Journalism Practicum and courses related to Television News reporting.

It was a privilege to be in the workshop for just a half-day, I wish I could have been here all week! Here is the Twitter search stream from the workshop, using the hashtag #okmm.

Comments from Carol before Tammy’s presentation:

3 rules of journalism:
1- Be accurate
2- Be fair
3- Be clear

That’s it! If you go to journalism school and get a degree, those three things are the core of what you should learn.

These are some notes I’ve taken from Tammy Parks‘ presentation, “If The Tool Fits, Share It.”

Ben Franklin: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished”

Students are connected, content creators
– how are you challenging your students

John Dewey: “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”

Hall Davidson: “About the only organizations that have a ban on cell phones anymore are the Taliban and your local high school.”

Cellphones in the classroom

Visual story idea generator (use photos for this)

From Darren Kuropatwa: Think and say “I can use [this] to teach [that]”

Now discussing Google Docs

Video: Teachers and Principals Talk about Google Docs

Aaron Manfull has a great post “Using Google Docs With High School Journalism Publications” writing on JEA Digital Media

Idea: ask your students to become “tutorial designers” using free Jing software

The “A-Ha” moments of my students who interviewed others in different cities and states was the biggest learning moment of my “Collaboration 2.0” project. In a school of 175 students (total) you get tired of interviewing your principal over and over!

Skype in the classroom

Find more videos like this on Celebrate Oklahoma Voices!

Comments from a participant:

2 approaches of using technology
1- show a tool and ask how we can us it
2- ask what your vision for a project, problem or task is, and then find the tools to go do those things!

When someone asks if you can do it, say “sure I can” and get busy figuring out how!

More from Tammy:

Collaborative partnerships can be wonderful
– debates between students
– contacted Alan Kuke from CNN, he said:

Does your school allow Skype? We use that at CNN for communications with bureaus around the world… and it would be FREE!

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