Archive for January, 2011

Video Links

Here are the videos created so far for the course.

Futureshop Entry

Website Intro


Final Due Dates

  Greatest Hits Course Reflection
Abdulkadir Abdi Friday Monday January 31st
Neel Amin Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Christopher Avetikyan Wednesday Friday, January 21st
James Chaves Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Yoav Cohen-Rimmer Friday Monday January 31st
Anzella Gasataya   Friday, January 28th
Steven George Wednesday Friday, January 28th
Sasha Haber Friday Friday, January 28th
Jenny Hoang Thursday Friday, January 28th
Paul Huynh Friday Friday, January 28th
David Jo Thursday Friday, January 28th
Paul Kim Friday Monday January 31st
Igor Kizejev Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Jina Lee Thursday Friday, January 21st
Aaron Lefler Thursday Friday, January 28th
Nico Leone Friday Friday, January 28th
Shayan Masood Friday Monday January 31st
Tal Milman Friday Monday January 31st
Vlad Popa Thursday Friday, January 28th
Akiva Reiken Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Lindsay Rosen Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Noah Schafer Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Ariel Shain Friday Friday, January 28th
Anna Toronova Thursday Friday, January 21st
Ilnar Ulan Uulu Thursday Friday, January 21st
Calvin Ung Wednesday Friday, January 21st
John Wang Thursday Friday, January 21st
Alan Wu Thursday Friday, January 28th


Final Assignments

There are two summative tasks (besides the blog) for this class. You cannot begin these projects during class time until your project manager has confirmed that you have finished all work on Project 3.

Task One: Greatest Hits Presentation

Goal: Design a 5 to 10 minute multimedia presentation composed of your “greatest hits” from our class.

Due Date: Presentations will occur Wednesday, January 19th to Friday, January 21st

Format:  Multimedia. Possible examples include a movie, PPT, Jing, VoiceThread, spoken word, podcast or a combination of media.

You will be presenting in class; however, you may prerecord all of your presentation if you are not comfortable speaking in front of the class.

All technology must work during your presentation.  Be sure to check to see that it works before the day of your presentation.

Requirements: Your “Greatest Hits” will be combination of skills and projects from the entire course. It must include:

  • 2 examples from your placement
  • 2 examples from projects 1, 2 and/or 3
  • 1 other example from class – i.e., Staples Contest, Blog Entries, Enriching Technology Assignment

The rest is up to you!

Task Two: Course Reflection — To be negotiated on an individual basis.

The course reflection is part of your summative mark in the class.  It is a written assignment.  For each of the three categories, choose one question to answer. While there is no specific word count I am looking for, aim for 250 to 400 words per question.


  • Full sentences, proper spelling and grammar
  • Content that demonstrates a high degree of thought and reflection on your experiences in the course.
  • Specific examples to support your points

Submission Method

  • Either a Google document (be sure to share it with me) or a blog post on your blog.

Course Reflection Questions

General Course Experiences

a)       What part of the course did you enjoy the most? Why?  What part of the course did you enjoy the least? Why?
b)      What skills (technology and non-technology) did you develop?  How will these skills help you in your future pursuits?
c)       What did you struggle with in this course? Why did you struggle?

Areas for Improvement

a)       What changes could be made to the assignments in the course next year? Be specific.
b)      What changes could be made to improve the placements next year? Be specific.
c)       What advice would you give future IDC students? Be specific.
d)      This year the course focused on primarily on web 2.0 tools.  What area of technology should be focus on next year? Why?

Technology in Education

a)       Do you believe that technology can improve education by increasing student engagement in class, increasing student understanding of class material and/or improving student results?  Use specific examples from your own experience or your placement to support your ideas.
b)      A teacher is reluctant to invest the time and energy it takes to use more technology.  What would you say to this teacher to convince him/her that using technology is worth the effort involved?

Bonus Question

One of the main differences between this course and many others, besides the lack of tests, is the potential to do more than is expected of you.  At any point do you demonstrate superior leadership, involvement or commitment to this course that you would like me to take into consideration when determining your final grade.  Please be specific and clear in describing what you did and why it went ‘above and beyond’ the expectations of the course.

New Course Mark Breakdown

Based on the time, effort and importance of the projects completed in this class, here is the new mark breakdown.

Term Work (70 %)
Project 1 5%
Project 2 10%
Enriching Technology Assignment 10%
Placement 25%
Project 3 20%
Summative Tasks (30%)
Blog 10%
Greatest Hits Presentation 10%
Course Reflection 10%

There will be no more blog entries for the year.  The entries that you should have completed in the second half of the course are as follows:

All of these entries should be finished and posted by now.  I have been tracking them.  You must be finished all fixes to the structure and layout of your blog by Wednesday, January 12th.

Placement Wrap Up (Ariel, Shayan and Ilnar)

Teacher: Mr. Carpenter (geography department)
Subject: Geography
Technology Used: Google Earth, Jing, Camtasia Studio 7, Wolfram Alpha, Gapminder



Mr. Carpenter asked our group to find a way to incorporate the grade 9 geography ISP into Google Earth. We researched Google Earth, as well as Wolfram Alpha and Gapminder for research. We created a tutorial video to teach the class how to use each tool. Ariel researched Google Earth, Shayan researched Wolfram Alpha, and Ilnar researched Gapminder. We each created a video, and put them together using Camtasia Studio 7.


As we recorded Jing videos for each webtool, we had trouble with converting the jing videos into AVI format. We needed to convert each video into AVI or any other common video format in order to combine the videos, and further upload them to youtube. To research and find a tool that would convert our video for free was the hardest and most time consuming aspect of this assignment. Although it was completely unrelated to the placement project, it introduced us to technology such as Camtasia Studio that basically converts and records video into a common format.


Here is the tutorial video:


Portfolio Piece:

We decided to further our project by creating a sample ISP that contained most of the details required by the rubric. This is the video that describes the different components of the sample ISP and how we did it.


Abdul Abdi Placement Wrap Up

Teacher: Ms Pettie

Subject: English ESL D

Technology Used: Jing, Prezi and Google Docs


When we first meet Ms.Pettie she asked us to help incorporate technology into her classes especially her ESL D English class. She also told us that her ESL D class was reading Romeo and Juliet and they would have two assignments, a comic strip and acting out a scene from romeo and Juliet. Tal and I told her that for the comic strip assignment they could use a program called Bitstrips and they could record their scene from the play and edit it using Windows Movie Maker. So , Tal and I decided that I would prepare a presentation on Bitstrips and he would make one for Bitstrips. We both made our presentations on Prezi and incorporated Jing videos into them. We then went to MS.Pettie’s ESL D class and presented our Prezi to them and we also gave them some time to get familiar with each program while we walked around and helped and answered any questions.

Possible uses in other classes/subject areas:

Bitstrips and WIndows Movie Maker could be and I assume are already used in most Media arts and Grapic Design classes. Also, most English classes do the same comic strip and acting out a scene assignment, so bitstips and Windows Movie Maker could also be used in there as well. Also students in almost all classes ( English, Social Science, Science, Languages and Business) could use Windows Live Movie Maker  to create videos that could help make a  more entertaining and captivating presentation. In conclusion, there is the ability to use these two softwares in most subject areas.

Portfolio Piece:

Actual Piece: