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On this page, visitors will find multimedia projects developed by Mr. Arbaugh using a variety of programs and applications. These projects can be used for 21st Century teaching and learning. A link is provided to download the project to use as an example, as well as a link to the technology tool itself. Lesson plans are also provided for some of the projects to help show possible classroom contexts for the tool. Remember, it's not always about the tool...it's how you and your students use it!


Technology Tool
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Description
Examples
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
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Although many students and educators are familiar with this tool, this recent version of PowerPoint makes interactivity much more achievable. Embedding videos, sounds, and hyperlinks is simple and user-friendly. A teaching suggestion for this tool is to set up an interactive game template, and fill it in with content about a plethora of topics. Students could also use the template to create their own review games.
Example interactive game developed using PowerPoint 2010. The game helps reinforce 5th grade science standards in the areas of forces and motion.

Example lesson plan outlining the use of the above activity.

Windows Movie Maker
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Often thought of as movie editing software, Windows Movie Maker can also be used to create photo slideshows. Simply import pictures and add background music, transitions, effects, and title overlays. A teaching suggestion for this tool would be to present information on a topic in a brief and interesting way. Students could also create their own photo slideshows, teaching others about an assigned topic.
Example photo slideshow using Windows Movie Maker. This slideshow shows the early years of my new puppy, Seamus.

PicMonkey
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There are many picture editing programs out on the web, but this is one of the few that doesn't require the user to create an account. Who needs another username and password to remember? PicMonkey is very easy to use, and creates professional-looking photo collages with many choices for layouts, effects, and text overlays. A teaching suggestion for this tool is to have students share memorable events with others.
Example PicMonkey collage about my educational trip along the Freedom Trail in Boston. Click on the image to enlarge.
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Camtasia
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Camtasia is the ultimate software for screencasting! It allows users to record their screen, showing everything the user clicks, opens, or modifies. The program also records the user's voice, making it useful for creating video tutorials when trying to explain steps taken on a computer. A teaching suggestion for this tool is to create video tutorials for common steps students or staff members will need to take on computers. The program does cost money, but there is a free one month trial.
Example screencast created using Camtasia to show staff members how to create an assignment in their Pearson PowerSchool gradebooks. The link is a PDF file that contains a written tutorial, as well as a link to the screencast.

Glogster EDU
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Glogster EDU is a web-based application that allows users to create digital posters. There are many initial templates to choose from, with lots of editing features. Embedding multimedia is very simple and makes the poster a hub for information presented in many ways. Students can easily use Glogster to create a poster about a topic.
This is a Google Doc lesson plan showing how students can use Glogster to report on a topic. This specific lesson requires students to present information on an English colony, while trying to persuade classmates to come to their colony.
English Colony Glogster Lesson Plan

This is a Google Presentation that gives visuals for the above lesson plan. Student Glogster examples are included in the presentation.
English Colony Glogster Lesson Plan Presentation