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Title: Blogging, YouTube

Blogging, YouTube iTunes for Instructional
For more in-depth information and resources go to
the web blog link below
These tools and techniques can be used as a
supplement to Blackboard / Moodleor any viable
onlinecourse management system
Blogging is a great way to supplement your online
classes and get students engaging each other on a
variety of topics. I incorporate student Blogs
into my 2nd year Photography Courses. Blogs can
also be used to keep journals, document
activities and projects, post articles, stories
and research for you and other students to view
and possibly respond to based on the parameters
you set for the course and the blog.
Benefits of Blogging How can it enhance my
Blogging is a great interactive tool for getting
students to write and share their images outside
the confines of the class. Its easy to create a
visually sophisticated web portfolio with or Blogger. Uploading photos is
easy, as is incorporating services like Flickr or
Photobucket into your blog. You can also embed
videos from YouTube, TeacherTube or Google and/or
your own YouTube Channel.
Instructional Design Process Implementation
Start with a plan for incorporating rich media
blogs in your classes.
Decide just how you want to incorporate Blogs
into your online / hybrid class. Dont
incorporate blogging into your course if it is
NOT going to contribute to student learning
and/or reinforce the course content that your
students are studying.
Once students have created their blogs and posted
a welcome message, pictures and a short biography
- give them an assignment and follow through by
posting a comment to their respective blogs to
start the ball rolling.
Web Blog Portfolios
All my 2nd Year Photography students create
Portfolio Web Blogs to compliment (supplement)
their printed Portfolios.
I make blogging an integral part of
myphotography / art courses
My students must post a link to their Portfolio
Blogs to our class Blackboard at the end of the
final semester before graduation. We begin
setting up the student blogs during the 2nd year
of our program.
Portfolio Blogs present a crosssection of the
students best work.
Students essentially have a web portfolio when
they leave our two year Associates Degree
Photography Program.
Photo Student Blog Example 1
Student Blog Example 2
Part II
Excellent Online Teaching Tool!
You Tube is an amazing video content resource for
instructors from all disciplines. Like the
internet, theres a lot of mediocre or just plane
bad content out there, however there is also a
wealth of excellent instructional videos that you
can embed into your online classes. As online
instructors we also must act as editors
(facilitators) and search for the very BEST video
content on the web then incorporate it into our
teaching strategies.
YouTube Instructional videos can be embedded
directly into Blackboard
Create your own instructional videos and upload
to YouTube - You can create your own channel and
then embed your videos into your classes.
Decide where you want to embed You Tube videos
into your online course and how you want to use
it and possibly assess that students are learning
something from it.2. Go to www.YouTube and search
for the subject matter that relates to your
course content. For example I teach Art
Appreciation and each week I search for a video
(videos) that reinforces and illustrates the
chapter from my text such as Prehistoric Art,
Egyptian Art, Greek Art, etc.3. Its important to
preview these clips to make sure you find the
very best (highest quality) videos that relates
to and reinforces your course content.
Once you have identified the video you want to
place in your course you will notice the
embedding code on the right of the You Tube video
and copy that code.  Then go to your Blackboard
(or Moodle) and paste it into either your
discussion board post, announcement, assignment
and/or course documents.
Once you do this you will see the YouTube video
box embedded directly into your discussion board
post or where ever you decided to place it. I
sometimes embed it in both the discussion board
and announcement page to make sure all the
students see and view it.
You MUST make sure the HTML toggle is activated
on the text editor ltgt before you click paste into
and submit. This will allow the video to play
directly in your online course.
Its important to preview these clips to make
sure you find the very best (highest quality)
videos that relates to and reinforces your course
content. Adding rich media content to your
total online and hybrid courses enables
instructors to reinforce techniques and concepts
demonstrated in the studio or in the field.
Podcasts and video content also tap into a
variety of learning styles.
Using Blackboard and/or Moodle Course Management
Systems as supplements to my Photography and Art
courses, I can teach from anywhere and deliver
(and assess) course content even if it is
hands-on photographic techniques. Student review
the posted podcasts, videos and screen casts then
post their own work based on the tutorials I post
for them that relates to the techniques we are
learning as a class.
Part III
iTunes has a built in RSS feed so whenever the
instructor uploads a new instructional podcast or
video podcast it downloads directly to all the
students who have subscribed to that instructors
iTunes U folder. You can either produce your own
instructional media and upload it into iTunes U
for your students or if you are NOT an iTunes U
college there is a vast amount of viable
instructional content that you can download and
incorporate (embed) into your course blackboards.
There are many benefits to being an iTunes U
college, however the process and set-up can take
from 6 months to a year depending on your IT
staff. Having a college specific iTunes U site
enables each department and course to have their
own folder on iTunes that can store podcasts and
enhanced podcasts that students can download to
their MP3 players.
Decide just how you want to incorporate iTunes
into your online class. Dont incorporate
podcasts and enhanced podcasts into your course
if this type of rich media is NOT going to
contribute to student learning and/or reinforce
the course content that your students are
Make sure you have iTunes loaded on your computer
and then go to iTunes and click iTunes Store
then iTunes U.  Once you have located iTunes U
you are ready to search for the podcast or
enhanced podcast / video that you want to embed
into your Blackboard or Moodle Class.  There are
thousands of FREE lectures and various
educational resources in iTunes you just have
to find the ones that best relate and compliment
the material you are teaching your students.
Free is Good!
Once it has completely downloaded to the iTunes
on your computer take your either drag it to your
desktop OR right click and copy it to your
desktop. You will see and MP3 or MP4 file on your
desktop. This is the podcast that you will upload
to your Blackboard or Moodle class. Now go to
your Blackboard and open the text editor where
you want the students to access (listen to or
watch) this podcast. Click on the 3rd icon bottom
left of the text editor (see below) and upload
that MP3 or MP4 if it is a video or enhanced
podcast with pictures. This may take a minute
depending on how large the file is.
You can set the width and height of the viewing
box if it is an enhanced podcast ( stay with the
defaults) if it is an audio files. You can also
click autostart and loop if you want the podcast
to start as soon as the students open the folder
or item. Be aware the longer the podcast the more
time it takes to upload it into your course.
Now the iTunes Lecture is Embedded into your
Instructional Video ExampleClick Here
Instructional Podcast ExamplesClick Here
Student Portfolio Podcast ExampleClick Here
Click on the Links in Chat Box located left of
your screen to review some examples from our
collegeYouTube Channel/
http// CCC
Itunes University Link Below http//www.carteret.
Please take 3-4 minutes for this
Resources for Blogging, YouTube and iTunes U
  • http// (My DL BloG)
  • http// (NC Tech Resource Center)
  • http//
  • (Apple iTunes Information and Application to be
    iTunes U
  • http// (Get Started Blogging)

Contact Informationfor the Mad Blogger
  • Skype ID Patrick_Keough