Monday, April 7, 2014


screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audionarration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.

We will be using Screencast-O-Matic  a web-based program for this class.Screencast-o-matic  is an easy to use, Javascript based program  that records your screen. If you don’t have any Java issues (as I always seem to), all you need to do is click “Record” on the website, and it will begin to record your screen or webcam for you. This product offers two options: a free version and a paid version ($15/year). The free version allows users a maximum recording time of 15 minutes while the pro version offers unlimited recording time, a variety of upload options, and no watermark. All of the video editing tools, screenshot tools and a few other things are also reserved for the paid version.

The assignments are posted in our class site here 
Here are a few examples from last semester
  1. Customizing your Blog link  (By Nashoba Student - Julia)
  2. Organize your Google Drive link  (by Zak)
  3. Using Google Presentations link (by Katie)
Article and tools edudemic 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Curating with Flipboard and Pinterest

Students are learning to curate information this week, using Pinterest and Flipboard. As an example for the class, I created a multimedia book.  See below:


View my Flipboard Magazine.

 and Pinterest Follow mmarotta's board Multimedia on Pinterest.

Mrs. Offt's Board

NOTE: Tips to post Pinterest to Blog Directions

To create your own widget for Pinterest, go here
You need to have the URL of you board (example
You can copy it to a Blog Post or better yet add as a gadget to your sidebar!
Visit Linda Offt's profile on Pinterest.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Digital Footprint - Current Event Assigment 4 - Twitter (Week ending March 28th)

This week's Digital Footprint topic is the appropraite use of Twitter and consequences.

Below is a tweet sent out by a High School Senior
Pembrook player stripped of an award after sending
out an inappropirate this week.

  1. Read the article comments and watch the video
    Note additional article
  2. Go to your blog and create a post called Digital Footprint Assignment 4 Twitter.
  3. Reflect on the article on your blog.
  4. Do you think the punishment fits the crime and why?
  5. Be prepared to discuss in class.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Digitalfoot Priont / PSA Assignment 3

Create a Powtoon (PSA Public Service Announcement) on one of the following topics:

Options for Topics:
- Digital Footprint / Internet Safety
   (Note: Themes, Elementary, Middle, High School and College Job Ready)
- Communication the School's new Mission Statement (ICARE)
- Promote a school club
- Propose your own idea!

1. Having a Positive Digital Footprint (Example using THINK before you post!) 

2. Cartoon Option

3. Post the PowToon/Cartoon to your Google Site and your BLOG
    On your student Portfolio - Reflect on using the tool and would you recommend or use again.
    Explain the purpose of your PSA, provide the embed the code and provide the link.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Digital Footprint - Assignment 2

In your Blog please post Digital Footprint Assignment #2

Pick one of the three current events and reflect on your blog.
Respond/comment on two classmates blog and provide feedback.

  1. Is the law keeping up with Technology?  What are your thoughts about the change in the MA law with 'Upskirt' ban in Massachusetts signed into law - CNN  Fri March 7, 2014Please read the following article and watch the video.
  2. Review the "12 Things Student Should Never do on Social Media 
  3. Is there a current event you around social media that you would like to discuss?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014