Friday, September 27, 2013

This is Tim

My friend Michelle Green asked me recently to share a vision of what a day in my life as a connected educator looks like for her team's Connected Educator Month activities. She didn't give me any specifics on what this needed to look like, but she did give me a pretty tight deadline of a few days.

My initial brainstorming for this project went in a lot of directions. I thought about screencasting examples of how I connect throughout the day. I wrote a blog post as well, but I didn't like the feel of it. The first-person voice sounded wordy and self-congratulatory. Honestly I was at a bit of a loss.

How do you show what being connected is and why it has value? I eventually landed on the question, "How would Disney explain this?" My answer: They would tell a story and make it visual." I'm sure they would do a better job than I did, but I'm glad I came to this approach. It allowed me to simplify the ideas and remove myself from the topic.

This is what ended up with:

I had fun with this project. I wrote a script first. Then, I illustrated that script as I thought it would take shape as I read it. I used the Explain Everything app on my iPad to do the illustration and record it as I went. Explain Everything is available on both iOS and Android.

Next I recorded the script using GarageBand and exported the file as an MP3. The audio ended up being 1:33.

After that, I exported the illustration movie and brought it into Camtasia 2 for Mac to edit the dead spaces out and to speed up the process to match the length of the audio. In all, I took a twenty minute video and edited it down to a minute and a half.

I realized at the end that I hadn't ended with the full illustration in view, so I exported a picture from the final illustration in Explain Everything to my computer and imported it into the Camtasia video project.

I brought in the voice audio, then found a piece of audio of comparable length in GarageBand, exported that, added it to the Camtasia project, ducked the music audio and changed the tempo to perfectly match the rest of the project.

I really enjoyed creating this video. It wasn't difficult to do, but it did involve problem-solving, creativity, working outside of my comfort zone, and using tools together that I hadn't blended in the past.

I wonder what students would come up with if we gave them a similar open-ended project to acheive within a time-frame.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it.


  1. I have to say thanks again, Tim! I cannot wait to promote your project and the other Indiana Connected Educators who were willing to create models for the Day in the Life of a Connected Educator Challenge. I knew I asked the right people when every one of you responded with enthusiasm even with so little information! You are sure to (1) inspire other educators and educational leaders to get connected and (2) motivate other connected educators to create their own project to share as part of the National Connected Educator Month. I look forward to reading other's comments. Hurry up Oct. 1 so we can get this challenge officially underway!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I really did have a lot of fun working through this challenge, and as always, I'm excited to be part of the amazing things that the IDOE eLearning team are building around great Digital Age teaching and learning. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. Loved this project! Thanks for sharing the why and the how of the project. Lots of possibilities for student projects with these tools.

  3. Thanks, Eric. I'd love to see any student projects that you might have kids create !