Thursday, March 24, 2016

Get an Insiders’ Look at the the S.T.E.A.M. behind Madden NFL

Join Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins for an all-access pass inside EA SPORTS

Discovery Education, EA SPORTS, and the NFLPA have joined forces to give your middle school students an insider's view of EA TIBURON (where the magic of Madden NFL is created). Join the EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers team to see S.T.E.A.M. in action: we'll meet the animators, producers, engineers, and designers who create some of the world's coolest games. You'll even get to see one student experience the motion capture process, with a special surprise result!

Good for athletes and mathletes alike, #MagicOfMaddenVFT is your chance to join Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins as we travel beyond the classroom walls and into the game!

April 14, 1:00 PM EST


Ask the Coach
Don't forget to submit your students' questions ahead of time and Kirk Cousins or EA SPORTS may answer them during the live event. Questions can be submitted HERE.

Prep the Team
Before the virtual field trip, explore a variety of educator resources at EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, including an educational interactive developed for grades 5-9.
Be sure to share why you're excited using #MagicOfMaddenVFT!

reposted from Discovery Education

Friday, March 11, 2016

#MACUL16 Movie Making McGyver Session Wrap Up

maculThanks to everybody who came out to my Movie Making session this morning. I loved the enthusiasm lots of people shared and I was blown away by all of the great tips shared in the slide deck of tips and tricks. Please email, tweet, or text questions or ideas this morning or the post generated.

Attendee creativity lower thirds slides  - Introduction in Google Slides of how just a picture can totally ramp up your experience. Make a copy and tweak them for yourself.

Attendee generated slide deck of tips and tricks for creating video in the classroom - Note: I was completely blown away when I opened this after session. Great ideas all generated in 10 minutes at the end of the session. Please add yours even if you didn't attend the session.

We never quite made it to looking at this Google Site but please upload examples or share links to great resources to help other educators get ideas or examples of student/staff videos.

Other links and stuff I thought we would have time to cover but realized an hour is very little time.

Prelinger Archive at - Web based selfie cam and picture editor


Here are links for my EdCamp MacGyver video making session from last weekend.

iMovie Fifth Grade Book Reports

iOS Apps for mashing up movies
Avid Pinnacle Studio Pro
Action Movie FX
Path On - Swipe To Type


Video Story Problems
Preserving History
Caterpillar Nurse Cam
Covering Hawkeye Sports

Practical example of using the Shooting Gallery

Formative Assessment/Screencasting
ShowMe app - ExplainEverything - Educreations

Only you  can prevent Vertical Video Syndrome

Green Screen Effects Folder - VeeScope Live

Dave Tchozewski - Green Screen Resources

Keynote Animation Project from Linda Dong

Monday, March 7, 2016

"Participation Medals Are Not the Real World": the Wit and Wisdom of Curt Schilling

Last night I had the opportunity to visit my alma mater Hillsdale College and the kickoff to its "Sports and Character" symposium.

World Series MVP Curt Schilling was the speaker and leadership was his primary theme. Schilling is best remembered for his bloody sock in Game Six of the ALCS in 2004. A lot was made of the courage it took for Schilling to pitch with an ankle tendon sutured in place and that he was a hero to the long suffering Red Sox nation.

"I only did what I thought every one of my teammates would have done," Schilling stated. "In our world the words 'hero', 'great', and 'courage' have really been diminished." He also mentioned that he had never been more at ease on the mound and credited a casual conversation with God that eased the nerves and any doubts about the ankle holding up. "That night I had a moment of true faith. Never in my life was I more relaxed and enjoyed playing the game more."

Most of the night's talk was a set of stories of both sporting and personal highs and lows. It's quite evident that Schilling has taken every experience and learned something that has either helped him grow or is something he can share to help others grow as well.

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Here are some quotes on a number of topics that give insight into the wit and wisdom of Curt Schilling.

On parents who push their kids too much in sports: "If you make your kid love a sport they will quit the minute you can't make them love it anymore."

On the "real world" that the college students will soon face: "Participation medals aren't the real world." and "If you leave your house every morning waiting to be patted on the ass for a job well done, it's not going to happen. That's because the rest of the world now is too busy waiting to be patted on the ass for a job well done."

On becoming the first team in Major League history to come back from a three games to none deficit in the 2004 American League Championship Series: "I told my teammates down 0-3 that we don't have to win the next four games. We don't have to even win the next game. All we have to do is win the next at-bat and the at-bat after that and we'll be fine. Just focus at the task at hand."

What I found most applicable to my career as an educator was the time he spent talking about leadership and accountability.

"Anyone can be a leader but there are so few true leaders."

"Leaders get paid to produce. Everyone else gets paid to work."

"You can get a job anywhere but it is really hard to find a place where you are inspired everyday. That's what real leaders do. They inspire people who are excited to come do what it is they do everyday."

On lessons in accountability he learned from the failure of his 38 Studios video game company and the $50,000,000 he lost of his own money in the venture.

"When you put your head on your pillow there's no escaping by making excuses that losing the 50 million was somebody else's fault...If you want to know what accountability is try having to tell someone their job no longer exists because of your mistakes."

Another part of the talk that really resonated with my life as a technology teacher and a dad of a daughter. A year ago Schilling began receiving an onslaught vulgar tweets directed at his daughter Gabby. Using his tech skills, Schilling tracked down the trolls and contacted their parents, bosses, and colleges. Several of the trolls were college athletes and immediately were cut from their respective teams.

"4 kids lost $140,000 of scholarships for 140 characters."

"It's hard to explain to kids 'forever' because the Internet is forever."

All insightful thoughts. Probably the best thing that Curt Schilling modeled on Sunday night in Hillsdale is that you can be a world famous professional athlete but you still face the same ups and downs and trials that everyone else faces. The key is to learn from each of those trials and grow.

An hour well spent.


Saturday, March 5, 2016