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Are you challenging your students with engaging multimedia assignments?

Designing Multimedia Projects

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This course is currently closed, but will be offered again! Please join the wait list to be notified when enrollment opens!  

It’s 2018. Do your classroom assignments feel like 1996? 

As technology in the classroom has become more common, the options you have for creating engaging assignments have improved. 

Are you taking advantage of the technology in your classroom:

  • Are you allowing students to choose how they demonstrate their learning? 
  • Do you allow students to share their work outside the classroom? 
  • Are your assignments predominantly text-based?
  • Are you asking students to design, reflect, and improve their work?  
  • Do your assignments measure student growth? 
  • Do you struggle with digital grading and feedback? 

Designing multimedia projects is a 5 week course through Google Classroom in which you will explore ways to incorporate audio, video, and image based assignments into your 3-12 classroom.  

I will work with you throughout the course and will answer questions and provide personal feedback on a weekly basis. My goal for this course is to help you discover new ways to challenge and prepare students for their future.  

Note: this is a intermediate / advanced course. It is recommended that you be familiar with Google Drive and Chrome Apps and Extensions before taking this course. You can view my introductory courses here

Course Details

  •  Start Date: February 19, 2018
  •  End Date: March 25, 2018
  • Platform: Google Classroom
  • Skill: Intermediate / Advanced 
  •  Cost: $99
  •  Register by CC or PO

We'll use Google Classroom for the course to keep things simple. Register and get immediate access!

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Course Outline

Planning your Project

During our first week together we will select a topic for which you will design a multimedia project. We’ll discuss the elements of a good project and look at common core standards that can be linked to these projects.

Working with Images

Images are the foundation of multimedia, so that’s where we will begin. This week I will introduce you to some of my favorite web-based image editing tools, share some project ideas, and provide feedback on an optional image assignment we will do as a group. 

Working with Audio

The 1930’s are sometimes referred to as the “golden age of radio.” Over time, audio has taken a backseat to video. That has recently changed, however, as a podcasting has become very popular. We will look at the benefits of audio-only projects and I will share some of my favorite audio recording and editing tools. 

Woking with Video

Students love creating video! Video requires mastery of both audio and images. A successful class video project requires careful planning and clear guidelines. Without these two elements you will have a mess on your hands! We will look at several outstanding video editing tools and you will have an opportunity to try your hand at a quick video assignment. 

Ealuating and Assessing Student Work

During our final week together we will address the challenge of evaluating student projects. We will look at several different rubrics and talk about growth-based assessment. Finally, each member of the course will share their project plan and we’ll set a date in the future to report back on how they went! 

Hey! I'm John!

John R. Sowash

I taught middle school and high school science for 6 years and was a high school principal for 2 years outside of Detroit, Michigan. During my time as a teacher I integrated technology into my classroom whenever possible. Sometimes it was great, some times it was a total flop! I now support teachers who are working to use tech in their classrooms. I write books, produce a podcast, and share free resources on my blog and website.  

I hope you will join me for this online cours. I look forward to working with you!  

Kind Words

"I have taken other courses that were just too technical and moved way to fast. Your class was perfect. I am not a "newbie" OR a "techy" but somewhere in the middle hoping to learn more every day. Your class was perfect as it was challenging enough but not overwhelming. Thank you." Mary Ann Keiser, East Hanover, NJ 

"One of the most focused and practical courses I have ever done. Every aspect was expertly taught with amazing tips from someone who is clearly a very experienced educator." Michael Drucker, London England 

"This class was definitely helpful. One of the benefits was taking this course with other educators. I learned a lot from reading their thoughts and comments, too." Ashley Hufnagel 

You Might Be Wondering...

Can I earn continuing education credits?

Probably! This course qualifies for continuing education credits in many states. Check with your adminstration to verify specific requirements. 

Michigan teachers are able to earn up to 4 state SCECH credits for completing this course. Additional registration and work may be required.

Is this just another lousy online course?

I certainly hope not! I have worked hard to make this course practical and actionable. This is NOT an automated course. I will be participating in the course throughout the week; answering questons and personally working with the entire group. You can look at the tesimonial section (above) to hear what others are saying.

Can I pay by purchase order?

Sure! Visit the course registration page and look for the PO option. Your school will receive an invoice for your course registration. A PO number is required before you can join the course. 

Why are you charging $99? 

Creating an quality online course requires a tremendous amount of time and preparation. I feel the price is reflective of the value that I am able to provide. 

How much time will I spend on the course?  

Each week has a different focus consisting of 4 parts (learn, practice, share, connect). Each component is designed to be completed in 15-20 min. So expect about 1 hour of classwork work each week.

What equipment / tools will I need?

As long as you have a computer running the current version of the Chrome web browser you will be able to fully participate in the course. I will mention some items that you may wish to purchase for your classroom, but they are not required. 

How long will I have access to the course? 

Forever! The course will remain accessible indefinitely, although after the end-date I will no longer be active in the course.

I can't take the course right now. Will it be offered again? 

Probably. If you would like to be notified about future courses, click here.  

What if I have questions or get stuck? 

If you have any issues or concerns, you can connect directly with me via email. My contact information is available in the “about” section of Google Classroom.

I'm not a "techie" person. Is this course for me?

Sure! If you are eager to learn, I am excited to work with you! Google Clasroom is easy to use and I will be with you the entire time! 

Do I have to design a class project?

Only if you want to! I hope that you will implement the ideas from the course into your classroom, but how and when you do so is up to you.  

Are the tools mentioned in the course all free? 

Everything I recommend in the course is either free or “freemium.” I never recommend a tool that requires payment in order for it to be used. The freemium products I recommend can be used successfully without a paid subscription.  

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