Thursday, March 13, 2008

Open (and Fast!) Professional Development

I gave a session at the IL-TCE conference at the end of last month (that seems so long ago!) on "Building Your Professional Development Network" using Web 2.0 tools. A couple of days before the conference I "Skyped" Darren Draper in Utah and asked if he had a video that I could show on the "open professional development" program that he and Robin Ellis had created. This is a project that uses the "open" tools of the web to teach the open tools of the web, and I felt it would be a great way to showcase the opportunities of Web 2.0.

Darren did not have a video, but he promised to put one together in the next day for me to show--since he felt it would be a good thing to have just in general. The following video is what Darren produced, and their was an audible gasp from the audience when, after showing it, I told them it had been recorded and produced in just one day. Once again, Darren and his cohorts provide a great model for the positive potential of these tools.


  1. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for sharing this... It's really cool! I'll be checking out the wiki shortly.

    Do you know what program they used to create the video? My district is entirely Linux/Open Source. If I wanted to create something like this, can you recommend a program?

  2. Hi, Tracy!

    Kudos to your district. Wow. What district is it? I'd love to make contact with someone there, or to talk more with you.

    I've not done a lot of video editing with Open Source tools (none, really), but here's a list of programs to start with, courtesy of

    Video editing

    * Avidemux
    * AviSynth
    * Cinelerra
    * DScaler
    * DVDx
    * GNU VCDImager
    * Jahshaka
    * Kino
    * LiVES
    * Mpeg2Schnitt
    * VirtualDub
    * VirtualDubMod



  3. Hi again,
    I'm in School District #73 (Kamloops/Thompson) in the beautiful Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Actually, when I joined Classroom 2.0 on Ning you sent me a message and said that you were planning an interview with Gregg Ferrie from our district. He kind of spearheaded the whole Open Source movement in our district. My school moved to a Thin Client model this past November. It's working really well. Ask away if you have any questions. I'll answer what I can.

    Thanks for the video editing info. I'll have to look and see if our techs have already installed any of them for us and test them out. If they haven't, I'll pass along the list and see if they can make them available. I appreciate the help!



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