The Nightmare of Social Networking (And of seeing yourself on film)

Besides the fact that I DON'T LIKE how I look in this film (I'm hitting the gym this summer), my student Jamie C. did a nice job with this film for horizon on Social Operating systems.

It was just featured on the home page by AFI Screen Nation (to enter the contest you have to be in the US, although any student anywhere may still submit videos. Who knows, a real Hollywood producer or actor may even leave you a message!)

He is trying to highlight the evolution from social networks to social operating systems and I think he's done a nice job. (Even if he did have to use me!)

This is an example of a film that was made in tools I would never have “prescribed” if I truly was a “prescriptive” computer science teacher. He used Paint (for animations,) PowerPoint (for jpgs), Movie Maker, Audacity (to remix Beethoven), and a webcam (to grab his teacher for a quick interview.)

Good job, Jamie! If you want to peruse more videos, drop by the Ning where they are being uploaded as fast as chickens fly away from a fox. If you want to join the Ning and comment, just let us know who you are, and join in the feedback process for the videos. Judging will start soon!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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skip zalneraitis May 17, 2008 - 2:04 pm

My compliments to the student ‘auteur’.
Your practical etymology about ‘friend’ should be mandatory reading for at least the ‘next gen’ or social OS people.

Suzanne May 17, 2008 - 3:13 pm

Such a nice job! My students do a few little movies so I can appreciate the work going into that. Please pass along my compliments! And you look younger there (IMHO)than in your web site picture, so don’t be discouraged!

Beth Ritter-Guth May 17, 2008 - 3:31 pm

This is awesome! Please give the student a warm set of applause!

P. Fjeldstrom May 17, 2008 - 7:30 pm

Wonderful job to the student! Although Paint is not always the best option, students do tend to love its easy-to-use features as I have notice by my students playing around on it in their spare time a lot. Kudos to trying this type of video – I love how it is a mixture of a real interview and a “fictional” character – I loved the Facebook monster – I laughed so hard because it really does feel that way sometimes – like it will just eat you alive! That metaphor can be applied to so many technology based items today. I hope more people will begin to feel comfortable trying and using these online tools and not feel like they are being eaten alive!

Pass my kudos to the editor/maker of the video – great job!

Thanks again Vicki!
Priscilla F.

Glen May 18, 2008 - 11:24 am

“Good job!” to your student and thanks for your insights.

It would be nice to have some more specific terms for online relationships.

Then again, some terms have survived the transition from real to virtual, like “money”.

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