Saturday, November 19, 2011

MAC: Week #4 - Comment on Chuck's Blog

Chapter 9, Lighting a Spark was an interesting read, it discussed the possibility of generating a spark in someone else.  It may be to do something you want them to do, or it may be something that they should do.  In any event, it is the art of planting a seed, of lighting the first candle; of taking and having others take with you the first step.  A “no” may be a “no” but it should never extinguish your spark.  If someone does not want to participate with what you want him or her to do, you need to go onto the next.  

Chapter 10 dealt with “Being the Board”.  This chapter was somewhat confusing to me.  I understand the concept of wanting to take control over your life, but I found it confusing.  I will read it again and hopefully it will mean more to me.

Creating Frameworks for Possibility that is chapter 11 discusses great people who had a vision of the future and was willing to put all at risk.  People who are not willing to accept anything other then the best from themselves and the world.  They inspire people with passion instead of moving them with fear.  I found the story of the little girl and the teacher to be inspiring.  That teacher was not willing to let the little girl get harmed because of her lack of hair, so she changed the whole story in one night.

Telling the “We” story (chapter 12) is a great read, it discusses changing the story from me or I to us or we.  I may be the leader of the group, but we all share in the good and the bad.  All too often people spend their time trying to make themselves look good, stepping on people to get ahead.  People need to understand that if they bring everyone up, everyone moves up.  I had a boss 25 years ago, who inspired people to be the best they could be by using this type of thinking.  He was a master and a great man.  I recently spoke with him and it was great.  To this day, if I had a chance to work with him again, I would move to Los Angeles to work by his side.

Mr. Marc Hunt said...
Chuck, The "we: chapter was a good one I agree. I have also had bosses who lead us in that way and currently do. I have also had a boss who lead by fear or intimidation which made for a very stressful and poisonous environment.

Friday, November 18, 2011

MAC: Week #4 - Comment on Rosetta's Blog

MAC Week 4-BP1: Art of Possibility Chpts. 9-12

Zander and Zander stated, “Certain things are better done in person.” I love this line! I agree with its premise. There are times when a face-to-face is the best method to convey your true sentiment. “Enrollment,” that spark of possibility that you generate with your passion and being in the present. I am a firm believer in never being afraid to ask for what you want. The “worst” response you can get is a “no” but there is always that possibility of getting a “yes.” I know that this is the age of technology and that we have email, Skype, iChat, a variety of ways to communicate. But the turning point can be achieved in the way you present yourself in person. This can persuade and get a person to agree to do something that they had not even considered until you raised the point. A “no” may be an invitation to enrollment if new possibilities can be introduced that will spark a different way of doing things. Zander asking for the two quarters when they did not have change for the $10 bill.  Turned the “no” into a “yes.”

Cover: The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional 
and Personal Life by Zander & Zander 2000.
Zander and Zander also stated, “…the practice of enrollment is about giving yourself as a possibility to others and being ready, in turn, to catch their spark.” I really like this quote as well.
On a trip to New Jersey for a conference we checked into the hotel in the late afternoon. The hotel manager checked me into the hotel. He was visibly a bit irritated and a little weary. I chatted with him, got him to smile, and eventually laugh. I thanked him for his very courteous service and how welcoming he had been. The next morning in the hotel restaurant I was seated at the table about five of my friends, one of whom was short on funds so he was only having coffee. Well, the manager stopped by the table and greeted us. I smiled and asked why he was still working since he worked so late the evening before. He smiled and said he wanted to make sure our group was well taken care of before he went home. (He had been on duty all night.) I thanked him for his consideration. He then asked if there was anything he could do for me and I jokingly responded, “You can buy breakfast.” Much to our surprise, he smiled called our waitress over and told her that there would be no bill for our table. We all thanked him for his generosity. My friend who only had coffee was overjoyed and got to eat a full meal.

The story of “Anthony” the ten-year old who energetically conducted the orchestra bought tears to my eyes. I love it when we can give our children the opportunity to operate outside of the boxes in which society has placed them. They quite often exceed even their own the expectations if given positive encouragement.

The concept of “being the board” was interesting in that you can change your circumstances by changing your perspective and the way you handle the situation. Not taking the blame or assigning blame to someone else but looking within to change yourself and how you view things. Developing the “vision” that opens up the “sparks for possibilities” results in creating the environments that generate certain conversations. And of course relinquishing the “I” mentality and incorporating the “WE” mentality that looks at what is best for the whole and not just the individual. 

1 comments:


Mr. Marc Hunt said...
Rosetta, Great story about the conference in New Jersey. We both seemed as though the same parts of the book spoke to us. I also enjoyed the young boy being the conductor and especially how the $10 "no" turned to a "yes" with a sense of good feeling and better day for the three men.

MAC: Week #4 - PPP

My CBR project's big idea was motivation. I am a teacher of video and sound production in a career and technical school and motivation is a main factor that determines your success in the industry. My students are interested in becoming successful in the video and sound industry which is why I choose motivation. The presentation that I choose to do was to work with my original CBR group to present how we all used motivation to change behaviors in our students and various curricula. Some of the group members and I are pursuing a group presentation at a conference for KYSTE this spring, and I have already sent an email to the ACTE magazine, Techniques, about writing an article and also submitting my literature review for their May 2012 issue that deals with the topic of "Today's Student."

Here is the link to my Week #3 PPP Blog post.

Here is the link to my Week #2 PPP Blog post.

Here is the link to our group presentation. I have also embedded the presentation as well below:



I have also included a link to my presentation notes.

MAC: Week #4 - Reaction to Reading

This book for this course in previous weeks was a real quick read however, this week it seemed a bit drawn out with the examples the author used. I agree with him that they were necessary but I found myself hoping the concert with the young students would come and also end.

On a positive note, I thought the idea of avoiding the "downward spiral" by the use of enrollment was really quite good and also relatable. My job depends on how many students want to take the video/sound production course so this chapter gave me a sense of urgency for sure. I try to find the spark in the students and also those who come by to either shadow the class or even just drop in for a visit. I also try to look back at what my curriculum map has and be sure to update that each year in order to keep current with industry trends and also try to point those trends into the students interests. I can see how easy it is for people, teachers, and students can get into that downward spiral by saying no and not having a solution or even asking for a solution like the author did when he asked for the two quarters.

The other take away from the reading I had was "becoming the board." This was very interesting. Imagine how many of us could take some stress out of projects and life if we take ourselves out of the equations and figure out what the "player" was looking for. Cool idea and way of thinking. First I was a bit confused and list but when the conversation between yourself on how to get your boss to hear the ideas you have then made sense. For educators I am sure we are told too many times "no" on certain classroom ideas, but, if we find a way to bring up those ideas where we can show how it relates to the current school agenda or even state's changing standards then those conversation might actually gain more approvals.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

MAC wk #3: Comment On Jennifer Willaims's blog

Jennifer wrote:



Media Assest Creation: Week 3: The Art of Possibility Chapters 5-8

(FYI: This post should be read with a sense of humor and a southern drawl)
A book report alternative I make available to my students is to offer a gift to either a character in the book or the author, and to explain the reason for the gift.   And so, assuming this freedom, I would like to offer a trip to the Southeast to Ben Zander, one of the authors of the book, The Art of Possibility.  This gift has a dual purpose, first to recognize his extraordinary talents, but also to open him to an experience furthering his human development.

Kind Sir,

On your trip to the southeastern section of the United States, known in the western world as “The South,” you will discover people who will relish your storytelling talents and people who will challenge the way you portray yourself throughout your book, The Art of Possibility.   Prepare for the trip by packing an etiquette book.  Want a preview? You see, here in the South, when we respect a person’s skills, knowledge, or talents, yet feel it necessary to express disagreement, we present a critique in the form of a question.  Let me caution you that respect does not imply that we view said person as “omniscient”.  It merely means we respect her — or even him.  However, when said person portrays himself as omniscient and our experience argues otherwise, the respect we actually hold for that person regretfully declines.  By the by, as you seem inclined to rodomontade and thrasonical bombast, in The South you’ll find that the wise wait until they have something substantive to offer before they speak.  A conductor’s presumed status or self-regarding swagger will neither intimidate a southern audience nor elicit special consideration.  He shall only produce amused expressions. We benighted southerners have indeed a different way of viewing and greeting the world.  Just something to keep in mind, dear heart, as you plan your adventure to the South!

Too, as you brace for engaging conversations with southerners, consider that it’s not just the heads of hierarchies and large corporations who are shy to admit mistakes.  A keen observer discovers that nobody likes to admit mistakes — including store clerks, kids, housewives, the homeless, the drunken, the unemployed, and those too who work at cultural or philanthropic organizations.  It’s a common human trait, sadly, so perhaps you can tear a leaf out of your own book and bring it here with you. We’ll share favorite (that’s how we spell it here) passages, sip a Bourbon uncontaminated with water, and soon you will feel better. And better! You might gain a better balance and see things as they are. If you weep softly, we shall understand. 

Speaking of taking a leaf out of your book, bring the whole of Chapter 6 with you.  We here in the South will agreeably bless your efforts to not “take yourself so goddamn seriously.”  

Better still, bring sheet music of Stravinsky with you in your suitcase, play that most difficult violin piece, and tell the story attributed to him: “I don’t want the sound of someone playing this passage, I want the sound of someone trying to play it.”   Spontaneous humility and unpracticed sincerity might win back the respect you lost with the self-depiction of your omnipotence. 

But perhaps I err. You know we southerners have issues of our own. So if my perceptions are upside-down, like my pineapple cake, then might it be possible for me to take pupilage with you and learn the intricacies of your world-striding success and storytelling.

Still eager? Good! Now that your bags are packed, come on down, jump over your own fences, come inside, embrace southern culture. Oh, Ben. You might just realize that when we starkly see and acknowledge the layers of opinion, entitlement, pride, and inflation in ourselves, we are closer to clearing them away and being free than those who denounce and call for their eradication in others.  So we welcome you in advance to our gentle honesty and humble kitchens. You may not lose weight during your southern sojourn, given our delicious fare, but you may trim that profile. If you’re open to it, you’ll feel the connection. We look forward to saying, “Y’all come back!”

I responded with:

Excellent letter. I wonder what the recipient would write back to such an inviting and educated letter.

Great work.

MAC wk #3: Comment On Shawn McKweon's blog

For this week Shawn wrote:


Week 3 Reading Reflection


The reading this week, once again, was a big reinforcement for me on some quality issues. As a teacher, I love the idea of students teaching other students, as was explained during the anecdote about the student symphony orchestra that visited Cuba. It’s not only “teachers” who can teach, and sometimes the message gets lost when the connection is not there. Lessons can be more valuable from peers who are viewed to be in the same situation.

I must say, though ,that Rule #6 – Don’t take yourself so goddamn seriously, is so simple it’s brilliant. On a daily basis, I need to remind myself of this. I need to hang this sign on my front door, my office door, and my classroom door. There’s so many ways to go with this, but I’ll use my personal life. I have two sons, and 8 year old and a 5 year old. After dealing with the stresses of work all day, I come home to my family, and forget that it’s not always about the structure of a daily routine, that sometimes we just need to laugh and have fun. After the homework is done, the dinner is over, and dishes are cleaned, there is little time left to have fun. Some of the most amazing nights are when we, as a family, just say “forget it”, and figure out how to let go and have fun. Eat a simple meal, leave the dishes go, and have some fun.

In the seventh chapter entitled “The Way”, the authors tell us to “Include mistakes in our definition of performance.” As a lighting designer for live productions, I can only think back on a few memorable productions over my years that have been A+. In my mind, for a production to be flawless, it has to include everyone and everything- The artist performance, the sound, lights, even the audience enthusiasm plays a role. Many times I’ve finished a show, and out of the thousands of lighting cues that I triggered that night, I walk away thinking “I was late on cue 5 in the verse of the third song”. It amazes me that one bad cue can ruin my night, and the view of the production that night in my mind, but it does. While I strive for perfection on a nightly basis, I must also realize that one missed cue did not destroy the show for the thousands of people in attendance that night. It’s tough, because we want to be perfect, but it is such an unattainable goal, that we must not make that the only criteria for success."

I commented to Shawn by saying:
Shawn, I know what you are talking about in regards to getting things perfect, but you have to remember what da Vinci said: "Art is never finished, only abandoned." A live show is much like teaching. We only have one shot to get it right. But, our audience, our students, do not know if we really made a mistake or not, and should not influence the rest of our day or week for one bad "cue" or "note." What I am saying is that we always have tomorrow to make our lesson better and our students will be there wanting to see us try.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

MAC Wk #3: PPP

Next week we present so we have been researching and looking for avenues to get our hard work seen by other educators around the country. I am so happy that member of my CBR group have decided to work together on this presentation. We all come from various backgrounds and all teach much different curricula but we all had the challenge to use technology to change behavior. The behavior is motivation of the student.

The first conference that was found was in Denver for the AACE. This conference would be interesting to present at because we could discuss how the roles of the instructor and learner have changed regarding teaching strategies and learning environments, both traditionally and virtually. The second conference is located in Kentucky and is for KYSTE. The conference here focuses on collaboration. All of the individuals in my CBR group have a large amount of their project based on collaboration and we also can speak on the importance of collaboration form our experiences at Full Sail.

Lastly, I would like to attempt to wrote an article for the ACTE magazine, Techniques. This magazine deals with Career & Technical Education, which is what I teach for video and audio production. I am not sure as of yet if I want to do a short article or a longer academic piece discussing my CBR project and the different suing of technology in the classroom and increasing motivation.

MAC Wk #3: "Art of Possibility" WIMBA

I was unable to attend WIMBA on November 9th due to other commitments. I reviewed the archive thought about what I thought about the textbook we have been using in this class. I really have liked it. I think it may have to do with the fact that the author is a musician and that he uses a lot of references to music that I totally understand. Some of the other texts we have used in the EMDT program have been full of great information but not reader "friendly" for a lack of a better phrase.
My favorite part of the book, although I am not through reading the whole text at this point, was about having the students write a letter from the future about why they earned an "A." I love that idea! I was thinking about using that as my second quarter started but, then realized that my students might not take it as seriously as they would if it was the first day of school.
My second favorite part of the book was not taking yourself too seriously. At times, I think I try to plan too much and expect things to go as planned. In education, we all know that Murphy does show up and the whole class including ourselves may not be up for the task that day for a number of reasons. I have been known to be too stressed or get to impatient at home and this chapter again showed me that we need to breath, take it seriously, but not yourself or the outcomes of the day that seriously.

MAC Wk #3: Reaction to Reading

I have found that "The Art of Possibility" has been an interesting read and also a fast one.
This week I enjoyed hearing about the 'White Sheets" the author would give to the orchestra as a way for them to critique him and also communicate their needs. I found this part of the book to directly relate to the ADDIE model we have studied through the EMDT program. I have always put value into the evaluation and and have began to use this method in my class as well. During the year when the students are given progress reports or final quarterly grades, I allow them to also grade me and give me ideas on how I can improve what we covered.

Here is the form I have given my students after the first 5 weeks of school:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

MAC Wk #2: Comment on Rosetta Cash's Blog

I responded to Rosetta with the following comment:


"Rosetta, Using the example of It's A Wonderful Life was great! I teach students with different learning styles and backgrounds just like the rest of us, and I can see how by doing small things like saying hello to them or praising them on something and showing interest came really turn their day around."


Rosetta's blog can be found here

MAC wk #2: Comment on Wayne Nelson's Blog

I posted this comment on Wayne's blog post regarding our Copyright Wimba session.


Here is the link to his blog
"Wayne, I can totally understand the frustration you felt. Copyright law came about because it was reacting to how people were using intellectual property wrongly. The laws are ever-changing and also continuously reacting to technology advancements. I do believe however that if you use a portion of the movie, like a 5 minute scene, you would be able to use the media under fair use."

Friday, November 4, 2011

MAC wk. #2: PPP Post

Last week I decided that I would do a presentation instead of a publication. I feel as though I have more of a chance to showcase my research if I present then if I wrote a paper for publication. The idea of presenting my research and finding in person seems more exciting to me and I also feel as though I can better connect with the audience as i talk with them about the research.

I have also decided to try to do a group presentation with the members of my CBR group. These individuals have been very supportive and come from various educational setting and backgrounds. I feel that if teachers of different curriculums come together and discuss and showcase how the common goal of motivation was increased with the use of technology, those in attendance would have less of a disconnect or point in which they could think do themselves "well that's great but I teach (blank)."

All for one and one for all!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

MAC wk. #2: Reading Reaction

As I read the book, "The Art of Possibility," the second chapter of giving an "A" really spoke to me and also let me know that I actually am on the right track. The chapter begins with the story of Michelangelo talking about how a sculpture is hidden in a piece of rock, and you need to chip away the excess parts to reveal the art. The author compares this in education where the student needs to drop the "excess" to gain mastery and self-expression.
I have an assignment at the beginning ofd the year where my students study themselves and really think about who they want to be and what their Artistic Identity is. I have found that giving this assignment to the students helps them to let go of barriers and also gets to feel more comfortable to their self-expression in my class. They really respond positively to the assignment and I think it helps to set the tone for the year and also get them excited about who they are as an artist. I wanted to share my assignment and also give you all permission to use it if you would like.

Here is the presentation to get them thinking:

Friday, October 28, 2011

MAC wk. #1: PPP Post

Next week we will be deciding if we will choose a publication or presentation for the CBR project. That really started me thinking about a book I read in the past. The book is called "This Is Your Brain On Music," and it asks the question: "If a tree falls in the woods with no one around, does it make a sound." The answer in the book is yes and also no. The "yes" answer is easy because we all understand sound waves and that of course the tree makes a noise as it falls to the ground. The "no" is what I find interesting because unless we are there, we do not know what that tree sounded exact like when it fell.

How does this relate to my decision on presentation or publication?

Well, actually in a similar fashion. If a CBR project is published or presented with no one around to hear it does it make a difference in the educational setting? That is what I need to think about as I decide publication or presentation. Both are excellent options but if the research falls without listeners it will not matter as much.

MAC wk. #1: Comment on Wayne Nelson's Blog

In his Blog, Wayne said:


"In most of my work to this point for the CBR project, I have tried to use my own images and video; however, in the case of the alligator snapping turtle and other endangered species, I did not own any of my own material of these species. So I called the Missouri Conservation Department and asked if I could use the materials on their website. I was told that as long as I was using it for educational purposes that I could use anything on their website. So I have made sure to give MCD the credit for their work in my projects. I am hoping; however, that after the project is completed, the MDC may want to further use and follow the information that I have gathered."


I responded with:


"Wayne, That is great how you contacted them for their permission. SO many people do not think about it and that is why I think they get in trouble with the owners. I wish you luck with your CBR and hopefully the MDC will use your hard work. Heck, maybe they will even find a position for you to create educational materials for them."

MAC wk. #1: Comment on Jennifer WIlliams Blog

Jennifer said in her blog about copyright:




"Thank goodness for Ted talks.  Watching these hours worth of copyright issue videos was enough to make a teacher quit her job.  So, rather than dwell on the extremes that many of these videos did, I want to focus on the little bit of hope I found within the creative commons information and within Larry Lessig’s TED talk.   
Lessig quoted John Phillips Souza in 1906 who said that these “talking machines” referring to radios will ruin the artistic development in this country.   And, in fact, the 20th century became a culture of “read only” people.  However the 21st century seems to be assuming artistic development again.  Thanks to the $1500 computer, the tools of creativity have become tools of speech.  It is what the next generation bases its life upon.   Yet, Lessig insists, the law has not greeted this revival with very much common sense.  It prohibits to such an extreme degree that legal creativity becomes stifled, at best.  
Creative Commons offers possibilities and hope and does in fact seem to be a “bridge to the future”.  This will begin our journey to thinking more about communities and less about content.  However, in the meantime, educators have to find a way to give our students the tools and information they need to legally create, express, and use the digital technologies that are available to them."

I responded back to her saying:

Excellent point about use of works. There is a movement called "Copyleft" that is trying to gets protected works for use for free just like CC is. It is important to make sure our students do follow the regulations and also try to get them to create something original as well.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Full Sail MAC wk1: Copyright Reading

Copyright is a very complicated topic that really is about a very simple thing. Protecting your intellectual property or, in plain English, original ideas. I decided to make a very basic presentation that will provide basic ideas about copyright and its definitions. I hope you enjoy and that help you understand the topic a little bit more.



Sunday, April 24, 2011

BP8_Links to Comments

For this entry I have attached links to comments I have left on other classmates blog regarding their RILS project.





All of the work each of the students in my ETC class did amazing projects! I hope to try to utilize some others as well into my classroom.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

BP_RILS Project


This project was a success! I had my students learn new technology and begin a projet that drew on prior learning. Most of the students seemed to enjoy the project and process however, I need to make some changes.

One:

I need to make sure the students can develop their comments to their peer a bit more. They seemed to answer with one word answers which I would try to get them to expand on a bit.

Two:

The account that i have set up has a limit of voice credits for the voice to text function which i did not realize at the start. Next time i will have to make sure that the students understand the limitations.

All in all it was a success and I think any teacher can use the lesson and also use it as a collaborative learning project as well if possible with other classes.

Here is a link to the video documenting the lesson. The video is also below. Enjoy!






But then, this is just for your "what it's worth" department.

Monday, April 11, 2011

PE5_GoAnimate

GoAnimate4Schools.com: Walking and panning by Marc Hunt

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate4Schools. It's free and fun!

I created the above animation using the pan and movement effects which gives the illusion of movement with the character in relation to the background. Really cool! Today I also met with the ELA instructor to prep for the script portion of this lesson and I also introduced the software to the students and they were very excited and went right to work. They were all engaged from the start! Awesome!


I have also learned that you can bring layers, or object forward which is quite nice. For example in the above picture I can bring the television set forward so my character will appear as though he is stand behind the TV and still keep the shot perspective.

I am so excited what my class can come up with!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

PE4_Goanimate

  
     I started to work on becoming a better user of GoAnimate so I would be better prepared for the animation lesson my students will be gin when they learn to use this program to produce an animated short of 1 - 2 minutes. I already applied for a teacher account and set up my class prior to the week start as you can see in the above picture. I found many useful tutorials that helped me create the following video. In this video I tried using adding sound, using the cut effect, and also adding emotion and movement to the characters. You can also create original characters very easily as well and the two featured are ones that created in minutes.





GoAnimate4Schools.com: Test by Marc Hunt





Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate4Schools. It's free and fun!

Again, this is just for your what it's worth department.

Friday, April 8, 2011

PE3_iMovie


As I completed chapter 6 of the essential training, I learned about working with effects. this chapter covered titles, transitions, one-step effects and other topics.


Here is a short video on how to add titles and one-step effects:

video

I really liked the way iMovie sets up the audio editing visually. I found this feature very useful and could see how this could simplify some explanation to sound-scaping to my students:


In the picture above you can see how iMovie shows the user the waveforms of the audio files attached to the project and clips. I especially liked how you could extract audio from clips by clicking and dragging and pressing the Shift+Command keys.

Overall I really liked the essential training and definitely learned a lot about the advanced features of iMovie.



PE2_iMovie


As I continue on through the Lynda training, I was quite impressed with the feature iMovie has regarding rating clips.

video



As I continued on through the training, I found the use of the advanced editing tool extremely helpful.


video


PE1_iMovie


iMovie '11: Essential Training

     I have been using iMovie and other video editing software programs for a while now, but it has all been self-taught. I really liked how these video covered the basics of file management also. I can not stress to my students enough how they need to understand and utilize file management. In the business of video and sound production that is almost key to your success or demise if you lose your assets to your productions and ultimately, your clients.
     The beginning three chapters were a bit basic, however there were some very valuable information that I found in each of them. For example, the stabilization feature when importing footage. I have decided that instead of creating something from scratch during this training, I really want to use the exercise files and follow along with the instructor so I do not get caught up in the creative side but spend more time actually learning the techniques that are being taught.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

BP7_One Minute Video



     I decided to try to make my commercial in the style of a "sham-wow" or other cheesy commercial you would see from time to time. I hope you like it. Enjoy!

Again, this is just for your "what it's worth" department.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

BP4_Tiki-Toki

  
     As I began to research new tools this week, I wanted to find one that I could implement in my class to help students plan, and also see what is coming up next. It seems all of my students are very interested in "what are we doing next?" as I hear this question quite often. I was looking for something better than a calendar. I wanted it to be colorful and also have the ability to incorporate pictures, links, and movies as well. I found one and it is called tiki-toki.
     This timeline creation tool was very easy to use and looked very slick. You can sign up for a free account, however, there are limitations. The limitations are basically how many timelines you can create at once, not having advertisements appear, and utilize a group editing feature. The prices for the other account types range from $5/month for a bronze account, $20/month for a silver account, and a gold account does not yet have a price posted. All accounts do allow you do use images and movie files that are either on your computer or already on your Flickr, YouTube, or Vimeo accounts.
     I signed up for the free account and could not believe how fast it was to create a cool looking interactive timeline. You are able to color code entries, or stories as they are called, and then add more descriptive text as well as incorporate other rich media into your timeline as I already mentioned. Below you can see an image of what I created, but feel free to look at my timeline if you are interested.
  
  
     I am definitely going to use this in my classes. Since I have multiple classes I will have to upgrade and pay for the bronze account. This way I can keep all my classes as separate timelines, and avoid student confusion at the same time keeping the timelines looking cleaner.

  Again, this is just for your "what it's worth" department.