Educational Challenge Solution for HBSE 4005 for Fall, 2009

Cooke Center for Learning and Development located in New York, NY


We need something for all of the classrooms…some type of strategies for supporting audio/visual learners to access information through mediums other than written text , i.e. -slideshows/educational video clips (right now we have restricted access to Youtube.com) (We have access to a Smartboard if needed) Any help to figure out an overall system that could accessible for teachers and students appreciated. This multimedia strategy was requested by Joanne Chiu (jchiu@cookecenter.org) for her values curriculum. Nadine Rothman (nrothman@cookecenter.org) said the multimedia strategy could be used with other teachers as well.

Age Group:

Cooke Learning Center Middle School at Blessed Sacrament (11-14 yrs of age)

NYS Standard Addressed:

NYS Standards
Math, Science & Technology Standard 2 (Information Systems):
1. Information technology is used to retrieve, process, and communicate information and as a tool to enhance learning.
Health Standard 2 (A Safe and Healthy Environment):
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Health Standard 3 (Resource Management):
Students will understand and be able to manage their personal and community resources.
The Arts Standard 3 (Responding to and analyzing works of art):
Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.
National Educational Technology Standards
1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

c. Teachers communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Flexibility and Adaptability:
Adapting to varied roles and responsibilities
Social and Cross Cultural Skills:
Working appropriately and productively with others
Leadership and Integrity:
Demonstrating integrity and ethical behavior; Acting responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind

Group Member Names:

Robin Wilensky, Liz Kiernan, Victoria Barone

L-R: Robin, Vickie, Liz
L-R: Robin, Vickie, Liz

Money Spent:

$42 for 3 Flash Drives

Overall Summary:

Our multimedia strategy consisted of three main components.
1. SMART Board Strategies and Resources
2. Free and Subscription-based Resources
3. Resources Teachers or Students Create
In addition, we gathered an assortment of resources that focus on Ms. Chiu's values and life skills curriculum.

Our strategy is explained in more detail in the following PowerPoint.
Office 2007 version:

Office 97-2003 version:


We developed two SMART Notebook files (Version 9.5 or later) that contained the resources that we recommended in our multimedia strategy.

Contains 5 groups of resources including SMART Notebook resources, Free Internet Resources (video), Subscription-based Internet Resources (video), Other Internet Resources (audio, images/slideshows), and Resources for Multimedia Creation. Each slide contains an image, a description and a URL.

Contains 2 groups of resources including Existing Resources and Created Resources. Existing Resources included videos and related information on Gratitude, Responsibility, Confidence and Assurdness, and Creativity found on numerous sites that were suggested in our Resources section. The Created Resources included a video we created about Confidence using iMovie, a music video about Creativity using Animoto, and a Boardmaker-based document about Responsibility.
This file is too big to upload to the wiki but you may download it from DropBox: Values.notebook
Creativity Lesson Plan
Finally, here is a lesson plan about Creativity called "All the different methods to be Creative!" which utilizes the Animoto video we created.


More detail on our challenge:

Full Resources Document:

Created Resources:
Responsibility Boardmaker Document

Creativity using Animoto

Confidence using iMovie

An Assortment of Notebook files
SMART Notebook Collection of Resources
Our Interactive PowerPoints
Interactive PowerPoint Collection

See the other problems & solutions from the class at http://hbsey4005-001-2008-3.wikispaces.columbia.edu/Solutions+2009 with a TC login.