- Wednesday, June 29, 2011
- trakAxPC in Education - a Paper by Michigan State University
In their article “The 7 trans-disciplinary habits of mind: Extending the TPACK framework towards 21st Century Learning”, Punya Mishra, Matthew J. Koehler and Danah Henriksen introduce their concept framework called “Technological, Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)”. Their paper is designed to be a starting point for discussing the special kinds of knowledge, skills, and understanding that teachers require in order to become effective classroom mediators of “transformative learning experiences”.
In the article they discuss Patterning Skills; “Creative practitioners are always involved in recognizing and creating patterns. Recognizing patterns involves identifying a repeating form or a plan in a seemingly arbitrary arrangement of things or processes”.
They explain how trakAxPC can be used to develop these Patterning Skills -
Teachers can help students develop Patterning skills in both the arts and sciences, since patterning skills are useful within and across domains. One example demonstrates how the TPACK framework might be used to develop patterns that combine both Math and Music, using a freely available DJ software called trakAxPC. This software lets users download music samples and copy and paste them into a mixer. Students can cut the music samples into smaller units of sound and arrange them. What makes this a compelling TPACK lesson is that students essentially manipulate the trakAxPC software to help them describe and explain fractions, ratios and percentages. By connecting musical concepts such as rhythm and tempo to mathematical concepts (ratios and percentages, etc), students can creatively find and build patterns. Patterns form a relationship between concepts (musical beats per minute and ratios) that belong to different disciplines (music and mathematics). They can and should be integrated, however, and the elements of TPACK in this lesson are just one example of the myriad possibilities of how technology, pedagogy and content can seamlessly combine to design learning environments that promote students’ patterning skills
- Wednesday, June 01, 2011
- Using trakAxPC with Outdoor Footage
With the growing popularity in inexpensive, pocket-sized and robust camcorders such as the GoPro HD and Kodak Zi8, more and more people are beginning to capture their outdoor adventures and activities. Be it extreme sports, hiking & camping, outdoor fishing, skiing, why not grab a camcorder and create a video diary/journal of your adventure to share with family and friends. Some of our users are doing just that and these videos really capture the excitement and thrill one can experience by being adventurous in the outdoors and in the wild.
In these first videos, our user “Duffman8699” records himself dirt biking at Milestone Ranch MX Park in Riverside, CA and snowboarding at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, in Big Bear, CA.. He used a GoPro in both cases to record the footage and edited it with trakAxPC Pro. The quality is superb and you really feel the sensation and buzz one gets from riding a powerful motorbike and the freedom of skiing down a mountainside.
Snowboarding at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, in Big Bear, CA.
In these next videos, our users, Yakass and Jay Lovell, have captured their journeys into the wide open ocean in Australia and the wilderness of Canada. The first video is a collection of some of Yakass’s shark encounters while kayak fishing, including various catches as well as a seriously close brush with a great white. Scary stuff.
Jay Lovell, who is a new users and is his first video, really captures the beauty of the outdoors with amazing shots of the wildlife and surrounding wilderness. We get to see nature in it’s true light, as well as animals like the black bear and mouse in their natural habitat. Although I think I would be a little nervous with bears and snakes so close to my camp site.