Virtual Classroom Remix

This is the first week of my next summer course – CEP 811. I can tell that this class will be difficult, but completely worth all the work in the end. I’m already expanding my thoughts about education and technology and it’s only the first week!

This week I learned about the idea of remixing. I had heard of this term before to describe a new take on a song, but not dealing with other forms of media. I also hadn’t thought about everything that happens behind the scenes when remixing. Do you have to purchase the rights of every beat you use? Do you have to ask for permission first? Do you have to be a professional musician or can I do it for free on my computer? What happens if you “get caught”? For more on those questions and more you should check on the short series Everything is a Remix by Kirby Ferguson.

I wanted to, and was asked to for class, to try creating my own remix. To ease the worry of some of the questions above about permission and the law I have limited all my sources to be part of the Creative Commons and used Mozilla’s PopcornMaker. I choose the buzzword Virtual Classroom to explore since I recently started teaching at a virtual school in Michigan. I’ll admit that when I started to explore the program I didn’t read any Help Guides, check on YouTube videos, or even watch an example. I dove right in and tried to create something. I used their search option, pushed every option to see what would happen, and tried to use layers without really knowing what I was doing. I was just playing around to understand the basic idea of what this program could do before I tried to create something.

After my play time in the program, I read hints and guides through the Help menu, I watched some examples, and even watched a YouTube video to help me understand the specifics that I wanted to learn more about. I then started searching for content that related to a virtual classroom. I wanted to incorporate video, photos, popups, and sound clips to push my understanding of PopcornMaker. In the end I think that I like the overall product. Check it out here! 

I enjoyed the idea behind this program. Even without tutorials I could have created a project to share with others. However I had a lot of issues when trying to add or alter details. The layers sometimes did not work out in the way described and things would be blocking others. Sometimes I would move a video clip and it would extend the time to include audio I did not want in my project. I also had difficulty easing transitions between the videos. This is perhaps due to user error and over time I might be able to ease the change between images and videos. How do you think I could have created better transitions in my video? Do you think that I fully described the idea of a virtual classroom in under one minute?

References in my video:

1)   StudyPortals (2012). What is Online Education –, Retrieved July 3, 2014 from

2)   algogenius (2011). bs-iv-folie-2. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from Flickr:

3)   algogenius (2011). bs-iv-folie-6-gruppenarbeit. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from Flickr:

4)   algogenius (2011). bs-iv-folie-1. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from Flickr:

5)   The Network Podcast (2013). #7: Online Education and the Virtual Classroom, [sound clip]. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from

6)   Burke, Chris. (2011). He’s Home, [image]. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from Flickr:

7)   Kirsch, Gedas (2014). This is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education, . Retrieved July 3, 2014 from PopcornMaker

8)   FacilitadorTube (2010). E-Learning: How to deliver an engaging Virtual Classroom presentation, . Retrieved July 3, 2014 from PopcornMaker:

9)   ConnectionsLearning (2013). LiveLesson®: Bringing the Virtual Classroom to Life, . Retrieved July 3, 2014 from PopcornMaker:

10)Ping Webzine (2014). Virtual classrooms changing the way students learn, http://clip. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from SoundCloud:

11)PaT (2010). Point & Click [image]. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from Flickr: