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Episode 1: A Day in the Life

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More and more teachers are wanting to use video in their class, and are asking students to create videos for projects. We have one mac lab and will be getting another mac lab next year. The problem is I’ve never created a video using iMovie so my support for these projects was not where I like it to be.

So, last week I set out to teach myself iMovie. First up I needed a project. Inspired by Dean Shareski’s A Day in the Life video I decided to use that as my project for learning iMovie.

I tried to get my whole day down to 10 minutes to fit in one Youtube video but failed and instead have a three episode series of a Day in the life of Jeff Utecht. I’ll release one episode a day over the next three days. I will also post a higher quality full length movie file on my podcast site that you can download and watch on an iPod if you’d rather.

Please remember that this was not rehearsed, not planned, just me and a video camera. Please consider is a very raw movie.

Other movies that outline a tech persons day can be found here as well:

Clarence Fisher
Doug Belshaw
Chris Lehman


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I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.


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  2. Very clever Jeff (love the 24 connection!) and for a first attempt at iMovie, you have done exceptionally well! It has become more apparent to me lately that the more authentic the context is for a “movie”, the more likely it is that our students will produce something worthy of sharing regardless of how “raw” their technical skills are. Technical skills can always be improved.

  3. What an awesome movie! Even my hubby watched it with me (which he usually never does!). It was fun to see Shanghai because we were there in 2000. I like how you did the google maps with the video inset. Can’t wait to see more!

  4. GREAT. Very well done – nice glimpse into your day, but also some Shanghai culture there as well. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Chris O’Neal

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