August 22, 2014

New Video Series: Conversations With Dan

One of the things I miss most about not being at a school is the fantastic conversations I would have with my good friend Dan Love. Often we would steal a few minutes over a cup of coffee and discuss not what was urgent... but rather what we found important.

So with that in mind I'm launching a new video series today in which I have a weekly 'conversation' with Dan about education, media, life and... whatever else might be interesting that week!

Here is the first in what I hope will be a weekly Conversation With Dan - I hope you enjoy!

I hope you will join us in this conversation and let us know if you have questions, ideas, articles, videos or thoughts. I'll try to work in as many of your thoughts into our conversations, just send me an email or leave a comment below!

August 7, 2014

ISANNE Video / Social Media Intensive

They're Here! Participants Arrive for Video / Social Media Intensive

At first I was totally stressed by the huge turn out at the ISANNE video / social media intensive workshop I recently led. So many people had signed up from so many schools and a variety of different positions I wasn't sure how to proceed. How to craft a message that would be relevant to so many different people?

In the end I decided to take a deep breath and trust in what I believe: telling stories is a compelling way to market independent schools and video / social media are great tools for telling stories.

In the end the day was a huge success thanks to ISANNE brilliantly organizing the logistics, the lovely setting on the campus of New Hampton School and the willing participants who jumped into the hands-on sessions with energy!

Here are a few things I learned from the day:
  • There is a huge need in the independent school marketing community to figure out best practices around video / social media
  • There is a significant capacity within our community of things we've tried and got right
  • Video isn't as hard as folks thought it was (we even made some video in about 1.5 hours!)
  • Social media has matured overall, but there are still new tools emerging that may or may not be important for us (Facebook most everyone is using... Pinterest inspired a lively debate)
Here are some of the videos we made together!

If you attended the workshop what did you take away from the sessions? If you couldn't make it what are your needs around video / social media? Let us know in the comments!

July 14, 2014

What I Learned From Facilitating an Open Space Session

Here's something I've noticed about my students: If I decide where the class will go my students will follow. If I offer choice to my students then they will lead.

Facilitating an Open Space (un-conference) session is one of the most deeply frightening and satisfying things I've done. It requires two things that every teacher / facilitator / conference organizer should be willing to do, but often isn't:

  • Total faith in participants / students
  • Willingness to get out of the way and let the magic happen
After a frightening moment (probably only 4 seconds long, but much longer in my mind) when I thought the sessions would only half fill the WhippleHill Open Space session was a complete success thanks to the passionate, creative, and dynamic participants.

If you are interested in finding out more about open space sessions check out these resources and also watch this great video from Mark Christensen over at the WhippleHill blog. Or if you have a question about open space please let me know in the comments below!

July 8, 2014

WhippleHill User Conference 2014

I have the very great pleasure of presenting two sessions at the WHUC14!

The first session is on iPad Integration in the classroom. Here are my slides from that presentation:

iPad Teacher Training Summer 2014 from Hans Mundahl

The second session is on Google Apps for Education. Here is a folder of resources for that workshop.

Can't make it to WHUC14? Have a question I can help you with? Let me know in the comments!

June 27, 2014

Three workshops this summer!

I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be hosting three workshops this summer!

You can find me at the New Hampton School July 7-9 with our third annual iPad Teacher Training.

New this year is a west coast location for the iPad Teacher Training! If you are a teacher in LA or southern California we would love to see you at the beautiful Webb Schools August 7-8.

On a different topic I'll be working with the great folks at the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE) to offer a Video and Social Media Marketing Intensive on August 5th for marketing, admission, and advancement folks.

If you have questions please let me know - and I look forward to working with you!

June 26, 2014

Teaching Creativity Using Final Cut Pro X: Slides from Apple Hosted Event

I had the good fortune to work with a talented group of folks from Apple to present at an event in Natick, MA around Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), Logic Pro X and MainStage. My mandate was simple: tell the story of my film class in 30 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A.

To be honest that was a little scary - the audience would be film teachers, digital story tellers, and media professors. I don't feel like I'm an FCPX expert and my film experience is completely self taught!

So I thought I would tell the story of one of the biggest struggles I face as a teacher in general: helping students have original ideas and communicate those ideas so they are interesting to the audience.

Many of my students have two big misconceptions about making films:
  • If you watch movies you have the skills to make movies
  • Funny people are born funny
Much of the work I've done in film class has been around taking these two misconceptions apart and putting them back together into two new ideas:
  • Making movies is incredibly hard work that takes hours and hours per finished minute of film
  • 'Funny' is a process that can be learned, practiced, and honed
Overall it was a great event with such talent and passion from Dan, Steve, Victor, and Tom on the Apple side and great questions and generosity from the participants! Here are my slides from the event and the videos I talk about in the presentation.

Update 6/27/14:
I've had a number of questions, links and ideas come in since yesterday so I thought I'd answer them here:

If you have more questions please let me know in the comments or send me an email.


Teaching Creativity Using Apple Final Cut Pro X from Hans Mundahl

Hot Pockets Video

Never Say No to Panda

Never Say No to Husky

Microsoft Xbox Commercial

Welcome to Husky Nation (music video example cut using 'multicam' clip in FCPX)

Adam Savage TED Talk

June 18, 2014

One Minute Highlight Reel

I just edited up a quick one minute demo reel of my video production work. Take a look! Are you interested in having me work with you to create high value content that promotes your school or non-profit? Let me know!

June 13, 2014

New Facebook Fan Page

Launched the new Hans Mundahl & Associates Facebook fan page this week!

Stop by and say howdy!

How to do a drop shadow effect in Notability

I like Notability. Okay, actually I love Notability. Of all the apps on my iPad this is one I use more than a dozen times a day. One think I like even more than Notability is doodling. Here's how to do a cool 'drop shadow' effect in Notability.

Bonus: see some of my work featured on the Notability web site!

June 12, 2014

Here's How to Create Facebook News Feed Ads

Facebook News Feed Ads are the topic of my latest post over at edSocialMedia

Have you had success with news feed ads? Are you more likely to click on these ads than on another kind of ad? Let us know in the comments!