Friday, February 27, 2009
Could a visual like this be used to help our colleagues understand the power of these tools? I am thinking this would be a great visual for the induction training we did in January, new GL training in the future or other tech PD opportunities.
What do you think: Great visual, or mish mash that nobody but technophiles can appreciate? Mike's blog post is here.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
*Easy to use - similar look and feel to other video editors.
*You can have your product saved as private, friends only or public.
*If you want to embed your project, you must choose public.
*You can upload videos or photos.
*Great for uploading pictures or videos to blogs and websites.
If anyone has used it or has feedback about the program, please post!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Writer's Workshop Seminar I attended: http://colearning.wikispaces.com/Powering+Up+The+Writers+Workshop
Shifting Literacies Seminar I attended: This one is a GOLD MINE for secondary teachers who want to get more ideas about incorporating wikis and blogs more effectively into Literacy/Humanities classes: http://colearning.wikispaces.com/Shifting+Literacies--A+Learning+Conversation
Again, if you have specific questions, please let me know.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I just thought I'd share my experiences using the live webinars from Classroom 2.o. This weekend I participated in a discussion on VoiceThreads in the classroom. Classroom 2.0 uses a software called Eluminate which has really nice functionality. I learned a lot more about voicethreads and how they can help foster transformative learning practices through collaboration. I see the real strength in VoiceThreads as an opportunity for students to gather feedback and reflect metacognitively on their projects. Here's a little VoiceThread I put together with some screen captures from the webinar. Here's the link: http://voicethread.com/share/360781/
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
"Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels. We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using Internet."
Click here to see a TED talk about this visual statistical tool.
"Gapminder work serves a purpose of filling a gap. There has been a market failure in distributing global data. A lot of people are interested in the data, but don’t get access to it (and if they manage to access the data, they need to be advanced skilled statisticians to analyze it). Gapminder wants to make data more accessible and easier to use for instant visual analysis. We believe decision makers, politicians as well as education at almost all levels lack adequate tools.
There is no political agenda behind the work. The idea is that all people, independently of their political agenda, should get free access to already existing statistics about global development to easily improve their understanding about the complex society."
I see many possibilities using this in the MS or HS classroom. With various descriptors (ex: GNP, CO2 emissions, age, infant mortality etc) linked to countries or regions in the world over time can allow "trends" to become dynamic.
Follow the bubbles!
Check it out.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
If I had to pick my top 5 tools they would be:
1. SmartBoard - versatile and engaging, couldn't live without it. Notebook 10 is full of great gallery tools that can be used in a variety of ways. I have it installed on my desktops so students can access their interactive files on the systems of the body.
2. VoiceThread - on the top of my list for tools I want to use more. There's a lot of potential with VoiceThread. It is like Powerpoint for the 2.0 world.
3. Wikispaces - This is my go-to tech tool. I use it to post sites for my students to conduct research, as a home page for parents to look at my newsletter and a place to collaborate.
4. Blogger - Great place to post student work. A better collaboration tool in my room than the wiki.
5. WiZiQ - Love this tool! Great for real-time collaboration and gives so many choices for communication (text, voice, video, annotation) that it is very versatile.
Also 5. Document Camera - it made the overhead and the expensive transparencies obsolete - nuff said.
I love finding out what other technology teachers are using and how they are using them to reach students and access the curriculum in brand new ways. Now that we are more than halfway through the year, I want to know what you are using. So Global Learners... What are your top 5 tools?