Friday, December 18, 2009
OK. What did you think? Pretty amazing right? Can you imagine the creativity that your students can put into these types of presentations? There are several tutorials to help you along the way. Imagine presenting a new concept to your students in this way? It will be a great attention grabber!
Here are some examples of Prezi presentations to give an even better idea of what you can be doing to liven up presentations forever!
Definitely check this one out! http://prezi.com/kh8oftmvbuxk/
Thursday, December 10, 2009
First, I built my own personal learning network. Trying to keep up with what is new in educational technology is almost a full-time job in and of itself. I knew of a couple folks that I wanted to "follow" because I knew that they shared a lot with their followers. Then, I went onto a search site which helps you find people that are interested in the same things that you are so that you can "follow" them. In turn, many of them will read your profile and follow you. In this way, you start creating a professional learning network where you can share information, glean information, ask and answer questions from others. It really works well. I have learned much already from the folks that I follow. Here is the link to the site where you can search for others with your similar interests and educational subject matter: http://wefollow.com/ All you need to do is to click into the "enter a tag" box the subject or interest that you wish to find and when they come up click on someone that looks interesting. I suggest always reading their profile to make sure that it is really an educator that can offer you good information. I also think that you need to add yourself to the database in order to "follow" others.
I also use Twitter as a way to communicate with my students. You can get your students to "follow" you and you them in order to answer questions, send out homework assignments or other information to all your students at once. You can come up with all kinds of creative exercises for your students like scavenger hunts, having them translate your Tweet for a foreign language class, have them record observations from a field trip and the list goes on and on. It is only limited by our collective imagination. There are many applications for Twitter as well that let students take pictures of experiments or record field trips notes or pictures and send them to Twitter in order to retrieve them later and put into a report or presentation all using their own cell phone! I like to use TwitPic for this. It is an application that works with Twitter to let students send pictures to their account to use later.
You and your students can also use Twitter to research a subject for a project. People often share tidbits of information and a url to an article about that Tweet. This is searchable and you can find real time information! You and your students can also follow newspapers, etc. to stay up with the latest world events!
If you have never used Twitter, here are some links to videos to help you get started!
Twitter in Plain English
Twitter Search in Plain English
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Hey all you teachers out there! This is exciting news! This year's VT-NEA Annual Convention is all about technology in your classroom. It is being held on October 21st and 22nd and has quite a line up of sessions designed to get you in the know on the latest technologies for your classroom. I am very excited to say that I will be presenting three sessions on Using Twitter and Wikis to Enhance
Student Learning, Alternate Assessments: BlipTV and YouTube, and one on my Google Tool Favorites. This is an excellent opportunity for you to experience the power of educational technology and how it can enrich the learning environment in your classroom! There are so many interesting and enlightening sessions to choose from that I hope to see you there soaking up the information! For those of you who are tech phobics out there - not to worry - this is not a high stress atmosphere! Start small and before you know it, you will be using technologies proficiently! This could be your first step to something really exciting!!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Technology Coaching is a new term that describes a more personal approach to training teachers. It means that the providers of educational technology professional development will not only work with groups of faculty, but also individuals on an on-going basis. No more spray and pray! Using this model of PD really lets the tech. coaches get to know the faculty that they are serving on a more informal and friendly basis thus helping faculty use the technology resources that best fit their students' needs. Teachers need differentiated instruction just as our students do and tech. coaching seems to me a wonderful way to help teachers facilitate learning for kids in a way that works for everyone involved!!
Does your district use Technology Coaches? If so, please tell us about it.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I love Google Notebook! I don't know what I ever did without it. I use it to store all of the information that I find that will help educators to integrate technology into their classrooms and facilitate their student's 21st Century Skills. It is categorized by topic and content area which helps me keep it all straight and easy to find. What is especially great about this application is that it can be used to gather research information like the old fashioned index cards except better! Google notebook allows the researcher to "clip" the url and any notes they wish to take with the click of a button. You will need a gmail account before you can access it. Once you sign in with your gmail account, you click on the "more" menu and then choose "even more". This will take you to a list of Google tools where you will find notebook. You can keep your notebooks private or you can share them with the world. I decided to share my notebooks that are about technology integration. Here is a link to my website that leads to accessing my Google Notebook resources by topic. http://tinyurl.com/dbl78p I hope you find them useful!
Friday, April 3, 2009
What this tool does is allow us to upload pictures that we want to present and either talk, key text, or phone in our voice to go with each picture. It is like a blog because it allows others to comment on what the original presenter has created through voice or keyed text. There are safety features so that educators can create their own privacy settings to have the voicethread public or private. You really need to see it to appreciate the possibilities for education. I urge you to visit the site and check it out! With a little imagination, there is no telling how you can use this web 2.0 application to enhance learning and assessment in a positive and creating way while enhancing your students' 21st Century Skills!
Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about this technology. If you come up with some great lesson ideas, please share them on my wiki, Educational Technology Today at http://educationaltechnologytoday.wikispaces.com/. Just look on the menu to the left to find a page that describes your curriculum area and leave your lesson ideas on that page. If you need me to create a new page for your content area, please comment to this post and I'll get right on it! Thank you!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Some of my favorite Web 2.0 educational tools are:
www.edu20.org (educational social networking and on-line course software)
www.blogger.com (blogging site)
Google Docs (create collaborative documents, presentations and spreadsheets)
Google Tools (especially notebook)
www.wikispaces.com (create wikis)
www.twitter.com (it is just cool)
www.flickr.com (on-line picture organizer that lets you search for pictures)
www.voicethread.com (really cool - lets you comment on something with text, voice or video)
What are some of your favorites?