Friday, July 31, 2009

Wordle


This is a word cloud of this blog created with Wordle! Words are very powerful and Wordle provides a means of changing the words from a book, article, poem, short story or any kind of writing into a powerful, creative visual representation. In an instant, anyone can see what the piece of writing is about by the size of the words. The bigger the word, the more that particular word shows up in the piece of writing. Imagine being able to create a Wordle visual representation of a reading that your students are doing as a way of previewing or reflecting especially for those who are visual learners.
How does it work, you ask? You simply go to www.Wordle.net and click on the link to create a word cloud. You can key or paste in the text. You can also give the link to a blog, etc. and Wordle will go and get the text. It is so easy! Try it; you'll like it!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Vermont-NEA's Annual Convention - All About Technology!


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!!