Saturday, June 26th

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Today, this is what I’d like to accomplish…

  1. Leave a comment on each other’s site (on either of the 2 posts done this week).
  2. Create a Year Long Plan as a presentation…we’ll share your plans during Class 4.
  3. Experiment with and create a product using a second Web 2.0 tool. Either pick from the list below or suggest your own. There is a huge list of different Web 2.0 tools for schools at WebTools4U2Use or CoolToolsforSchools (these are also good examples of wikis).

    Animoto -using photos, create a movie (easier than it sounds!) You can register for a free account which allows you to create a 30 second video with photos or video, music and text.

    Voicethread A community of visual and auditory learning. Here is a primary example:

    Flickr’s Big Huge Labs Tons of choices here for transforming photos…some very simple, some more involved.

    ClassTools -Create games that you can embed on your website…easy!

    PBWorks or Wikispaces -Create a wiki website that you and your students can use as a repository of information…information for a book study, science/social studies notes or study topics, etc! Free to Educators.

    Google Docs Presentations or SlideShare– Create your own slideshow and embed it in your blog. You can create it in PowerPoint and upload it to one of the websites above if you prefer.

    Prezi -Create dynamic multimedia presentations. See example below.


    Glogster (online posters-fun, visual, easy) You can join as a teacher and create free accounts for your students. The site will generate student usernames and passwords for you. These can be embedded in wikis or blogs. My student created this one just for fun right before summer vacation (I gave her only directions for how to embed it…she did the rest):

    Shrekify (probably fits better under “easy” but I had to share)

    1)   In your blog, embed or link to your second Web 2.0 product, and review it –would it be useful in your classroom, as an educator or for your personal life?

    2)   Finish your Year Long Plan presentation if you did not in class—we’ll present these on Saturday, July 10th.

    3) Independent Project reflection in your blog—you’ll also share your project (via your blog or the website your created) on July 10th. Please discuss the points below:

    • Explain your project and how this project was (or was not!) important to your professional development as an educator and as a 21st century teacher?
    • Link to any pertinent examples of what you created and/or what you used to help you in your project.
    • Did your idea change from the beginning of the project to the end? Were you able to realize what you envisioned? If not, what else do you need to learn about in the future?
    Image:’Ocean of colours – Das Farbenmeer’

Saturday, June 19th

On the agenda…creating your blog, planning your next project, adding to the Google Docs presentation, and using some Web 2.0 applications.

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Image: ‘Competing Sunflowers

Create a blog

1) To create your blog–here are the instructions: Blogger-Getting-started-with-Blogger10 or Edublogs-create-an-account-on-edublogs10

If you want more directions click above on “4. Creating a Blog” tab above.

You will:

  • Create your blog
  • Create your “About Page”
  • Add links
  • Add your first post

2) After you have written your first post, we’ll add an image to it before you publish (see below). We are online, AND educators, so we have to follow copyright rules.

Here are links to some sites with images that you can use with attribution (linking to the original):

Stock.xchng, Wikiwix Images, and FlickrCC

If you need more resources for images that are ok to use with attribution, look at the list here.

Find one and drag it to your desktop. Then follow either of these directions to insert it:

Edublogger Images Blogger Images

Good etiquette to follow in your blog:

  • If you mention a website, link to it: Directions Here.
  • If you mention an online persona, link to that person’s website.
  • Don’t forget to add tags and give your post a category (aren’t these great skills for students?)
  • If you use an image, include an attribution and link to it. This means link to the specific webpage the image resides on (again, directions here).
  • Don’t use student photos (or any other photos) without permission.

Google Docs Presentation

Web 2.0-some starting points

Quick Starts:

Sign Generator Add your own text to a sign. Save the image generated to your computer, and upload it as an image on your blog.

Create a Graph Save the graph as a jpg or upload it as an image on your blog.

Zooburst -create a pop-up book and embed it in your blog

Spell City – create a place where kids can practice for their spelling test (you’ll have to put a link to this one, it doesn’t embed—on their site click on “Link to us” to  embed the link

PollDaddy -for creating a poll/survey!

Voki Create a character or avatar, either record your voice or type a short script for your character to say.

Cacoo Create concept maps, share them with others if you want (they can add ideas), embed in your blog or wiki.

A Little More Involved:

Animoto -using photos, create a movie (easier than it sounds!)

Voicethread Hard to explain…here’s an example, you’ll love it!

Flickr’s Big Huge Labs Tons of choices here for transforming photos

ClassTools -Create games that you can embed on your website…easy!

PBWorks Create a wiki website that you and your students can use as a repository of information…information for a book study, science/social studies notes or study topics, etc! Free to Educators

Google Docs Presentations or SlideShare– Create your own slideshow and embed it in your blog. You can create it in PowerPoint and upload it to one of the websites above if you prefer.

Glogster (online posters) You can join as a teacher and create free accounts for your students. The site will generate student usernames and passwords for you. These can be embedded in wikis or blogs.

For my professional development this month, I learned how to use Glogster EDU. You’ll see my creation below. It’s fun and fairly easy to create. I have a teacher Glog and you can obtain student glogs as well for your students to use. They can be public or private, collaborative or not! I used it as a starting point on our blog for the final technology project of the year. Link to full size poster.