Saturday, February 11, 2012

Post #6 Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion

Wallwisher has endless possibilities. I created a wall on which students will post their conservation efforts at home. The link will appear in Monday's Rozzell/Martin newsletter and we will see who responds.On the first day, one child posted inappropriately. He posted and signed someone else's name and posted a personal hello to a friend. I talked to him and signed his planner so his parents would know. Go figure. Other than that, kids posted great comments and I replied to them quickly. I like this tool!




I used Edmodo in late September. I was not really impressed, but the year was young and I was not too familiar with the program or my students. I think I will give it another try and see how it goes. I can assign kids to comment on lessons or labs and poll the class about their opinion on various subjects.It definitely will promote communication and thought.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Post #5 Creating Products with Web 2.0 Tools

Trading cards can be used for any content area. Students can use pictures and text to convey knowledge. This could be a set of planet cards with pertinent information on each one. Or create a variety of scientist biographies as studied throughout the year. The text does not always space as expected and the program lacks a preview that is editable. But I like the concept.

Xtranormal is a very fun tool for giving voice to students. It is easy to create and manipulate and for the most part gives the product you expect. I wish the camera was easier to manipulate and also would love to see the ability to insert a graphic or photograph to help with explanations and examples. I think the kids would love this, as they would vokis. I made a movie about the water cycle to present to my class, but my account does not allow me to publish and there is no obvious way to upgrade and give me that ability, so I will have to finish this a little later. I'm back. I remade my movie for the class to see. I registered and will publish here. I read that it will cost me, but we will see. Free! Yea! I want my class to make movies during their study of planets. I hope to find a human/alien character mix that the kids can use to impart their knowledge of the planet of their choice.

Water Cycle Theif
by: macrozzell


I also tried another movie making site called GoAnimate. It was very limited unless you upgrade. I did not want to try in case it would cost me. Even the Educator version had a price. Though, it was easy to use.

GoAnimate.com: Trial Run by Mac R

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Post #4 Lifeline

I really like the idea of Google Docs and the ability to collaborate with teachers and students. This could greatly cut down on scheduling meetings to work face to face. The Google Doc form would be a great way to survey parent information and opinions on topics relevant to class activities and procedures.I created a form invitation with a cute design and sent it to my old team. Some got a plain document and others got the fancy one. Don't know why the difference.