Blogs• A blog is a website for which an individual or a group frequently generates text, photographs, video or audio files, and/or links, typically (but not always) on a daily basis. – The term is a shortened form of weblog. – Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called "blogging". – Individual articles on a blog are called "blog posts," "posts," or "entries". – The person who posts these entries is called a "blogger".
Blogs in School?• Blogs are tools, and like any tools they can be used or misused. – Misuse occurs more often when theres a lack of instruction. (MySpace, Xanga, Facebook)• Interactivity, publishing, collective intelligence
Blogs in School Teacher Blogs Student Blogs• Homework • This week in class, we...• Keep Parents in the • Student Work Loop • Online portfolio• Virtual Inservice • Peer/teacher feedback• Professional collaboration
Why Students Shouldn’t Blog• People will read it.• People might not like it.• They might share test answers with others.• They might be found by a child predator online• They might write something inappropriate.• They might find something inappropriate.• They might get other students to start blogging. http://blogging101.wikispaces.com/whywhynot
Why Students Should Blog• People will read it.• They might like it.• They might share what theyve learned with others.• They might participate in a collaborative learning project.• They might become inspired to learn.• They might inspire others to learn.• They might get other students to start blogging.• If they dont talk in class, they might on a blog. http://blogging101.wikispaces.com/whywhynot
Podcasts• iPod + Broadcast = Podcast – Amateur radio – Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet using either the RSS or Atom syndication formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers.
Why use podcasts?• Podcasts enable students to share their knowledge and expertise with others through a creative outlet.• Podcasts tap into a mode of media input that is commonplace for digital natives.• Podcasts empower students to form relationships with the content and each other in relevant ways.
Why use podcasts?• Podcasting is yet another way for them [students] to be creating and contributing ideas to a larger conversation, and it’s a way of archiving that contribution for future audiences to use. – Will Richardson, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
How can podcasts be used?• In the classroom, educators and students can use podcasts to inform others about class news, current events, and areas of interest.• Students can use a podcast forum to persuade their peers to help others, make a difference, or try something new.• Podcasts can also be used to edutain others through creative narratives.
How can podcasts be used?• Podcasts engage students in thinking critically about their speaking fluency and communication skills.• The opportunity to create a podcast about what students would like to discuss and share with others is extremely motivating.
Other Enduring Benefits• Along with the use of technology there are certain responsibilities that educators and students need to follow. – Educators need to instruct students on safe and acceptable use of technology in and outside of the classroom. – Not only do students need to learn how to appropriately research, but also how to safely and properly share information online. – Podcasts allow students to learn first hand about copyright laws and fair use issues.
Jumping in with both feet . . .• Listen to a few podcasts online – iTunes > Source List > Podcasts > Education – http://www.podcastalley.com/ – http://www.ipodder.org/ – http://epnweb.org/ – http://www.jakeludington.com/archives/000405.html (“Podcasting with Windows Media Player)• Get a feel for the genre – Podcasts are not “polished” – production value is secondary to the content
What is a Wiki?• A wiki is a type of website that allows users easily to add, remove, or otherwise edit and change most available content.
How is a Wiki Constructed?• A single page in a wiki is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire body of pages, which are usually highly interconnected via hyperlinks, is "the wiki“ – in effect, a wiki is actually a very simple, easy-to- use user-maintained database for searching and creating information.
Are Wikis Safe?• Wikis are generally designed with the philosophy of making it easy to correct mistakes, rather than making it difficult to make them.
Are Wikis Safe?• Thus while wikis are very open, they provide a means to verify the validity of recent additions to the body of pages. – The most prominent, on almost every wiki, is the "Recent Changes" page—a specific list numbering recent edits, or a list of all the edits made within a given timeframe.
Using Wikis as a Source• Wikipedia is as reliable as other external sources we rely on.• Properly written articles cite the sources, and a reader should rely on the Wikipedia article as much, but no more, than the sources the article relies on.• If an article doesnt cite a source, it may or may not be reliable.• Students should never use information in a wiki until they have checked those external sources.
What the Experts are Saying• Wikis are helping young people develop “writing skills and social skills by learning about group consensus and compromise—all the virtues you need to be a reasonable and productive member of society.” – Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
What the Experts are Saying• “The media is controlled by people who have the resources to control it,” he says. “Wikis show that all of us have an equal opportunity to contribute to knowledge.” – Andy Garvin, head of the Digital Divide Network
Ways to Use Wikis• Use wikis as formats for subject guides.• Invite students and teachers to annotate your catalog on a wiki.• Make wikis meeting places for communities inside the school.• Link librarians and teachers in your district in a collaborative enterprise.
Links to Getting Started• Wiki Walk-Through http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/ – What’s a wiki? – Who uses wikis? – Wikis or blogs? – How to use wikis with students. – Ideas for activities, projects, collaborations, etc.• Using wikis in Education (blog) http://ikiw.org/• Classroom use of wikis http://www.teachinghacks.com/wiki/index.php?title=Wiki
Wikispaces• Wikispaces is offering K-12 organizations their premium membership for free – No advertisements – Greater storage capacity – Enhanced privacy settings http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers100K
Social Learning – Web 2.0 http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/Social+Learning
Digg• Find an article, video, or podcast online and submit it to Digg.com. Your submission will immediately appear in “Upcoming Stories,” where other members can find it and, if they like it, Digg it.• Subscribe to RSS feeds of particular topics, popular/upcoming sections, individual users, and the search terms of your choice• Digg. Participate in the collaborative editorial process by Digging the stuff that you like best.• Build a friend list; then your friends can track what you’re Digging. They can also subscribe to an RSS feed of your submissions and/or your Diggs. http://www.digg.com/
Wizlite• Wizlite is a tool allowing users to collaboratively highlight important passages on pages on the Internet.• Users can organize in groups and attach notes to their selections.• Wizlite is activated by a bookmarklet or Firefox toolbar extension.• Wizlite is great for many applications, such as topic discovery (e.g. for talks) or reviewing. http://wizlite.com/
NoteMesh• NoteMesh is a free service that allows college students in the same classes to share notes with each other.• It works by creating a wiki for individual classes that users can edit.• Users are free to post their own lecture notes or contribute to existing lecture notes.• The idea is that users in the same class can collaboratively create a definitive source for lecture notes. http://notemesh.com
Video Editing ToolsEye Spot Online Video Mixing http://eyespot.com/Jump Cut Online Video Editor http://jumpcut.com/Windows Movie Maker http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/ moviemaker/default.mspxAvid Free DV http://www.avid.com/freedv/Storyboard Pro http://www.atomiclearning.com/storyboardp roMicrosoft PhotoStory http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/ digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx
BrainPop• BrainPOP is an educational program that provides curriculum-based content spanning seven main subjects including: Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health, Arts & Music, and Technology. http://www.brainpop.com/
QUIA• Create: – Activities (16 different types) – Quizzes (10 types) – Calendars – Web pages – Upload images and audio – Track and report student progress http://www.quia.com/
Library of Congress• The Library of Congress has Image Libraries, Video Libraries, and Exhibitions online – http://www.loc.gov/index.html – American Memory Collection contains historic media
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/index.html
NetTrekker d.i.• netTrekker d.i., the latest version of netTrekker, the award- winning search engine for schools, supports differentiated instruction with standards-based online resources, organized by readability level to help every child achieve. http://school.nettrekker.com/frontdoor/
Classroom Resources• NoteStar enhanced research tools http://notestar.4teachers.org/• RubiStar rubric creation tools http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php• QuizStar online quiz creation tools http://quizstar.4teachers.org/• TrackStar online hotlist and Internet activity creation tools http://trackstar.4teachers.org/• Web Worksheet Wizard http://wizard.4teachers.org/• Project Poster online project-based activity creation tools http://poster.4teachers.org/• Discovery School Puzzle Maker http://www.puzzlemaker.com/• National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http:// nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html
WebQuests• A WebQuest for K-12 Teachers utilizing the WebGuide Template - Internet4Classrooms version - http://www.internet4classrooms.com/lesson_plan_quest.htm• WebQuest Template - http://www.internet4classrooms.com/lesson-template.htm• San Diego State University Educational Technology Department WebQuests Page - http://webquest.sdsu.edu/• Best WebQuests - http://bestwebquests.com/• WebQuest Templates SDSU - http://webquest.sdsu.edu/LessonTemplate.html• Teachnology WebQuest Generator - http://teachers.teach-nology.com/web_tools/web_quest/• Differentiated Instruction WebQuests - http:// www.lakelandschools.org/EDTECH/Differentiation/nine.htm• Using the Understanding By Design Model to create WebQuests - http://www.bclacts.org/Using%20Ubd%20to%20design%20a%20webquest.pdf