I love Quizlet! It is easy to use and access. It is free! Quizlet is a great way to integrate technology in the classroom and homework habits of my students! The interactive nature not only allows my students to practice, study, and quiz themselves, but the comments feature allows students to pose questions of their peers and of me, the instructor, for clarification! In addition, Quizlet is a tool my students can use to generate flashcards for any course they will study! It is a great tool for promoting lifelong learning and study skills.
Choose from: What’s Hot, Topics, Channels, or search A-Z
Use MovieMatcher to connect you to films that interest you
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SnagFilms and SnagLearning are great Web 2.0 Applications that should be used in the classroom. They are a great alternative solutions to YouTube and are more about what is going on in the world rather than random people uploading whatever comes to mind first. This tool allows students to learn about different disciplines in relation to their world.
“ PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”
Users choose a photograph from a large gallery of beautiful, inspirational, humorous, and thought-provoking photos
Users may utilize a list of words (divided into nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and universal words) that the website offers related to each individual picture (sort of like “magnetic refrigerator poetry"), or the users may choose to freewrite poetry or descriptive paragraphs.
Users can then post the finished poem to their Facebook or MySpace page, their blog, or a wiki or other website. They can also email the finished poem to any address.
I'm excited to use this Web 2.0 site in my classroom. The lesson plans provided on the site are an outstanding resource. I have my students write poetry when we do our poetry unit and they're always asking, "What do I write about?" and "How do I get started?" PicLits really gives students some inspiration and some ideas to get started. Students could complete the assignment and upload it to the class wiki or they could email it to the teacher. It would also be a wonderful extra credit assignment. Or I could also have students write descriptive paragraphs on the photographs instead of poetry. This site is a literature teacher's or creative writing teacher's dream!
I think Glogster should simplify their "Dashboard" because it is hard to find things at their site. It has a lot of "Junk mail" and other things that are not useful included that make it really hard to find your own glogs.
Make sure to add your students using the "Excel" option.
To add sound, data and drawing options, you must purchase the premium edition.
Aesthetically unappealing color schemes, icons, and advertisements
Cannot aggregate and separate: If you want a link in two categories, you have to enter it twice; If you want to remove it from your categories, you have to remove the link from whichever categories it is in individually
It is not difficult to search other portals, but it isn't very social because it is not networked
There is no notification or feed to let you know when things have changed on the site
Many teachers at my school use portaportal. Our school's website has all of our individual teacher links to portaportal. This is helpful for parents with more than one child at our school so they do not even have to remember our portal username.
I like how I can share links easily with fellow teachers and parents
My students are only in kindergarten so they do not access it themselves, but I often pull it up on the projector to quickly open bookmarks. I like it because I can use it in the library, computer lab, another classroom, etc.
I like portaportal, because it is what many people at my school use. However, I think Delicious is overall a better bookmarking site
Check out my portal:http://guest.portaportal.com/rkashwood
Web. 2.0 applications are definitely useful for educators and students alike! Technology can be used to engage students because it's such a huge part of their lives. The learning can be more relevant to students if they can somehow use it with technology. In our research we've found that ...
Quizlet is a great resource for any subject and grade level. Teachers can create vocabulary lists, flashcards, quizzes, and review games promoting both in class and independent study skills.
SnagFilms and SnagLearning offers educational films at your fingertips. It also offers activities and quizzes to accompany the films.
PitLits is a creative outlet for students. It gives them inspiration to be great poets and writers and offers them a place to publish their work to Facebook or their class wikis.
Glogster allows students and teachers to create interactive posters with photos, video, and audio. This would be an innovative way for students to do group projects in any subject area.
PortaPortal is social bookmarking for the classroom allowing quick access to links and teachers, students and parents to share bookmarks.