No More Scraps of Paper on the Floor An Introduction to Glogster and VoiceThread By Bruce DuBoff, Librarian, Pennsauken Public Schools
What is this web 2.0 stuff anyway?
Term coined in 2005 by publisher Tim O’Reilly
Collaborative online applications at least partially defined by the ability to share them
The network is the platform; for all of you linguistics fans, it’s like Marshall McLuhan’s “The medium is the message.”
Applications get better as more people use them
Creativity plus mixing and remixing
Our students are “digital natives”
Media and gadgets common throughout everyday life
Enjoy media and carry it everywhere
Internet is center of revolution/paradigm shift—ubiquitous
Multitasking is a way of life
Ordinary folks can be artists, directors, musicians, publishers, storytellers using Web 2.0 apps
Everything will change even more in coming years!
Our students are daring us to tread on “their ground.” Let’s accept!
What standards Do web 2.0 apps meet?
Language Arts Literacy: In order to build Web 2.0 content, Students must:
Read other material (3.1)
Write and create original material (3.2)
Talk into a mic, in front of the class, or both (3.3)
Listen to other content and presentations (3.4)
Construct meaning through media (3.5)
What standards Do web 2.0 apps meet?
Mathematics 4.5 features Problem Solving, Communication, Connections, Reasoning, Representations, and Technology
Science—from the CCCS website: “Scientific proficiency encompasses . . . use of scientific knowledge and scientific ways of thinking for individual and social purposes.”
Social Studies mission (from the CCCS website): “Social studies education provides learners with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become active, informed citizens and contributing members of local, state, national, and global communities in the digital age.”
The World Languages mission is “. . . to communicate face-to-face and by virtual means in appropriate ways”
No need to discuss the Technology Standards
21st-Century Life and Careers Mission: “21st-century life and career skills enable students to make informed decisions that prepare them to engage as active citizens in a dynamic global society and to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century global workplace.”
Remember the Tri-Fold? You cut and pasted from magazines. What is wrong with this picture? You put your title top center
Not engaging after initial reaction
Flat and two-dimensional
No video, sound, movement
Falls apart, rips, crinkles and crumbles
Kids think it’s boring and unnecessary
What the %*!$# do you do with it when you’re done?!?!
Your main picture went here It got pretty messy, especially if, like me, you weren’t particularly good at this stuff A caption said something like, Although they disbanded in 1970, The Beatles continue to be the primary influence for many of today’s bands.
Remember Cassette recorders? Bulky, unattractive Poor quality Tapes degrade over time Cassettes and reel-to-reel were a real pain in the posterior
The Cure for boring Web 2.0! Let’s take a look at two apps
Online poster maker
Can include audio, video, clip art, downloaded images, etc.
Basic version is free
Kids of all ages love it
Glogs can be easily embedded in wikis and other websites
Records your voice and can attach it to any uploaded image
Makes voice-moderated presentations
Kids love to hear their own voices
How many ways can you have folks meet the Speaking and Presentation standards?
Can communicate and share across the globe
Can share and comment on other VoiceThreads
Basic service free for everyone
The best place to learn about this stuff It Surprised the $*@!!%# out of me YouTube! Glogster in 90 seconds
www.edu.glogster.com www.voicethread.com Where to go to start the fun!
You will need to register—it’s pretty easy
There are excellent tutorials on each website
Play with them before you introduce them to your students
The best way to learn how to do it is to play with it
It’s online, so you cannot harm your computer by doing something wrong
Contact info Bruce DuBoff Librarian Howard M. Phifer Middle School Pennsauken Intermediate School 8201 Park Avenue 8201 Park Avenue Pennsauken, NJ 08109 Pennsauken, NJ 08109 firstname.lastname@example.org (856) 662-8501, ext. 1137 (856) 662-8511, ext. 4536 Fax: (856) 662-5387 Fax: (856) 486-1422 http://ww2.pennsauken.net/pim http://ww2.pennsauken.net/pms http://phiferbooks.blogspot.com WEBSITE FOR PRESENTATION: http://glogsterandvoicethread.wikispaces.com