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10 neat, cool, free web 2.0 tools for use in the classroom, sponsored by Dulany Consulting.

10 neat, cool, free web 2.0 tools for use in the classroom, sponsored by Dulany Consulting.

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    • “10 easy web 2.0 tools”Intended Audience: Secondary education teachers
      Pete Dulany, CIW
      East Leyden High School
      Notes from today’s session available at DulanyConsulting.com/Connections
    • Who’s here?
      Is this your first time here at Connections?
      YES – This is my first time.
      NO – I have been here before.
    • Now for a REAL question
      A site that is considered “Web 2.0” is a website that…
      A. Has been newly created (since the year 2007)
      B. Is based on user-created content
      C. Built upon national core standards
      D. Runs on the latest upgrade to the Internet
    • Tool #1: GoAnimate
      Great digital storytelling tool
      Free teacher accounts with student logins
      Enjoy this sample GoAnimateVideo I made in 2 hours called “Web 2.0 Homework Excuses”:
    • PROs / CONs
      Pros:
      Digital storytelling increases student understanding
      Students are actively writing
      Students are engaged and excited to learn
      Basic accounts are free
      Cons:
      Can be sluggish over a slow Internet connection
      Learning curve: one to two class periods
    • Tool #2: Prezi
      An alternative to tedious PowerPoint presentations
      All freshmen at Leyden HS Dist 212 learn this
      Embeds videos right from YouTube – no need to download and convert
      Web Accessible – no need to move PPTs with flash drives or student login accounts.
      Enjoy this sample Prezi:
      The Game of LIFE - Teacher Edition
      FBLA Prezi
      http://prezi.com/5kwtycqeivwj/my-fbla-prezi/
    • PROs / CONs
      Pros:
      Students are forced to think in text blurbs
      Simple, easy to read colors
      Instant YouTube embedding
      Easy to create and edit Prezis
      Basic accounts are free
      Cons:
      No text animations, just zooming / positioning
      All prezis are public
    • Tool #3: WallWisher
      A great way for students to do things like:
      Post questions about a topic
      Post difficulties with an assignment
      A great way for faculty to do things like:
      Ideas for student of the month
      Post recruiting ideas
      Post who’s bringing what for a potluck lunch
      Check out the sample Wall!
    • Quick Poll
      What’s the biggest problem with WallWisher?
      A. Students have to sign up for a user account
      B. The wall owner has to approve every post
      C. Keeping the posts “unique”
      D. Abusive language and CyberBullying
    • PROs / CONs
      Pros:
      No signup – just visit and post
      You can “approve” posts or not
      Fast and instant thoughts
      Easy to create and set up. It’s free!
      Cons:
      Unique posts / students
      Requires moderation if anyone can post
    • Tool #4: StoryBird
      Simple stories – nothing like GoAnimate
      Appropriate for younger audiences – there is no animation here
      COLLABORATIVE story telling – no email signup required.
      Bummer – you need to use THEIR art. But it’s still cool.
      A sample story:
      George's Journey Home
    • PROs / CONs
      Pros:
      No signup
      Exercises creativity
      Cons:
      Students may be unwilling to be ridiculous – create your own
      For now, must use Storybird Art
    • Tool #5: 360 Cities
      360 cities lets students feel as though they are actually in another city
      Provides both panoramic views from the ground and air
      Technology case study: Compare rooftops in Iran and Cuba: what do you notice about the technology each country uses?
    • Tool #6: Weebly
      Creates instant websites for clubs, organizations, teacher webpages. Includes a free dropbox that gets sent to your e-mail account.
      No expensive Dreamweaver license. No HTML coding required. No FTP. No fees.
      EVERY teacher can have a webpage.
      Demo – www.mrdulany.com
    • Tool #7: Vuvox
      An excellent timeline creation tool. Also useful for showing order.
      Helpful for creating interactive timelines
      Showcase: History of the Internet (History), Moore’s Law (Math), Cell Mitosis (Science), Summarizing a story (English), even nonlinear projects like word definitions and a picture to help remember.
      Incorporates reading and writing
      Demo : When I present...
    • Tool #8: scribblemaps
      Google Maps are great – but sometimes, you just need to scribble on them.
      Useful for parking directions
      Good for GPS devices on a “treasure hunt” – where you’ve been, or where you will go (Wireless War Walking)
      Demo – ScribbleMaps.com
      Actual assignment - Trail of Tears
    • Tool #9: Many Eyes
      This phenomenal tool will allow you to either take an existing data set from the community or upload your own to see patterns in data.
      Demo: College education prices, acceptance scores
    • Tool #10: Wordle
      This one isn’t “NEW” or fresh – but, I like it.
      Gives “big ideas” and vocabulary. Wordle.net
    • But, remember…
      Use these tools at the beginning of lesson planning, not as an add-on extra.
      USE THESE TOOLS TODAY. TRY ONE TONIGHT.
      Seriously. Try JUST ONE today.
    • And now this…
      The presentation that you’ve seen today – and many more like it – can be brought to your school district.
      I train teachers in technology!
      If you need help building (or re-building) a curriculum, particularly an online curriculum, I can help with that too.
      The winner of the portable speakers is…
    • Conclusion
      Questions / Answers
      Collection of remotes & surveys / distribution of CPDUs
      Remember that all slides are posted to DulanyConsulting.com/Connections
      You can reach me at Pete@DulanyConsulting.com