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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
    View slide
  • 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”:
    View slide
  • 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