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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