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Presentation for NYSCATE 2010 workshop. Take a whirlwind tour of free Web 2.0 tools that will engage your students and empower them to become creators of content. We will share a Baker's Dozen of our ...

Presentation for NYSCATE 2010 workshop. Take a whirlwind tour of free Web 2.0 tools that will engage your students and empower them to become creators of content. We will share a Baker's Dozen of our favorites and then turn the floor over to our audience for their contributions. Build your own resource bank of great tools with a price tag that won't dent your shrinking budgets.

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    Wild Wacky and Worthy Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom Wild Wacky and Worthy Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom Presentation Transcript

      • Presenters: Michael Swirsky and Ellen Phillips,
      • Instructional Technology Specialists,
      • Office of Educational Technology, Queens
      • NYCDOE
      Tools for Schools
    • Embedding
      • Embedding allows another part of the Internet to live on your site
      (Similar to an embedded reporter in a war zone)
    • Linking to a URL
      • The URL Link directs you to another website
      START END
    • Our Baker’s Dozen
      • In the Classroom
      • Embed source documents on your site
      • Embed assignments
      • Embed school/class newsletters
      • Embed student work
      • Here’s an example
    • Package your documents and embed them on your site with this neat and tidy document player!
      • Accepts assorted document types in one player and will tab each document.
      • Customize permissions for printing and downloading
      • Generates an embed code and a URL
      • Your viewers do not need third party software like Adobe Acrobat to read PDFs, etc.
    • http://docsteach.org /
      • In The Classroom:
      • Create Flash Activities based on topic and thinking skills
      • Find created Flash activities based on topic and/or thinking skills i.e. create an activity that focuses on an historical era and drill down even further to find one that focuses on interpreting data.
      • The activities can be a great place to differentiate learning for all levels of students.
    • http://www.hippocampus.org Free multimedia lessons and course materials
      • Free Interdisciplinary multimedia lesson database
      • Provides you with pre build courses that unit ad lesson plans or select specific topics to enrich lessons.
      • Contains a wide range of content areas, supplementing existing classroom resources
      • Add your own annotations to lessons.
      • Spanish content for Algebra and Calculus
    • In the Classroom
      • Organized by Topics, Courses, Text and Mini Site
      • Great for differentiation
      • 24/7 learning
      • Add links to other sites or quizzes that you have created (Google Forms).
      • Here’s an example
    • www.tagxedo.com What does it do? Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
    • Compare Similar Documents
      • Use option "Deja Vu" to show identical words in the same color
      George Washington Thomas Jefferson
      • make tag clouds in real-time,
      • save the tag cloud as an image for printing and sharing
      • choose from many different fonts
      • quickly switch between different colors and themes
      • constrain the cloud to selected shapes (heart, star, cloud, oval, etc)
      • use images as custom shapes
      • use words as custom shapes
    • In the Classroom: 101 ways to use Tagxedo. http://blog.tagxedo.com/101-ways-to-use-tagxedo-completed
      • A great marriage of photos (old and new) and maps
      • Access with a Google account
      • Learn history and add to history
      • You can read/write the stories
      • Search the map by topic, date or keyword
      http://www.historypin.com
      • In The Classroom:
      • Students can research local photos on the map and read/write about them.
      • Students upload old photos and add their stories to the map
      • Student can add comments to existing stories on the map
      • Compare past and present through photos and stories on the map by using streetview.
    • http://scratch.mit.edu http://scratched.media.mit.edu
    • Scratched.media.mit.edu
      • Scratch is a graphical programming language that students can use to create animations, simulations, games, interactive projects, stories, etc.
      • Fosters creativity, thinking and problem solving and technology fluency
      • Communication and Collaboration: Scratch community encourages global sharing
      • and remixing Scratch programs is encouraged
      • Resources for educators at the Scratched site
      • Choose old-style video game and have small groups of students program their own versions
      • Student can program animations of book reports and stories
      • Simulate a scientific process i.e. the water cycle, food chain, etc.
      • Used in Lego Robotics program
      • For more information: Learning How to Make a Game (http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/Mick/10482) and (http://scratch.mit.edu/galleries/view/93770)
      In The Classroom
    • BBC Dimensions http://howbigreally.com Make real word connections to places and events in history.
      • In the Classroom:
      • Bring home the human scale of events and places in history
      • Helps communicate history in a way that connects with your students’ lives
      • Coming soon: Create your own maps
      • Here’s an example
      BBC Dimensions
    • “ A brilliant way to quote”
      • “ kwout” is a plug in for the Firefox browser
      • “ kwout” lets you quote a part of a web page as a image with an image map. Links stay “live.”
      • Generates an embed code
      • Can be shared with a click to social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
      • Allows for annotation
      Kwout.com
      • In the Classroom
      • Students can take direct quotes from web pages and embed them on site.
      • Embed teacher-created Kwouts as prompts for blog posts or free writing
      • Non-readers can “see” the sites in a Kwout and know where to click
      • Link Kwout URL to Google Map placemarks for students to get additional information/perspectives on a topic.
    • QWIKI: A Curated Information Experience www.qwiki.com
      • In the classroom:
      • Provide a narrated experience complete with images
      • Text can accompany narration
      • Images can be downloaded
      • Provides an engaging visual overview of a topic with
      • related links and additional resources.
    • Their mission is to bring users the best information on the Web for any topic, employing human insight and methodical review. SweetSearch4Me is our search engine for emerging learners. SweetSearch2Day is where students Learn Something New Every Day. Visit SweetSearch for School Librarians for content that helps students use the Web effectively. Visit our SweetSites for teachers and students, organized by subject and academic level. Visit SweetSearch Biographies for profiles of 1,000+ significant people. Visit SweetSearch Social Studies for our best social studies content.
    • In The Classroom
    • Giving readers the power to search and explore rich content and media from the web without even leaving the page.
      • Works by installing a plug in
      • Highlight any word on a page and get search results in a pop up box from Google, Bing Wikipedia, YouTube, Google Images
      • In The Classroom
      • Great for vocabulary understanding
      • Differentiates the learning, helping struggling readers
      • Have your students go to an article at NYTimes.com and highlight several names mentioned in the article.
      • Have them share what they learned about those people and their relevance to the article.
    •  
      • Real-time multi-user online whiteboard.
      • Live audio, image collaboration, text-chat
      • No download required
      • Permissions allow for locking and privacy
      • Easy on-the-fly invites to the room
      • In The Classroom:
      • Global collaboration on project planning
      • Online homework help/tutoring
      • Upload Flickr images to spark discussion
      • Embed a room on your blog as a collaborative workspace for students to respond to a post
      • Link a room to a Google Map placemark for student response/work
      • Archive student work in a room by locking and linking
    • Two way video side by side conference http://www.wetoku.com
    • A great way to have a show on your website or blog Embed a live conference Record and archive interviews.
      • In The Classroom:
      • Invite an expert into your classroom
      • Interview an author
      • Have your students role play an interview, or debate, record and embed on your wiki, blog or website.
      • Use it to conference with a parent
      • Use it to tutor a child
      • The possibilities are endless
      • Here’s an example
    • Wild Wacky Worthy Wiki http://wildwackyworthy.wikispaces.com
    • To Contact the Wild and Wacky Team
      • Michael Swirsky
      • [email_address]
      • Ellen Phillips
      • [email_address]