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Final project

  1. 1. Wikis, Blogs & Web Publishing <ul><li>by Beth Hampton </li></ul>
  2. 2. Wikis <ul><li>My wiki / </li></ul><ul><li>Until 2 years ago, each secondary building Tech Specialist would create their own handouts on how to use computer programs and ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. Lots of duplication of time with each building doing it themselves. Now the district has the “CyberCenter” which is one huge Wiki. There is a group of us who collaborate and work on creating Wikis for the staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis are a great way for people to collaborate while they create and edit Web page content. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Wikis continued <ul><li>Wikis are easy to use but they are time consuming. There is so much you are able to enter into a Wiki - import files, embed videos, gadgets, glogs, tables, link to pages or outside links, surveys, maps, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>From the “Wiki Walk” assignment, I liked the Perk Up Your Projects Wiki because it is visually appealing and very easy to find the information. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Blogs <ul><li>My Blog: / </li></ul><ul><li>As a Tech Specialist for my high school, I feel like I could be emailing out to the staff daily with technology information. I decided to use the blog as the tool of sharing information since we receive so many emails daily. From the blog, I link out to the district’s CyberCenter wiki when applicable so that the staff can learn more than I can place on the blog. I find myself sharing more things than I would if I depended on just emailing the staff. </li></ul><ul><li>100 Best Blogs for the Classroom Teacher </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ways to Use Blogs <ul><li>English classes/Librarian can use a blog to discuss books they read </li></ul><ul><li>Work Experience students can use a blog to discuss job related items such as ethics on the job, what makes a good resume, what are good interview skills, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Science can use blogs to have students make predictions before experiments </li></ul><ul><li>Use a blog to write experiences learned on a field trip </li></ul><ul><li>Use a blog to critique projects – in our web design class we take class time to critique every website created by the students. We could use a blog for students to write their critiques as an assignment and then we can discuss it in class – would get more participation as some students are intimidated by those who are vocal. </li></ul><ul><li>Use blogs to share information and things learned/experienced </li></ul>
  6. 6. RSS Reader <ul><li>I used iGoogle as my reader. It was extremely easy to setup and add content. I like how you can share a tab for others to view. I have been creating tabs with content for other departments and sharing it with them. </li></ul><ul><li>I am finding myself spending less time finding information because now the information is coming to me. Always nice to find a timesaving tool. </li></ul><ul><li>When I need to learn something new I immediately go to the “Plain English” videos - they explain so everyone can understand. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Web Publishing <ul><li>Xtranormal was the tool I used for my Web Publishing project. My movie is located at </li></ul><ul><li>When I learned about Xtranormal it was around the time that Avatar was in the movie theatre. I found that students loved this online program. The students did not mind writing the text as they liked what the final product looked like. I find that anytime you can get students to write and they enjoy it, it is worth using. </li></ul><ul><li>100 Apps for Tech Savvy Teachers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Which tool have I found most useful? <ul><li>It is a tie between iGoogle and Blogs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iGoogle was new to me and most of my staff so I had a lot of fun adding content to my iGoogle page and then sharing those tabs with other teachers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being able to use my blog to communicate information to my staff is invaluable. Especially for those teachers who have my blog on their RSS Reader. The district has many ways for teachers to obtain information about technology but I’m using my blog to share an article, websites, technology programs, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Moodle/Online Learning <ul><li>Our district requires teachers to maintain an eBoard as a way for information to be given to students and parents. Last year we began showing teachers Moodle and now we have a fair number of teachers who have moved to using Moodle for their classes. Teachers like it because they are going paperless, students can submit their work through Moodle, the teacher can grade it, and the teachers said they feel like it is their “filing cabinet” which contains all of their content for the course but they can control when the students see that content. I loved using Moodle for this class as it allowed me to see other ways in which Moodle can be used. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Final Thoughts <ul><li>I really liked taking this online course. I have never been in the role of a student using Moodle as I have always been the teacher using it. I learned from this course and I applied everything learned immediately. The teachers at my school will benefit from my learning. </li></ul>