Homework For years there have been web-savvy teachers who posted their homework on a website for their students and parents. This can still be done with blogs, and with many services teachers can post assignments daily with no knowledge of html, css, rss, and other random combinations of letters Keep Parents in the Loop Of course parents often like to know more about what's going on in your class than just &quot;Do #s 2-106 on page 42.&quot; A teacher's blog could become an online newsletter that discusses all kinds of notable events such as units, scans of student work, field trip information and permission slips, and more. Virtual Inservice Many teachers have decided to use their blogs as a forum for sharing their views on educational psychology, technology, and so on. Other teachers have the power to post comments in each others' blogs or even write larger responses in their own blogs. The result is a series of conversations where teachers share their knowledge and experiences with each other where everyone comes out better informed at the end. This week in class, we... Some teachers encourage students to work as a group on a single blog, resulting in a sort of online newspaper where different students work on different articles. Knowing that their audience is now not just the teacher but the entire world, students often end up going above and beyond what they would ever do if they just had to submit a report, two pages, double spaced, MLA format. Student Work Along the same lines, each student could have their own blog where they can post their assignments. The teacher and classmates could then comment on each student's work, providing concrete evidence of class participation.
Blogger - http://www.blogger.com/ This is a great service (owned by Google) that allows anyone to create and customize a blog. While it's designed so anyone can get started it also has enough versatility for the truly geeky to get almost everything out of it that they want. (audioblogger) Blogmeister - http://classblogmeister.com/ Many blogging services are turned down by schools or teachers because adults loose a certain level of control over the students. After all, bogging students have a global forum where they can say whatever they want. With Blogmeister (from the brilliant mind of David Warlick ), all student postings and comments do not go &quot;live&quot; to the internet unless a teacher approves them. NovemberLearning - http://nlcommunities.com/ Alan November's blogging service. Used to be free for educators, but will begin charging soon. Has support for photo albums built in to it. Designed for educators, but doesn't really have any significant features tailored to using it in an educational setting (like Blogmeister) Edublogs - http://edublogs.org/ James Farmer's Wordpress Multiuser offering to educators. Any teacher can get a free blog there. There are several themes to choose from. It is essentially a standard Wordpress installation, which is the blog engine of choice for many edubloggers because of it's powerful features and open source code. While the name is Edublogs, there are no features tailored specifically to using it in the educational environement. James also offers learnerblogs.org for students and uniblogs.org for university students and faculty.
Podcasts can also be used as formative or summative assessments.
Podcasting is a great tool in differentiating instruction.
&quot;Wiki-wiki&quot; means &quot;hurry quick&quot; in Hawaiian.
Import changes into an rss aggregator (bloglines)
Introducing wikis into the classroom provides a perfect vehicle for reinforcing or teaching students the importance of wide and reliable research, checking authors and sources, etc. Just as podcasting and blogging provides a vehicle for instructing students in copyright and fair use guidelines.
The Digital Divide Network is an online community of educators and policy makers who are seeking ways to narrow the gap between the Internet haves and have-nots.
Use wikis as formats for subject guides . “The great thing about that,” she says, “is that librarians would be creating the wiki themselves in concert with teachers.” Invite students and teachers to annotate your catalog on a wiki . “To students, the best advice comes from other students,” she says. “You could have kids write book reviews you could add to the catalog.” Make wikis meeting places for communities inside the school . For example, create a wiki as a kind of bulletin board, a repository for information that comes from the cafeteria, the principal’s office, students, teachers, and even parents. Link librarians in your district in a collaborative enterprise . When teaching in North Carolina, Rob Lucas set up a model for such a site. His Teachers Lounge is a wiki where first-year teachers can share lesson plans. Farkas’s libsuccess.org is another fine model.
Online Tools to Engage Students Jennifer Carrier Dorman Central Bucks School District http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/Conferences
Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet using either the RSS or Atom syndication formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers.
Video Editing Tools Eye Spot Online Video Mixing http://eyespot.com/ Jump Cut Online Video Editor http://jumpcut.com/ Windows Movie Maker http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx Avid Free DV http://www.avid.com/freedv/ Storyboard Pro http://www.atomiclearning.com/storyboardpro Microsoft PhotoStory http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/ digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx
netTrekker d.i., the latest version of netTrekker, the award-winning search engine for schools, supports differentiated instruction with standards-based online resources, organized by readability level to help every child achieve.