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  • 1. A (Very) Brief Introduction to Tech Tools Teacher In-Service Fall 2009 Lydia Schultz
  • 2. Tools: What are some of the most popular in education circles?
            • Blogs
            • RSS feeds
            • Twitter
            • Wikis
  • 3. BLOGS
    • Short for “web log”
    • A place for people to write entries (called “posts”) in an on-going basis
    • Many based on education:
    • Here is a sample:
    • Free Technology for Teachers
  • 4. RSS Feeds
    • A tool to subscribe to particular web posts
    • Like getting a newspaper article or magazine delivered to you directly
    • Can be received by email or different source such as Google Reader
  • 5. Twitter
    • A site that allows “micro-blogging”
    • People can write only 140 characters or less
    • Can be useful for sharing links (websites) or getting quick advice:
    • Twitter
  • 6. Wikis
    • From the Hawaiian word for “fast”
    • A collaborative website that can be created quickly and can be added to easily
    • Many free options for teachers and students
  • 7. Links to the TTSP Wikis
    • TTSP Media Wiki for Students
    • A website to consolidate material for students in grades 3 through 8
    • TTSP Staff Wiki
    • A website to collect material for our staff to share resources and ideas
  • 8. Explore the TTSP Wikis
    • Student Wiki
    • Which topics would you want to make sure your students work on?
    • How could you use these materials with your classes?
    • Staff Wiki
    • Can you find any links that are useful to you?
    • Do you have links you would like to share?
    • Can you think of other material we should include here?
  • 9. Free Wiki Sites for Teachers
    • PBWorks —The site I used for the wikis I made for TTSP
    • Wikispaces —Another option that you can use to set up a wiki
  • 10. Other Resources
    • WikiWhy —More background and wikis and how to use them in education
    • Wikis in Plain English —Video to explain in basic terms how a wiki works (Common Craft is also a good source for other technological explanations.)