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Web 2 0 Projects Elementary


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Learn about some very useful technologies that teachers can use in the classroom. Not only are these applications simple to use, but they are also free to first-time users!

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Web 2 0 Projects Elementary

  1. 1. With a focus on tools for elementary teachers By Kari Moore, Ella Newkirk, and Beth Quarles
  2. 2. Table of Contents   Slides 3-6...............Letterpop Newsletter Application     Slides 7-11..............Noteflight Application     Slides 12-17............Rubistar 4 Teachers Application   Slides 18-21...........Summary of Presentations   . Kari Moore Beth Quarles Ella Newkirk
  3. 3. Letterpop Newsletter Maker   If you're looking for a creative way to communicate on paper,   then Letterpop is for you! Its capabilities include: *Newsletters-Personal and Business *Presentations *Invitations Anyone can take advantage of the awesome features that Letterpop provides.   Simple. Fun. Better Results.
  4. 4. Letterpop is Better For You And Your Business 1. To set up your account, 3. Creating your newsletter is simply go to Letterpop and comparable to working with click in the upper right hand Word documents. Choose corner on JOIN NOW. The from fonts, colors, and basic account is FREE and backgrounds. You can also includes 10 published insert pictures from your newsletters, invitations, computer, clipart, or disc. presentation sheets, or a 4. You then have the option to combination of the above. email your finished product. 2. Once your profile is You can also publish the created, simply choose a newsletter. Be careful, as this template from the colorful list will count towards your ten of hundreds of samples. freebees.
  5. 5. Letterpop in the Classroom Since Letterpop offers 10 free applications, its members can decifer when and how to use Letterpop.   Teachers could take advantage of the 10 freebees and create a monthly newsletter to either email or print and send to parents.   This application could also be used within the Special Areas teachers, inviting parents (in either an invitation or a flyer handout) to events such as concerts, art shows, programs, or open houses.   Teachers could also use Letterpop for personal, teacher-to- teacher, or teacher-to-parent letters.
  6. 6. ast Frustrations with Letterpop etterpop happily welcomes comments, questions, and uggestions. 1. Website Downtimes (problem fixed). 2. Duplicate Comments on Newsletters (problem fixed). 3. Letterpop font sizing and background modifying is a bit senstitive and tricky, but with some patience, the results will be great.   Here's a part of Letterpop's Co-Creator's welcome note: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 Greetings to all you who have been invited to or found LetterPop! I’m Dave, one of the Co-creators of LetterPop! There are a number of us behind this great new site. And over time you’ll get to know us all. We like web transparency and web community and especially your feedback! Please let me know how things go as you try out the site. You can email me directly at or just click on one of the many links you’ll find throughout the site to offer feedback. Or just comment on this post. Blessings, Dave *'s Blog Page)  
  7. 7. Noteflight   Noteflight is a free, online music notation program designed to  help users share music, compose music and edit music.     Noteflight was started in summer of 2008, and has quickly  become a well used tool for musicians wishing to collaborate  with others, as well as music educators.
  8. 8. Getting Started on Noteflight 3. Congratulations!  You now  To get your account started,  have an account on  go to Noteflight!   1. At the top, right section of  4. Now that you have an  the screen, click on Sign Up.  account...   There are three options to  2. You then enter your email,  choose at the top of the page.   select your position from a  Click on quot;new scoresquot; to begin  menu, and create a username  notating your own music.   and password. Click on quot;browse scoresquot; to  look at others' music.  Click on  quot;my scoresquot; to view a listing of  all the scores you have  created.
  9. 9. Benefits of using Noteflight in the  classroom • Noteflight is an easy way for teachers to guide students in  composing and notating their own music, which meets  National Standard 4.0. • Students can collaborate with other musicians around the  country. • After composing a piece, the students can use Noteflight to  get a professional quality copy of their original masterpiece! • Students have the ability to edit and make changes to any  music that is imported into the program. • Students can browse others' work, analyzing and evaluating  each piece of music, meeting National Standards 6.0 and 7.0. • It's free, fun and easy!!!  
  10. 10. Problems with Noteflight    The main potential problem I see with this technology is the   possibility of violating copyright laws when using music notation/ sharing sites such as this one.  Students would need to be  educated on copyright laws.  Importing a piece of music and  then putting a different composer's name is illegal, even if minor  changes are made to the music.  Users may email tech support with any technical problem.   There is also a forum for users to give any kind of suggestions  on how to improve the site.  The administrators are actively  involved in the discussions, leaving comments and interacting  with users to improve the program.
  11. 11. Who should use Noteflight? Noteflight is great for teachers to use in the  classroom!! I am so glad I found this application, it will  be a great help in  teaching children to  compose and notate. I would recommend  (music created using Noteflight) this program to any music educator, music student or musicians  looking for an easy-to-use professional quality notation and sharing  program!
  12. 12. RubiStar   RubiStar is a free web program to help teachers design rubrics for their classrooms. Teachers can choose from pre-made from hundreds of pre-made rubrics, create a rubric based on a template or desgin own rubric altogether. Rubrics not only cut down grading time, but also help students know what is expected of them.   
  13. 13. Setting up your RubiStar account... To get started go to 1. In the upper-right corner click on quot;Sign Upquot; 2. Type in your name and zip code. Create a password  that you will remember. Don't forget to input your email  address. 3. Your account has been created and you are quot;Ready  To Go.quot; By clicking on quot;New Rubricquot; , you can get  rolling. 4. You will find a screen with many options for  customizable rubrics so choose one that fits your needs.  5.Simply input a title for rubric and then choose want you  want your categories to be. Click submit and then you  are done!
  14. 14. Benefits of RubiStar RubiStar has easy to follow directions that make creating  rubrics easy. If you feel like you need more help you can  even go through a tutorial by clicking on link.   If you are lacking in time or ideas, you can click on quot;Find  Rubricquot; to search through thousands made by other  teachers. Just input a keyword.   If you select quot;Permanentquot; after creating your rubric, then  the website will save in under your teacher page forever.  It will also be available to other teachers. Helping multiple  teachers at one time!  
  15. 15. More Benefits of RubiStar Another option that is really useful is the quot;Analysisquot; .  After you have graded students work, input the results  and RubiStar will anlayze to show you what was easy,  right on target, and too difficult for students. This will  help with future planning!   RubiStar cuts down on time you would spending  creating the document in another program.   It is free!
  16. 16. Issues Facing RubiStar Users The website is down ever so often for updates.    Every now and then users are unable to access rubrics they  have already made, due to maintence.    There is no way to add images or pictures which can  sometimes be important in an elementary or English  Language Learner setting.    The wording of pre-made rubrics can be a little challenging  for young learners.   There is no feedback or contact link.  
  17. 17. Other Thoughts on RubiStar I used RubiStar a couple of times while student teaching  and honestly forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago. It  would have helped me so many times over the past year.    I will continue to use RubiStar in the future. Sometimes I  have a hard time putting into words what I expect and this  tool helps me gather my thoughts.   I give it several gold stars!
  18. 18. Summation of 2.0 Technologies...   Simple. Fun. Better Results.
  19. 19. Letterpop Fast Facts: Letterpop Newsletter Maker is...   *Free of cost for the first 10 applications.   *An innovative and creative way to communicate via email or  hard-copy.   *A teacher's best friend.   *Easy enough to try at least once!!
  20. 20. Why use Noteflight? • Noteflight is free!! • It's easy to use! • Creates professional quality  music notation • Allows students to access  program out of the classroom • Users can create and share  music with others
  21. 21. RubiStar In A Few Words... • Free • Time Saving • Easy to Follow • Quality rubrics in minutes! • Useful for teachers and students • Less filing cabinet space because the site  saves your work for you! • Analysis helps you in future planning