Slide 1: When I was putting this presentation together, I thought about the idea of a sweet-spot as in baseball, golf or tennis. It’s that point where the ball connects with the gear and goes beyond expectations. I searched for a sweet spot image and found this one. Good. It’s working. Now I needed the citation for the image. That links me to a blog, “Center for Teaching,” where the executive director, Robert Ryshke is asking about the “sweet spot” in school reform. This was the post for September 11, 2007. Ironically, the gist of this post is how to help 21st Century Learners learn the lessons and skills they need for the future. The sweet spot is the balance, the “journey toward wholeness.” Eight years later, we have the answer.
Slide 2: The sweet spot of the any institution has to be its library! The space that houses all of the knowledge is the proverbial hub of the wheel. It’s where the past meets the future. Today, I am going to share with you some free 2.0 web tools that will rev up the sweet spot of your school.
Slide 3: I’m Anastasia Samsky. I teach 7th grade in Newport News. This is my eleventh year in middle school. Before that I taught 11th grade English for 17 years. I directed a Governor’s School for ten years. It’s time for a change, so I stand before you as a sojourner searching for old truths and new perspectives. I still think kids have to know the basics: how to read, how to write, how to share, how to receive, how to respond, how to think. I’m not sure you can hand a 5th grader an iPad and expect her to teach herself. As teachers and librarians, we have to teach “digital responsibility” along with the fundamentals. It’s like a multi-layered cake. The cake is the foundation, the frosting is the technology to enhance the flavor and texture and appearance.
Slide 4: A tool for adding voice to a project is at Voki.com. There are lots of options including real people avatars. There’s variety enough in the free choices to customize your avatar, but if you want more options to play around with you have to pay for it. Isn’t that true of anything though? Then you give it a voice. It can be your own voice or you can choose a voice from Voki to recite text you type or cut and paste into the text box. You can do the speaking yourself through your computer’s microphone or call the number that pops up, key in the code and read your script into your phone. The call-in option usually works better than your computer’s microphone simply because the volume is better.
Slide 5: Limitations to Voki The free version of Voki only allows for a sixty second recording, which can be inhibiting for student presentations If students want to save their Vokis on the website itself for later revisiting, they must create accounts using email addresses, which some schools might prohibit Although the text-to-speech feature can be a good tool in foreign language or second language classes, the feature can sometimes mispronounce words in an unphonetic manner
To describe them simply, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone. These spaces can take the form of loosely-organized individuals sharing space and tools, for-profit companies, non-profit corporations, organizations affiliated with or hosted within schools, universities or libraries, and more. All are united in the purpose of providing access to equipment, community, and education, and all are unique in exactly how they are arranged to fit the purposes of the community they serve. Makerspaces represent the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education. They are a fairly new phenomenon, but are beginning to produce projects with significant national impacts. At this site, you can request a free download of a handbook for maker apaces.
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