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Global connections in the classroom


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This is the workshop presented on 8.9.2011 at Millville School District

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Global connections in the classroom

  1. 1. Global Connections in the Classroom
  2. 3. About Bob Heinrich
  3. 5. Learn to Change, Change to Learn
  4. 6. <ul><li>Online social bookmarking destination where users can save bookmarked sites on a personal Bookmarking Website </li></ul>
  5. 7. What you can do with <ul><li>Save and access your bookmarks from any computer </li></ul><ul><li>Share your bookmarks and access other people’s bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Search to find other people who are interested in the same topic and check out their research </li></ul>
  6. 8. Diigo <ul><li>Bookmark website </li></ul><ul><li>Index them with tags </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate web pages with highlights, comments, and sticky notes </li></ul>
  7. 11. <ul><li>Help teachers find collaborative learning partners and appropriate projects </li></ul>
  8. 12. Blogging – What is it? <ul><li>A blog (short for weblog) is a web-based journal that is typically updated frequently and open for anyone to read. </li></ul><ul><li>Entries are created in journal style and usually displayed in reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs can be hosted by dedicated blog hosting services or they can be run using blog software </li></ul>
  9. 13. How could a Blog benefit your course? <ul><li>Personal Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Study guides and online learning and teaching (OLT) sites for each course unit. </li></ul><ul><li>A download facility where students can access PowerPoint lecture slides, WWW links, solutions to problems, past examination papers </li></ul><ul><li>Students make contributions based on the subject matter they students are studying </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination of Important Classroom Information beyond the Classroom </li></ul>
  10. 14. Blogs in Education <ul><li>Easily Updatable Content </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feed (Bloglines) </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Vodcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Screencasting </li></ul><ul><li>Homework </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Downloads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to Update </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to Navigate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy Linking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple Design </li></ul></ul>
  11. 15. Wiki <ul><li>Similar to a blog; however, ownership of the wiki is distributed to numerous individuals who collectively add and edit web-accessible content. </li></ul>
  12. 16. Podcasting – What is it?
  13. 17. How is Podcasting Relevant to Education? <ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>99% free </li></ul><ul><li>Can be listened to on many platforms: </li></ul><ul><li>desktop, laptop, handhelds, MP3 </li></ul><ul><li>players, cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost to broadcast = cheap </li></ul><ul><li>publishing platform and more content </li></ul>
  14. 18. Opportunities for authentic student products <ul><li>Sound-seeing tours </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcast student audio plays </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews with content experts </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing student produced “ radio ” talk shows about content learned </li></ul>
  15. 19. Imagine if … Podcasts are a new web resource to support life long learning. The WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE under your control.
  16. 20. The process <ul><li>Find a podcast of interest, add it to your subscription list in iTunes on your CPU. </li></ul><ul><li>Each time you launch iTunes or plug in your iPod, the most recent episodes will download into your personal library. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen at your convenience from your CPU or portable MP3 player. </li></ul>
  17. 21. Actually, it is not just audio <ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Audio with images </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>PDFs </li></ul>Photos Video Audio & Slides
  18. 22. How to Listen <ul><li>Students can access content directly from where the links to the files are posted on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast Software (clients) let you subscribe to and manage podcasts. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  19. 23. Common Misconceptions <ul><li>A podcast can only be listened to on an iPod </li></ul><ul><li>A podcast can only be listed to through iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>You need a MAC to create a Podcast </li></ul>
  20. 24. RSS <ul><li>One of the great things about listening to podcasts is that you can subscribe to what’s called an RSS feed. Once you’re subscribed, your podcatcher will check the feed regularly for new episodes. When a new episode is posted, the podcatcher will automatically download the audio file for you to listen to. </li></ul><ul><li>An RSS feed is nothing more than a specially formatted text file. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t need to worry about understanding RSS or writing out the feed file by hand. There are ways to create it automatically. </li></ul>
  21. 25. Creating Podcasts <ul><li>Preproduction - audience, research, script, music and sounds, practice </li></ul><ul><li>Recording - microphone, audio software </li></ul><ul><li>Postproduction - editing </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing </li></ul>
  22. 26. Preproduction <ul><li>Purpose of the show </li></ul><ul><li>Identify your audience </li></ul><ul><li>Live or mixed? </li></ul><ul><li>Format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal - more conversational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio essay or commentary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound seeing tours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other - music, plays, interviews, reviews </li></ul></ul>
  23. 27. Preproduction <ul><li>Brainstorm or outline episode content </li></ul><ul><li>Create timeline or storyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Write script </li></ul>0 Min 10 Min Segments Transition Music Theme Music Theme Music
  24. 28. Preproduction <ul><li>Research topic </li></ul><ul><li>Gather audio resources - music, stingers, sound effects, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Finalize script </li></ul><ul><li>Rehearse </li></ul><ul><li>Locate quiet area for recording </li></ul>
  25. 29. Recording <ul><li>“ Quiet on the set!” </li></ul><ul><li>Record voice audio from script </li></ul><ul><li>Options for recording </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal or external microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headset with microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portable recording devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell phone - Gcast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skypecasting </li></ul></ul>
  26. 30. Postproduction <ul><li>Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Import music and sound effects </li></ul><ul><li>Add effects and normalize </li></ul><ul><li>Fine tune audio files </li></ul><ul><li>Export as MP3 </li></ul>
  27. 31. Publishing <ul><li>Upload file to server </li></ul><ul><li>Create RSS feed file </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li></ul><ul><li>Use Edublogs or Podbean to host your podcast </li></ul>
  28. 32. Audacity <ul><li>Download and Install Audacity Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Download and Install the LAME MP3 Encoder </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ensure that your Recording and Playback Devices are Configured </li></ul><ul><li>Start Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Record a Podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Export Podcast to an MP3 File </li></ul>
  29. 33. Uploading your Podcast to the Internet <ul><li>Create an account at </li></ul><ul><li>Upload Podcast files to </li></ul>
  30. 34. <ul><li>Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus. </li></ul><ul><li>With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and parents can also benefit from Skype in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  31. 35. Getting up and Running with Skype <ul><li>Hardware/software required : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>downloaded skype software, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>higher bandwidth connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web camera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>desktop microphone and earphones, or headset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive white board for display or a white wall, and  data projector if videoconferencing with a class. </li></ul></ul>
  32. 36. <ul><li>A webpage that you can edit, is easy to use and is perfect for collaborative learning. </li></ul>
  33. 37. Wiki in the Classroom <ul><li>Use Wiki’s as a tool to enhance learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use in isolation. </li></ul><ul><li>Make it relevant to what is being taught in class. </li></ul><ul><li>They are a great motivator. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to monitor. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for creativity and innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes communication between students. </li></ul><ul><li>A new, interesting way to learn. </li></ul>
  34. 38. Personal Learning Network <ul><li>Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging site that enables users to send short, concise messages to each other </li></ul><ul><li>It is a means of disseminating information quickly to a large amount of people; it allows people to express their thoughts and have their opinions heard quickly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow Hashtags </li></ul></ul>
  35. 39. Twitter in Plain English
  36. 40. How can Twitter be used to improve my students’ education? <ul><li>David Perry, an assistant professor of Emerging Media </li></ul><ul><li>and Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas </li></ul><ul><li>calls Twitter a “classroom communication tool” </li></ul><ul><li>He required his students to sign up for Twitter and send </li></ul><ul><li>a few messages with the site each week. The students </li></ul><ul><li>were required to subscribe to his Twitter feed, and he </li></ul><ul><li>updated his students several times a day on useful </li></ul><ul><li>web sites, or announcements throughout the day </li></ul><ul><li>He felt that the use of Twitter by the class helped to </li></ul><ul><li>improve classroom discussions </li></ul>Source: “Twitter In The Classroom”
  37. 41. David Perry’s Benefits of Using Twitter in the Classroom <ul><li>Twitter is a way to record thoughts and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>that you search – it’s a history </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter connects you to a larger world outside </li></ul><ul><li>of the classroom and even the country </li></ul><ul><li>Students can follow people who do what they </li></ul><ul><li>want to do or who they admire and get a sense </li></ul><ul><li>for their job and life </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter can improve writing and punctuation </li></ul>
  38. 42. Step 1: In your web browser address bar, type in Step 2: Since you are a new user, you will need to create a’ new account. Click the button on the screen labeled “ Sign up now”
  39. 43. The following screen will appear. It will ask you to type in your full name, the username you would like to use, the pass- word you would like to use, and your e-mail address.
  40. 44. As you enter your information, you will know if the names you have chosen are available or not. You may need to try out different usernames until you find a unique one.
  41. 45. After you accept the terms of service and submit your information, you will be asked to type in a couple of random words in order to confirm your information. This is done to ensure that the user is not creating a computer-generated account in order to send spam messages to other Twitter users.
  42. 46. The next page makes some suggestions on how to find other Twitter users to “follow”. You can choose catagories such as Art & Design, Entertainment, Fashion, Music, News, Politics, Sports, and many more! Once you find some interesting tweets, you can “follow” the person who posted it. When you “ follow” someone, whatever they “tweet” will appear on your personal Twitter page!
  43. 47. One way of finding people to “follow” is to search for the names of friends or people that you personally know. You can click the blue button labeled “Find friends” to help you in this process! When searching for a friend to follow, make sure to check that person’s profile and picture to be sure it’s the right person!
  44. 48. On the left side of the next page, you will see a search box that allows you to type in the name of someone you might not personally know, but is someone you would like to follow. That person might be a fellow teacher at another school, a public figure such as a politician or a celebrity, or otherwise. You could also search for a Twitter account used by a company, a television station, or an organization.
  45. 49. Once again, before you follow someone, check out the profile and picture of that person to make sure it’s the person you want! President Obama’s real Twitter account A satirical Twitter account spotlighting President Obama
  46. 50. To go to the Twitter page for your account, click the blue button labeled “Next Step…You’re Done!” The page for your Twitter account will load, and if you’ve “followed” anyone, the most recent updates from them will appear in the left column In the order they were sent, the most recent updates appearing at the top. as long as you are signed in, you will be continually updated!
  47. 51. Before you start “tweeting”, you might want to update your profile so others can find you easily. At the top right of the screen you will see a number of different links, including the link for your “Profile”. Click on this link to upload a picture for your avatar, your location, the address for your website (if you have one), and a short biography (up to 160 characters).
  48. 52. Click on the link labeled “Settings” to make changes to details in your account, including: <ul><li>Your </li></ul><ul><li>username </li></ul><ul><li>Your </li></ul><ul><li>password </li></ul><ul><li>the </li></ul><ul><li>language </li></ul><ul><li>in which </li></ul><ul><li>you want </li></ul><ul><li>to “tweet” </li></ul><ul><li>time zone </li></ul><ul><li>tweet </li></ul><ul><li>location </li></ul><ul><li>tweet </li></ul><ul><li>privacy </li></ul>
  49. 53. On the “Settings” page, you can upload a picture of your choice for your personal avatar. You should upload a personal picture so that you can be easily identified when other Twitter users are looking to “ follow” you.
  50. 54. The “Design” link allows you to choose the background that will appear behind your Twitter feed. You can choose from the designs that are supplied, or you can load your own background image, or you can change the colors in the designs. If you are feeling especially creative, you can use the “ Themelon” feature on the right side of the page to choose from thousands of designs and color palettes.
  51. 55. Once you are ready to begin “tweeting”, click the “Home” link at the top right of the page. You will come back to the main screen for your account. At the top of the screen on the left will be where you type in your updates. Since Twitter is a micro-blogging site, you will only be allowed to enter short, concise updates. In these updates, you can say whatever you want, as long as the message doesn’t exceed 140 characters. This includes spaces between words!
  52. 56. After you tweet, it will appear at the top of your Twitter feed!
  53. 57. When tweeting, there will be times when you want to make your followers aware of different websites or links that you find interesting. You are able to copy and paste the URL for a website or a website link in your Twitter update box, as well as a short description of what the link is about.
  54. 58. After you post your tweet, the URL link that you included becomes a hyperlink that others can click on to go that website!
  55. 59. There will be times when the URL address for a link you want to update others on is so long that it cuts into the available number of characters in your Twitter update box. If you run out of characters, your update will only include up to the 140th character. In order to shorten the length of a weblink and still send along a usuable URL address, you can use URL shortening websites such as or These sites allow you to copy and paste a website URL into its box and create a shorter URL that you can copy and paste back into your Twitter update box.
  56. 60. URL shortening websites such as and convert long URL addresses into shorter URL addresses That you can copy and paste back into Twitter. This will Help reduce the number of characters in your “Tweet”!
  57. 61. When copied and pasted into your tweet, you can click on the shortened URL that leads to the link you want others to view. This shortened URL link is only temporary. You won’t be able to type this URL into an address bar at any time, or it won’t work.
  58. 62. It is very important to keep up with the Twitter usernames of the people you want to send updates to. Every Twitter Username begins with an “@” symbol Followed by the Twitter username. For example, when I want to send a tweet to Conan O’Brien, I include the Twitter address “ @ConanOBrien” in my message…or else it won’t be sent to him!
  59. 63. Your latest tweet will appear in two places on your Twitter page: <ul><li>Directly underneath the </li></ul><ul><li>“ What’s Happening?” </li></ul><ul><li>box </li></ul><ul><li>At the top of your </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter feed…at least </li></ul><ul><li>until tweets from </li></ul><ul><li>the people you follow </li></ul><ul><li>are posted </li></ul>
  60. 64. You can choose to reply to a tweet that someone has sent you, or you can choose to repeat a tweet to call attention to it. Navigate to find the tweet in question, and you will see that you will have the option to either “reply” or “re-tweet” that message. Replying to the tweet will allow you to send a tweet back to the person who originally sent the message. “ Re-tweeting” allows you to repeat the message and send it to additional Twitter users.
  61. 65. When you reply to a tweet, the Twitter address of the person who you are replying to automatically appears in the message box. Then you can respond to the message that will be directly relayed back to the other Tweeter!
  62. 66. When you “ re-tweet” a message from another Twitter user, it will re-post that tweet so that your followers can be made aware of it. You are also able to add your own comment to a re-tweeted post.
  63. 67. On Twitter, you will often see tweets that contain number signs (#) followed by one or more words highlighted in blue. These are called “ tags”, and are used to help you search for tweets with a common theme. Click on the tag, and you will see a list of search results of tweets containing those tags.
  64. 68. Along the right side of your Twitter home page you will see the top 10 tags that are “ trending”, or the top searches on Twitter at the moment. These searches often reflect current events in society, politics, or in pop culture.
  65. 69. How Twitter can be used in different subject areas LANGUAGE ARTS <ul><li>Have students post tweets of their reactions to the </li></ul><ul><li>developments in the stories they read </li></ul><ul><li>Have students summarize stories in “tweet” form </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a genre (fairy tale, mystery, adventure); </li></ul><ul><li>post the beginning of a story; have students take </li></ul><ul><li>turns continuing the story by “tweeting” their </li></ul><ul><li>additions </li></ul><ul><li>Have students practice their skills using synonyms </li></ul><ul><li>or antonyms; one Tweeter posts a word and </li></ul><ul><li>students take turns posting words that are similar or </li></ul><ul><li>different in meaning </li></ul>Source: “How to Use Twitter in the Classroom”,
  66. 70. How Twitter can be used in different subject areas MATH <ul><li>Teachers can “Tweet” short word problems and petition </li></ul><ul><li>students to reply with the correct answers—1 st correct </li></ul><ul><li>tweet wins a prize! </li></ul><ul><li>Students can “tweet” their own original word problems </li></ul><ul><li>to the class and see if anyone can solve it </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers prompt students to “tweet” the steps in solving </li></ul><ul><li>different types of math problems in concise words </li></ul><ul><li>Students can “follow” professionals in the mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>education field and ask questions about their profession, </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul>
  67. 71. How Twitter can be used in different subject areas SOCIAL STUDIES <ul><li>Use Twitter to gather information from their followers </li></ul><ul><li>about their location </li></ul><ul><li>Have students search Twitter for tags with terms such </li></ul><ul><li>as “poverty”, “disaster”, and “war” to keep up with </li></ul><ul><li>tweets of current events </li></ul><ul><li>Have students summarize important events in </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tweet” form </li></ul><ul><li>Create a new Twitter account dedicated to a particular </li></ul><ul><li>social topic and have it keep track of students’ collective </li></ul><ul><li>tweets </li></ul>Source: “How to Use Twitter in the Classroom”,
  68. 72. How Twitter can be used in different subject areas SCIENCE <ul><li>Have students gather information from their followers </li></ul><ul><li>about the current temperature from where they are; </li></ul><ul><li>analyze information and create a graph with results </li></ul><ul><li>Have students summarize different scientific processes </li></ul><ul><li>in “tweet” form </li></ul><ul><li>Have students follow a scientist of interest and have </li></ul><ul><li>them write a summary of that person’s professional </li></ul><ul><li>activities over the course of a week </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers “tweet” an unbalanced chemical equation; </li></ul><ul><li>students reply with their tweets of the balanced </li></ul><ul><li>chemical equation </li></ul>Source: “How to Use Twitter in the Classroom”,
  69. 73. How Twitter can be used in different subject areas FOREIGN LANGUAGE <ul><li>Convert the language that you view the tweets in to </li></ul><ul><li>your respective language (Spanish, French, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>and ask students to translate what is being “tweeted” </li></ul><ul><li>by others </li></ul><ul><li>Have students tweet sentences in your respective </li></ul><ul><li>language and have them reply to the tweets in that </li></ul><ul><li>language </li></ul>PHYSICAL EDUCATION <ul><li>Have students tweet their daily progress in an exercise </li></ul><ul><li>regimen; for example, # of laps run, # of reps lifted, etc. </li></ul>
  70. 76.         For more information please address all correspondence to: Robert R. Heinrich Director of Academic Computing The Richard Stockton College of NJ 609-626-6039 Email: [email_address]