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Effective Web 2.0 Tools for the classroom: Part 2

  1. 1. Effective Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom Part 2 Johan Eddy Luaran
  2. 2. First Printing 2012 All right reserved. No part of this publication may reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recorded or by any storage information or retrival system, without the prior written permission from the author. Effective Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom : Part 2 Johan Eddy Luaran ISBN 978-983-41835-3-0
  3. 3. Table of Contents CHAPTER 1 WIGGIO.................................................................................................................1 What is Wiggio? ..............................................................................................................................1 Advantages of using Wiggio ............................................................................................................2 Disadvantages of using Wiggio .......................................................................................................2 Benefits of registering for a premium account ................................................................................3 Steps in using Wiggio ......................................................................................................................4 References ......................................................................................................................................18 CHAPTER 2 PREZI ...................................................................................................................19 What is Prezi ..................................................................................................................................19 Benefits of using Prezi ...................................................................................................................20 Getting started with Prezi...............................................................................................................21 References ......................................................................................................................................32 CHAPTER 3 EDCANVAS .........................................................................................................33 Introduction to Edcanvas ...............................................................................................................33 Benefits of using Edcanvas ............................................................................................................34 How to get started ..........................................................................................................................35 References ......................................................................................................................................53 CHAPTER 4 CLASSDOJO .......................................................................................................54 What is Classdojo ..........................................................................................................................54 Advantages of Classdojo................................................................................................................55 Get started with Classdojo .............................................................................................................56 References ......................................................................................................................................75
  4. 4. CHAPTER 5 TESTMOZ ...........................................................................................................76 What is Testmoz ............................................................................................................................76 Uses of Testmoz for teacher/student ..............................................................................................76 Advantages of Testmoz..................................................................................................................77 Disadvantages of Testmoz .............................................................................................................78 How to get started : Teacher ..........................................................................................................79 How to get started : Student ...........................................................................................................89 References ......................................................................................................................................92 CHAPTER 6 KUBBU .................................................................................................................93 What is Kubbu ...............................................................................................................................93 Benefits of using Kubbu ................................................................................................................94 How to get started ..........................................................................................................................96 Reference .....................................................................................................................................103 CHAPTER 7 SCHOOLOGY ...................................................................................................104 What is Schoology .......................................................................................................................104 Benefits of Schoology ..................................................................................................................105 How to get started ........................................................................................................................106 References ....................................................................................................................................118 CHAPTER 8 STIXY .................................................................................................................119 Introduction to Stixy ....................................................................................................................119 Fun facts regarding the establishment of Stixy.com ....................................................................120 Benefits of using Stixy .................................................................................................................121 Tips to make the learning experience more effective using Stixy ...............................................123 Getting started ..............................................................................................................................124
  5. 5. CHAPTER 9 ANIMOTO .........................................................................................................141 Introduction ..................................................................................................................................141 Benefits of Animoto .....................................................................................................................142 How to get started with Animoto .................................................................................................144 CHAPTER 10 PROJEQT ........................................................................................................165 What is Projeqt.............................................................................................................................165 Benefits of Projeqt .......................................................................................................................166 Get started with Projeqt ...............................................................................................................167 References ....................................................................................................................................179 CHAPTER 11 SOCRATIVE ..................................................................................................180 What is Socrative .........................................................................................................................180 Benefits of using Socrative ..........................................................................................................181 How to get started ........................................................................................................................182 CHAPTER 12 ZOHO SHOW.................................................................................................197 Introduction ..................................................................................................................................197 Benefits of using Zoho Show .......................................................................................................198 Getting started with Zoho Show ..................................................................................................200 References ....................................................................................................................................230 CHAPTER 13 STORYBIRD ...................................................................................................231 What is Storybird .........................................................................................................................231 Benefits of Storybird ....................................................................................................................232 Let’s get started ............................................................................................................................233 References ....................................................................................................................................245
  6. 6. CHAPTER 14 GNOWLEDGE ................................................................................................246 What is Gnowledge ......................................................................................................................246 How does Gnowledge work? .......................................................................................................247 Who is Gnowledge for? ...............................................................................................................248 Benefits of using Gnowledge .......................................................................................................248 How to use Gnowledge ................................................................................................................249 How to get started ........................................................................................................................250 Conclusion ...................................................................................................................................270 CHAPTER 15 EDMODO........................................................................................................271 Introduction ..................................................................................................................................271 Benefits of Edmodo .....................................................................................................................272 Getting started with Edmodo .......................................................................................................273 References ....................................................................................................................................288 CHAPTER 16 WEEBLY ........................................................................................................289 What is Weebly? ..........................................................................................................................289 Advantages of using Weebly .......................................................................................................289 Benefits of using Weebly .............................................................................................................289 Get started ....................................................................................................................................290 References ....................................................................................................................................301 CHAPTER 17 ENGRADE .......................................................................................................302 What is Engrade ...........................................................................................................................302 Benefits of Engrade......................................................................................................................303 Let’s get started ............................................................................................................................304 References ....................................................................................................................................315
  7. 7. CHAPTER 1 WIGGIO What is Wiggio? Wiggio is a solution offered by Desire2Learn, a global leader in cloud-based (SaaS) learning solutions. Desire2Learn enables clients to deliver a seamless, personalized experience using technology that inspires users to connect, collaborate, and engage in ways that reflect their unique needs. - (The Wiggio Team) Advantages of Wiggio 1. Can create more than one group - Makes it easier for the students to use Wiggio when they are having different subjects, clubs or groups. 2. Free registration - Students are able to use Wiggio for free however premium account is also provided to members. 3. Has two ways of communication – synchronously or asynchronously - Synchronous – members can be invited to meetings. They can create chatroom, virtual meeting and also conference call. - Asynchrounous – members can leave comments on a discussion boards, edit their projects or add anything for instance documents or files on their own time. 4. Has many features - There are 10 things you can do in posting which are to create event, virtual meeting, conference call, voice note, video note, to-do list and poll. Wiggio 1
  8. 8. also allows members to upload and share files and links. Besides, members can send e-mail, text messages and voice messages too. 5. User friendly - It takes a little time to navigate the features through the website and tutorials are also provided for members. 6. E-mail and phone number is kept secret - Members can decide if other members can see their phone numbers and e-mail addresses or not. Disadvantages of Wiggio 1. Mobile application is only available for those who use iPhone - Other platform such as android cannot run Wiggio from their phones. 2. Have to register to enter groups - Eventhough the group creator can added members through e-mails, members still have to register for a Wiggio account. 3. When you use Wiggio, you may set up your groups and start using the Wiggio functionalities. You post User Content on the Site at your own risk. Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content. (Wiggio Team, 2009) 4. Wiggio may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Wiggio service 2
  9. 9. through the operation of the service in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience. (Wiggio Team, 2009) Benefits of Registering for a Premium Account 1. Unlimited group access for community leaders 2. Private branding of the application and e-mails 3. Admin Portal for access to group analytic 4. Exclusive new communication tools 5. Custom URL : [communityname].wiggiosites.com 6. No third-party advertisements 7. Priority e-mails support 3
  10. 10. Steps in using Wiggio Step 1 : Open http://www.wiggio.com Step 2 : There are three ways to sign in. 4
  11. 11. 1) Sign up using Wiggio account. 5
  12. 12. 2) Sign up using Facebook account. 6
  13. 13. Step 3 : Creating a group. 7
  14. 14. Step 4 : Add content or start conversation. 8
  15. 15. Step 5 : Attachments. a) Event. 9
  16. 16. b) File. c) Link. d) Virtual Meeting. 10
  17. 17. e) Chat Room. f) Conference Call. g) Voice Note. 11
  18. 18. h) Video Note. i) To-Do List. 12
  19. 19. j) Poll Step 6 : Tabs 13
  20. 20. a) Feed b) Folder 14
  21. 21. c) Calendar 15
  22. 22. Step 7 : Menus on the right side of the website. Step 8 : Getting E-mail 16
  23. 23. a) Sign in and reply from Wiggio. b) Reply to sender. 17
  24. 24. Reference 1. http://wiggio.com 18
  25. 25. CHAPTER 2 PREZI What is prezi? Prezi is a U.S. software company, producing a cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. The product employs a Zooming User Interface (ZUI), which allows users to zoom in and out of their presentation media, and allows users to display and navigate through information within a 2.5D or parallax 3D space on the Z-axis. Prezi was officially established in 2009 by cofounders Adam Somlai-Fischer, Peter Halacsy and Peter Arvai .Prezi is that it is a presentation tool. Essentially, it allows users to present information to a group, similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. Unlike PowerPoint, Prezi needs the internet to work. Users create an online account with Prezi where they both make and store their Prezi presentations. If they want to deliver their presentations, the internet is required. Prezi presentations do not follow a traditional slide format. Rather, a Prezi presentation is much more free-flowing. Users position their information, images and videos on a large, white background, called the “Prezi Canvas”, and develop a path for the presentation to follow. Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prezi 19
  26. 26. Benefits of using Prezi Prezi offers a lot of benefits to the teachers and the students. Some of the benefits are: • It is free and web-based • Enables teachers and students to present non-linear concepts in a visually engaging presentation • It is suitable for all subjects; science, literature, math • Appropriate for ages • It is suitable for all types of learners; kinesthetic, auditory and visual learners • Can provide various types of approaches • Vast resources like video and music can be easily linked to the presentation • Encouraging the usage of ICT in the classroom • Both teachers and students can use the Prezi Sources:  http://instructionaltechtalk.com/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-prezi/  http://www.creativeeducation.co.uk/blog/index.php/2011/11/using-prezi-in-theclassroom 20
  27. 27. Step 1 Go to : www.prezi.com Step 2 GETTING STARTED 1 2 21
  28. 28. 1 The user can choose which license that they want according their own needs of presentation. But for teacher and students, the free account is already more than enough and it is user-friendly and it doesn’t need the user to have the advance skill to use this account. 2 3 22
  29. 29. STEP 3 LOGGING IN 1 2 STEP 4 CREATING NEW PREZI 1 23 1
  30. 30. STEP 5 CHOOSING A TEMPLATE 1 STEP 6 KNOWING THE BUTTONS 24
  31. 31. STEP 7 DESIGNING THE FIRST SLIDE 1 2 3 25
  32. 32. STEP 8 STEP 9 STEP 10 DESIGNING THE NEXT SLIDES INSERTING ITEMS TO PREZI INSERTING SYMBOLS TO PREZI 26
  33. 33. 2 1 3 STEP 11 INSERTING DIAGRAMS TO PREZI 27
  34. 34. 1 2 STEP 12 INSERTING IMAGES TO PREZI 1 2 STEP 13 EDITING YOUR PREZI 28
  35. 35. STEP 14 FINISHING YOUR PREZI 29
  36. 36. STEP 15 SAVING YOUR PREZI STEP 16 30
  37. 37. STEP 17 FOR OFFLINE USE 1 31
  38. 38. References 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prezi 2. http://instructionaltechtalk.com/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-prezi/ 3. http://www.creativeeducation.co.uk/blog/index.php/2011/11/using-prezi-in-theclassroom/ 32
  39. 39. CHAPTER 3 EDCANVAS INTRODUCTION TO EDCANVAS Edcanvas is the best way for teachers to teach with digital content. It provides a simple and fun way for teachers and students to gather and learn from multimedia content. It functions as one stop centre to search a lot of different web services to add into your canvas. For instance, you can search for YouTube videos, photos from Flickr general web searches on Google and many more. Edcanvas allows you to gather all of these resources into the canvas and have them ready to present in the class so that you have everything ready at your fingertips in one location. You can sign up for Edcanvas account using three different ways which are your existing Google account, Facebook account or you can just use your email. Besides that, you can also choose to sign up either as a teacher or a student. Then, everytime you want to gather resources for any new topic, you just need to start a new canvas. If you feel like to make a change to your old canvases by adding new resources, you can always edit your old canvases. To add resources, a very simple way can be used which is by dragging and dropping the resources to your canvas. Furthermore, you can also browse other canvases created by a lot of people to see the resources that they have gathered for their topics. Then, you will get the idea on how the canvas is created. To help teachers running an interesting class, Edcanvas serves a medium for teachers to create a class account for their students to create canvases as well as find out canvases made by others. After you have done creating the canvas, you can present it easily from within Edcanvas. You just need to click the play button on the top of the canvas and have it presented the same way as Powerpont Presentation. The great thing about Edcanvas is you can share your canvas as well. Once you have created a canvas, it can be shared via URL, embedding to your site or blog, on Facebook, or through a QR code enabling the students to access the canvas through an iPad (Beierle, 2013). 33
  40. 40. BENEFITS OF USING EDCANVAS 1. Flipping classroom By using Edcanvas, teachers and students do not need to go to the other web pages to search for the online information. Otherwise, they can just type in what they are looking for into the box provided on the right. When the items appear, they just need to drag and drop them at their canvas.While creating the canvas, students can also take notes or provide their comments at the same time. This would be really helpful in creating attentive and active students in the classroom. Besides that, Edcanvas also helps in triggering the student’s attention as it appears in colours. Therefore, the classroom will be much more cheerful and interesting. 2. Student assignments Students can use Edcanvas to complete the assignment. If they are required to prepare a slideshow presentation, they can use this web to replace the regular Microsoft Powerpoint. Who knows, by using this web, students can gain extra mark for their different way of presentation. Furthermore, this would slowly instill the computer literacy among the students themselves. It also prepare students to practise and demonstrate 21st century learner skills. 3. Dynamic presentations As I have said earlier, sometimes we need to be different from others. If the old way seems boring or ineffective, we should make an attempt to make changes. Thus, Edcanvas serves as an effective tool for dynamic presentations among teachers and students as well. As it provides multimedia content, it would be really interesting. Teachers and students will engage in a very condusive atmosphere to begin the learning session. No more boring Powerpoint Presentation will be used if we know how to use Edcanvas. Edcanvas would also be beneficial in attending to different learning styles such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic. 34
  41. 41. HOW TO GET STARTED How to sign up 1. Go to http://www.edcanvas.com/ 2. Sign up as a student or a teacher 3. Teachers registration 35
  42. 42. 4. Students registration 36
  43. 43. How to create a canvas 1. This will appear when teachers sign in. 2. Start creating your own canvas by clicking new canvas 37
  44. 44. 3. This will appear when students sign in. Enter your teacher’s code if you have one. 4. Students and teachers can now start creating the first canvas by using the similar ways. 38
  45. 45. 5. Insert your canvas title in the box appeared. 6. Pick any content source provided at the right side. 39
  46. 46. 7. Type and click the search button to display the resources. 8. Choose any of the google image that appear and drag it to the canvas. 40
  47. 47. 9. If you choose web from google, then these suggested webs would appear. So, just choose and drag it to the canvas. 10. Click the YouTube source to insert videos. Drag any video you prefer to the canvas. 41
  48. 48. 11. After you have dropped all the three sources, your canvas will appear like this. 42
  49. 49. How to add text to the canvas 1. Click the icon to add text to your canvas. 2. Enter your text in the box provided. 43
  50. 50. How teachers add quiz and how students answer the quiz 1. If you want to add quiz to your canvas, you just need to click on the small icon. 2. Then, follow the instruction given to add quiz. 44
  51. 51. 3. Once you have done, your canvas will appear like this. Students can answer your quiz by clicking on the button. 4. Choose your answer by clicking on the circle, then click submit to get the result. 45
  52. 52. 5. The canvas will appear like this if students answer it correctly. 46
  53. 53. How to present the canvas 1. Tools provided to organize your canvas. 2. Click on the templates button to change your canvas appearance. 47
  54. 54. 3. Choose any style that you like. 4. Click on the theme button to select a theme for your canvas. 48
  55. 55. 5. Then, choose either you want it to appear in colours or dark. 6. Click play button to start presenting your canvas. 49
  56. 56. When presenting the canvas How teachers create a class for students 1. Click on the classes button. 50
  57. 57. 2. Then, insert all the things required and you are done. How to share the canvas 1. Click share button to share your canvas. 51
  58. 58. 2. Choose where do you want to share your canvas at by clicking on the items listed. 3. For example, if you want to share your canvas to someone’s email. You just need to do like this. 52
  59. 59. REFERENCE 1. http://techingtheclassroom.blogspot.com/2013/01/create-interactive-online- learning.html 53
  60. 60. CHAPTER 4 CLASSDOJO What is a ClassDojo? Generally, a ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improves behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It is the world’s fastest-growing behavior management platform used by teachers, parents and students. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators. ClassDojo helps teachers improve the behavior of their students in class, by allowing them to give students real-time feedback via a web or mobile device. ClassDojo automatically generates reports and insights on behavior that can be shared with parents and students. Some frequently-occurring behaviors teachers reinforce with ClassDojo include hard work, persistence, teamwork, creativity and curiosity. The company addresses “the other half” of education – the half that goes beyond delivering academic content, to build the behaviors and character strengths that students need for lifelong success. The company is based in San Francisco, CA. ClassDojo was launched in August 2011. As of August 2012 the San Francisco-based company had over 3.5 million teachers and students using Classroom in over 60 countries. Initially funded by the Palo Alto-based education incubator ImagineK12, Classroom raised seed funding from a range of angels and investors including Ron Conway, Mitch Kapor, Jeff Clavier, General Catalyst and Paul Graham. Better learning behaviors, smoother lessons and hassle-free data and its free! 54
  61. 61. Advantages of ClassDojo ClassDojo has several advantages: 1. ClassDojo improves behavior in class with just one click of a Smartphone, laptop or tablet. 2. ClassDojo can help the student develop learning skills. 3. They instantly reinforce good behavior since it easily award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time, with just one click of your Smartphone or laptop. This actually improves behavior. 4. The ‘Friendly Monsters’ in ClassDojo can be used as Alter Egos for the students. 5. They engage students in minutes because ClassDojo provides instant notification for your students like ‘Well done Josh! +1 for teamwork!’ All customizable for your classroom. 6. ClassDojo can reinforce good behavior in students. 7. They get hassle-free data and reports. ClassDojo gives you behavior-tracking analytics and reports that can be shared with parents and administrators, all with just one click. No data entry needed, ever. 8. ClassDojo can help the teacher and parents to save time managing behaviors. 9. ClassDojo can be used to catch students doing the right thing. 10. ClassDojo can be use to set target for the students. 11. ClassDojo helps the student to reinforce positive student behavior. 12. ClassDojo can be use to improve academic results. 13. ClassDojo encourage student ownership of behavior. 14. ClassDojo help motivate the students to behave and do their work. 55
  62. 62. GET STARTED WITH CLASSDOJO Step1 : Go to: www.classdojo.com Step 2 : Sign up/register 56
  63. 63. Sign up as student 57
  64. 64. Sign up as teacher Sign up as parent 58
  65. 65. Step 3 : Log in Log in as student 59
  66. 66. Log in as Teacher 60
  67. 67. Log in as Parent Note: It is more effective if the teacher can display this screen in the class 61
  68. 68. TEACHER SECTION Step 4 : Create a class 62
  69. 69. Step 5 : Start and End a class 63
  70. 70. Step 6 : Giving reward 64
  71. 71. Step 7 : See your class report 65
  72. 72. Report of the whole class Report of the student in the class 66
  73. 73. Report of trend in the class 67
  74. 74. Step 8 : Invite your student 68
  75. 75. Note: Then it will appear like this Step 9 : Invite parent 69
  76. 76. Note: Then it will appear like this 70
  77. 77. STUDENT SECTION Step 10 : Checking points 71
  78. 78. Step 11 : Customize the avatar 72
  79. 79. Step 12 : See your classmate 73
  80. 80. PARENTS SECTION Step 13 : See your child’s progress 74
  81. 81. References 1. http://www.classdojo.com 2. http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2011/09/class-dojo-wins-innovation-challenge-ateducation-nation/ 3. http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2013/industry/education 75
  82. 82. CHAPTER 5 TESTMOZ TESTMOZ WHAT IS TESTMOZ? Testmoz is a very simple online generator creates by undergraduate student at Washington State University. Testmoz allows you to create quizzes online by simply giving a test a name and administrator password so that you can access the quiz and edit it later. You can make fill in the blank, multiple choice, multiple response or true/false questions. Other than that, Testmoz provides a unique URL for the tests you create. Testmoz also provides a “pass code” that test takers have to enter. Thus, as the administrator of the tests you create, you can quickly see who has taken your test and how many questions they answered correctly. USES OF TESTMOZ FOR : 1) TEACHERS : Teachers can use Testmoz to create open-book test that students can take from home. In addition, they also can check the students score from home. 2) STUDENTS : Students can use Testmoz to test their peers after presentation given by the students. The teacher also can use it in the same manner. 76
  83. 83. ADVANTAGES OF TESTMOZ The following are the benefits you can get by using Testmoz : 1. No registration  Teacher and students do not have to register to take the tests. It is free. 2. Detailed report  See the scores, averages and actual responses to questions. You can even export the data to CSV. 3. 4 Question types  True/false, multiple choice, multiple response, and fill in the blank questions are available. 4. A grade able quiz where the teacher is the author of the questions.  The teacher or admin is the one who responsible to create the test for the students. The admin can add unlimited questions if he or she has the Testmoz account, but he or she did not have a Testmosz account, it is only limited to 50 questions per a test. 5. Password prevented  Testmoz is pretty safe. If you have created a password for your test, only those you give the password can take the test. However, these people cannot edit the test. The test can only be edited by the one who made the test, proved by a completely different password. The test takers also need the URL to take the test, adding to the safety. 6. Quizzes that give immediate feedback so that students can assess their readiness or competency.  After taking test, they can immediately know their grades and they can improve their readiness or competency. 7. No ads.  You won’t find any text ads, banners or popups. 8. Professional appearance  The neutral color scheme works with any business or school. 77
  84. 84. DISADVANTAGES OF TESTMOZ 1. If you lose your password or website url, you must redo the test. 2. Without an account you are limited to 50 questions per test only. 78
  85. 85. HOW TO GET STARTED: ( for teacher/admin ) STEP 1 STEP 2 Go to : https://testmoz.com/ Start using Testmoz 79
  86. 86.  Teacher/admin Login STEP 3 Give the test a title as well as password and click “Continue” 80
  87. 87.  Bookmark the test URL so that you can link it directly from classroom webpage . STEP 4 Click “Setting” to continue. 81
  88. 88.  It will bring you to this page. Fill all the information needed. STEP 6 Click “Add New Questions” to create questions. 82
  89. 89.  Write down the question as well as the answers. You are free to choose your own types of questions. 83
  90. 90.  There are 4 types of questions that we can use : a) Multiple choice b) True or false 84
  91. 91. c) Multiple response d) Fill in the blank 85
  92. 92. STEP 7 After creating the questions, click “Publish” to publish the questions. 86
  93. 93.  Students can take the quiz when they click at the URL and use the password given by the teacher. STEP 8 Upon completion, click reports to view answer keys 87
  94. 94. STEP 9 Click logout when you are done. 88
  95. 95. HOW TO GET STARTED ( for the students ) : STEP 1 Go to https://testmoz.com/160298. Write down the name and password ( URL and password are given by the teacher ). 89
  96. 96. STEP 2 Students answer all the questions.  After they finish ,click “Submit”. 90
  97. 97. STEP 3 Then, they will find out their scores.  On the other hands, the teacher can monitor and check the students from home. 91
  98. 98. REFERENCES 1. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/10/testmoz-simple-tool-for-givingtests.html#.UahmB0BHKmo 2. http://www.billsheskey.com/2010/10/26/testmoz-easy-online-test-generator/ 92
  99. 99. CHAPTER 6 KUBBU What is kubbu? Kubbu is an e-learning tool designed to facilitate teachers' work and enhance the learning process. In other words, it is an online teaching site where the teacher can sign up for free and the students do not need an email address to sign up as the teacher will create the students' accounts. Not only that, there is no need to install anything. The teacher can make accounts at the limit of 30 students and a maximum of 15 activities. Also, the students’ results are stored for 30 days which is equivalent to one month. The account will be deleted after the teacher has not been active for 60 days. It is an online teaching site that is to manage as it does not require programming knowledge. Activities such as games or quizzes are designed as exercises for students. The teacher can also conduct online exams and tests. Furthermore, the teacher can create groups or forum for students to share important information, documents or files. The materials and/or assignments uploaded can be accessed by the teacher’s permission. The materials and/or assignments provided can also be accessed via the web address. Moreover, the teacher can notify the students or give personal feedback by sending individual or mass e-mail messages to the students. 93
  100. 100. Benefits of using kubbu One of the benefits of using kubbu is free registration which means that the teacher can use it for free. It is also easy to use and manage as well as not a hassle as it does not require the teacher to install anything. No programming knowledge required in order to use this site. Moreover, only the teacher has to sign up for an account because the teacher will make accounts for the students. Also, the teacher does not require the students’ email address as it is optional. The maximum number of students is 30. The students only require the login data which are the teacher’s user name and password, each student has a different password. Furthermore, the teacher can create activities for the students using kubbu. There are five different types of activities which are match, divide, slider, composer, and crossword. The great thing about these activities is that the teacher can customize it to his/her liking or preferences. For instance, the matching game can be an activity of finding the correct pair of words that have same or similar meanings. It can also be linking up activity between the country and the capital of the country. Moving on, the divide activity. For this activity, you divide types of nouns, negative prefixes and etc. into different groups. You can divide it up to four groups. The activity is drag-and-drop. Other than that, the slider activity. The slider activity is similar to multiple choice questions. The teacher can customize it by choosing either single answer, multiple answer or ‘climb up’. ‘Climb up’ is where the difficulty is rising with each question and the quiz ends with the first wrong answer. Another activity is the composer where the teacher can choose from a lot of options. Namely, short answers, fill-in, true/false, and pop-down. The teacher can also add image, picture and sound. Last but not least, the crossword. The teacher just needs to add words and hints. The teacher can add a lot of words as there is no limit. After the teacher is done fill in the words and hints, just click ‘Generate crossword’ and the crossword will automatically be done for the teacher. 94
  101. 101. In addition to that, to all the activities mentioned above, the teacher can decide if he/she wants to set a time limit or not, to include instructions or reveal the correct answers. Also, the teacher is limited to 15 activities at a time and the teacher decides whether to make it accessible to others or not. The activity is also accessible via the web address which makes the activities are available online. The teacher can try the activity that he/she create. Besides that, the teacher can print, share, duplicate and convert the activity. Not only that, the teacher can view the activity’s result and statistics to know the student’s performance. The activities can be shared as well as exchanged with other teachers. Apart from that, the teacher can conduct online examinations or tests which make things a lot easier for the teacher because the results are calculated automatically and stored in the teacher’s database for 30 days. Also, the results can be compared and sorted by different criteria. Prior to the examinations and tests, the teacher can group or class and upload activities for them to revise and forum for the teacher to have a discussion session with the students. Moreover, the teacher can upload important information, files, notes, teaching materials and assignments where the students can view and download for their revision. The teacher can specifically send an individual message to a particular student or mass e-mail messages to a group of students. 95
  102. 102. How to get started with the web STEP 1 Go to www.kubbu.com STEP 2 Sign up or register an account 96
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  106. 106. STEP 3 Create an activity 100
  107. 107. This is an example of match activity 101
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  110. 110. CHAPTER 7 SCHOOLOGY What is schoology? Schoolgy is one of the Web 2.0 that is quite popular among students and teachers. It is an online learning session, classroom management and social networking platform that improve learning through better communication, association and increased access to curriculum and supplemental content. Moreover, it is also a dynamic, intuitive and user-centric learning management solution focused on making improvement accessible in diverse educational environments. With custom webpage and content creation, interactive collaboration capabilities and seamless, third party application integration, Schoology empowers teacher, inspires students, and simplifies administrative tasks across the board. Schoology founders Jeremy Friedman, Ryan Hwang, Tim Trinidad and Bill Kindler gathered up and began the development of Schoology at the end of 2009. Their mission and goal is to reinvent the way technology is implemented in the classroom. With a goal of improving student outcomes, they realized the need to disrupt the inactive education technology market by making Schoology obtainable and accessible for every teacher in every classroom. Besides that Schoology not only provides schools and districts with a configurable, scalable and easy-toimplement solution, but also provides a basic version of its award-winning platform free for teacher. As a result, enterprise adoption is easier for schools and districts. This is an AwardWinning Learning Management System (LMS). Another mission is to authorize educators to give the tools and connections to connect students more efficiently and improve educational effectiveness on both a large and small scale. Schoology is not just an LMS. It is a living, breathing educational community that can adjust to 104
  111. 111. changing student needs, learn from collective experiences and continually improve as education and technology progress. Last but not least, Schoology is transforming learning through the collaboration of passionate individuals. Benefits of Schoolgy There are many benefits that students and educators can gain from this web 2.0. Plus, this is not a normal and ordinary learning management system. It has redefined the learning management system to make online education a collective attempt between everyone involved in a student’s education. With an easy-to-use collaborative interface, Schoology empowers engaging instruction and system-wide association to develop the overall impact of everyone involved. This Schoolgy.com benefits the lecturers and students. it gives a new platform and initiative for them to learn. The function is quite similar with the pouring social networking nowadays such as facebook and twtter. But the aim and the main objective are different. As for facebook and twitter, the main purpose is to socialize in the virtual world. Whereas this schoology is more or less like the online school. There will be notes, assignments and quizzes carried out online. this will be a great help in getting the information and knowledge. Moreover, there are many parts of this LMS. They have web hosting, unique course web pages, aggregated calendars, secure and configurable messaging or email, district management, user management, curriculum and content management and many more. These things are just have to be explored by the educators as well as the students. they also have technical specifications which just gives more application and easiness for the user. 105
  112. 112. How to get started. 1) First and foremost we have to sign up. Click on the instructor. This is meant for educators or teachers and students will have to get the password from them. 2) This will be the homepage. This will be shown right after you have signed up. 106
  113. 113. 3) This is where we have to choose the profile picture and some settings that we can adjust. 4) After clicking the ‘next’ button on the dialog box on the top, you can now register your course. 107
  114. 114. 5) As soon as you have completed the box, you can now register your course by clicking the create button. 6) It will appear like this. It means that you have done with the first section. 108
  115. 115. 7) Then, it will appear like this. There will be assignment, quizzes , files/links, discussions, albums and pages 8) Teachers can put their assignments and quizzes or tests in this specific place. 109
  116. 116. 9) For example if the teacher wants to add an assignment, click on the assignment. A dialog box will appear as shown below. 10) Then, fill the specification and the description needed. Example is shown below. There will be dates of submission and many more. 110
  117. 117. 11) After completing the items needed, click the create button below. 12) Then, the homepage will appear like this. 111
  118. 118. 13) On the left side, they have these items such as upgrades, grade book, attendance, members and also analytic. 14) Let’s look at the updates for example. Click on the update. 112
  119. 119. 15) It will show up like below. You can post any updates regarding of anything in the column. 16) This will allow you to post any updates regarding anything such as assignments, tests or the submission date. Then click on the post button. 113
  120. 120. 17) This is the result, and it will be shown on the homepage. 18) Let’s take another example by choosing attendance. 114
  121. 121. 19) It will appear like this. When you have many students, it will be easy to monitor how the absence of the students. 20) Another example that I would like to show is the grade book. Just click on the grade book. 115
  122. 122. 21) Grade book is actually quite similar to the academic book for teacher. It will appear like below. 22) Next we are going to look at the home page. The top section of this web. Click on home. 116
  123. 123. 23) This is the homepage. 24) That is all the thing that I have shown, next you can sign out. The sign out button is on your right side of the computer. 117
  124. 124. 25) The there will be logout sign there. Just click on that particular button. That is all that I can explain about Schoology.com. Hopefully this will be a great help in giving sufficient information and beneficial ways on how to use this particular web 2.0. And it will be a new way of teaching in the future. As we all know, this is not widely used in Malaysia. Hopefully it will be something that is familiar to teachers and educators and be a new tool for them to communicate with the students in the virtual world. 118
  125. 125. CHAPTER 8 STIXY Introduction to Stixy Stixy is a website that is within the Web 2.0 domicile which allows users to post items and notes on a virtual bulletin board space. What is a virtual bulletin board you ask? Well, it comprises of mostly usage regarding the collecting of information, furthermore organizing them, and lastly users may publish and share this information with other users who have also created an account on the website. The beauty with Stixy is that through its open-ended design, it does not limit users’ creativity and also accessibility, as it supports multiple file formats such PDF, Windows Words DOCS for the uploading of documents onto the website for sharing, and also supports picture formats like JPEG, PNG and GIF for the distribution of images online. As aforementioned, Stixy is designed with “open-endedness” being the primary purpose, allowing common and familiar processes such as dragging and dropping onto these “bulletin boards”, making it easy for users of any age or IT background to utilize. Just like established social networking sites like Facebook, and MySpace, Stixy employs similar information conveyance, except focusing more on the interaction occurring from within one spatial constraints, namely the bulletin board, where the administrators may add members into the discussion, allowing them to access the knowledge and also items from within the bulletin boards itself, giving the administrators full control of the discussion. This I find is very applicable to making the modern day learning process become more interactive while being technological. While studying its ability to be interactive and social, we will also look at the interesting user interface the software may offer, analyzing the freedom to choose fonts, creating users’ individualities on notes, personalizing them at the same time making them more interesting for 119
  126. 126. readers especially the young. The colourful nature of this freedom will entice the audiences’ attention. Fun facts regarding the establishment of Stixy.com The establishment of Stixy is not really about which ideas popped into the heads of its creators, but from frustration of the existing with the available collaborative Web services in the past. Below here, some interesting information regarding the conception of stixy.com; 1. The creators of the Website are actually experienced design specialists that deals with web construction, led by Jonas Höglund, who opened a significantly famous company in Sweden. He was recently appointed as the Information Architect over at IKEA headquarters in Sweden also. IKEA being a brand famously-known by furniture addicts worldwide who search for quality. 2. Anders Ottoson is also among the first founders of Stixy, with over 15 years working as a professional design experience, and has helped launch a staggering 100 corporate websites. 3. Both creators are native Swedish and are living in Sweden also. 4. The site is created only recently and in 2007. 5. The website is popular among users in the Swedish region as a tool for education. 6. Having shared an almost similar name, the website uses the same principles as Sticky Notes in Windows 7 in note making, except with more options to personalize the notes by font size, colour etc. 120
  127. 127. Benefits of Using Stixy (from an educational standpoint) As facts gathered from the previously stated findings, we may deduce that among the benefits from the usage of Stixy is that it allows educators to convey or deliver lessons more effectively and conveniently. In other words, stixy.com might as well replace traditional classrooms in the future, with an array of specialties. The most similar comparison to an existing website that applies the same principle as posting on a wall/bulletin board is Wallwisher, as both of them project information and all the need-to-know by the readers/learners on a specified space. Different from Wallwisher, Stixy does not have a limit in terms of amount of letters allowed on a single note as this might hinder the learning process. As oppose to Stixy, Wallwisher does not have this feature as it limits the amount of letters up to only 160. This is identified to be some of the most interesting if not useful tool that Stixy has in comparison to other Web 2.0 out there right now. Besides that, while using Stixy, users may choose the sizes of the fonts on the notes, the colours of the fonts, and lastly the note’s background colors. This personalization of notes may make the interface appear more interesting, at the same time enticing the attention of audiences who are participating in a discussion. The many color schemes that may be used for making notes will refrain the discussion from looking rather dull and generic, thus making the participants lose interest in it. As teachers, it is important to note this agents of enticements as it may either help or hinder in the delivery of information or knowledge. Moreover, among the benefits of Stixy is that it allows administrators who have set up a bulletin board for a discussion, to have access in controlling their privacy, ensuring only those pertaining to the discussion as seeing the content. That being said, confidential discussions regarding a particular subject may be undergone without any interruption from external forces who wishes to interrupt a discussion without even being summoned. This can be possible by tweaking with the setting to either be viewed by public or members of discussion only, with outside viewers being able to leave comments on the comment boxes. The smoothness of a delivery of knowledge in a learning session should be highly emphasized by teachers in order to 121
  128. 128. convey concise and accurate teachings; therefore it is important for a lesson to not be disrupted by anything. In addition to all these benefits, teachers may utilize Stixy as a form of true visual learning experience as the site offers no maximum size for a Stixyboard (bulletin board) therefore users may roam free with whatever input they may have into the discussion, making the learning process a more liberating and interesting experience. At the same time, it is also important to note how the website enables users to share pictures, and also documents, rendering the possibility of delivering accurate and clear instructions, whilst at the same time using the learners’ full ability of ingesting information through the visual sense. Lastly, it is also important to note, how the site offers auto-save system, which if in the event that a computer is corrupted and all data is lost, there is a backup saved in your account that you may open again and continue the lesson. This way, it avoids mishaps to happen, especially when considering young learners who are clumsy might just close a discussion accidentally. These factors are what make Stixy such a good website. Accordingly also, Stixy, is free to sign-up, and free to use by all. 122
  129. 129. Tips to make the learning experience more effective using Stixy Stixy is an easy-to-use website which allows sharing. However, considering its features, it is also important to note that in order to make a learning session to have an intent outcome, it is important if you follow some of the tips: 1. Before beginning a lesson in Stixy, ensure that your learners have signed up for an account to fully utilize the Stixyboards and not a commenter on the comment boxes. It is easy, free and hassle-free therefore making it convenient for users. 2. Begin teaching sessions with the beginner level, that is making instructions clear, and also assist them in using the website. 3. Use contrasting colours for the background and font in order to make the notes understood well by the learner. For example, black font on white background and vice versa. 4. Do not upload files larger than the permitted size. Large files that do not abide the permitted size will not be successfully uploaded. Therefore, ensure that any pictures have the exact size or smaller than the permitted size by resizing, or changing its format. Furthermore, for documents, you may convert to other more convenient type of files. 5. Be patient. It is also important to note that with an abundance of users, there are bound to be heavy traffic which might delay the smoothness of the lesson. Therefore, alert and also notify how sometimes lags and crashes are to be expected. However, that is what autosave is for! 123
  130. 130. Getting Started 1. Go to the website The website that you should go to is: *** www.stixy.com **** This is a screenshot of the site’s home page. 124
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  147. 147. CHAPTER 9 ANIMOTO Introduction Animoto is a web requisition that prepares films from photographs, motion picture cuts and music. Animoto dissects the provided pictures, video cuts and music produce a video comparing to a trailer. As per the site, the tune is investigated, processing one of a kind film assuredly. The site as well claims that no two films made by the site are ever the same. Animoto was established on August 2006, and started as a site on August 14, 2007. Animoto is based in New York, with an office in San Francisco. While going to the Sxsw Interactive Festival in March 2008, Animoto started their own particular Facebook application. It turned into an in vogue path for clients to showcase their photographs on the informal organization. The Animoto Facebook requisition encountered so much viral development in April 2008, that it turned into one of Amazon Web Services' mist processing examples of overcoming adversity. By mid-April, Animoto's Facebook provision had practically 750,000 individuals sign up in three days. At the crest, very nearly 25,000 individuals tried Animoto in a solitary hour. Amazon Web Services' capacity to take care of the demand of Animoto's viral Facebook provision brought about Amazon.com's consequent venture in Animoto. Jeff Bezos incorporates Animoto in talks he gives observing Amazon Web Services. On top of discharging the Animoto Facebook requisition in March 2008, Animoto was additionally a Youtube start accomplice for Youtube's Api. Animoto was incorporated with Youtube, permitting clients to fare Animoto films straight to Youtube easily. As of August 2009, almost 250,000 motion pictures have been transferred to Youtube. On June 2008, Animoto presented Dvd-quality updates for clients, permitting them to watch their films on a Tv. 141
  148. 148. By July 2008, Animoto for Business and Animoto for Education were started. Animoto for Education gives educators and learners unrestricted access to its full-length film making administrations free of charge, while Animoto for Business takes into consideration Animoto to be utilized industrially. Since an overpowering number of expert camera people began to utilize the Animoto for Business item, Animoto for Photography was started in October 2008 at Photoplus in New York City. Since starting, Animoto for Photography has gone to each national photography gathering, incorporating the Professional Photographers of America's Imaging Conference & Wppi. Animoto for Real Estate is a different offshoot of the business item, which authoritatively started at the Inman Connect Conference in San Francisco in July 2009. Animoto's master bundle is a White-name item. In June 2009, the Animoto iphone application was launched, permitting iphone clients to make film utilizing pictures assumed their phone. In August 2009, Animoto started the capability to transfer film cuts, on top of still images. This has been the biggest development to the Animoto offering therefore far. In April 2011 the association included purpose for Apple Tv and Airplay users. Benefits of Animoto  Can be utilized to introduce thematic units and activate student background knowledge  Videos have the ease of use that allows educators to use the videos encyclically in their classrooms from year to year  Assortment of copy written music that is safe to use.  For a very reasonable price, you can create videos and have them put on a DVD and shipped to your school/residence. 142
  149. 149.  With the limited text capabilities, you will be able to practice how to make your idea clear and concise.  Could be used as the alternative narrative method, literally, without using lots of language in your literacy classroom.  Easily upload your video to any networking sites with one click.  Watch all of your videos from your primary account on your iPhone.  With an All Access Pass you can now create full length videos directly from your iPhone.  Videos can be embedded easily into other sites.  Overall design, graphics, ease of use, etc. are attractive to a wide range of age levels. Source: (http://animoto.wikia.com/wiki/Animoto_Wiki) 143
  150. 150. How to get started with the web HOW TO USE ANIMOTO STEP 1: Open a browser, you can any browser that you want but I recommend you to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for faster browsing Click on either on this two and the address bar will shows up: Type in the address bar: www.animoto.com You will then will enter the home page of Animoto where all the features of the website is available there. 144
  151. 151. This is how the website looks like: STEP 2: Get Started To get started with the website you need to click the get started button which is green in colour: 145
  152. 152. After clicking the Get started button the website will bring you to this page: Choose the LITE Free options as this is the only way that you can only use the website without paying anything. You have to sign up first before you can use the website Then the website will bring you to the sign up page that looks like this: You can choose whether you want to register manually or sign up using your Facebook. If you want to sign up manually you should fill in the blanks on the red arrow like stated in the picture above. You have to put your email address, full name and password. 146
  153. 153. But I would like to recommend you to sign up via Facebook if you have your Facebook account because this will be easier and you will just have to click it on the green arrow and the browser will pops up like this After that you just click in the “Log In with Facebook” it will synchronize with your Facebook account. Later on the page will automatically direct you to this page 147
  154. 154. You will then need to click “Continue as new user” button to proceed using your Facebook to login. STEP 3: Editing After clicking the new user button the page will later on brings you to this page. This is the page where you have to choose the theme of your video/slideshow, you can choose multiple themes but not all of them are available for you to use because some of the themes are only available to premium users only. But we still can use the basic feature for free. If you want more you have to pay for it. Then, choose your favourite theme as for this tutorial I will just use Animoto original theme. After clicking the thumbnail, you will later see something like this 148
  155. 155. This will show up after you have clicked the Animoto Original theme. You will then need to click on the “make a 30-second video for free” Just click this link and the website will later on bring you to the video creator mode. Where you can start editing your video. 149
  156. 156. To understand Animoto, we should know the basic first. Without the basic it is quite impossible for us to use the website efficiently. There are four button that we can click to edit our video, the first one is : 150
  157. 157. This button if you clicked it, it will give you options on how you can change your theme/style. You can changed it to the theme that you like The second button is the button to add pictures and videos: Click this button to add more pictures and videos that you want to be included inside the product when its done. The third button is where you can add your own text: 151
  158. 158. This button if you clicked it you can add your own text such as saying happy birthday to someone, you can put your own quotes and things like that. The fourth button is where you can add your own music : You can upload your own songs as well. You can choose the song based on your video’s mood, whether you want it to be romantic, excited and relax. Set your songs based on your choice and be creative. That is basically how Animoto works. STEP 4: Create a video i) Inserting a pictures or a videos, in this tutorial I will insert a photo by clicking this: 152
  159. 159. Once you have clicked this a box will appear like this: This menu will open, and you can choose from where you want to upload your photo. You can take photos from your Facebook , Instagram, Dropbox, Picasa, Flickr, SmugMug and Photobucket accounts if you have one. This is easier for user who wants to take photo directly from their own social accounts. 153
  160. 160. But for this tutorial I will choose to upload pictures from your own computer. Once you click the top button. Which means to upload pictures from your own computer. Once you clicked the buttons this will comes out. This window shows your pictures and document, choose own pictures on your computer. 154
  161. 161. After that you should choose your selected pictures Click to choose your picture, to upload it click open 155
  162. 162. You will later then see this box appears to show your selected pictures: To add more pictures you will just ned to repeat all the steps again until you see something like this 156
  163. 163. Inside this box shows you what pictures you have uploaded into the website ii) If you want to change your theme or style just click here like in this picture: You will then see a box appears like this 157
  164. 164. To use the Quantum Leap style/theme just click on the thumbnails The site will the takes you for a preview of the theme/style so that you get the idea how is your end product going to look like 158
  165. 165. If you click on the play button at the centre of the video player the video will be played, to show you how is theme/style is all about After that you need to click a link under the preview of the video: You will need to click the “select button” to choose the style/theme of your video. Later, you can change the background music of your video by clicking at this area 159
  166. 166. After clicking that this box will appear You can choose whether you want to use your own song, where you can upload by clicking the “Upload Songs” , or you can choose the music that Animoto provided for you. In this tutorial, I will choose the music that being provided by the website because their ready to use music are quite fantastic. 160
  167. 167. If you click the Love/Romance category it will bring you to this: Click the add song button and you’re done in selecting the background music for your video. iii) To add text into your video you will need to follow this step. First you need to click add text button which is: 161
  168. 168. After clicking that a box will appears, and it will look something like this: To add your title and subtitle just fill in the blanks. On the red arrow is where you typed in your title of the video and the blue arrow is where you can add subtitles in your video. Then you will need to click save at the left bottom corner of the box. 162
  169. 169. After finishing all the three steps you can preview your end product: To preview your final video you can just click the “Preview Video” and it will bring you to this: You can play your preview of the video for you to see how the end product looks like. 163
  170. 170. You can later edit the title, date and description: On the red arrow is where you can put in the title of your video, then you can put the date of the video when it was created, which is in the green arrow. In the blue arrow, you can add description of the video. Last but not least, click on the orange arrow which indicate produce if you have done editing your video and you want the final product, or you can click the link below the produce to continue editing. That’s all for me. Thank you. 164
  171. 171. CHAPTER 10 PROJEQT What is projeqt Projeqt is a website that is designated to be an alternative for people to make dynamic presentation slides. There are many other websites and software out there that functions as presentation slides maker but projeqt is one of the simplest tool of all. Compared to Prezi and Microsoft Powerpoint, Projeqt offers a simple and user-friendly tool to make a lively-looking presentation just by having an internet connection. It can be used via desktop, tablets and even smartphones by just going clicking to its website. Not just that, it is free of charge and only requires users to have a descent internet connection. In addition, users can share their work on their social network sites or even copy them in the form of embed code. Not to forget, Projeqt is very useful for people who are in need of making a presentation that shows great creativity to attract viewers. 165
  172. 172. BENEFITS OF PROJEQT The following are the benefits of Projeqt:  Projeqt offers a simple tool in making a dynamic presentation. It is user-friendly and can be learnt within minutes of using it.  Delivers clear instructions on how to properly use the software. This helps a lot for people who have trouble in learning new input regarding information technology.  It is also free of charge as the only requirement to use this software is to have a browser and an internet connection. Unlike some other software, they tend to ask for payment or annual renewal to get full benefits.  Alternative software for students, teachers or even office workers that necessitate presentations instead of the cliché ones. This makes their presentation to look innovative and remarkable as it is never seen before.  Has the ability to put up live feed updates from social networks. New information that is put up on the internet can easily be linked straight into the presentation.  The style of the presentation slides look very creative and trendy-looking presentation.  Can be accessed using desktops, laptops, tablets and even smartphones. This is to ensure that work can be done anywhere and anytime. Plus, it shows how convenient this software is.  Creating presentation slides is time-consuming, but with Projeqt users can save a lot of time to make a full presentation in a short period.  You can also view other people’s work on Projeqt. By this, people can share and learn new way of designing their presentation to make it look as cool as others.  Projeqt can simply upload and alter PowerPoint, PDF document any pictures at once to generate a presentation in just a click of a button.  Once work is done, Projeqt offers users to share their work on social networks and even in form of embedded code. 166
  173. 173. GET STARTED WITH PROJEQT STEP 1 Go to http://www.projeqt.com STEP 2 Create an account NOTE: An email will be sent to your e-mail address. All you have to do is to open the mail and click a link it provides to validate your account 167
  174. 174. STEP 3 Get to know your homepage looks 168
  175. 175. STEP 4 Creating a presentation 4.1 Click “create a new project 4.2 Name the project After finishing, click ‘create’ 169
  176. 176. 4.3 Form a new presentation NOTE: Only use stack when you are creating a new presentation. 4.4 Start by uploading or inserting first slide of presentation 170
  177. 177. 4.5.1 Name and create the presentation (for document) 4.5.2 Name and create the slide (for image) 171
  178. 178. 4.6 Add the content of slide(s) 4.6.1 Choose the content 172
  179. 179. 4.6.2 Put in name of slide and upload your choice of picture 4.7 For more interesting presentation, add in social site feed 173 NOTE: By putting in feeds from social network, any updates regarding your choice of posts/news will come out of your presentation.
  180. 180. STEP 5 STEP 6 Organize and edit your slides for any correction to finish your work. View your presentation 174
  181. 181. STEP 7 Spread your presentation 7.1 Share your work 7.2 This box will appear once you have clicked ‘share’ 175
  182. 182. Log off account STEP 8 STEP 9 9.1 Check on other functions of Projeqt Go to blog.projeqt.com NOTE: This webpage can be used by anyone without the need to sign in and is made for users to read about any latest news or updates regarding the website 176
  183. 183. 9.2 Understanding the page 9.3 Other functions NOTE: The blog post can be shared on social network by just clicking on it 177
  184. 184. STEP 10 Reviewing others work NOTE: If you need ideas on how an interesting presentation would look like, just view the featured examples shown in the example page. 178
  185. 185. References Stefanowicz, M. (n.d.). Contact Us. Retrieved from http://www.projeqt.com. TechSmith. (2007). Jing. Retrieved from www.techsmith.com/download/jing. 179
  186. 186. CHAPTER 11 SOCRATIVE WHAT IS SOCRATIVE? Socrative is a smart student response system that enables teachers to engage with their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Prior to the development of technology these days, it is a very interactive website for the students. Students will be able to access the questions and surveys posted in the website. As Socrative is a web-friendly website, students can have access to the website by using any browser, without using the mobile app. Socrative is easy to be installed on smartphone and tablets. A teacher can sign up for Socrative easily in a minute and they will be given a room number. In the specific room, teachers are able to post quizzes and surveys easily. As for students, they can have access to Socrative as easily as well. Students would be required to enter the room number and simply wait for the teacher to start an activity. The exercises given in Socrative allow students to access and complete the questions given by using their smartphones, tablets or laptops that they have. Socrative provides comfort and privacy for both teachers and students as well. 180
  187. 187. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? There are several benefits of using the websites, which are:  It is interactive and engaging.  It is paperless.  It saves time when grading assignments.  Students can use Socrative on any device, on any platform.  It provides immediate feedback via formative assessments.  Socratives was created by a group of teachers. Source: http://www.thelandscapeoflearning.com/2012/02/11-ways-to-usesocrative-as-formative.html 181
  188. 188. STEP 1 How To Get Started STEP 2 SIGNING UP / LOGGING IN 182
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  203. 203. CHAPTER 12 ZOHO SHOW INTRODUCTION Zoho Show allows users to create, edit, store, and show multimedia presentations online. Zoho Show is quite similar to Powerpoint, but it is more home-online in which the presentations can be accessed, created, shared, and edited anytime from anywhere as long as it is connected to the Internet. With these features and the free price tag, Zoho Show makes a great option for a librarians, students, teachers and employees/employers especially those with a bigger company. By using Zoho Show, everyone can create and share presentations online and enable other users to view the presentations at their own leisure. 197
  204. 204. BENEFITS OF USING ZOHO SHOW 1) Simple and easy to use Zoho Show is simple and very easy to use since it has quite similar features with Powerpoint presentation. With its advanced features, it allows you to create your presentation in a quicker and easier way. 2) Import and export presentations with any format Zoho Show assures document fidelity. You can now import and export presentations in different formats including PPTX. This will enable you to do so without having to convert the formats into the particular ones. Unlike the typical Powerpoint, Zoho Show allows you to save your presentations in any types of formats. 3) Enable you to work along with your group members Experience the real power of collaboration. Using Zoho Show, you can easily share presentations and collaborate with your team or group members right away. This is because Zoho Show provides chat for those who are invited into the group. This website facilitates students especially to work together doing assignment or group project without having them to meet up and do the discussion. 4) Enable you to access your presentation anywhere anytime with Internet connection As a teacher, using Zoho Show as one of the teaching tools is very much helping. Instead of using typical Powerpoint presentation, you can use Zoho Show in teaching as it enables them to access the presentation anywhere and anytime. Lecturers or teachers would not have to bring along external or pendrive to class for their lesson. As the presentation is automatically saved in Zoho Show, all you have to do is, sign in into your account and you can start your lesson immediately. Not only teachers and lecturers, students too are now able to access their presentations anywhere and anytime. All of us are aware with viruses when it comes to using the computers in the computer lab or even in the class. As for that, using Zoho Show is one of the best ways for your presentation as it has already been saved in your files document in Zoho Show. The invasion of viruses into your pendrive or external hard disk can be avoided. 198
  205. 205. 5) Broadcast your presentation from anywhere Zoho Show provides you with its best feature in which you can broadcast your presentation from anywhere regardless the time and location. Zoho Show allows you to broadcast your presentation anywhere and anytime with Internet connection. Now you can even save your time and energy. In education, Zoho Show could be very useful for students and educators. As a student, when you are unable to come to class, you can still join the teaching and learning session at different location. As a teacher, you can give lesson to students from far even at different locations and time zones. For example, the foreign educators who planned to teach the local students about the third language, broadcasting the presentation is one of the best methods since it is free and only needs the Internet connection to perform a broadcast. However, broadcasting needs a very strong internet connection. You can now break the geographic barriers in education by using Zoho Show. 6) Variety transition and animation effects With the variety transition and animation effects from Zoho Show, you can create a lot of interesting slides and presentations. Teachers or lecturers can use Zoho Show to create and publish an appealing slide show presentation for students. This is important in order to attract students’ attention in teaching and learning process. 199
  206. 206. GETTING STARTED WITH ZOHO SHOW STEP 1 GO TO https://www.zoho.com The first step is you have to go to this link: https://www.zoho.com STEP STEP 2 2: SIGN IN/CREATING NEW ACCOUNT The second step is you need to sign in to your account. If you have not yet registered to Zoho Docs, you need to sign up to create a new account. 1 200
  207. 207. Next, you need to fill up the details for your new account. 2 3 STEP 3 CREATING NEW PRESENTATION When you have already logged into your account, you can start creating your presentation. Firstly, you have to click ‘Create’ then choose ‘Presentation’ 201
  208. 208. a) Adding a new slide You may begin by adding a new slide in your presentation. After entering the title of your presentation, you can choose any slide layout as you wish. Then, just click ‘OK’ to proceed. 1 2 202
  209. 209. b) Button and its function Here are few guides for function of buttons on the menu bar. 203
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  220. 220. c) Inserting a picture To insert image, click on the ‘Insert’ button on the menu bar. You can choose images from four different sources which is from your local desktop folder (Image Library), Picasa, Flickr and URL 1 2 214
  221. 221. d) Inserting connectors and shapes You can insert shapes and connectors in your slide by clicking ‘Insert’ on the menu bar. Next, select the shape then click anywhere on the slide and drag the shape in order to move it into position that you want. 1 2 215
  222. 222. e) Inserting a video You can now embed videos into your presentation directly from a website. To embed a video file, simply click on the ‘Insert’ button, and then select ‘Gadget’. 1 2 216
  223. 223. Next, you need to copy and paste the URL in the box shown below. Next, click ‘OK’. Once the video has been embedded, it will automatically open in your slide show. Please note that the video can only be embedded from limited websites. You can view the list of supported websites from the provided link. (Refer to the image below) 3 4 5 217
  224. 224. f) Inserting link In order to connect your presentation to the web pages, pictures, or even e-mail addresses, you have to insert links into your presentation. Simply click on the ‘Insert’ button and choose ‘Hyperlink’ from the drop down menu. 1 2 218
  225. 225. As the pop up window appears on the screen, you can choose the link type and link target. Next, click the ‘OK’ button. 3 4 5 219
  226. 226. g) Applying slide transitions Slide transitions are the visual movements that can be seen when you move from . one slide to another in a slide show Click ‘Animate’, next select ‘Transitions’ and then choose the transitions as you wish. 1 3 2 4 220
  227. 227. To set the timing of your transition, click ‘More’ on the drop down menu. Then, set your duration and click ‘OK’. 5 6 221
  228. 228. h) View slide show You can view your presentation as a slide show by clicking ‘Slide Show’ button on the menu bar and choose a method from the drop down list 222
  229. 229. SAVING YOUR PRESENTATION STEP 4 Your presentation will be saved automatically. However, you can also do it manually by clicking ‘File’ button on the top right of menu bar and select ‘Save As’. Next, you need to enter your presentation name and simply click ‘OK’. 1 2 3 4 223
  230. 230. STEP 5 SHARING YOUR PRESENTATION By using Zoho Show, you can share your presentation to other people. Those who are allowed such as your group members will be able to edit the shared presentation. All you need to do is, click and select ‘Share’. 1 2 224
  231. 231. Next, the share settings will appear on your screen. You can edit your privacy settings. Then enter names, ID address or group name. As shown below, you can choose either to only allow the participants to view the presentation or view and edit it as well. Besides that, to get notified whenever the presentation is modified, you can click on the notification check box. Finally, click ‘Share’. 3 5 4 6 225
  232. 232. STEP 6 PUBLISHING YOUR PRESENTATION Now, you can publish your presentation to public. If you are a teacher, you can share your slides in blogs, forums or other websites as a reference for students out there. You can easily publish your presentation by clicking on ‘Share’ button on the menu bar and select ‘Publish’. 1 2 226
  233. 233. Next, the pop up window will appear on your screen. Simply click the ‘Publish’ button to publish your presentation. When you publish your presentation, you will be provided with a public URL that you can share with your friends. This will enable them to view your presentation from anywhere. Publishing your presentation generates a HTML code snippet which can be used to embed presentation in a blog or website. (Zoho Docs: Get Started with Zoho Show, 2013) 3 227
  234. 234. STEP 7 BROADCASTING YOUR PRESENTATION Zoho Show allows you to broadcast your presentation anywhere and anytime with Internet connection. In education, Zoho Show could be very useful for students and educators. As a student, when you are unable to come to class, you are still able to join the teaching and learning session by accessing the Zoho Show and as long as you are invited in the broadcast. As a teacher, you can give lesson to students from far even at different locations and time zones. To broadcast your presentation, click ‘Share’ and then select ‘Broadcast’. 1 2 228
  235. 235. After clicking ‘Broadcast’, a pop up window will appear. Then, you need to enter the email IDs of the participants you wish to invite. Click on the ‘Invite’ button, and this will send a mail to the mentioned list of participants with the link for the presentation. In order to view the presentation, the participants need to access the link. Next, Click on ‘Start Broadcast’, the presentation will open in a new window. The presenter will have the complete control over the presentation. You can view the list of participants who are currently a part of your presentation at the right side tab of the broadcast screen. Moreover, you can enable instant chat and interact live with all participants. 3 4 6 5 229
  236. 236. REFERENCES 1. http://www.slideshare.net/ProfDrAmin/web-20-interactive-tools-a-quick-guide 2. http://eden.rutgers.edu/~mtownley/550/Exercise%204/Exercise%204_Page%201 .html 3. https://www.zoho.com/docs/presentation/why-zoho-show.html 4. www.zoho.com: https://www.zoho.com/docs/presentation/help.html 230
  237. 237. CHAPTER 13 STORYBIRD What is Storybird? Storybird is a website that allows people to view, share, and make visual stories. There are a lot of creative artwork for the viewers to actually choose and make them as their background for their storybook. This site have three categories of people to use, the friends and families, teachers and students and artists. In other words, everyone from every backgrounds and ages can use storybird. 231
  238. 238. The Benefits of Storybird ` There are many benefits of storybird. One of them is this site allows students and other people to view and share creative visual stories easily and not to mention it is free. This site too is user friendly and can be easily understands by all. The artworks provided in the storybird is very gorgeous and can grab attention. The stunning illustrations can stimulate the imagination and spark creativity in oneself. One of the example of the artwork provided. These illustrations are by The Dreamy Giraffe. The other benefits are this site is very simple to use and shareable. Storybird can easily used and the students will only be focussing on writing and reading the artworks. Every artworks that they feel like to share and show it to the world, they can easily share it through blog and twitter. The most crucial benefits are this site is safe to used even to kids below 12 years old and it can be monitor by the parents and teachers. 232
  239. 239. Let’s Get Started. First of all, go to Storybird.com and you shall see the main page of the website. The main page of Storybird.com before you sign up. Next move is the Sign up matters. If you already have the Storybird account, then just sign in. But if you do not have it, do not worry, the sign up is free and easy. These are the steps: 233
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  251. 251. References 1. http://paidcontent.org/2013/01/24/with-2-million-members-storybird-is-reverseengineering-the-picture-book/ 2. http://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/storybird 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79f1DLtMt-w 4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad6svo2ndD8 245
  252. 252. CHAPTER 14 GNOWLEDGE What is Gnowledge? First of all, Gnowledge is a public Internet portal that enables everyone to form, publish, share and take tests, exercises and assignments. Everyone is a student for a certain period throughout our life. Generally, each student has to engage with exams, exercises and assignments. So, by using Gnowledge all the tasks are becoming easier and less burden. Second, Gnowledge was conceived and widen to address the aforementioned market need in the information age. By using Gnowledge, it eradicates the need to manually mark and correct tests, assignments and excercises with absolute answers. The function is same as how computer spreadsheet gets rid of the manual financial analysis. Last but not least, Gnowledge is content-neutral and offers everyone the infrastructure to freely create their own tests, exercises and assignments. Moreover, they are free to share the materials with their peers, students and these tests can then be discovered and used by interested third parties. For example, YouTube provides the infrastructure for its users to share videos. Users upload their own substance and share them with their friends. In addition, the uploaded content is also discoverable by interested third parties who search for them by typing the keywords and subject matters. 246
  253. 253. How does Gnowledge work? The Gnowledge is a public portal which means it is free-to-use. Anyone who signs up will gain full access to all accessible features. Registered users can create, take and share tests, exercises, quizzes and assignments anywhere, anytime. Tests are categorized by four major elements which are country, subject, grade and school. Besides, we can create different tests. All questions within each individual test are randomized, promoting repeatability, knowledge understanding and absorption of answer memorization. Tests are marked and corrected automatically upon submission of a test and results are available immediately after the submission. Registered users can keep track of their academic progress by looking at the history of test results and answers. Furthermore, every test in progress can be saved and completed at a later time without having to start all over again. Users can create a test which can consist of four types of questions; Fill in the blanks, Match, Objective/Multiple Choice and True/False questions. These question forms cover most assessment question formats with a few exceptions, and these exceptions can easily be permutated to fit either of the above formats. Test creators have their own Vanity Page (www.gnowledge.com/username) that exhibits only their published tests. It is a practical trait for test creators to personalize Gnowledge for their own purpose and usage. They only have to share their Vanity Page web address and all their published tests can be accessed in one location. Alternatively, test creators who have their own websites or blogs can link directly to their published tests via each test’s unique web address and thus personalize Gnowledge even further. Test creators can see all assessments of theirs either by their students or the general public via the Test Activity Report. The Test Activity Report shows the test history of the test creator’s published tests, assessment answers, feedback and ratings given by assessors and high, low and average score statistics. 247
  254. 254. Who is Gnowledge for? Gnowledge is suitable for students, educators and parents. The benefits of using Gnowledge. Gnowledge has a lot of advantages on students, teachers and parents. Students who use Gnowledge frequently can learn by understanding and increase knowledge absorption due to the nature of the way tests are presented. No more rote memorization. Students will be excited and curious about technology as they can share the materials among the student’s circle of friends and it is possible to discuss via Facebook, Twitter and/or e-mail. Besides, it promotes student self-learning by offering a fun and interactive medium of learning. It also eradicates time-consuming for repetitive correction and marking for tests, exercises and assignments. In addition, teachers can use Gnowledge to connect and communicate with students via Facebook, Twitter and/or e-mail. If the Gnowledge is used frequently, the educators may find themselves more free time. Last but not least, Gnowledge is a productive internet usage. Even busy parents can encourage their children to use Gnowledge as a fun way to promote their academic growth and prowess without consuming a lot of time. As all test histories are stored on Gnowledge, parents can keep track of their children’s academic progress anytime anywhere. Enterprising parents can even take the role of educators and create their own tests, exercises and assignments for their children. 248
  255. 255. How to use Gnowledge. First, Gnowledge.com is free for everyone to use. Tests, exercises and assessments can be entered into the website by registered users. The materials are categorized by title, subject, grade, school and/or country. Upon submission, these test papers are then made publicly available for everyone to use. Students who are preparing for exams or those who wish to sharpen their knowledge and understanding on certain subjects can search on Gnowledge.com for their desired exercises and test papers. Second, Gnowledge is used to create a test which contains multiple questions; Fill in the blanks, Match, Objective/Multiple Choice and True/False questions Third, test results, scores and answers of every user who has completed a test are stored on Gnowledge.com. Users can review their test results and answers anytime and these results can be shared with others if they choose to do so. Educators who wish to use Gnowledge.com can choose to direct their students to any of the available tests, or create their own. Any tests created by the educator are profiled on their own personal Vanity Page, and educators will be able to view reports on who took their test, their scores and comments as well as check on each individual answer. 249

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