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Getting F.I.T. - Free Internet Tools for teachers (Middle School Version). Web 2.0

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Free Tools -Middle School Tech

  1. 1. Tech Tools Liz Wernig 5-12 K - 4 WEB 2.0
  2. 2. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL Not all the resources in these workshops will work for you. Not everyone comes to the workshops with the same classroom experiences or expectations. There isn't one perfect tool or one right way to utilize Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. I think it it is important to look at the usefulness of a Web 2.0 tool for yourself before you can really think about how to bring it to your students.So, my hope is that you learn something new today and want to explore at least one of these resources. If you have any questions or comments, the discussion tab is open and my email is available to you.
  3. 3. Web 2.0 create collaborate communicate contribute
  4. 4. Computer to Computer 'telephone calls' for free.
  5. 5. Qipit! <ul><li>Qipit ( ) is a free online copy service that allows you to copy documents, whiteboards and handwritten notes with your camera phone or digital camera to store, fax, email or publish! </li></ul>Free open source software to create a PDF file Digital camera New cell phone camera Older cell phone
  6. 6. ANIMOTO (FREE FOR EDUCATORS) <ul><li>Intro to Ancient Rome (6th grade) </li></ul><ul><li>The Constitution </li></ul><ul><li>Global Warming </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd grade spelling words </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered Species </li></ul><ul><li>alphabet video </li></ul>
  7. 7. Flickr <ul><li>Flickr - Flickr is photo sharing site </li></ul><ul><li>Spell with Flickr , Memry , and the entire Flickr Toys collection. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Photo Editing Free! <ul><li>Picnik </li></ul><ul><li>Philter </li></ul><ul><li>Gimp – open source </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>This site serves a very basic function (online bookmarking), but it connects people to websites that are tagged, described and organized by freshness. </li></ul>
  10. 10. WORDLE (
  11. 11. Wordle Lesson Sample: <ul><li>Pupils were asked to look at the word clouds, with a dictionary, and try to ascertain the gist of the original articles. </li></ul><ul><li>Half the class then explained to the other half what they thought their article was about while I displayed each word cloud in turn on the interactive whiteboard (see illustrations), highlighting words one at a time and extracting relevant / useful vocabulary. </li></ul><ul><li>I then handed out copies of the original articles in full to my pupils and discussed the vocabulary further </li></ul>
  12. 12. GOOGLE DOCS <ul><li>Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet and presentation tool that allows you to create and edit documents from anywhere and collaborate with multiple people at the same time. </li></ul><ul><li>Google for Educators site </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs resources- http:// /educators </li></ul>
  13. 13. Google Docs… <ul><li>Elementary school students collaborate to </li></ul><ul><li>read the same book and write a book report. </li></ul><ul><li>share their reflections of field trip. </li></ul><ul><li>create a story from a story prompt. </li></ul><ul><li>Middle school students collaborate to </li></ul><ul><li>write a science hypothesis about an experiment. </li></ul><ul><li>recreate an historical event. </li></ul><ul><li>develop a word math problem. </li></ul><ul><li>High school students collaborate to </li></ul><ul><li>create articles for the school newspaper. </li></ul><ul><li>write a script for a play. </li></ul><ul><li>debate a current event . </li></ul>
  14. 14. Teacher comments: <ul><li>“ I’ve always spent so long making comments on student papers and it may be that half of the time those comments are never even be read. I still can’t force students to read everything, but I can refer back to previous comments on earlier assignments, and identify patterns.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Another advantage to Google Docs is that it’s easy for the teacher to be involved in the entire writing process and not just the final product.”  </li></ul><ul><li>“ I like that I can view the doc before it’s finished, and even check back on earlier versions of the document to get an idea of how the paper was built up.” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Slideshare Uploading your slide show Samples:
  16. 16. Jango! Jango is a free social music service that lets you create your own custom radio stations and listen to them on your computer. Pandora Radio
  17. 17. Create Videos (online!) <ul><li>Jumpcut – When film editing programs are not available </li></ul><ul><li>Schooltube </li></ul><ul><li>Teachertube </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube … </li></ul>Sharing Videos (online!)
  18. 18. PODCASTS
  19. 19. Podcasts <ul><li>2nd Grade Podcast : Students studied famous Americans. This podcast shares what they have learned. </li></ul><ul><li>5th grade podcast: After reading &quot;The Mysteries of Harris Burdick&quot;. Students created some of their own mysterious stories . </li></ul><ul><li>8th grade podcast: This podcast describes an activity centered around teaching to about the Declaration of Independence . </li></ul><ul><li>11th grade science: 80% of Mrs. Bracht’s students have an iPod and the others that don’t have an iPod, do have access to a computer. Ms. Bracht is having her students podcast to learn, review, and share science information </li></ul><ul><li>High School Book Review podcast . </li></ul>
  20. 20. VOICETHREAD Science Sample /
  21. 21. Instant messaging from absolutely anywhere, no downloads or installs required, and free!
  22. 22. WikiSpaces <ul><li>WikiSpaces -. Wikispaces is firmly committed to education and is in the process of giving away 150,000 ad-free wikis to educators. It has a simple editor. </li></ul>E Educators
  23. 23. Wikis <ul><li>Students actively create knowledge as a team. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are held even more responsible for what they submit due to the nature of a wiki…you know when and what a student posts </li></ul><ul><li>Students keep each other honest…if someone submits wrong information, they’ll correct each other </li></ul><ul><li>Students can not only add text to the wiki but also multimedia: videos, audio and photography..creating a more comprehensive experience. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Wiki Ideas <ul><li>Virtual literature circle </li></ul><ul><li>Class note taking </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with another class or school </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd – 3 rd grade class wikis. </li></ul><ul><li>5 th grade: Students are writing a chain story called Adventure in the Trench , They all have a turn in creating this story, and the author of each chapter is listed on the relevant page </li></ul><ul><li>French Class: There are notes, flashcards, videos, and several online exercises, French I - in high school. </li></ul><ul><li>High School Spanish class wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Natick High School Chemistry class wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>A wiki set up for a chapter by chapter discussion on the book, “Holes” </li></ul>
  25. 25. Blogs! High School Blog 7th grade math Blog 4th grade Blog 1st grade Blog Student Reflections
  26. 26. Class Blog
  27. 27. Brainstorming <ul><li>Mindomo </li></ul><ul><li>Mindmeister </li></ul>
  28. 28. This history teacher used this tool to summarize their understanding of the events of The French Revolution Abe Lincoln Easily create an an avatar with voice What better way to have students Practice their foreign language skills. than using a Voki My Voki on
  29. 29. Hot Potatoes! <ul><li>Each program enables you to create a different type of quiz. The quiz types currently supported are: </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple-choice </li></ul><ul><li>Short answer </li></ul><ul><li>Jumbled sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Crossword </li></ul><ul><li>Matching </li></ul><ul><li>Gap-fill </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Samples: </li></ul>
  30. 30. Online free survey tools
  31. 31. Rubrics <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Math Worksheets </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  32. 32. BibMe BibMe is a new web app that offers users a quick and simple means to create bibliographies Check out a sample
  33. 33. Worksheet Generators <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (online or printout) </li></ul>                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  34. 34. Free Tech Tools <ul><li>Practice writing (print out worksheets) </li></ul><ul><li> / </li></ul><ul><li>Writing prompts/journals http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Powerpoint game templates </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  35. 35. ONLINE BOOKS <ul><li> -This website is home to more than 30,000 free books that you can read online. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  36. 36. More Teacher Tool Sites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li> younger grades </li></ul>
  37. 37. WRITING OUR FUTURE <ul><li>Writing Our Future is a continuous online writing and publishing project for students, ages 13 - 18, co-sponsored by Google and the National Writing Project. Students write about the issues and concerns that they feel are central to their future. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Our Future plans to sponsor additional writing and publishing projects to encourage students to write persuasively and informatively for &quot;real world&quot; purposes and audiences. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  38. 38. Open Courseware M.I.T. Open courseware for High School Take Any College Class for Free: 236 Open Courseware Collections, Podcasts and Videos : Browse this list for more than 200 open classes, resources and lectures.
  39. 39. SOCIAL NETWORKING Whyville - 1.7 million users Teacher sites available
  40. 40. K-4 5-12