Using technology in the classroom - level 2 Canterbury, 29.8.2012 - 11.8.2012
Day 1: Google Docs, Diigo, free digital photos Google docs ● an important and easy to use online tool when editing and sharing documents, presentations etc. ● can be used in the classroom and as a way to share and edit docs among colleagues ● everyone with a gmail account can access and use google docs
Diigo● saving and storing bookmarks/links online● you can use tags and notes to make your bookmarks more organized● you can highlight certain passages or important information on a web page● you can share your bookmarks with your colleagues/students by creating a group
Free digital photos● there are several web sites that offer free photos● we avoid copyright infringement● the most useful web sites below:
Day 2: Jing● screen capture & screen recording● great for taking screenshots and making online videos, voice-overs (tutorials, video feedback for students)● videos can then be uploaded to screencast and shared with others (videos can also be embedded in a blog or a wiki)● the video format is .swf so you need a special player (Real player)● Jing also allows you to easily add text, arrows or highlight sections of your screen capture. This is a great feature for teachers wanting to add notes on top of images or text, for students
Day 3: cyber safety, avatars, wiki Cyber safety ● cyberbullying is a big problem nowadays, so we have to educate our pupils about the issue ● one useful tool is the Disney online safe surfing game, which teaches the pupils different ways of how to protect themselves online ● when presenting yourself online it is important to use avatars instead of real photos ● me on the web is a valuable tool developed by Google which alerts you every time something about you is posted on the web ● it is of the utmost importance to always use a secure password
Avatars● www.clayyouself.com A great web site for making avatars you can then use for your online identitiy.● www.pixlr.com Using this tool you can edit photos, pictures online or you can download the application and use it on your computer, mac or PC.
Day 4: Wikis● a platform that promotes collaborative work (an online classroom)● allows its users to add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser● a user can insert documents, pdfs, pictures/photos● you can also embed a video and use various widgets (a small application that can be installed and executed within a web page - widgets often take the form of on-screen device, i.e. clocks, event countdowns, calendars...)● we can reduce plagiarism by protecting your wiki using creative commons● its user friendly and self-explanatory
pros & cons - wikisPROS● free software, easy to create an account● we access to wiki/materials after the class ends● promotes creativity, collaborative work and includes multimedia● easy to share information● previous versions of a page can be recovered
cons● poor IT skills can create problems● can possibly be time consuming for the teacher to set up● If relying on free wiki software, the company could discontinue the service or start charging● plagiarism and copyright issues● assessment
Day 5: Digital storytellingPeople learn better with words and pictures. Some examples of webpages where you can make your digital stories:● www.littlebirdtales.com● www.demogoanimate.com● www.educreations.com● www.animoto.com
How to use these tools effectively?3D Effect● define your objectives● do a research for the audio option● do not use a heavy on-screen text● ensure that your content is interesting
Day 6: Webquests, linoit● pupils are given a task/a theme and then they do their research on the web● a good web page for creating webquests is zunal.com● linoit is a platform for notes and photo sharing
Day 7: Podcast, Wordle, Tagul, Voxopop● Podcast: A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device.● Voxopop: In voxopop you can record audio messages to express your ideas or ask questions and then people can record their own messages to respond to you.● Wordle & Tagul: Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.