Friday, September 25, 2009

Edutopia new guide Ten Top Tips for Teaching with New Media

A great review of many of the materials we have covered in class.
Edutopia has created a new guide for the new school year. Ten Top Tips for Teaching with New Media is a free PDF download that offers some very solid advice.
A quick summary
Tip 1 - VoiceThread as an ice breaker with related links to use in the classroom
Tip 2 - Surveys (surveymonkey, zoomerang) I have been using google/docs and forms for surveys
Tip 3 - Blogs, wikis for organization and customizing igoogle pages
Tip 4 - Think Globally use nings ( use skype, google earth and epals
Tip 5 - Making your classroom into an inviting space, reuseable materials and links
Tip 6 - Making meaning from Word Clouds
Tip 7 Collaboration, Work Better, Together (Google Docs for Education) and wikis
Tip 8 Open a Back Channel, think of it as a private chat room for your classroom. Students can pose questions, make observations while watching a video) Tools to try (, chatzy, coveritlive and
Tip 9 - Make it Visual Photos, video clips and other illustrations have expanded in recent years. From using projectors, interactive white boards, tablet pcs, document cameras, etc. these technologies make it easier to use visuals to inspire curiosity, generate brainstorming and enage diverse learners. Visuals also show the connections between math or science concepts and real life.
Tip 10 - Use the buddy system Teachers can take advantage of a variety of communication tools to share ideas and strategies with colleagues. The faculty lunch room offers one spot for face-to-face conversation, but you can expand your options by joining social networks that meet your professional interests. Many educators along with organizations are now using twitter to send out information.
Download the guide to learn more.
I also posted in the class ning.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Assignment for Class Two - 10/7

Hi Everyone -
Just to recap from last class. Please complete the following:
1. Create and upload a SlideShare with a link to Audio or YouTube
2. Go to the VoiceThread post below and enter a combination of text, audio and if possible a web cam/video comment on each slide as reflection of Web 2.0 Tools. Also post a comment on the VoiceThread post. More information on Voicethread in the class wiki
3. Flip Camera - If possible share the camera with your colleagues. See Dr. Brady's email. Install the Flip camera software that is on the camera and pull the video into your computer. You could also post to flip or youtube as a sample. We will also cover this in class if you are unable to access. tip sheet for flip
4. Create an edu account on Glogster class size 50 or more. We will use at a later date. Remember your username and pw.
5. Class Ning - Explore the Ning as a social networking tool
Optional: Articles/videos
6. NEA Article on using Nings and more 21st Century Literacy: Classroom strategies and additional resources

Post a comment before by October 5th and let me know how you are doing.

Monday, September 21, 2009

VoiceThread for Reflection

Please post a comment, audioo ir webcam video on each slide before our next class.
Remember to log into VoiceThread.
Link to view outside of blog

More information on VoiceThread in the Class wiki
Link to the class ning
After you have reviewed your colleagues comments, post a comment in the blog below and let me know what you think of VoiceThread.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Applying Web 2.0 into the Classroom - Post a Comment

Welcome back! We will begin our next venture of using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom next week. Please make a post by the end of the week and share how you have been using some of the tools covered in our previous class.

Also, post a recent book you have read or one you would recommend to your colleagues. I will try to pull this information together for a VoiceThread book review (see sample)

Dates: Fall Course - Part II
1. September Monday 9/21 3:30-7:15 /online work 5-6 hours online tota/month 9-10 hrs
2. Oct 7th Wed - 9hrs. 3:30-7:15 pm
3. Nov 4th Wed - 9hrs.
4. Dec 2nd Wed - 9hrs.
Total of 40 hours
Rubric and course outline draft

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

SlideShare add YouTube to your presentation

I uploaded my presentation to SlideShare and used a new feature to link a YoutTube Video with my presentation. We will cover this is class.

Did You Know V4 - Video Fall 2009

Promote the updated Did You Know version 4 video.
Three years, 20+ million online views, and many, many face-to-face showings later, the Did You Know? (Shift Happens by Karl Fisch/Scott McLeod) video still is going strong. Here is version 4 fall 2009 update.

Next, I will see if I can link this video to my SlideShare presentation.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Using Video in the Classroom - Articles and Examples

Article from edutopia
Use Online Video in Your Classroom
How teachers can bring the best of YouTube to your students.
Online Interactivity for Educators: A Teacher's Tour of YouTube
Need some inspiration and ideas? Go to the TeacherLibrarianNing and explore videos,
Great link to wiki with lots of examples for library and reading.
Doug Valentine, an elementary librarian in Texas, creates booktalks with his students using: a self-portrait, a booktalk script written by the student, and Crazy Talk software a free 15 day trial and then you pay. I plan on taking a look at Blabberize as it is free.
He then creates a glogster poster to showcase the work.
Crazy Talk Tutorial (YouTube)

Here is a sample of the book review

Find more videos like this on TeacherLibrarianNetwork