Monday, October 24, 2011

How Do You Save Your Bookmarks?

Do you still use the favorites star to save your bookmarks (favorite websites) on your computer?  If you do it is time to move to social bookmarking.  Social bookmarking is a way to save your favorite websites- but instead of saving them locally on your computer, you save them on the web so they are accessible from any computer with Internet access.  Social bookmarking isn't new, but I find that many educators do not realize that this even exists!  If you're a newbie, watch this Common Craft video to learn more about social bookmarking:

What are the advantages of social bookmarking and how can you use social bookmarking as an educator?:
  • Save all of your bookmarks in one place.  You will no longer have some of your websites saved on your home computer and some saved on your school computer.  Many bookmarking sites also have apps that you can use on iPads and Android devices, so you can also access your bookmarks on iPads or mobile devices, too. 
  • Social bookmarking is social because you are sharing your favorite websites with others.  You can also view the bookmarks of people with similar interests.  So, if you teach math you may find some great sites that are bookmarked by another math teacher.
  • Bookmarking sites allow you to add tags to the websites you save.  So a math website could be tagged: math, 6th grade, and algebra.  Tags allow you to categorize and organize your sites.  So when you are looking for a particular site, it is easier to find.
  • Share your online bookmarks with teachers, students, or parents.  You are creating a great resource!
  • Create a grade-level or classroom account and invite students to add websites.  Encourage students to evaluate websites for educational merit before including them on your class bookmarking site.

Here are some sites that you can use for social bookmarking:





Or, try these sites to make a customizable, visual bookmark page to link to the sites you'd like to share with others:










Monday, October 17, 2011

Periodic Table of Text Messaging

I came across this image on Google and I thought that this was an interesting way to display text message abbreviations.  Teachers could share this image with students to teach them (and their parents) about net and texting lingo and it could be used in a lesson about Internet safety and netiquette.

As far as I can tell the image is from Lab Five.  There is also a link available on the site to a .pdf printable version.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Digital Storytelling for Halloween

There are so many great digital storytelling sites and applications to help your students to share their stories online.  Here are some sites that have Halloween images and themes that can easily be used to publish your seasonal stories and poetry.  Plus most of these sites provide you with an embed code that can be used to publish your stories directly on your class website, blog, or wiki:

Storybird provides the art work (many different themes) and you create the story!

A Halloween Story 

Storyjumper:Storyjumper is simple to use with primary students.  The program comes loaded with backgrounds and images for many themes.  The only downfall is that there is no embed code available, but you can provide the link to share the stories.

ToonDoo:Make a comic strip of your story.  ToonDoo has wonderful backgrounds and images to choose from!Halloween

DomoAnimate:Easily create videos with a great selection of backgrounds, images, characters (that you can control), sound effects, music, transitions, and text boxes.

Vokis are so much fun to create- choose and edit a character, choose a background, add text or record your voice and you have a Voki to tell your story!  Halloween characters include a pumpkin, skeleton, and vampire.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Newspaper Map

Newspaper Map is a an online map that helps you to locate online newspapers from around the world.  Students can look at the map to see the number of publications located in different parts of the world.  The markers are color coded to show the original language in which the publication was written.  But, don't let a foreign language stop you from reading the news from Paris or Istanbul- Newspaper Map uses Google Translate to quickly convert the news to the language of your choice.  This site would be useful in Social Studies classes to learn about global news events or in Foreign Language class to read articles in their original languages.  Check out the historical newspapers, too.  These would be great for history class.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Show Off Your Best Glogs

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Glogster EDU is one of my favorite tools for the classroom.  Glogster EDU is an online application that creates online, multimedia posters called glogs.  The application is easy to use and my students love the creative process of creating a glog.  Glogster EDU can be used to create a poster on any topic because the user can choose from provided graphics or upload their own.  Above is a Glogster EDU Presentation.  All glogs can be shared by URL or by embedding the project in a website, blog, or wiki, but the Presentation Tool allows users to create an interactive, rotating visual of any glogs that you choose to present.  The glogs can be those that you or your students have created, but can also include any glogs that are saved publically, such as those above.  The glogs featured here were created by various users and represent some of the best glogs created for education.  Note: The Presentation feature is only available to users that have a Teacher Premium or School Premium account. 

Would you like to try the features of a Teacher Premium account for FREE for 21 days and receive a discounted Teacher Premium license?  Send me your contact info through the comments box below.  I am a Glogster Ambassador.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

DEN Tech or Treat Fall Virtual Conference

The Discovery Education fall virtual conference Tech or Treat has been scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 9am to 3pm ET. You are invited to join in on the fun as we have an amazing lineup of presenters including Wes Fryer, author of Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing, our DEN Gurus, and more.
We have a spooktackular day of professional development (and PRIZES!) planned for you.

Schedule (all times are eastern):
9:00 am The Monster Mash-Up with Traci Blazosky, DEN Guru
In this session I’ll share some creative ways to ‘Do the Mash’ DEN Style. We’ll combine Discovery Education and Web2.0 applications to create a Monster Mash-Up that will surely bring out the entertainer in all of us!

10:00 am No Tricks, Just Treats with Nancy Sharoff, DEN Guru
Reeses, Kit Kat, Hershey Bars…
Rolo, Peppermint Patties, Mars…
Come satisfy your sweet ‘tech’ tooth. I’ll be sharing out the goodies in my bag during this session on hardware, iDevice apps, and online apps. All treats, NO tricks!

11:00 am Digital Storytelling: Get it Write! with Joe Brennan
Take advantage of the free tools that come with every computer along with the American Film Institute’s seven years of research, field testing, and curriculum development to integrate visual storytelling into your core curriculum. Use the manual and video clips available from AFI’s “Lights, Camera, Education!” program available on Discovery Education streaming to help students apply the writing process to memorable video production.

12:00 pm The Collective Brain with Lance Rougeux
Leverage the power of community and learn effective ways to engage and inspire your students. During this session we will explore the ten latest, greatest and most effective resources and strategies shared by teachers of the Discovery Educator Network. You’ll leave the session with a ton of new ideas, tools and resources to start using tomorrow in your classroom.

1:00 pm Spotlight Session with Wes Fryer
We need to play with media to become more effective communicators. As children, we learn to progressively make sense of our confusing world through play. The same dynamics apply to us as adults communicating with new and different media forms. As you learn to play with digital text, images, audio and video, you will communicate more creatively and flexibly with a wider variety of options. Author and educator Wesley Fryer will inspire and empower you, as a creative person, to expand your personal senses of digital literacy and digital agency as a multimedia communicator!

2:00 pm Treat Yourself to A Story with Dean Mantz, DEN Guru
What makes a good digital story? We will discuss key components of a good digital story as well as learn about a couple tools for creating them.

Join us online, or join one of the local events our Leadership Council members are planning.
Register here to attend online.
Click here to join our local Lexington, South Carolina event.
Click here to see the list of other in-person events around the country.

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If you haven't heard of the DEN (Discovery Educator Network), you need to learn more:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sum Cloud

Select two numbers to complete the number sentence to practice fact families and addition with the Sum Cloud.  This activity is by Count Me In Too from the State of New South Wales education department.    Use this activity on your SMARTboard for interactive fun and learning.
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