Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Have You Discovered Pinterest Yet?

What is Pinterest?  It is a collaboration of user-created virtual pinboards.  Users create pinboards based on topics of interest.  You browse Pinterest for a visual search of images, links, recipes, lessons, printables, and fun!

Many teachers are discovering Pinterest.  Just look at the Education section and you will find a ton of great ideas for the classroom.  Just browse, search, or start creating your own pinboard to share your best resources with others.  Be warned: this site is addictive!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Voicethread in the Classroom

Voicethread is a site that will allow you to create a multimedia conversation around a picture or series of pictures, an example is above.  Please add your comments to the above example.  Just click the comment button, log in or register, and choose to record your voice, type a comment, phone in a comment, or to use your webcam.   Voicethreads are great for collaborative project based learning in the classroom.  A Voicethread project can be created on any topic.  Use it for students to comment on units of study, book reviews, to discuss what they learned on a field trip, or to share classroom projects with parents and community.  Once your Voicethread is created, you can publish (embed) it in your classroom website, blog, or wiki and invite others to comment.  Of course, you could allow just your students to comment, but why not open it up to the world and make that global connection?

Here are some links to learn more about using Voicethread in the classroom:
Voicethread 4 Education Wiki- examples of student Voicethreads
100 Ways to Use Voicethread in Edu- Voicethread submitted ideas.
Voicethread Examples in Education
26 Interesting Ways to Use Voicethread in the Classroom

The free Voicethread account will allow you to create 3 projects.  There is also an educator version which will provide you with more options and the ability to create more projects.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Discovery Atlas: Interactive Map with Videos

Discovery's new interactive atlas is a great resource for teaching about geography, countries, and cultures.  Select a country by clicking on it or selecting it from the drop down box.  The atlas has the feel of Google Earth as you fly to the location and zoom in.  Once the country is located, the user can choose to learn about that country's culture, government, history, and natural world.  Clicking on these categories will open various streaming videos that explain or show facts about the country.

Thanks to Suzanne Whitlow-ITRT for sharing this site on her blog.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom

I am currently teaching a college course for educators about Web 2.0 tools and I wanted a way to easily share the course resources and links.  I created this Glog so that the teachers can easily access a variety of Web 2.0 tools that we cover in class.  To view the Glog online click here:

Did I include your favorite classroom tools?  Add your favorites in the comments below!

Evaluating Student Multimedia Projects

Have you just stared using Web 2.0 tools in your classroom?  It is important to assess multimedia projects to ensure that students are using the tools to show mastery of curricular concepts.  I think that rubrics are the best form of assessment for online or multimedia projects. 

Here are some sites that you can use to create a rubric for your student projects.  
Teachnology Rubric Generator
4 Teachers Project Based Learning Checklists
Rubric Machine

Here are some rubrics that are already created for you.  Get some ideas and then create your own.
Multimedia and Web 2.0 Tools Rubrics:
Animoto Rubric
Blogging Rubric
Multimedia Project Rubric
Glogster Rubric
Some of these links and many more links about rubrics and assessment can be found on Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Assessment and Rubric Information.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Google Earth in the Classroom

This week I will providing Google Earth training for middle and high teachers.  This slideshow includes rationale for using Google Earth in the classroom, resources for learning how to use Google Earth, links to pre-made lessons for social studies, math, language arts, science, and word language, and info on how to create your own Google Earth tour/lesson for your classroom.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Vocabulary Games for Your Smartboard

Increase or review vocabulary with these team-based game activities from BarryFUNEnglish.  Choose from games like The Wheel (based on Wheel of Fortune), Battleship, Word Scramble, Card Match, Englishopoly and more!  The games are already pre-loaded with words in many categories such as: adjectives, American holidays, animals, colors, countries, food, months and seasons, musical instruments, prepositions, sports, and weather. 

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