Thursday, April 21, 2011

This week's topic: Top Tech Apps

Erika Eich summarized an ICE 2011 presentation called Top Ten Tech Applications for Education by Jason Janczak from Grayslake Central High School. Her handout included links to his recommendations and some possible ways that the tool could be used.

Several of the applications which Erika covered were also included in the recent Edublog Teacher challenge The challenge link is also noted below. We plan to spend our next meeting experimenting further with some of these ideas.

teachers have editorial power; 140 characters or less about WHATEVER!
great for: book reviews, exit slips, summarize a reading (brevity), questions at the beginning of a class
Lino – An option instead of wallwisher:
not as much control as to what students post
Online map making
more collaborative
great for: mapping out chapters; mapping out books
Google Search Stories Video Creator

Edmodo: - we would be likely to use Blackboard, but if you have colleagues who need a free option, here is more info from the Edublogs Teacher Challenge for Edmodo.
My Fakewall
create Facebook accounts for historical characters
Tagxedo: “Wordle on steroids.”
Xtranormal: Students write the storyline, and the program puts the video together for them.

Jaycut: online movie maker; will work at home or at school; not real-time
Glogster: great tool for getting to know others at the beginning of the year

Our next meeting is Tuesday morning, May 3rd at 7:30am in Jim Foster’s office. We will use our meeting time to experiment with one or more of the tools discussed above.

In attendance: Raquelle Brennan, Ian Duell, Erika Eich, Jim Foster, Judy Gressel, Andy Horne, Linda Straube and Matt Stuczynski.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

This week's topic: twitter

Judy Gressel presented on Twitter. She began with a brief review of a previous presentation and stressed the ease of using Twitter and the importance of certain symbols like RT (retweet) , DM (directly messaging another person, # (for a keyword session) and @(to reply to someone). We talked briefly about using an image or icon and then more extensively about whom to follow. Separately we forwarded some KW/Phys Ed ideas to Andy. Mashable published suggestions on finding people to follow this week.

Judy also showed an example of a tweetdeck as a way to help organize your tweets. We looked at, too, especially the edchat version. That provides a “newspaper” look with an aggregation of tweets on a subject. Today’s has a link to a slideshare on 25 ways to use Twitter in the classroom. You can create your own personal, also, based on tweets from those people you are following.

Another aspect of our talk was how powerful and how “viral” this type of communication can be. Judy is still excited about watching the tweets fly by so fast that they could not be read on the day that Mubarak was removed from office.

In fact, I turned to after the meeting and saw this Video from the ASCD 2011 conference (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). I am embedding it here since it discusses the “Best Practices in Social Networking for Educators”:

Our next meeting is Tuesday morning, April 19th at 7:30am in Jim Foster’s office. We will review several free tools which Erika Eich learned about at the ICE Conference.

In attendance: Raquelle Brennan, Erika Eich, Jim Foster, Judy Gressel, Andy Horne, Linda Straube and Matt Stuczynski.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sharing Some Resources on How Educators Connect from Steve Anderson

At today's AM Exchange I will demonstrate the use of Twitter to help colleagues understand that one of the great things about it is to get professional development on a continual basis, any hour of the day. 

Two Popular Starting Points For Building A Personal Learning Network

The Educators PLN Ning (moderated by Tom Whitby hosting the thoughts of 7,000 educators)

Twitter  (#edchat on Twitter)

Resources recently shared by Steve W. Anderson

Articles From Professional Journals


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