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.

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