I just skimmed the May 2009 District Administration article “A Call for Collaboration” and was reminded of a group project I recently completed with some grad students from UW Stout. For the first time, in my online learning career, I have made an interpersonal connection to fellow students! Typically, in a complete asynchronous environment this does not happen. In a world of text, it is very hard to identify with people. For my own personal learning journey, the best experiences come from a blend of synchronous and asynchronous tools. With the rise of Web 2.0 tools… making that personal connection has become increasingly easier to accomplish!
Bubble.us is a great freebie that allows its users to visually collaborate and/or organize projects. Below is a quick concept map that I created for past workshop I have taught. I am thinking of how I can move some of my sessions online. Each objective should list specific course materials (readings, resources and rubrics), high quality discussions that embed critical thinking skills, and assignments/projects as evidence of the user's newly developed podcasting skills. As you look at my map - what else should I add? Maybe quality feedback from the student to the instructor and visa versa?
You should be able to zoom in and out and move the map around to read it better!
I always knew that the SMART Phone was a fabulous tool and could be extremely useful in the classroom – but today really takes the cake! Feedbooks is a web2.0 resource that allows users to dowload free books! But what made this site extremely powerful was downloading the books to my mobipocket reader! Mobipocket is like the iTunes for books on mobile devices! You can use the mobipocket store to purchase, download, and syncronize books to your smart phone. However, when using both feedbooks and mobipocket, I can now synchronize literary works such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, White Fang, or Hamlet onto my Palm Treo for FREE! I also noted that mobipocket has free application called Mobipocket creator (home and pro) which enables users to create personal content like ebooks, photo albums, ect.. and then distribute via the SMART phone! I think our teachers and students could be very creative when using tools like this in the classroom! What do you think?
Molly Schroeder, Edina Public Schools
Saturday, Dec 6 from 8:30 – 11:30
What a wealth of Google knowledge this Minnesota Google CERTIFIED teacher has! I thought I had a pretty good knowledge of Google, but she took me a step further! We played with:
- Google Docs (including forms)
- Google Maps
- Picasa Web
- Google SMS
- Google Earth
- Google Calendar
My favorite resources was something called Google Lit Trips. Basically the site teaches great literature by using Google Earth mapping out road trip stories from literary works. Grades k-12!
Her agenda can be found here
Today was the start of our Bears Professional Growth Academy! Doug Johnson, Blue Skunk blogger, kicked of the academy with an excellent keynote on Schools and Libraries for the Net generation. The presentation helped our district leaders (school board, administrators, teachers, staff) understand the characteristics of the millenial generation and gave us ideas/suggestions on how to adjust our learning environments. I hope the conversations do not stop here! We also had AIMSweb training, Advanced SMART Board training, Technology orientation for New Teachers, Intro to PowerPoint 2007, Office 2007, Designing Research Projects that Kids (and Teachers) Love, and Getting What You Ask For: Creating Effective Assessment Tools for Projects, People and Programs. What do you plan on doing to keep the momentum going?
Resource mentioned in Doug’s presentation – http://www.educause.edu/educatingthenetgen/5989
You have to check out Tag Galaxy a 3D Flickr image search engine! First enter a tag, and a related galaxy will appear on your screen. Each planet contains the pictures of a certain tag, and when you click on them, the images are placed on a globe. Your can rotate the orbe until a picture catches your eye. Click the pictue and it will expand – click it again and it grows larger and will give reference to the Flickr site the picture comes from. Sure, you can go to Flickr.com and search the traditional way – but exploring this way is just more fun!