If you are looking for a really slick online journal that allows you to embed photos, it's Penzu. I really like the simplicity of this site. It's is pretty straightforward. The paper looks like notebook paper. The tools are just above the paper. You have the ability to lock an entry, it keeps track of how many words you have written, and if absolutely necessary, you can even print your entries. I love the look of this site. For $19 a year, you can go Pro and create a more customized look. This would be a great alternative to those student journals you have stacked up on the shelves of your room. Everything is stored in the cloud and students would have access to this 24/7. Another great reason why I love this site is you can access it on an iPad or iPod so students could use their own devices to access their journals. This is yet one more way to go paperless in the classroom...write on!
According to the post on the Webspiration website, there will be no more free accounts after April, so I would suggest jumping on board now. This is a great website for creating dynamic mind maps that can include hyperlinks, graphics for a variety of topics, and a wide array of graphic organizer elements. Another fabulous component to this website is the ability to collaborate with others on a particular project. This allows for the development of critical 21st century skills such as creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Check it out, I think you will agree, mind mapping can be fun with Webspiration!
While I was at TCEA, I learned about a new web browser called Rock Melt. This browser has redesigned the idea of what browsers should be and how they should function for today's user. It is slick! It's almost too amazing for words...Want to stay connected to friends? Want to share your information with those friends? Want to search more quickly? Want to keep up with the latest news? Then Rock Melt is for you because all of that is at your fingertips! It really is a paradigm shift in thinking about the functions of your web browser. I am having fun diving in and uncovering its true power and potential. Check out the video below hosted on Youtube. It reveals the power of Rock Melt for the social network junkie...Just one thing, you have to get an invite. Just friend me on Facebook and I'll pass your invite along. Have fun!
A teacher sent out a link today of Justin Bieber reading The Cat In The Hat. I mean...how cool is that to have Justin reading to our kids! This website, Book It, is a reading incentive website sponsored by Pizza Hut. If the site gets a certain number of viewers (over 215,000), Book It is going to donate $25,000 to help Pencils of Promise build schools. Yesterday they began a webcast of Justin reading this Dr. Suess story. You can follow the site on Twitter and receive posts for upcoming reading events. The site is loaded with activities and resources for parents. Their goal is to get American families to begin the tradition of spending 20 minutes a night reading bedtime stories; the initiative is called, Give Me Twenty. That is certainly doable! So check out the website, listen to Justin do his thing, and refer this to your parents so they can begin a tradition your students are bound to treasure.
Yodio is a great way to create a podcast on demand. No need for any fancy equipment here. All you need is a cell phone to make your recording! You can upload pictures, sound files, and of course your narration to your computer to complete your Yodio. You can have a dynamic slideshow in minutes. What a great project for students to create and it takes no time at all! This website account is free although if you get too fancy, it could cost you. Once you are done, just grab the embed code and you're in business. It's time to Yodio y'all, so give it a go!
Looking for a cool way to animate text for that next digital project. Look no further than Wondersay...It is so much fun and there are a multitude of looks you can create. Don't like the first one...click to create another one! The only problem I see here is...it might keep me mesmerized a little too long.
made on Wondersay - Animate text with style
made on Wondersay - Animate text with style
Is it possible to get something cooler than Animoto? I think maybe so and it's called Kizoa. I just discovered this site. I have been playing with it and it really has some pretty functional aspects to it! You can do the following:
- Easily Create personalized slideshows
- Add Music and Text to your slideshows
- Choose from thousands of Special Effects
- Burn slideshows to DVD
- Share by Email or post to Facebook
- Post slideshows on Websites and Blogs
- Store and Organize photos online
- Edit and Crop photos
This past week Peggy Davidson and I presented iLearn with iStyle at TCEA 2011 and I wanted to post our presentation wiki that also contains the PPT. We had so much fun putting this presentation together. We both really appreciate the packed house; you were a great audience. We were fortunate to have the people from Qwizdom provide our session with clickers to poll our audience. I have loved teaching with student response tools; it allows you to assess your audience and where they are. Our session really promoted the idea of a 1:1 initiative that allows students to bring their own devices...most notably, their cell phones. We presented ideas for activities you can implement within your classroom that utilize these devices in a way that can transform learning. I have seen students so engaged with using their cell phones, they were willing to bring phones that didn't even work just to use the calculator on it! We also kept a backchannel running using Todaysmeet that provided some interesting dialogue during the presentation and I thought you might be interested looking over the conversation that took place there. As I prepared for this presentation, I found a provocative video that is really an indictment on evaluating what we are doing in our classrooms. Are we preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow or are we simply preparing them to do well in our class? Below is that video along with our presentation. Any questions or comments...let's hear them!
Here is our presentation: