Final Web 2.0 Project using Jing

I decided to use Jing to create my final showcase for the Web 2.0 Virtual High School Graduate Course.  I had no idea when I began this project that there was so much to learn about using Jing!  Of course, because I am a perfectionist, I could not just use it to take simple screenshots, but rather, I had to learn all about embedding codes, using snagit to edit the images and camtasia to edit the videos.  One of the projects that I completed was creating a Wiki using pbworks.org.  I have been wanting to do a project like this for years as I have seen how excited my students get when we have used technology tools to work on math skills.  I decided to tackle the project for this course and I am very pleased that I did.  I chose a wiki platform because I wanted my students to have one bookmark that they went to when they wanted to work on improving their math skills.  Using a wiki platform allows me to add, modify, and delete items and the students’ bookmark remains constant.  It also allows me to have one “filing cabinet” for math resources for my students.  I introduced it to my Grade 4 and 5 students on 2/25/13 and the response was even more impressive than I imagined.  The students cannot stop talking about the site and they are using it every night after they finish their homework.  Of course, I know the “newness” factor will wear off and I will have to keep adding new material to the site to keep them interested. I am sure that I will continue to use this wiki and create additional wikis such as “improveyourliteracyskills” and “special education resources”.   Here is the link the Jing video of the pbworks.org entitled http://improveyourmathskills.pbworks.org :  http://screencast.com/t/JDlVcMhgl9e .

The second project that I would like to showcase here is my “Jan’s News Center” which I created using Netvibes.  I have often wondered how to “capture” RSS feeds and have the news that you are interested in come to you.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was one of the options of projects for this class.  The link to the actual News Center is http://www.netvibes.com/alwaysjan#Technology_News_and_Tools .  Again, I have used Jing to produce a video about this project and the link is: http://screencast.com/t/xCrZfnEdwH .  I would highly recommend using Netvibes to create a News Center for yourself professionally or for your students to access selected current events on any chosen topic.  Netvibes is extremely easy to use and provides you with many widget options for many topics.  You can add others of your choice as well. I believe that I will continue to use this site for years to come!

A third new tool that I have learned about and am using religiously is Diigo Social Bookmarking site.  I am contributing to the class Group site and also bookmarking sites with tags to my personal Diigo account.  I have found that this is a wonderful way to organize my bookmarks and come back to them to read later or to use the information.  Diigo is a wonderful tool and I foresee myself using it for many years to come.  I would like to continue to be involved actively with classmates from this course and to share bookmarks connected to technology ideas and tools.  Here is a Jing video link: http://screencast.com/t/h5oQll5Xg9T .

I fourth tool that I became familiar with was Prezi.  I feel that this tool will take some time to master.  There are so many options and possibilities.  I did create a Prezi presentation but was unable to add images to it because I was using an older laptop with an operating system that did not support images.  I will keep working on mastering this tool.

The “Jan’s Blog” is the final technology tool that I want to discuss and highlight.  I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging professionally.  Edublogs has proven to be quite an intuitive tool and I have enjoyed using it.  Here is a Jing video highlighting my blog:  http://screencast.com/t/cV4G25LBN .I would like to continue to use it in the future.  I would very much like to also stay connected to my classmates’ blogs.  As we learned in our course, there is so much more knowledge, wisdom and potential in collective reasoning and collaboration.  Together we can make a difference in students’ lives; together we can help the world move into the 21st Century.  Thank you Neal for all that you have taught us!

 

 

Cools Tools for Schools Wikispace is Inspirational!

 

A colleague of mine found and bookmarked this wiki site and I have spent hours engaged in the multitude of avenues that learning can take place here.  The link is http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Home .  If you have a desire to learn a great deal about Web 2.0 learning tools, you will thoroughly enjoy this wiki.  The color scheme is very exciting.  The site is well organized with more than seventeen categories of “tools” ranging from Presentation Tools, Collaboration Tools, Audio Tools, Music Tools, Converting Tools, Image Tools, Research Tools, Mapping Tools, Quiz and Poll Tools, Graphing Tools, Creativity Tools, Video Tools, Slideshow Tools, Drawing Tools, Writing Tools, Widgets, etc.  I did not find one link that did not work and the pages were all very nicely linked for moving from page to page. Much to my amazement, there was an index of the Cool Tools by name alphabetically and what section they could be found in.  The author of this site is a very organized individual.  The wiki also won the Merlot Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resource in 2011. Many of the tools that we have learned about in our Web 2.0 class are listed on the site–Prezi, Animoto, Voicethread, MuseumBox, Glogster and GlogsterEdu, Edmodo, Edublogs, Wikispaces, etc.  Many of the sites included tutorials as well linked directly to the wiki.  I was also captivated by the number of visitors since August 3, 2012 (227, 298) and by the visitors from all over the world that were on the wiki during the hour that I was exploring.  I was pleasantly surprised that there was a link to a site still under construction but already containing many marvelous finds entitled “Cool Apps for Schools” and the link is http://coolappsforschools.wikispaces.com/home .  I especially liked the list of essentials for ipads, ipods, and iphones and I would highly suggest that you check out this list if you are a mobile device user.  There are currently 3,438 members of this wiki!  There are two sites that I think could or should be added to the wiki and I will email Lenva and let her know.  Those sites are Sweet Search (an awesome search engine/directory) and Vocaroo (a site that allows students to record and send the recording to their teacher’s email address).  I do hope you take time to explore this site!

 

Web 2.0 Tools support Community and Collaboration

This is a Mind42 Map about Web 2.0 Tools.  These tools are used for collaboration and support of community.  Below is the Mind42 Map.  You will see that there are many Web 2.0 Collaboration tools out there.  Our school has a 1:1 Chromebook program and we use Google Docs, Forms, and Presentations frequently as a collaboration tool and as a primary means to communicate with our students.  I especially like this tool because there are accessibility apps that allow my students to have the material read to them or to find out the meaning of words they do not know.  This evens the playing field and makes all materials accessible for every student.  I also use Wikis to provide materials and resources to my students and to provide collaboration and contribution by them as well.  The wiki site is an ideal location for students to put their collective minds together to accomplish a task at hand–a group assignment.  I have not used Wallwisher as yet but have come to realize that it can also be a successful group collaboration tool along with Mind42 for Mind mapping collaboratively.  This was an eye opening assignment in my Web 2.0 graduate class.  The link to the mind map is http://mind42.com/mindmap/e75d9c6a-9faf-4fe2-bc1f-836d4b759926 .

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” (John Dewey)

In the 21st Century, teachers need to be lifelong learners in order to provide students with optimal learning opportunities.  I have just read an article in Tech and Culture entitled “Mindmap of Communication using Web 2.0.”  The author very successfully explains that “today’s students have many more modes of sharing information and demonstrating knowledge and today’s teachers have the opportunity, challenge and responsibility to use these various modes in order to prepare our students for their future.”  Communication and collaboration in the 21st Century is at our fingertips.  With Web 2.0 tools and cloud computing, students are provided with “audience and relevance as well as inclusion.” Even students who normally sit back in class are given the opportunity to become active members of the learning community and they are motivated to participate.  A student’s success in school and in life largely depends upon their ability to communicate and to collaborate with peers.   “Will Richardson writes in 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn: ‘although schools may continue to fundamentally look and act as they have for more than one hundred years, the way individuals learn has already been forever changed.’ “(Kae Cunningham)  Teacher’s need to harness to power of the Web and invest time and energy into mastering these concepts so that we may challenge our students to reach their highest potential and become contributing members of society in a world where technology is center stage.  The following link will take you to a Mind Map of some of the Web 2.0 tools that could be used to engage our students: http://mind42.com/mindmap/46aa18b2-6d57-4cfb-9328-99a11ef58167?rel=url .  The following link will take you to the complete article at http://technculture.edublogs.org/2013/02/15/mindmap-of-communication-using-web-2-0/#comment-2 .

Prezi: A Presentation tool that Makes a Difference

As part of my Web 2.0 Graduate course through Virtual High School, I have been learning about many Web 2.0 tools.  I just finished a Prezi about the Web 2.0 tools that we are learning about.  Here is a link to the creation:  http://prezi.com/a_mflgrfvwz3/harness-the-power-of-web-20/

I found that the thing I dislike about Prezi is when I was attempting to add images or YouTube Videos to the presentation–my keyboarding function would become disabled and I had to start each presentation over.  If anyone knows why this happens or how to correct the problem, please let me know.  I also could not find a way to give the presentation a title but am still working on that.  Thank you.  I hope you enjoy the presentation.

 

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