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!