A very - very effective tool I used in my Midwest keynotes these past two weeks include the tool of Poll Every Where! http://www.polleverywhere.co I embedded three cell phone polling questions within my keynotes. You should have seen the admin reactions when I told them we were going to break the rules to day and use our cell phones to collect immediate and instant data to their teachers. The teachers cheered- just think if I would have offered this to students how they would have reacted- any way it was a great success and overall the admin teams changed their attitude and mindset. (Plus I posed questions that they could reflect on how they personally interacted with technology when they were 16 years old- yes took them back in a time when they too enjoyed the technology :-) The admin teams are now going to be using this tool in many of their upcoming staff meetings to collect data from their educators. They are "thinking" about introducing it to their students- but the cell phone policies are hampering this initiatives :-
Please note- Poll Every Where can be used up to 30 endusers for FREE and you can offer the questions through cell phones texting, mobile wifi devices or as an online poll embedded into a webiste. For over 30 endusers there is a subscription service price. 30 endusers is fine for my showcasing of the tool- it is immediate and very powerful- and it proved itself as an effective data collection tool to make positive change!
Happy Thursday Everyone!
I have a few more tools to share with you that I have just added to my "digital toolbox" and was hoping all of you could add to the list as well. I have a collection of copyright free and public domain music sites I would like to share with you. I am working with several organizations and am always looking for educational appropriate and copyright free music to download and utilize within educator and student multimedia projects. I have recently put a new list together that may also assist your teaching efforts- and the cost to you is FREE :-)
Kids Know It
I love Glogster EDU, http://edu.glogster.com/, which I heard about from Susan Gauthier and Jan McGee. It is designed for the educational community and provides a private, secure and controlled setting that is safer for student use than Glogster. This site allows users to upload text, videos, photos, audio and more to create online, interactive posters. It allows a teacher to register up to 200 student accounts during initial registration. If you haven't done so already you really should check it out.
Here is an additional handout I put together to assist your music efforts with copyright free, public domain and online music creations tools.
Great video of showcasing what 21st classrooms should look like- active, producers and consumers of information and research, student centered and educators as co-facilitators within the teaching and learning environment! http://bit.ly/3Dqwmg I also have an attached .mp4 file of the video for your to access as well. Enjoy- and crank up the volume to start your day!
I have several tools to mention. I suspect many of you have found some of them- I hope you find one new one here!
Ether pad- An online area where you can seed starters if you like, then have others (students) add to it, all editing simultaneously and their additions are highlighted.
Wallwisher- You can join and create lots of walls. A wall is an area where you invite others to post sticky notes. It's great for dynamic KWL work or asking at the beginning of a lesson what learners want to learn. And many more uses! Here's one of my walls: When you click to go to the wall, please double click anywhere on the wall to add your own sticky with ideas of how to use this in the classroom or with educators!
Prezi- A new way to create presentations which are not linear! The creation isn't intuitive, so you'll want to run through the brief tutorials. You may download the presentation to take with you in case there is no connection to Internet at your destination! Check out some of the showcase demo presentations here.
Blabberize- Add a "mouth" and make your image speak!
Gizmoz- Choose a character and record your voice to make it speak...Kids LOVE it!
Doodle Scheduler- If you haven't found this yet, you are in for a treat! You create an event, select dates and times for possible scheduling, then invite others. They check times/ dates they are available, then you can check for the time when the most (or all) people are available before you actually decide on when to have the event. I used it again this week to schedule a requiured training- only 12 people in the district haven't taken it yet, so perhaps I can find a time when I can get them all there, rather than just 4 of them!
Please share some of your results with us and tell us about your new tools!
Have you guys seen WatchKnow? http://www.watchknow.org/ I shared this recently with some of my participants, and they were excited about it. According to the site, "WatchKnow is both a resource for users and also a non-profit, online community that encourages everyone to collect, create, and share free, innovative, educational videos." Although all our Alabama teachers have access to Discovery Streaming, this will add another layer to the free multimedia they can include in their classrooms.
Always good to check out your contributions, Naomi.
Sandra - thanks for sharing. Resources like these are very helpful for pre-service teachers. Since they are not yet affiliated with a district they don't have access to the resources that teachers do. I am going to share this with my students as this is something that will help them. I also think that it is a great resource for teachers to share with students if they are interested in various topics - they can use this from home and search for topics they are interested in.
I have just arrived in northern WI - about 4 hours from home and am providing a web 2.0 literacy workshop tomorrow on "Blogs, Wikis and Ultimate Nings- Oh My!" Would like to share with you my newest training tutorial that you can use as a unit or use each page separately to support your efforts. Tutorial is attached. Please note- for those of you having the luxury of bypassing the cold and winter blizzard season- it is predicted by the end of my training tomorrow that a winter storm will be upon us- 10-16 inches is predicated with blizzard conditions. I may be trapped "upnorth" longer that I may want to be. Perhaps I should have invested in that snowmobile last year :-) Darn- my 14 year old was right- can't you see it- Naomi on a snowmobile and all of her tech gear attached as a back pack flying down the interstate to get to my training destination- good laugh for all- but I love the great outdoors and the adventure that awaits.
Keep warm and happy holidays!