Not all technology based, but I recently came across a child-centred fundraising venture called Pennies for Peace. http://www.penniesforpeace.org/ "The Pennies for Peace service-learning program includes: a K-12 curriculum, linked to standards with an assessment tool; an implementation guide; fact sheets; printable maps, postcards, stickers & poster components; remarkable videos that open the world of Pennies for Peace; and much more!"
After working with Jen Wagner, "JenuineTech" global collaboration guru, today to assist her with her Spotlight presentation for our upcoming WEMTA conference in WI, we had to quickly modify her Wordle presentation. This was due to the take down of the Wordle website, and a possible trademark lawsuit Wordle is facing. Well it turned out after all of our modifications, Wordle was back up by 4PM until further notice. This was a great "eye-opener" for us to note that even the best of the best Web 2.0 sites may not be around for ever, so as we always do...... plan B was in action now, and I came up with an alternative list for Jen to utilize so attendees will still get the big picture of the content and digital creation outcomes for students.
Here is the list that I reflected on today within my blogpost to share with all of you of alternative "cloud" creation tools to inspire learning. Please feel to let us know what other tools are similar to this to add to our list. http://blog.innovativeeducator.us/
OK ... this is NOT a "digital tool" because it's not ONLINE. I've not added this tool yet - but hope to! I was able to play with the Mirus Schoolmate Convertable Netbook Tablet. The keyboard is slightly smaller than a normal netbook, but it has an accelerometer and can tell what direction you have the screen oriented. The camera is movable (180°) and a nice touch. The keys were very easy to use and did not feel awkward. I volunteered to do a pilot project with my classes and see how this might be useful in a school setting.
Has anyone actually used one of these Tablet Netbooks? Is this as solid a product as it felt when I used it at the trade show?
I came across a Digital Storytelling link I don't recall seeing posted anywhere here so thought I'd drop this in for all. http://jonorech.wikispaces.com/
This gentleman has a good wiki and is obviously as nutty about digital storytelling as many of us here as a truly effective instructional technology strategy to do a lot of good things at one time while kids have a blast reaching standards they don't even know they're accomplishing.