Okay community- now is your chance- do you have a FREE online recourse that LOVE?
EdNET - is looking for teacher's favorites and want you to share nominations between now and May 13th. So Nominate your favoite resource today.
This is a great website for students to express themselves creatively and artistically, as well as simply writing stories and vocabulary words: http://www.wordle.net/ There are many more, but I LOVE this site!!!
I just nominated Assessing Projects! I am curious if anyone has found another source with the variety of tools available here. There are so many tools to assess 21st Century skills. These skills are so similar to the topic: Webinar: X Marks the Spot: Finding the Intersection of 21st Century and Science Process Skills that I can often use the tools in science (no matter what subject they were originally designed for.
Has anyone used Collaborize? Someone mentioned it to me, and it's free, but I don't know much about it? http://wecollaborize.com/classroom.html
Alison-thanks for sharing - I am going to explore- I like how visual the site is. I also like how it can track what students have responded and shared thier thoughts. I think that online discussions allow some students to find thier voice because they may not speak up in class.
Alison- I just used Collaborize in a training this week focused on online and blended learning- with the course title being "The Art of Facilitation." We used it as a way to support content questions that the educators would pose to their students. When the question is posed students or adult learners can respond with an in-depth refection and also vote on the response with a yes/no, multiple choice and so one. I think it is a great tool to support critical reflection, problem solving, and getting comfortable with responding to and from in an online community. The teachers I worked with thought this resource would be important to use as an introduction to social networking in a forum like environment, and modeling ethical use since it is straight forward and and easy to use. Some of the educators noted that their LMS (Learning Management Systems) can be sometimes too convoluted, and they simply want to get at the heart of asking deeper thinking questions and where students can respond in a streamlined and not "so messy" environment. I also think it would be a great tool for first time teachers entering social networking to experience this- since it is so simple- and simple is good.
I dug into a few more tools in the suite of Wecollaborize, and I really like what I am seeing for business as well. I like the idea of using the tools as posing questions to an online community to make informed decisions around school or business issues, and when everyone has responded you can instantly get a complete report of all responce's and a data visual output of a complete report. Here is a visual to support my written statement. Please note you can also get this summary report with the free collaborize as well.
I am also attaching he PDF guides Wecollaborize provides to support a postive and robust online learning environment for your review. What I really like about them is that the content provided can be applied to many situations for 1:1, online and blended learning environments. Take a look and see what you think./
Edmodo and Photostory 3 are two of my favorites. You can never belong to too many communities, and Edmodo has some great ones. (Intel Community is also great!) I've used the backpack feature with students when they want to take something home to work on it. Photostory 3 has always been a favorite as I like to take still photos. Students and teachers can create documentaries just like Hollywood Director Ken Burns.
My new favorite is Teamness. It is an online team collaboration resource. Teams can share documents, use online discussion boards, whiteboards, calendars, task checklists, all in one easy to use interface.
I've used this with adults and students. (oh, did i mention it was FREE)
I happen to find that teachers love using Diigo - http://www.diigo.com for managing websites, highlighting, and notes. Plus, it's great for the ipad!
Try http://livebinders.com/ for managing your websites. You can create as well as share the resources you find!
If you enjoy LIveBinders, you might also like Jog the Web. Instead of a teacher creating a binder, they create a "jog". During the jog, students would visit the selected sites and can read notes and questions provided by the teacher as they use the resources. That's right, as the student visits the resource they can look above the website and read notes, ideas, and questions that the teacher entered for the students to read as they used the jog.
10-26-2010 Social Bookmarking with Dean Mantz - A previous Intel Teach Live would be a perfect resource for you Norma. Here Dean shares not only how to set up Diigo and such, he shares many ideas for classroom implementation.
It's very easy to get started with a very small learning curve. You can still do a lot without paying for features. It's been helpful to get people started. I use Google Sites all the time but have had problems with a large group needs to create an account and there's limited time. Depends on time and audience.
My latest fun tool is Prezi. It's a presentation tool that zooms and it's a very nice change from what the students and I usually use.
I agree that Prezi is an awesome tool. This semester a Prezi demonstration was done for my students. Shortly after that, a group of students determined Prezi should be used to show understanding of the concepts they were learning. The rest of the class was stunned at this group's presentation was. I repeatedly heard other students making comments on how awesome it was. Students regularly asked "how did you do that?"
I wish my district's IT policy allowed me to share the Prezi with my fellow Intel friends. I'm sure you would agree with the students this online resource is great.
Julia, I'd have to say all things Google too, but I have to say Naomi, you've piqued my curiousity with wecollaborize and I'll definitely have to take a look now. A fun tool is http://www.polleverywhere.com and I've had a lot of success with it as a tool to show how easy it can be to poll and gather information from an audience even without any technology (aka computers/laptops) available. When I ask members to take out their phones, they are amazed they can participate so easily!
میرے نزدیک یہ ایک ایسا سافٹ وئیر ہے جس کی مدد سے اساتزہ اکرام اپنی مادری زنان میں اس خوبصورت فورم پر بات کر سکتے ہیں. اور امید کرتا ہوں سے سے وہ بہت سی ان باتوں کے متعلق آسانی سے بات کر پائیں گے جن کے بارے میں وہ انگریزی زبان میں مہارت نہ ہونے کے باعث بات نہیں کر پا رہے.
میرا ماننا ہے کہ. جسے علم و ادب اسکی ماردی زبان میں ملا وہ دنیا و آخرت میں ترقی کر گیا اور جسے دوسری زبان میں ملا اسکی عمر اسے سمجھنے اور ترجمعہ کرنے میں گزر گئی .
انٹل انگییج کمیونٹی بھی مقامی زبانوں میں ہونی چاہئے تاکہ ہر شخص آن لائن ٹولز کے بارے میں با آسانی سمجھ سکے اور انہیں اپنی کلاس میں استعمال کر سکے.
Hello Kamran, I tried using your app that you uploaded. I hope it helps those who use Urdu to make meaning out of the content on our site. We regret that we can't accomodate all languages on our site but we are only funded for English at the moment. We would appreciate if you could use your fine English skills and translate for us. Much appreciated!
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I love PB Works. www.pbworks.com A great free, wiki site. No advertisements for educators and simple to use. I find that most districts have this site open since it offers an educators account. The free version gives you 2GB of storage.
One of the best online resources for me is my Social Bookmarklet tool called Trunk.ly. When the news came about that Delicious may be for a cost I immediately sought out another robust social bookmarking site. I easily exported my bookmarks out of Delicious and imported them into Trunk.ly. The beauty of Trunk.ly is that my other social networking sites that I post on can also be funneled into Trunk.ly. So when I tweet or add a comment on Facebook with a hyperlink it immediately post-it to my Trunk.ly area. I can search according to tag words to find all my post in an organized fashion. There is also an area I can make my Trunk.ly private or public and allow other followers to follow me and watch my sites that I am posting or bookmarking and I can follow them as well to watch for their tags.
Here is my customized Trunk.ly site: http://trunk.ly/nharm
I often use fur.ly with my students. This site allows multiple URLs to be shortened into a single URL. All linked websites are under a navigation bar at the top of the web page - allowing students to easily move "forward" or "backward" throught the sites. As a teacher I can monitor student web location easily by seeing the navigation bar at the top of their screen. One problem I have found is that fur.ly does not allow .pdf links to be used. Has anyone else found another link type that does not work with fur.ly?
My district has ONE person responsible for "blocking" access. There is no difference between administrator, teacher, and student access. When a site a teacher wants to use is blocked, he/she sends an email to the access individual and requests unblocking the site. I have not determined what determines if access is granted. If I could identify that fact, I would get a LOT more sites unblocked .
I usually include multiple reasons (including NETS) when I send my requests for unblocking sites. I consider it a good year when I get 40% of my requests granted.
I am open to ideas on what other concepts and reasons I can include in my requests so I may be more successful in this area.
I think I got this tip from someone on engage, but it's worth repeating: The Kids Should See This is a site with youtube videos that you should show your kids. The latest is "The Mother of All Hot Wheels Tracks."
I really enjoyed the information given on "The Kids Should See This." The site seems moderated (as in all videos are appropriate for kids to see.) I plan on asking my tech department to unblock this site for our district. I can see our Elementary Teachers using these videos regularly to enage their students.
Every one has an online resource but my favorite are the Intel engage comminity and http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/default.htm
As we begin our class room sessions for EC we need more and more variety of links to give an idea what we need from them (MT )
how they should get in touch with other MT around the world an dwhat new resources they may TAP.
while going through the discussions in this thread, i found each and every resource very useful and have compiled it in one document for others to have easy access.
I did read the following on the site and I was wondering if anyone has used gaming in the classroom and was it successful?
Games based learning has been growing in significance for some years, with teachers exploring how to harness children’s interest in games for educational gain. In Northumberland we have been trialling using Nintendo DS Consoles in a number of pilot schools to see if hard evidence can be gathered to show real improvement in maths.
I use a lot of games with my students (in the education category and the entertainment category), but I haven't used "gaming" with my students (nintendo, xbox, wii, etc.). I do have a Magic the Gathering group that meets during lunch and after school on Mondays (Magic Monday). It's very popular with the boys and involves strategy, math, and even reading.
I have also not used video games for educational purposes. My school, however, schedules 30 minutes daily for students to catch up on material they did not previously understand (or may have missed due to an absence.) On Fridays during this time, I and four other teachers launch our "OJH 500." We use Mario Kart on the Wii and use the online option to have two students in each room racing against each other. This is a VERY popular activity and I've had as many as 20 students in my classroom taking turns racing. To particpate, students must have no grade lower than a C- in any class. I've seen students work all week to get low grades up so they can "race" on Fridays.
I am totally going away from tech tools to the value of Internet Safety. This website gives students and teachers a chance to post videos for a contest where you are teaching the world how to be safe and responsible online. This is the website http://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/Home.do or if you just want to view the video gallery http://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/Gallery.do. I include this in my online course and have the teachers pick which one(s) they would show to their students and give me an explanation why. It would be so cool to have an actual class submit their videos
It would allow you to share your screen from anywhere or take control of a screen if given help. You can also talk to them or chat with them--your choice!
Yes this is a great site to work with students who struggle and no one has to know that you are doing a one on one lesson with them! I use it when I teach on-line classes and it has done wonders for those students that just don't get the concepts via on-line instruction only!
I really like Glogster! http://edu.glogster.com
This is an interactive poster that students can use to do presentations. My 5th - 8th grade love this program to change up presentations. They can figure it out with out any prior knowledge and it is FREE! The teacher sets up the students in her account and off they go! It is fun and doesn't take tons of time for the students to create an awesome poster! Make sure you don't get it mixed up with www.glogster.com as this doesn't have the security settings and is pretty open up to any type of poster!
Edmodo is definitely my top choice followed closely by Skype in the Classroom. For those teachers who are exploring collaboration, they can browse thousands of projects or even launch their project here to find partners. Of course, I would also launch a project right here in Intel Engage because the teachers are already familiar with project based learning and collaboration ideas.