Thanks to my Twitter friends of KJarrett and CSouthboard for sharing this Super hero site http://www.cpbintegrated.com/theherofactory
This would be a great site for students to immerse themslves into becoming the actual main character in a story, which in return drives the ownership of a writing assignment back into the student's hands of creating their own graphic novel. So many times teachers/pre-service teachers share with me that they struggle to find the right "hook" to motivate and engage reluctant readers and writers to take ownership with their writing assignements and final projects. I think the more tools we have in our digital toolbox to offer a "choice" to inspire student learning and student creation- aids to the success of our own professional development knowledge, best practices and delivery of instructional stratigies! I have attached an image of my super hero character to share with all of you as an example for a good laugh:-)
What other tools have you added recently to your digital toolbox to inspire teacher and student learning?
Naomi- I had so much fun making myself a superhero! Thanks for sharing- what a great creative writing assignment this could be.
I don't have any additional tools to share right now- but what about rethinking the summer reading concept? Give students an assignment to find a cool sites that would inspire learning from their classmates. I am sure that if you give kids some time to check things out and give suggestions that you might end up with some interesting results.
WOW - I know I can't match up with the Professor!
I have the problem of adding a tool to my digital toolbox way too often:) Some of my recent additions include the following:
Love your tools - thanks so much for sharing!
Here's another I found while doing some research. It allows you to create a 3D box/CD box/DVD box with CD / DVD image included. You can use it to create advertisement examples or CD covers.
I also find myself constantly adding tools to my digital toolbox. Seems like I always run across something new to me! Not necessarily new to everyone else. Some recent finds are:
www.yola.com website builder
www.curriki.org a collaborative lesson plan site
www.google.com/reader a place to keep up with your favorite websites and rss feeds
www.screentoaster.com online screen capture program
www.mywebspiration.com a collaborative site that is similar to Inspiration
As I already mentioned, I am constantly finding new tools...some of which replace old ones and others that are totally new. I am the Director of Instructional Technology in my district so I try to keep up with the latest tools to help my teachers and students.
Ok Intel Community- need your critical feedback! I wrote a grant for seven very rural and impoverished school districts and part of this grant funding is for a robust, durable, long-lasting, innovative technology package for students and teachers. Each package will include a Smarboard, LCD projector and LCD ceiling hanger, Turning Point classroom response system, audio enhanced speaker system for surround sound, and a classroom set of 10 Netbooks to be utilized as creation and collaboration tools in the library media centers. The question I have for you is should I purchase for each district 10 Acer Aspire or 10 Eee PC Netbooks or go with 10 Intel Covertible Tablets. The tablets are more durable, have a touch screen interface besides a full functioning netbook and have similar specs as the Acers and Eee PC's, but the Acer and Eee Pc's are cheaper, more sleek and streamlined. Can you help me decide- here are four videos on each- please watch and complete the four question survey to support my "total cost of ownership" initiative for these seven rural and impoverished districts.
Acer Inspire video: http://bit.ly/YEUBP
Eee PC video: http://bit.ly/VEZa2
If ir does not let you in- request access from me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you greatly for you assitance and expertise with this grant initative!
Naomi, I vote for the Intel Tablet. My mouth is watering for the opportunity to try one of these. I have long been a tablet fan. When tablets were first introduced they were poised to take over the world...I don't know what happened to the momentum...but I can't live without my tablet computer.
This is a pretty cool site that my daughter and her friends have been using-this summer - it is a great way for them to visually express themselves – they have created some pretty amazing designs - http://www.polyvore.com I would think that this could be an interesting site to use with an advertising unit. Has anyone used this with students?
For graphic organizers, I like http://bubbl.us. This site is free, and very user-friendly. If you sign up for a free account, you can save your bubble maps online and share them with other users. I also like CMap tools, which is a free software download (http://cmap.ihmc.us/conceptmap.html). It has an awesome "Suggestions" feature, in which it will scan your concept map for additional related concepts. Great for kids who get stuck and can't think of anything else to add! You can also click on the suggested concepts and you are linked to educational websites that explain them in greater depth, so students can easily broaden their research.