I like to show
- Google Docs
- bit.ly, or tinyurl.com, or hnyctt.me, or fur.ly
- Wordle, Tagxedo
- Google Chat
- sometimes some good blogs
- Comic creators (see another discussion)
I could go on and on. I usually let their project ideas guide me. If someone is doing a Unit Plan which has little technology Integration, I try to show tools which may help bring some in. Then, when I show to one teacher, the others want to know about it. Many of these can be demonstrated by simply using them with the group, but some need a bit of extra time.
As long as this list is, I know there are others I am not listing. Can't wait to hear what others are using!
Good list Bonnie,
I try to use digital tools like Wordle at the very beginning of the course. Most of the time, participants come in nervous about what is expected of them and what they will be learning. I try to ease that feeling by doing fun things like integrating Wordle and other Web 2.0 tools together. I often combine Wordle with a 6 Wordle Memoirs and create a mini activity for them to participate in. These activities allow partipants to get to know each another as well as be creative and have fun while learning something new at the same time.
In Missouri, I've used Wordle to have the teachers cut/paste their GLEs (grade level expectations) into Wordle to reflect on their lesson, the type of thinking that is required of the GLEs, and the "big ideas" that may appear. The Wordle is also helpful to identify the tool that will be most applicable to their lesson too.
Vanessa, I have started having teachers use ABCYA, http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm, for creating a word cloud. It is geared for the K-5 environment, but you are able to save the word cloud as a .jpeg and you can't do that in Wordle.
I like your statement that you let the project guide which tools. I get so tired of those sessions at conferences that are simply lists of tools that people have collected. Reminds me of the bumper stickers that read "The one with the most books/yarn/quilts when they die, wins." I do like to check out http://www.go2web20.net/ fairly regulalry to see what new tools are popping up that may work a tad better for specific problems.
When conducting a training, there are many opportunities for using web 2.0 tools. One of my favorite uses of Wallwisher is for the concluding comments at the end of the day. The next day I begin with Wallwisher as the review of the previous day and the beginning of a new day. It is helpful to put similar comments in columns. PollEverywhere has also become a favorite. There are several places in the training that I use it. I also like to use it for ordering pizza types on the last day. In training, I use community groups for our blog and do a commercial for webinars and other areas of Community. Introduction of goggle docs, skype, wikispaces, sometimes other wikis or blogs occurs in the course. It is often helpful to read the audience and not overwhelm them with tools, but allow them to concentrate on intregrating technology into their unit. Many want ideas to add more technology and this allows us to assist them in integrating web 2.0 tools. (animoto, voicethreads, etc) One reason I love conducting trainings is that I learn so much from my MTs that enhances my teaching.
I also introduce them to google docs and a social bookmarking tool such as portaportal (delicious is often blocked in our districts). I like the idea of wallwisher at the end of the day for comments. I have had to be very careful because they get overwhelmed so easily with the course itself that when you show them too much they are on overload. I try to pick a tool that will help them organize the information that they are learning and that is where the google doc and portaportal come in handy. Once in a while you get a tech savy group that loves to share all their tools and tricks. I agree with Linda that reading the audience is key.
I use Edmodo (www.edmodo.com) to have participants blog about their unit plans. It's a great way for participants to share ideas, help one another, and for me, as a facilitator, to see where they are headed with their units.
That is so cool Cindy! I am noticing that more and more organizations are setting up groups in Edmodo. I saw on twitter that Educon had a group for their conference. I also noticed at the last stream -a -thon by Discovery ed that they had an edmodo stream with links and classroom examples running simultaneously with the day long session. It was much easier to follow than the chat in the webinar. You got me thinking Cindy...wouldn't it be cool to have an Intel group that could be used (esp during ISTE) - Great place to post links to the podcasts, winners in the booth, sessions in the booth etc. I know this could be done in twitter but it is blocked in so many districts that teachers are really moving to edmodo. I am not going to ISTE so I will be following streams and this is one I would add to my list...anyone else? How are you using Edmodo in the classroom and in the Intel classes?
I totally agree with the overload issue. They are not only getting into the Intel content but adding the web 2.0 can be increasing the stress level. I also believe in using the tools the right way....not just using a tool because you think it is cool. Thanks for reminding me about portaportal because delicious is blocked in my district so I am always looking for other options. Other social bookmarking sites used in your schools and in the Intel classes???...Please share. If you are new to social bookmarking then check out the diigo webinar a few months ago...it was really great!
This is the link to the info on the social bookmarking webinar http://engage.intel.com/message/15348#15348 - If you have never attended one of these webinars then you are really missing out - Dyane and Vanessa are very fun hosts and the content is five star dynamite - I always register and get it marked on my calendar so I don't forget. I hope to see you there.
I've been able to get my principal to become an advocate for Google Docs. He shares what an awesome tool it is with everyone I know. Regularly, he asks me to help him by collaborating on a document. Most recently, he introduced the entire faculty to Google Forms. We collaborated to create a form teachers would fill out on how they were working with students who struggled in their classes. The time to enter data for an individual student is about 30 seconds. The principal and counselors, however, have data on EVERY student who is or might be failing. That data includes teacher attempts to get students to come in and do make-up work or re-testing. This data has changed how we are preparing for our Accreditation visit next year. (Another change in relation to that accreditation is that it is posted on a Wiki! I think this will be only the second non-printed version in our state. I personally am excited because of how easily teachers, administrators, and staff can update information based on new data.)
I made a wallwisher with the best edtools in 2010 http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/bestedtools2010 and I write a blog post http://teacherluciandumaweb20.blogspot.com/2011/01/esafety-project-gr8-best-edtools-and.html
I have links to numerous Web 2.0 tools on my web page. I started the list after attending an SC Ed.Tech. Conference. I use this page when I conduct PD training for our K-5 techers and have added links after learning of new sites from them. Primary teachers like Kerpoof and Storybird. Wordle and Tagxedo are favorites of upper elementary. One teacher shared where he had put a portion of our new governor's inagural speech into Wordle and discussed with his students the key points she made. When I teach the Essentials course in May, I will definitely use my Web 2.0 tool page as part of the training. Teachers will have an opportunity to use one or more of the tools.
While the content of the Intel TwT courses are motivating and stimulating, I find it rewarding to share other Web 2.0 tools with participants as they begin to think how they can implement technology into their Unit/Lesson/Classroom. Here are some of the things I use with participants to spark their enthusiasm for technology:
- Itunes apps of all kinds & sometimes Ipod Touches - "Brain Pop" specifically as a transition tool, or if specific applicable "movie" to the learning content of a participant unit
- Primary Pad
- WikiSpaces - for them to create comprehensive content for their units
Thanks for all your other ideas!
I am always amazed when I show web 2.0 tools that so many teachers have not even heard of these tools. I teach workshop specifically on web 2.0 tools. I have posted this before but here is the link to my blog with a collection of web 2.0 tools. I certainly did not make up all these lists myself but I really like them here together in one place.
When talking aboiut web 2.0 I like to let teachers explore from a list and then tell me which tool they like for a particular job.
We put the actual course in moodle for participants to upload the different parts of the unit as they are working on it...other web 2.0 sites and resources we add to our course (some of these we have district licenses for):
I am always amazed at the wide range of experiences with the teachers that I am working with.
I the training we quickly jump into the community but many teachers have never used a learning community while others are highly involved.
I try to always give them a resource to learn on their own while keeping up with class. They can easily be traumatized with the overwhelming resources.
My goal is to model as many of the tools as possible while teaching the class.
Of course we use the Intel Community but I also try to use a wiki at some point and demonstrate backchanneling.
I prepare a page of web2.0 resources on a wiki page http://ccmjaeger.wikispaces.com/Web+2.0+Resources
This allows me to follow my mantra to "work smarter not harder". I try to show teachers that something they are learning, building, using in one area can be refocused, repositioned or reused in other areas.
I also encourage teachers to not "fixate" on one tool. Too often I find that teachers will "learn" a new web 2.0 tool and they use it for every situation.
My second mantra is "just because you got a new hammer, not everything is a nail". To often we focus on one new tool and try to fit every classroom situation to that tool. I remind them that the pencil, pen, construction paper etc. are still tools to work with the collaborative hands on tools.
My goal is to be creative and model creativity.
What great ideas I've gotten from you all!
Here's something very un-techie: During my last Essentials training, I used this "Learning to Blog Using Paper" activity to introduce the power of blogging and reflection. The participants loved it and saw the value of using this activity in classrooms where computer access is limited.
Reading some of your other comments, I just wanted to add a few remarks.
- Love Edmodo - BUT - my favorite way to learn about new tools, sites, etc. is to visit the websites of conferences when presenters have posted their resources (second only to attending the conference in person, of course). FETC 2011 has put all those resources in Edomodo this year, and it's not all that easy to navigate. Not sure it's the best way to use it. Am I missing an easier step?
- Wordle - Love Wordle! I have my "EVERYONE HAS A STORY . . . WORDLE YOURS" high def poster I made at BigHugeLabs (and had printed at Sam's club for around $5) on my office wall. It's also what I use to introduce myself when I do a presentation - and have had my PTs make their own using their resume. (Not long after I made mine, I learned how to keep words together using the ~.)
- Portaportal - Don't love Portaportal so much anymore. Unless you pay for the ad-free version (which is only a few dollars a year), you get random ads at the bottom of the page. They're not AWFUL, but I wouldn't want the occasional voluptous cartoon girl in underwear to show up on mine.
I have found that Text2MindMap - http://www.text2mindmap.com/ is my biggest hit for a tool. We about 6 netbook carts in our school and the district image eats up so much space that it is extremely difficult to do anything on these mini computers. All the teachers love Inspiration but it will take forever for it to open so this site is a favorite especially since there is no login. It is also extremely easy to integrate into the Intel tools. I can't think of a single moment where you are not brainstorming in an Intel course.