Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blogs and Wikis from the Student Perspective

Here is a video from students at Parish Episcopal in Dallas talking about their opinions on blogs and wikis used in the physics classes. They talk about how it helps them with getting questions answered, reflecting for deeper understanding as well as a developing an ownership of their learning.

NOTE: If you are at school you will need to go to youtube and override the filter and then return here so you can see the video.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Connected Teaching

Below is an excerpt from an article posted today about connected teaching and the National Education Technology Plan. While I may not be a big fan of national standards in teaching it is very interesting that they are recognizing the need for teachers to be connected and become a part of a network to help better educate our students. Click here to read the entire post.

“To me, at least, one of the most interesting phrases used in the new National Educational Technology Plan was this: “…using technology to help build the capacity of educators by enabling a shift to a model of connected teaching.” Obviously, this implies much more than being “connected” in the we-all-have-access sense. As the plan goes on to say, it means that “teams of connected educators replace solo practitioners” and that “connection replaces isolation.””

What do you think being a connected teacher means and how do you accomplish becoming one?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

5 Cool Tech Tools - Last Friday resources

Here are the links and screencasts for the 5 tools presented on March 25th.

iPadio is a podcasting website that allows you to simply use your cell phone. After signing up, you call in from the phone you designated and enter the pin number it assigned you and simply talk into your phone. Instant podcast (they call them phlogs).

Glogster EDU
This is the Education Glogster site that lets you create online posters. By signing up for an edu account, you can create students and classes so that you can keep your posters private if you wish.

Here is a screencast of signing up and beginning creating a poster.

Here is the second part that includes adding videos and publishing.

Online timeline tool that allows you to add pictures and embed video.

Here is a screencast of creating events, adding pictures and viewing your timeline.

Here is the second part that includes editing events and embedding video.

Wikis are like word documents on the web or very easy to make websites. You can make them public so anyone can edit them or restrict editing to just people you invite.

Here is a screencast on making a wiki in wikispaces.

Slideshare allows you to upload PowerPoint presentations so that anyone can see them at home. Could be a great way for absent students to catch up, review at the end of the unit or as a preview of a coming unit.

Here is a screencast of how to upload a powerpoint.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

PowerPoint with voiceover on Slideshare - How to

Have you ever wanted to put a PowerPoint on the web so your students could review the material? What if a student was absent? You could also have your students watch a presentation before coming to class so you could have more conversations about the topic in class.

Slideshare allows you to accomplish this and here is a three step process that will allow you make something like this.

Step 1 - Uploading your PowerPoint to Slideshare

Step 2 - Making your voiceover in Audacity

Step 3 - Syncing your voiceover with your PowerPoint