Photo Peach is an easy way to have your students create book reviews and share them online with classmates. Book trailers made with Photo Peach can seamlessly link to other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Book trailers can be peer reviewed by posting comments. Check out this video about Marcello in the Real World by Francisco X Stork, an Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee for 2013-2014.
Occasionally, students will ask the LRC staff for help citing some sources that are not always cited in most citation style guides. These include status updates on Facebook or Twitter, E-Mail, eBooks, Wikipedia, and YouTube videos. This week I will show you some examples just in case you have to cite them in your own research.
Our citation building program, NoodleTools, can handle these type of citations for you or use the models below for a guide. I have included notes about NoodleTools for each one.
Remember: Make sure to put in the proper spacing and other formatting for the citations (double spaced and indented)
Maier, Paul L. "Washington's Crossing of the Deleware." 7 May 2012. E-mail.
NoodleTools: Choose E-Mail.
McCullough, David. 1776. New York: Simon, 2005. EPUB file.
NoodleTools: Choose Book. Then choose the eBook file tab.
PocketHistory. "Minutemen. American Revolution soldiers." 4 Nov. 2012, 3:30 AM. Tweet. .
NoodleTools: Choose Microblog. Choose the name of the network under the Name of Microblog option.
Green, John, prod. Tea, Taxes, and the American Revolution: Crash Course World History #28. YouTube. YouTube, 2 Aug. 2012. Web. 16 Apr. 2013. .
NoodleTools: Choose Video Clip (Online).
"Intelligence in the American Revolutionary War." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Mar. 2013. Web. 14 Apr. 2013. .
NoodleTools: Choose Reference Source. Then choose the Web Site tab. Finally, choose the E-publication (born digital) option.
Discovery Streaming an encyclopedia of educational videos. Find everything from biographies to career information.
The getting started menu provides information on search/play, downloading and sharing videos.
One of the great things about technology in the classroom is that it can free you and your students up and give you more flexibility in how to deliver instruction as a teacher. As a student, there is the possibility of being to deal with your schoolwork when and how you want (as long as you complete it on tine).
For today's tech tip, I wan to introduce three tools teachers can use to deliver online lessons to students that also allow the teacher to customize, deliver and collect assignments through the web.
Mentormobis a relatively new website on the educational technology scene. The site allows you to create a learning playlist.A teacher (or student). For each step of the playlist, you add a site, file, YouTube video for the learner to view or read. You can also add a pop quiz for each step with multiple choice or true/false questions. I don't believe you can collect the results from learners (at least for free), but learners can get instant feedback on their progress. Once you create a playlist, you can also embed it on a blog or website for others to find and use it.
Most WEGO teachers who use Discovery Education Streaming use it to share video content with their own class. But you might not have known that you can also build assignments around specific video clips. You can add assignment directions and questions, quizzes and other content. Once you create the assignment, you can assign it to your a whole class or individual members. You generate a code that students can use to login to the site and complete the assignment. All the work is collected through the site and dropped into your account for grading.
We introduced My Big Campus this year as a tool for creating a virtual classroom for teachers to post announcements, post class materials, etc. But you can also the Schoolwork feature to create an assignment or a quiz for students. There are a lot of features for customizing the assignment, such as attaching YouTube videos and other content to questions. If the questions are multiple choice, short answer or true/false, you can even have the the program grade the assignment for you. All results are collected and added to your teacher account.
Sometimes we need a timer whether were keeping a class on task or creating interactive presentations requiring the audience to interact with each other such as “Think, Pair and Share”. Online Stop watch.com offers a variety of timers such as the classic stop watch, egg timers and even a quirky bomb.
Timers can be embedded into a Power Point slide by first saving the picture of the timer you would like to use and insert it into your Power Point presentation. Next link the picture to the online timer you have chosen, make sure to insert the full screen link this way during your presentation it will only take a second to set the time interval. Try this Egg timer by Online Stop Watch.com.
Many of you are creating Google sites, Blogs & My Big Campus sites to communicate with your students, parents and organizations . Time and Date.com offers a plethora of free clocks and timers to embed on your webpage. After selecting the best clock for your purpose, it can be custommade as the Summer Vacation count down below. Once your clock is selected and custom designed to fit your website Time and Date.com provides the free html code to copy and paste into your website.
Staying on time and making each day count!
As everyone knows, the Internet is a great resource for finding a ton of information for academic or personal purposes. But such a great resource has its problems too. Use a search engine and what gets returned? A fire hose blast of information comes your way. And information you do find can be too difficult for some of us to read. There are no controls on reading levels or quality of the information (you know, like books have!).
So this week, I thought I would share some tools for helping to tame information overload and help make web content more accessible.
If a website is too difficult to read, or if you just don't have time, there are plenty of sites that will read you the content of a site, but this one is pretty user friendly. Sign up for a Sound Gecko account with your e-mail address. Then copy and paste the URL of a page you want read out loud into your account. You will get a link in your e-mail to an mp3 file that has an audio version of the text. You can also get extensions for your web browser or a mobile app to use with the account so you can skip the whole copying and pasting thing.
Most websites have too much clutter that gets in your way (e.g. ads), or a complicated layout or small or unreadable font or other issue. Readibility does two things well. So you find a website you like. You don't have time to read it now and it is to hard to read for one of the reasons mentioned above. Just click the readability bookmarklet that you put in your favorites bar. Readibility reformats the page with a white background, and readable black type and not ads or other clutter..You can adjust the layout, font properties and background. Even better, if you don't have time to read it now, you can click the read it later button and store it in your Readibility account and access it later.
Wikipedia articles are great timesaver if you want a quick overview of a topic. But if your are not a great reader, the amount of text can be overwhelming and out of your reach. Instead, type your keywords into Wiki Summarizer. The program distills the article into a summary of the main points and gives you several options for presenting the summaries.
Starting a research project can be daunting. You might not know anything about your topic. That is where Instagrok comes in. If you type your initial topic into the search box and you get a visual breakdown of related keywords on the left. Click on any keywords and get a new set. On the right, results are broken down into categories starting with fast facts about your topic. Use a slider at the top to change the difficulty level of the results There are a lot of features here, and the interface can be difficult to navigate at first, but this is a powerful tool.
Today's Tech Tuesday brings to you valuable information on setting up a Google Site for your classroom or project. The video below will show you how to find Google Sites and how to create your own website using Google Sites. Students and staff at CHS have been set up with a Google Account. Your account can be accessed from the school's Home Page under Staff or Student tabs. You will need to sign in using your school login and password + 94. Once you have access to your Google Account you can follow this short (4 min.) video and create your own website for your class or project.
Building a Google Site (web page) for student projects can be an innovative and creative format for presenting research projects. Visit the project on Henry Wadworth Longfellow a website designed for a Sophomore Research Project on poets using Google sites to present information. Students use this digital portfolio to include their research, writing process, works cited and audio visual gallery created by Jeff Pisauro.
Please visit the LRC if you would like individual help setting up your Google Site.
Okay, you have to teach or reinforce that a concept. Or you want to find an engaging and fun way to use technology in the classroom. Interactives and other multimedia can help. An interactive is a web based activity that might be a game or a tool for helping your students explore or analyze an idea. Here are some sites that have some great interactives and other multimedia that you can adapt and use for lessons.
Annenberg has a ton of educational videos that they sell for different grade levels. Their website has a ton of great supplemental tools, including interactives. The disciplines included are Arts, Foreign Language, Literature and Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies/History. Check out other parts of the site for more lesson plans and video clips.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Most of the math interactives on this site are java applets. The selection is small than some of the other sites here, but there are some useful tools to explore here.
There are just a few tools on this page, but they are gold for writing and research. One tool helps you build a thesis for a persuasive essay. Another suggest topics for papers. A third helps students build a structure for a cause and effect essay.
Thinkfinity is online community created by the Verizon foundation. the site's content partners are a number of discipline specific portals that have lesson plans, interactives, multimedia and links to other resources. Direct links to the individual content partners are below.
Econedlink (Economics and Personal Finance)
National Geographic (Geograpjy)
Read Write Think (English)
Smithsonian's History Explorer (American History)
Utah Education Network
The Utah Education Network has a number of interactive activities for a range of grades and disciplines.
If you had a chance to use Glogster in the past, you know how much fun it is to create web based posters with images, video, funky pictures (and what not). If you are a teacher, you probably thought it was the best thing since iPods. There were tons of free features for educators, but then the company started to scale back on the free stuff. You can still make Glogs, but it is not as easy to use in a classroom situation.
So, here are a few alternatives. Some of them offer features just for educators. Make sure to look for the educator information (if offered).
Biteslide looks a lot like Glogster. You can create what the site calls Slidebooks with images, video and text. Like the original education edition of Glogster, teachers can choose a free plan that allows them to have 30 student accounts and 1 project. The site promises that this option is free forever.
New Hive is also similar to Glogster in that it gives you a canvas to create a multimedia poster with embedded video, images and mp3 files. It doesn’t have the pizazz and cutesy backgrounds and graphics that Glogster had, but it does the trick. You have to request an invite to create an account, but when I did it, it was not big deal. It just sent the invite to my email account within a few minutes.
The cool kid on the block is clearly Uturn. The site allows to add pictures, video, text, etc. to simple “expressions” that you can embed on social media sites, blogs, other websites, etc. This tool doesn’t allow you to do the anything as complicated or extensive as Glogster or the first two tools, but it’s kind of addictive nonetheless.
Smore allows you to create simple web based flyers. In other words, you can create a simple web page that has as much information as a printed flyer you post on the wall at school would have. You can add videos, text, images, etc. There are few basic flyer templates you can use and the drag and drop interface is pretty darn easy to use.
Big Huge Labs
Big Huge Labs is a little bit different than the other tools. You can pick a particular photo editing tool, add a photo and then do some cool stuff with it. Create a jigsaw puzzle, a movie poster or magazine cover. You can even create one of those infamous motivational posters that have a picture with an inspirational saying underneath. I would blame you if you put something funny there instead. Check out the Education link to find out how to create an educator account.
Today's tech tip is brought to you by Mr. Bodwell's student teacher, Ms. Hauser. Please leave your feedback in the comments.
A QR code is a barcode that can be scanned by multiple devices such as Smart Phones, Tablets and E-Readers with Internet Access. The barcodes work just like the ones that you see on merchandise in stores. Someone creates the code and you can access it with your iPhone. The best part is that you can create a QR code too!
Why would you use a QR code?