Wednesday, August 29, 2007

SchoolTube

Another new place like Teacher Tube that just popped up in 2007 that will allow us to post educationally related SL and virtual World materials. :-)

http://schooltube.com/


Check it out - it is pretty cool.

Regards,
Dembe :-)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Yahoo Gobbler

Wow - just in time for Thanksgiving and Yahoo provides us with the Gobbler. The only thing that can make this page/tool better is give the owl a turkey student! lol

http://teachers.yahoo.com/sneak_peek

This is a must check out site for teachers and students. It is sure to make lifes easier.

While here, join Yahoo Teachers and put your name and school on the map. http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/08/23/yahoo-teachers-shaping-up-nicely

Must Know Web 2.0 Tools for the 2007-2008 Academic Year

For those of you new to the term Web 2.0 check out http://web20primer.wetpaint.com/?t=anon The Web 2.0 primer which will help you catch up on the lingo and the technology.


Do you know the tools your kids will be using this fall? I decided to look at all the list out there and compile a nice neat document of tools that are easy to use in Education and student friendly here in one location. Here are some web tools your students might be using from the middle school through college level classes:

Teacher Sites/School Tools
Rubistar -- online rubric generator
SchoolTool -- opensource management tool
Schoopy -- classroom organization tool
iQuiz Maker – Free easy to make tool for the iQuizGame for the iPod
Polldaddy - PollDaddy is an online tool, which allows you to create free polls and place them on your website, blog, MySpace, hi5, Friendster or Xanga account or anywhere online that you can paste a bit of JavaScript or Flash!

Blog/Wiki Hosting Sites:
Blogger -- blog-hosting website
EduBlogs -- blog-hosting website
WordPress -- blog-hosting website
coComment -- collect, organize, and share online conversations
Technorati -- search the blogoshpere
pbWiki -- wiki-hosting website
wikispaces -- blog-hosting website

Writing/ Visual Websites
Writely -- online word processor
ThinkFree Office -- free online office applications
Zohowriter – free online word processor and more (a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, wiki writer, notebook, project management, CRM solution, database creator, calendar, web conferencing, email and chat.)
Google Docs – free online word processor and more
WriteBoard - Use Writeboard to share and collaborate while saving separate versions each step of the way.
Chartit -- Designs charts and graphs based on information you enter
Mindomo – Visual organizing tool
Mindmeister – Online mind mapping
Bubbl.us – Online Brainstorming tool
Gliffy – Online mind mapping tool

Fun Sites
Flickr -- upload photos and images
Google Earth -- web-based globe
Google Maps -- maps and directions
scanR -- scan, copy, fax with camera phone or digital camera

Calendar and Task Lists:
Remember The Milk: Remember The Milk reminds you to take care of important tasks, so you’ll never forget when a project is due.
CalendarHub: Use CalendarHub’s web-based calendar to keep track of deadlines and set goals.
Google Calendar: Google Calendar is a web based tool that allows users to organize their schedule, so you’ll always know exactly what you need to be working on.
Planzo: Planzo’s online calendar keeps users connected to events and things to do. It lets you share your events just about anywhere, get a daily digest and receive text message reminders.
Spongecell: Spongecell is an online calendar made for users with lots of meetings and engagements. Plan events, spread the word and allow guests to add content to your calendar.
Neptune: Neptune’s web based to do list tool helps you keep track of the things you need to take care of every day. It lets you email yourself new tasks, get an email report every morning and upload files to store with your projects.
Ta-da List: When you’re busy with lots of projects, it can be hard to keep track of what you’ve accomplished. Make web-based ta-da lists for yourself or other people, then share them and check items off as you go.

Art Type Sites
SketchUp -- Google drawing tool
Gliffy -- free online tool that allows users to create and save diagrams, graphic organizers, flow charts, etc.
ajaxSketch -- online drawing tool (requires Firefox Browser)

Messaging/Communication/Collaboration Sites
YackPack -- online voice messaging
Gabbly -- chat tool
Skype -- communications tool
Basecamp -- online project collaboration
Campfire: Campfire is a web-based chat tool that’s ideal for online meetings with clients or coworkers.
Meebo: Don’t miss out on a client just because you don’t use the same instant messaging tool. Get access to every major messaging service on Meebo’s website without having to download anything.
FaxZERO: Online communication is popular, but sometimes you just have to send a fax. But who wants to invest in a fax machine and phone line for something that happens only on a rare occasion? Instead, use FaxZERO to send a fax anywhere in the US or Canada for free.
eBuddy: Don’t miss out on important messages while you’re away from your base of operations. Log on to eBuddy to sign on to online messengers using your mobile device.
skrbl – Give the power on online collaboration to your site with this tool.

WebBased Note Taking (from phone or laptop)
stu.dicio.us -- online note-taking tool for students
MyNoteIT -- online note-taking tool for students
JotSpot -- live, group note-taking
Writeboard -- collaborative note-taking
diigo -- collaborative annotation

Organization tools
backpackit! -- online personal organizer
suprglu -- organize information from all of your Web 2.0 resources
Central Desktop: collaborate, communicate and share files using Central Desktop.
iOrganize: With iOrganize, organize work by keeping notes, ideas and bookmarks in one place.
Protopage – Allows one homepage to store all your favorite podcast, web pages, and other webbased material in one location. Plus, offers a shared page for your students.
Viapoint: Viapoint makes it easy for freelancers to store emails and files by client or project.
Stikkit: Use Stikkit’s “little yellow notes that think” to keep in touch, plan and collaborate with clients and coworkers.
Webnote: Webnote users can take notes using a web browser, then save and return to the notes on any computer. This is especially helpful if you’re working on-site with a client and have to use a computer other than your own.
Netvibes: Spend less time searching and more time working by customizing your browser’s start page with email, feeds, messaging, job boards and much, much more.

Presentation tools
TiffanyScreens -- collaborative presentation software
Wink -- tutorial and presentation development tool
WorldMapper – You create mapping tool

Spreadsheet/DataBase Tools
EditGrid -- online spreadsheet tool
irows -- online spreadsheet tool
LazyBase -- online database tool

RSS and Social Bookmarks
netvibes -- web 2.0 "home page", rrs-feed aggregator and more
del.icio.us -- social bookmark tool
tagyu -- social bookmark tool
Bloglines – This new Bloglines Beta is a personalized start page with drag’n'drop functionality, and a few other new features, such as the ability to choose between three new feed reading views, and the capability to keep track of what you’ve read and what’s still waiting to be read.

Digital Video/fun - Just try them :-)
TeacherTube
SplashCast
Hey!Spread
dotSUB
Next Vista
KeepVid
VideoDownloader
Zamzar
Vixy
Voicethread
Easy Cropper
Slideshare
VoiceThread
add voice to your pictures

Here are 20 basic technology skills that all educators should now have:

  1. Word Processing Skills
  2. Spreadsheets Skills
  3. Database Skills
  4. Electronic Presentation Skills
  5. Web Navigation Skills
  6. Web Site Design Skills
  7. E-Mail Management Skills
  8. Digital Cameras
  9. Computer Network Knowledge Applicable to your School System
  10. File Management & Windows Explorer Skills
  11. Downloading Software From the Web (Knowledge including eBooks)
  12. Installing Computer Software onto a Computer System
  13. WebCT or Blackboard Teaching Skills
  14. Videoconferencing skills
  15. Computer-Related Storage Devices (Knowledge: disks, CDs, USB drives, zip disks, DVDs, etc.)
  16. Scanner Knowledge
  17. Knowledge of PDAs
  18. Deep Web Knowledge
  19. Educational Copyright Knowledge
  20. Computer Security Knowledge

From http://thejournal.com/articles/17325_1 June 2005 article.

More tools and
Resources:

http://www.cogniview.com/convert-pdf-to-excel/post/the-freelancers-toolset-100-web-apps-for-everything-you-will-possibly-need/
http://www.go2web20.net/ - The Complete Web2.0 Directory
http://web2list.com/ - Web 2.0 List
http://www.seomoz.org/web2.0/ 2007 Web 2.0 Awards
http://ed421.com/edtech/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20&Itemid=25 Educational Technology that Works, Marzano’s Blog
http://web2magazine.blogspot.com/2007/01/thanks-for-web-2.html - Web 2.0 Magazine
http://edutechwiki.unige.ch/en/List_of_web_2.0_applications Web2.0 Wiki
http://techmagazine.ws/full-web-20-api-list/ Tech Magazine Web 2.0 List
http://www.educatednation.com/2006/08/16/tools-for-students/ Top Web 2.0 for college Students
http://www.jimmyr.com/blog/10_Web_2_0_For_Students.php Web 2.0 for Students
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/08/16/web-2-cool-for-school-a-rundown-of-online-applications-for-stu/ Download Squad

The Administrator’s Digital Briefcase: Websites for School Administrators

The following are highlights from:

The Administrator’s Digital Briefcase: Websites for School Administrators

In this age of technology, as an administrator, it is just as imperative for you to be connected to the Internet and technology as it is for your faculty, staff and students.

Below is a list some examples of the ways administrators can stay connected and network on the web. These websites are also great resources that may serve both the novice administrator to the seasoned administrator in today’s schools to help stay connected:

  • Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 http://www.ciu20.org/resources/offsite/websitesforadmin.phpColonial IU 20 is one of 29 intermediate units throughout Pennsylvania, which were created in 1971 to provide services to school districts in ways that create economies of scale, cost savings, and better efficiencies in the delivery of important programs and services to children, especially those with special needs. We also play an important role in providing substantial support services to the administrators and teachers in the 13 school districts that comprise IU 20. This website boasts 68 essential links that every administrator should be familiar with.
  • Administrator Internet Briefcase http://www.vickiblackwell.com/administrators/default.htm It is a well developed page that hosts a variety of essential resources at any administrator’s fingertips.Louisiana LEADS Project - This site offers categories with web resources in curriculum, data driven decision making, finance, general, professional development, productivity, professional organizations, professional reading, professional Organizations, etc.
  • Educator’s World: Administrator’s Desk http://www.education-world.com/a_admin/index.shtml This is a great resource page from Educator’s World. This is the School Administrator’s channel. It offers resources from helping your teachers to get better classroom management school, improving cafeteria behavior, first day of school tips, to grant of the week highlight.
  • Administrators.Net http://administrators.net/ This is a division of Teachers.net. It offers resources for Administrators, such as administrative job postings, chat, administrator discussion boards, etc.
  • Administrators Online Assistance Resources http://www.sabine.k12.la.us/vrschool/admin.htm This webpage is a wealth of resources for any administrator. Subtitled: News for Administrators, it reads like a RSS feed for hot educational topics from all major educational publications.
  • New York State Resources for School Administrators http://usny.nysed.gov/schooladmin/ As a New Yorker and New York Educator, how could I not list this site? This is a great site for all NYS administrators to know about and use that links to a variety of necessary must know websites and tools.
  • Websites Correlated to ISTE Nets http://www.icsrc.org/VITAL/principalweb.html Great site that breaks webpages down into a chart for resources. This chart can also be taken and adapted to the individual district needs as well. Also great example to include in a district technology/curriculum plan.

Suggested Resources to read and obtain:

Brooks-Young, S. (2005). 101 Best Web Sites for Principals (Paperback), ISTE 2nd Ed. Retrieved August 15, 2007 from http://www.iste.org/eseries/source/orders/isteFileDisplay.cfm?product_code=101wp2&type=1 I have obtained this book and it gives a great review of the sites it recommends and why it is important for administrators to know and use. Not very heavy in the finance section. However, the link provide above does give the basic content of the book.

Slowinsk, J. (2000). Becoming a Technology Savvy Administrator, ERIC. Retrieved August 15, 2007 from http://eric.uoregon.edu/publications/digests/digest135.html

Virtual School Resources (It is not just High School):

AccelerateU K-12 Online Education, http://accelerateu.org/index.cfm?isFlashCapable=yes

Arkansas Virtual High School, http://arkansashigh.k12.ar.us/

Basehor-Linwood Virtual Charter School, vcs.usd458.k12.ks.us
Clintondale Virtual High School, www.clintondalevhs.org
eLearners.com, http://www.elearners.com/resources/k12-online.asp

Evergreen Internet Academy, www.egreen.wednet.edu

Florida Virtual Schools - http://www.flvs.net/

Georgia Virtual Schools, http://www.gavirtualschool.org/
Hop-On! www.hopkins.k12.mn.us/pages/HopOn/HopOnHome.html
Illinois Virtual High School, http://ivhs.org/index.learn?bhcp=1

Internet Academy, Federal Way www.iacademy.org

Kentucky Virtual School, http://www.kvhs.org/

Louisiana Virtual School, http://lvsportal.doe.state.la.us/

Maryland Virtual High School of Science and Mathematics, http://mvhs1.mbhs.edu/

Michigan Virtual High School, http://www.mivhs.com/

Minnesota Online High School, http://www.mnohs.org/

Nevada Virtual High School, http://www.nvhs.org/
North Dakota Division of Independent Study, http://www.dis.dpi.state.nd.us/

North American Council for Online Learning, http://www.nacol.org/events/vss/

Texas Virtual Schools, http://www.texasvirtualschool.org/

Utah Electronic High School, http://www.ehs.uen.org/?bbatt=Y
Virginia Virtual Advanced Placement School, http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/VAPS.html
Virtual High School, http://www.govhs.org/website.nsf

West Virginia Virtual School, http://virtualschool.k12.wv.us/vschool/

Wisconsin Virtual School, http://www.wisconsinvirtualschool.org/

The Obvious Website for Administrators (Review):

http://www.aasa.org/ American Association of School Administrators
http://netc.org/cdrom/ NorthWest Educational Technology Consortium
http://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html - Education Week
http://nsdc.org/ - National Staff Development Council
http://www.nsba.org/site/index.asp National School Boards Association
http://www.ccsso.org/ - Council of Chief School Officials
http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/index.jsp/ Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
http://www.naesp.org/ - National Association of Elementary School Principals
http://www.nassp.org/s_nassp/index.asp?CID=1138&DID=54609 National Association of Secondary School Principals
http://www.asfsa.org/ American School Food Service Association
http://www.banx.com/ BankQuotes for the Business Officials
http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/schoolsafety/index.html US Department of Ed – School Safety Resources
http://www.ed.gov/admins/landing.jhtml US Department of Ed - Administrator Resources
http://www.teach-nology.com/edleadership/ Teach-nology Administrative Section
http://eric.uoregon.edu/ Clearing House on Educational Policy and Management
http://www.nbpts.org/ National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
http://www.nctp.com/ - National Center for Technology Planning
http://www.teachersfirst.com/emerg.htm - Planning for Emergencies
What to Read

News, Journals and Blogs

School Administrator News - http://www.schooladministrator.net/

District Administrator - http://www.districtadministration.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1107&pf=1

Education Week - http://www.edweek.org/int_page.html?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.edweek.org%2Few%2Findex.html

Eschool News Online - http://www.eschoolnews.com/

Public Agenda Online – Education - http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=education

EdLINC - http://www.edlinc.org/

School Board News - http://www.nsba.org/site/page_sbn_issue.asp?TRACKID=&CID=682&DID=9461

Electronic School - http://www.electronic-school.com/

Phi Delta Kappan - selected articles - http://www.kiva.net/~pdkintl/kappan/kappan.htm

School CIO - http://www.schoolcio.com/

COSN - http://www.cosn.org/

American School Board Journal - http://www.asbj.com/

Current Issues in Education - http://cie.asu.edu/

Education Policy Analysis Archives - http://epaa.asu.edu/epaa/

American Journal of Education - http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJE/

Smart Briefs - http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJE/

BLOGS/Wikis/Podcasts

Buildilding Engaged Schools - http://www.buildingengagedschools.com/content/?ci=24751

Grazing for Digital Natives - http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/+Blogs

Library of Congress Blog - http://www.loc.gov/blog/

Leader Talk - http://www.leadertalk.org/

Web 2.0 and School Administrators http://sjbrooks-young.com/blog/ - Susan Brooks- Young Blog

TechLearning Blog, http://www.techlearning.com/blog/2007/07/is_it_time_to_add_sl_to_your_p.php

The Teach Teachers - http://thetechteachers.blogspot.com/

LightHouse Learning Blog - http://nausetschools.org/lighthouselearning/2007/08/teen-grid-ideas-for-content-areas.html This site is a blog from Kathy Schrock Suggesting ways to teach in SL.

TED Blog - http://blog.ted.com/2007/08/100_websites_yo.php

November Learning Communities - http://nlcommunities.com/podcasts/default.aspx

CoolCatTeacher Blog - http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/

El/Ed/Tech http://eledtech.blogspot.com/ - Written by a colleague of mine, he is young and talented and definitely a mind to watch and learn from.

2Cents Worth - http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/ Warlick’s blog

CodDogBlog - http://cogdogblog.com/ Levine’s blog

Jane’s EPick of the Day - http://janeknight.typepad.com/pick/

Weblogg-ed - http://weblogg-ed.com/ Richardson’s Blog

Speed of Creativity - http://www.speedofcreativity.org/ Fryer’s Blog

Ed Tech Talk Podcasts - http://edtechtalk.com/

And finally, Professional Development Blog with yours truly at – http://www.karenbrooksucboces.blogspot.com

Data, Statistics, Research, and Education Information

Below is a just a short list of the many discussed:

Above where just highlights reviewed and explored from this session, contact me for more information on PDFs.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Disney Online Courses

http://learningcenter.family.go.com/index.jsp?mcid=emffsolo3

DisneyFamily.com Beta version

Courses curretnly available are:

Build a family Webpage
Converting Video Tapes to DVD
Edit Great Home Video
Get Organized: Manage Time, Space and Paper

Great courses and great value - First one is free!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Out of Graph Paper?

try this site http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/

for all your last minute graph paper needs. :-)

Edu2.0 -Great new educational resource

http://www.edu20.org/

Great new page to organize, store, post task lists, etc regarding web2.0, 2.0 tools and new teaching ideas. Join this website an join the Renaissance2.0 Quest.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Principals Page

Administrators - the start of school is quickly approaching. Are you currently looking for help in making new policies? Are you looking for school rules to meet the current mobile technology challenges? Well, so is every other administrator in the WORLD.

Why not connect and network through http://www.principalspage.com/

This is a navigational tool and forum for school administrators (new in 2007).

Copyright and Fair Use for Classroom Teachers

http://rogerssh.elkriver.k12.mn.us/library/crchart.pdf

We are preparing for the new school year to begin. As we prepare, copyright is on most of our minds. Fair use is not as easy concept to fully understand. Above is a great chart from a school district in Minnesota that has broken down copyright and fair use of varies media we use daily in the classroom.

Great site to reference and mark.

I also highligthed it as a Professional Development highlight and Copyright for Administrators in my highlight wiki page at http://karenbrooks.wikispaces.com

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Wikis in Plain English

Still unsure of what a Wiki is and how it can be used in your instruction and classes this fall?

Go to http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english

This webpage shows a great Wiki video I have used in presentations as well. It is in simple English an explains the concept of a Wiki nicely.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Must Know Web 2.0 Tools for the 2007-2008 Academic Year

Rubistar -- online rubric generator

Blogger -- blog-hosting website
EduBlogs -- blog-hosting website
WordPress -- blog-hosting website
coComment -- collect, organize, and share online conversations
Technorati -- search the blogoshpere

Writely -- online word processor
ThinkFree Office -- free online office applications

Flickr -- upload photos and images
Google Earth -- web-based globe
Google Maps -- maps and directions
scanR -- scan, copy, fax with camera phone or digital camera

SketchUp -- Google drawing tool
Gliffy -- free online tool that allows users to create and save diagrams, graphic organizers, flow charts, etc.
ajaxSketch -- online drawing tool (requires Firefox Browser)

YackPack -- online voice messaging

pbWiki -- wiki-hosting website
wikispaces -- blog-hosting website

stu.dicio.us -- online note-taking tool for students
MyNoteIT -- online note-taking tool for students
JotSpot -- live, group note-taking
Writeboard -- collaborative note-taking
diigo -- collaborative annotation
iOutliner -- organize tasks and projects online

TiffanyScreens -- collaborative presentation software

EditGrid -- online spreadsheet tool
irows -- online spreadsheet tool

LazyBase -- online database tool

Basecamp -- online project collaboration

backpackit! -- online personal organizer

suprglu -- organize information from all of your Web 2.0 resources

netvibes -- web 2.0 "home page", rrs-feed aggregator and more
del.icio.us -- social bookmark tool

Gabbly -- chat tool
Skype -- communications tool

SchoolTool -- opensource management tool

Schoopy -- classroom organization tool

Wink -- tutorial and presentation development tool

http://schools.wikia.com/wiki/Technology_Thursdays
http://schools.wikia.com/wiki/Physics

Online Digital Video Services


Presentation and Data Sharing


Concept Mapping and Mash-Up


Here are 20 basic technology skills that all educators should now have:

  1. Word Processing Skills
  2. Spreadsheets Skills
  3. Database Skills
  4. Electronic Presentation Skills
  5. Web Navigation Skills
  6. Web Site Design Skills
  7. E-Mail Management Skills
  8. Digital Cameras
  9. Computer Network Knowledge Applicable to your School System
  10. File Management & Windows Explorer Skills
  11. Downloading Software From the Web (Knowledge including eBooks)
  12. Installing Computer Software onto a Computer System
  13. WebCT or Blackboard Teaching Skills
  14. Videoconferencing skills
  15. Computer-Related Storage Devices (Knowledge: disks, CDs, USB drives, zip disks, DVDs, etc.)
  16. Scanner Knowledge
  17. Knowledge of PDAs
  18. Deep Web Knowledge
  19. Educational Copyright Knowledge
  20. Computer Security Knowledge
From http://thejournal.com/articles/17325_1 June 2005 article.

More tools
http://www.cogniview.com/convert-pdf-to-excel/post/the-freelancers-toolset-100-web-apps-for-everything-you-will-possibly-need/

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Top PD and Web2.0 Videos

Wesley Freyer just poste on his blog top videos in these area. A few I posted here in the past, but there are some new ones I just saw today. Many are great for opening of school in September.

http://www.speedofcreativity.org/resources/videos-for-pd/

Part of his list (They are linked to the video on his page above):

Schools Need to Change:

Did You Know 2.0 (Karl Fisch)
Pay Attention (Darren Draper)
Digital Students @ Analog Schools (Students of Marco Torres)
Teacher Movie (Marco Torres)
Do Schools Kill Creativity? (Sir Ken Robinson)
Urban Academy: Where Testing Is Anything But Standard (EduTopia)
Administrator Movie (Wesley Fryer)
Strive to Engage not Enthrall (Wesley Fryer)
Web 2.0

The Web is Using/Us (Michael Wesch)
Blogs in the Classroom (Will Richardson, made by Intel for NECC 2004)
Perspectives on Classroom Blogging (Wesley Fryer)
RSS in Plain English (Common Craft)
Wikis in Plain English (Common Craft)
Social Bookmarking in Plain English (Common Craft)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Popular Website and Blog Generators

http://www.hypedspace.com/glitter-word-gen-2 - Glitter Word Generator

http://www.hypemyspace.com/hype.php
- LED Board Generator

http://wigflip.com/minifesto/ - Animated Text icon Generator

http://www.dookyweb.com/avatars.swf
- Create an Avatar

http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index_en.shtml - Avatar Generator

http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/41026/detail/ - Simpson maker

http://www.mikons.com/
Make anything you can thing of in two colors

http://www.sp-studio.de/ Make Yourself a South Park Avatar

http://www.meezone.com/Default.aspx?sid=35&tcid=1350 - Custom animated avatars

http://www.hetemeel.com/einsteinform.php
- Einstein writing on Board Generator is Great!

http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index_en.shtml - Avatar Generator

http://www.avatargenerator.org/ - Generators to edit

http://www.lightsphere.com/dev/web20.html
Web2.0 Company Name Generator

http://www.says-it.com/cassette/cassette.php Cassette Generator

http://www.says-it.com/record/index_2.php
- Vynil Record Generator

http://www.says-it.com/pavethemoon/ Write on the Moon Generator

http://www.streetsigngenerator.com/
- Street Sign Generator

http://www.glassgiant.com/wanted/
- Wanted Poster Generator

http://www.geocities.com/robainsley2/handwriting/in.htm - Handwriting Generator

http://freewordsearch.teacherly.com/ Word Search Generator with your vocabulary

http://atom.smasher.org/bar-b-q/ - BBQ Sign Generator

http://atom.smasher.org/office/ - Office Sign Generator

http://atom.smasher.org/pack/
- Packed Square Sign Generator

http://avsquad.fateback.com/facemaker/ - Face Maker Generator

http://atom.smasher.org/chinese Chinese Sign Generator

http://www.signgenerator.org/space/ - Space Sign generator

http://www.signgenerator.org/confucius/ - Confusious Sign Generator

http://www.signgenerator.org/parody/post-it-notes/ - Post it Note Generator

http://www.signgenerator.org/license/plates.asp Car Plate Generator

http://www.sparesomechange.com/funny/walmart.asp
- Walmart Sign Generator

http://www.acme.com/heartmaker/ Valentine Candy Maker Generator

Dummies Book Generator

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

http://www.signgenerator.org/books/dummies/

Einstein Generator

Go to http://www.hetemeel.com/einsteinform.php to Generate an Einstein Text for your Webpage or Blog.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

4 C's of Online Collaboration

Obtained from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kpruitt77/1022657384/

Tools to Share

I want to send a shout-out of thanks to a few people today for some very neat tools for the web they shared with me today.

Thanks to Karen P. from Wallkill Central School District for:

http://www.fundingfactory.com/ If your school is not doing this, it should consider this program to get free technology.


Thanks to Mike C. from the Kingston City Schools for:

http://www.microsoft.com/surface/ - What a great new tool, Can't wait to see this in classrooms in about 10 years. Now we know what will replace interactive whiteboards.

Mike we are all looking forward to seeing your Yahoo Teacher's commercial in November 2007!

The above are cool links and demonstrates the importance of collaborative networking with colleagues. ;-) Please feel free to share other websites and tools in this section at anytime. ;-)

Web 2.0 Teacher Friendly Tools

Web 2.0 - Morning Keynote
Day Two of Literacy Centers and Technology

Great Web2.0 Sites for your classroom and Literacy

Since we only have an hour, I am highlighting some key Web2.0 tools with tutorials you may refer back to at your leisure.

Research
http://www.zotero.org/ Collect, manage and cite research sources.


Wiki
http://wikispaces.com/
http://www.wikispaces.com/site/tour#introduction
http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers100K


Blogging
http://www.blogger.com/


Social Bookmarking
http://www.del.icio.us/
http://blip.tv/file/331587/

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid474753617?bctid=686986217

Bloglines/RSS
http://www.bloglines.com/


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Web- Based Photo Storage
http://www.flickr.com/


Bringing it all together
http://www.protopage.com/
http://www.google.com/ig

If you would like to learn more on this topic, I encourage you to take my professional development courses in the fall of 2007 offered face-to-face and via webinar on:

Gaming and Learning
Web2.0
The Millennial Child and Technology
iPod as an Instructional Tool
Introduction to M-Learning
An Introduction to Blogging and Podcasting
WebConferencing in the Classroom
Brain Based Learning and Technology
Technology Buffet

Please check MLP for course listings and to register for classes.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Web 2.0 An Introduction in 5 Minutes

What is Web2.0

What is Web 2.0 and Web 3.0

http://marikaya.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/eric-schmidt-on-web-30/



Eric Schmidt on Web 3.0 from August 7th, 2007

Technology for Literacy Centers K-5

Technology for Literacy Centers K-5

There are many ways to integrate technology into learning centers, and this workshop will provide participants with opportunities to intensively explore from a menu including streaming video (Powermedia Plus), word processing, Internet bookmarking, Smartboards, and a selection of readily available software programs.

August 7th, 2007 9-3PM
August 8th, 2007 9-3PM

This webpage will focus on interactive Whiteboards resources. Resources for the Alphasmart Dana are no listed here. The sites listed under More Resources are sites I use in other courses, but are not new reources to my PD classes. They are listed for participants that have not had access to them before.

These are interactive websites that can be used with Literacy Centers and the Interactive WhiteBoard:

Alphabet
http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/ngfl/ngfl-flash/alphabet-eng/alphabet.htm Interactive Alphabet

http://www.letsdiscover.org.uk/letters.html - Letter Formation

http://www.starfall.com/n/level-k/index/play.htm?f
Letter Sounds

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=wordorder1
Alphabetical Order - This Alphabetical order activity is a simple to use word ordering exercise. Words are simply dragged from the left hand side of the screen to their correct place in the word order list on the right hand side. When all words have been placed in the list the user clicks on the check button to get feedback on their selected order.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=wordorder1a
Alphabetical Order 2


Compare and Order

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=compare-order7 Compare and Order

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=seaside
Seaside - Compare seaside scenes from today to those from the past.

Labels and categories
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=tbmenu Teddy Bear Labels -This simple labeling activity can be used to reinforce the idea of labels and as a framework for children to begin to add their own captions and labels to familiar scenes such as a teddy bear's picnic.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/fruit-english.html Fruit Labelling
Drag and drop the names of the fruits on to the picture. The name box will turn green if correctly placed.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=bodyparthtm
Body Parts - Label words are simply dragged and dropped into the correct place in the diagram. When all words have been placed the user clicks on the check button to get feedback on their selection.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/transport-english.html Transport Labeling - Drag and drop the names of the types of transport on to the picture. The name box will turn green if correctly placed.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/vegetable-english.html
- Vegetable Labeling - Drag and drop the names of the vegetables on to the picture. The name box will turn green if correctly placed.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=fmenu
Farm Labels -This simple labeling activity can be used to reinforce the idea of labels and as a framework for children to add their own captions and labels to familiar scenes such as a farm.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=collective%20nouns Collective Nouns - This collective nouns matching application is a simple to use word level exercise. The collective noun words are simply dragged to their matching partner on the blue picture cards.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=MatchingPairsFarmyard
Matching

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/quiz.php?&file=aroundyourhome Around Your Home - A drag and drop matching quiz based on descriptions of objects from around the home.


Phonics

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=cvcmaker
CVC Maker -The CVC maker is a simple to use application. It can support open ended work as pupils explore the different CVC words that can be made. A word can be added to word list in the word play activity and lists printed off.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=compound%20words
- Compound Words

Word Games

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=floppy Triple Activity - This is a three activity set including a scene maker and word game.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=ww - Word Wheels

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=ww2
Word Wheels 2

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=worddice
Word Dice

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=alienhangman Alien Hangman

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=stickyl
Sticky Letters

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=stickylVer%202 More Sticky Letters - Use the sticky letters to make words and save them to the word bank. See how many words can be made from a chosen set of letters.

Parts of Speech
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=word%20link Verb Links - This word sorting application is a simple to use grammar exercise. The blue words are simply dragged to their correct place on the table headed by the root word. When all words have been placed, the user clicks on the check button to get feedback on their selection.

Stories/ writing

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=aliens
Aliens! - Create imaginative dialogue with the visiting aliens.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=scenemenu2 Traditional Story Labels - This simple labeling activity can be used for either the Three Little Pigs or Cinderella as a backdrop for their scene

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=seapost
Seaside Postcard - A humorous seaside writing activity. By annotating the scene dialogue can be explored and characteristics shown through thought bubbles.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=looksay2 - Spell Checking - The Look, Say Cover, Write, Check is a support tool for learning spellings using a trusted multi-sensory approach. It can support pupils in their independent learning of spellings.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=teaseq
Instructions sequencer - This sequencing and instruction writing activity can be used to support the teaching of instructional text and develop pupils' ability to sequence key events in instructions.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=storyseq
Story Sequencer - This sequencing and storyboarding activity can be used to support the teaching of story structure and develop pupils' ability to summarise key events in stories.


More Resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/adventures/index.shtml From BBC Magic Keys

http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/index.html
- Big Books

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/menu.shtml Little Animals Activity center

http://www.funwithspot.com/house.asp?locale=US - Fun With Spot

http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/treasure/


http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/dynamo/den/spelling/index.htm Spell Bound

http://www.vocabulary.co.il/
Vocabulary Building

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/stapleless/index.html Stapleless Book

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/abcmatch/ ABC Match

http://interactives.mped.org/view_interactive.aspx?id=110&title= Read Write Think Printing Press

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/acrostic/
Acrostic Poem

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/acrostic/ Flip Book

http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/snowwhite.html Snow White

http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/home_tumblebooks.asp Tumble Books

http://readwritethink.org/materials/trading_cards/ Character Trading Cards

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/ Comic Creator

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/compcontrast/map/
Compare and contrast

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/diamante/ Diamante Poems

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/doodle/ Doodle Splash

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/essaymap/ Essay Map

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/idioms/idiom_1.html Idioms

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/factfrenzy/opening.html Fact/Fragment/Frenzy

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/flip/ Flip a Chip

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/fairytales/ Fractured Fairytales

http://readwritethink.org/materials/letter_generator/ Letter Generator

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/letter_poem/ Letter Poems

http://readwritethink.org/materials/mystery_cube/ Mystery Cube

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/persuasion_map/ Persuasion Map

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/picturematch/
Picture Match

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/plot-diagram/ Plot Diagram

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/riddle/
Writing Riddle Poems

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/shape/ Shape Poems

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/in_the_bag/
What’s in the Bag

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/wordbuild/ Word Build and Bank

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/wordfamily/
Word Family Sort

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/holes_mover/ Found Poem Word Mover

http://readwritethink.org/materials/wordwizard/ Word Wizard

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/ words and pictures

http://pbskids.org/lions/games/lookout2.html
Look Out Below

http://www.writingfix.com/forkids.htm#jump Writing Fix for Kids

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/hfwords/starwords/index.shtml Star Words

http://www.edict.com.hk/vlc/storyboard/ Storyboard

http://www.funbrain.com/cgi-bin/getskill_s.cgi?A1=selects&A2=la&A4=0&A7=0 Fun Brain

http://www.storylineonline.net/ StoryLine Online

http://www.starfall.com/ Star Fall

http://pbskids.org/lions/stories.html
PBS Kids Stories

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ BBC Literacy Skills

http://www.abcya.com/ ABCya

http://www.dositey.com/language/grammar/synonyms_antonyms/synonyms1.htm Synonym Memory Game

http://www.dositey.com/language/grammar/synonyms_antonyms/antonyms1.htm Antonym Memory Match

http://www.umass.edu/aesop/contents.html Fables

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/adventures/dragon.shtml
Dragon Land

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/adventures/hms.shtml
Sentence Construction

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/adventures/creamcake.shtml
Cream Cake Mystery - Working with Patterns

http://www.literacycenter.net/lessonview_en.htm Literacy Centers

http://www.newdealedzone.com/whatsnew.html WhiteBoard Resources

Teacher Resources
http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/general.html
http://www.teacherxpress.com/
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/
http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/english.htm
http://www.gridclub.com/ Grid Club
http://www.clickablepoems.com/ Clickable Poems

Monday, August 6, 2007

Literacy Center Ideas for the SmartBoard

Literacy Center Ideas for the SmartBoard

Listen to the Directions
Primary Skill: listening
Have students listen to directions on a tape. Have students follow the directions a map on the Smartboard using the highlighter And other tools available. Eg: draw a pink circle at the stoplight, write the name of your favorite animal in the park...

Listen to a Story and Draw
Primary Skill: listening
Have students listen to a short story and the draw pictures that go along with it in the Smartnotes application of the Smartboard. The students can illustrate the story..

Listen and Recall
Primary Skill: listening
Create in the Smartnotes section story strips that are not in order. Have the students, listen and recall by place the story strips on the SmartBoard in Order.

Listen to Yourself
Primary Skills: reading, listening
Create a storyboard in SmartNotes. Have a microphone connected to the computer. Have students retell the story, rhyme, or poem. Make sure they use the SmartRecorder while they are retelling/. Then have students listen to their retelling of the story. (You can even keep a collection of stories for each student on the computer and Burn them at the end of the year – or for Mother’s/Father’s Day.)

What Will the Ending Be?
Primary Skills: writing, listening
Have students listen to the beginning of a story, poem, or song and have them finish the story by drawing pictures and/or writing it out in the SmartNotes application.

The Books I Have Read Journal
Primary Skills: reading, writing
Create a journal Template in Smartnotes. Students can then read a book and draw and/or write out what they thought of it in Smartnotes. This journal could be saved for each student and could provide the student with an electronic journal by the end of the year.


Fill In the Missing Letters and/or Words
Primary Skills: writing
Write out a poem or a message in SmartNotes, leave out some parts, and allow the students to fill in the missing sections. These they can be shared later with the class.

Make a Silly Sentence
Primary Skills: writing, drawing
Pick words out of a bag and put them together to make a silly sentences on the SmartBoard in SmartNotes. Have the students copy the sentence out and accompany it with an illustration.

Painting Sentence
Primary Skills: writing, drawing
Paint a scene in SmartNotes and then write out a sentence to go with the scene on the bottom. Multiple scene can be put together to create a classbook.

Put the Pages of the Book in Order
Primary Skill: reading
Have scanned pictures of a simple story and ask students to look at the pictures to put the pages of the book in order so that it makes sense and tells a logical story. Scan the pages into the SmartNotes application and have students put them in order to make a story.

Poetry Put Together
Primary Skill: reading
Write a poem in Smartnotes on half the board. On the other half of the board, have the words typed in individually so students can put them in order.


Alphabet Book
Primary Skills: reading, writing
Using the SmartNotes application, make a book of the letters of the alphabet and draw an illustration for each letter. Give each letter a page in SmartNotes. The add pictures from the photo gallery and internet.

Word Searches
Primary Skills: reading, writing
Scan Word Search puzzles into the computer to place in Smartnotes. Have students use the Smartboard to solve them using highlighters on the smartboard.

Story Telling
Primary Skills: writing, drawing, reading, speaking
Have two or three students work together to write out a story with illustrations in the SmartNotes application. When finished have them share it with the class.

Flannel Board
Primary Skills: reading
Organize a story/ rhyme in SmartNotes. Put graphics and sentence strips with the words on the page. Have students put sentences in order and use graphics to act out the story/rhyme.

Chalkboard Writing
Primary Skill: writing
Practice the alphabet or writing stories on the Smartboard. Create a writing template for students to use in SmartNotes..

Printing Practice
Primary Skill: writing
On the Smartboard in SmartNotes, with large letters of the alphabet and have children trace the letters with highlighters from the Smartboard. (Be sure to lock the letter to be traced in place.

Character Matching
Primary Skill: reading, memory, listening
In SmartNotes scan pictures of the characters in books that you have been reading to the class. In SmartNotes on the same screen have the names of these characters written separately so they can be moved individually. Students have to match the characters' pictures with their names.

Computer Games
Primary Skills: depends on the program, computer
Play language arts games on the computer by using the smartboard.

Writing Around the Room
Primary Skills: writing, reading
In Smartnotes, write down as many words that are displayed around the room as you can. Or in partners, one partner points to a word and the other partner writes it down on the Smartboard and vice versa.

Scrambled Words
Primary Skill: reading
Place letters on a page in SmartNotes. Have students scramble the letters to try to figure out the word and /or see how many other words can be created. Create multiple pages for them to unscrabble.

Book Making
Primary Skills: writing, drawing
Make a book about anything in SmartNotes. Have student illustrate the book as well.

Order the Alphabet
Primary Skill: reading
Put mixed up letters of the alphabet on the SmartBoard in SmartNotes. Have the students put the letters in order.

Puppet Play
Primary Skills: writing, speaking
In a group, write out a play to perform with characters and scene given by the teacher in SmartNotes. Then have students share it with the class.

Manipulative Letters
Primary Skill: writing
Practice spelling words in SmartNotes the using manipulative letters.

Rainbow Spelling
Primary Skill: writing
Have students write out spelling words in SmartNotes using different colors.

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