Posted on September 17, 2008 by Kevin
Finally got around to getting some workshops scheduled for this fall. You can see all technology workshops being offered at the Berrien RESA right here.
In October I’ll be leading a new class trying to cover some of the many, many web 2.0 tools that can easily be used by educators. Connecting & Collaborating with Web Tools starts on October 13 and will last six weeks. During each of those weeks, we’ll focus on a different category of tool and explore ways in which those types of tools can be used to help students gain understanding and learn by being connected not only to pertinent resources but pertinent people (for example, other students) as well.
It’s kind of unfortunate to have to divide those tools into categories, because the differences between some of them is very blurry. But, I needed to be able to chunk the information into a week’s worth of content, so I was forced to make some choices. Here’s how I broke down:
Week 1: Get Organized…kind of speaks for itself.
Week 2: Be Productive…this one too.
Week 3: Look What I Did…publishing and photo sharing.
Week 4: Talk to Me…communication tools.
Week 5: It’s Showtime…video and animation creation.
Week 6: I’ve Got People…social networks and communities.
I’m really looking forward to this class…one reason being that participants will have such a variety of activities to choose from. Nobody’s experience will be like that of another. The sharing of projects in the discussion forum should really open everyone’s eyes!
Oh…one more thing…just received confirmation that Connecting & Collaborating with Web Tools has been approved for 6.0 SB-CEUs as well as 2 graduate credits. That can be helpful.
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Posted on June 30, 2008 by Kevin
This first BYOL session was turning away participants half an hour before it started…
NECC Program Description
Michelle Moore has always done a great job presenting about Moodle. Today’s session, focusing on design and layout of courses, should really have some great tips and suggestions. As she is starting, I see that the way Janine and I have designed our professional development courses follows her suggestions closely. Here are some tips…some are Moodle tips and some fall into basic web design.
- Don’t write too much in Moodle’s topic heading…just a few words. The topic heading shows up in the navigation menus, so if there are several sentences it clogs up the navigation.
- Use Headings instead of simply making the font bigger…it helps with accessibility.
- Separate content by adding labels and indenting items.
- Consistency is important!
Michelle highlighted a course module called Book. Book is like creating a web page, but breaks the page up over several screens. Navigation is built in, you can search the text, and there’s a print feature. Pretty cool! I’ll have to install that on our server. She went through the process of creating a book…very easy.
Many teachers post PowerPoint presentations…Michelle suggested that the PowerPoint be converted to a Flash file. That alleviates the problem of students needing PP or downloading the file, or something else that might be a problem.
Here’s another sweet module…Audio Recorder. The Audio Recorder acts like an assignment. Students record up to 4 minutes of audio right in Moodle and then the teacher can review that just as if it were another type of assignment.
Another potential module…SPDC Portfolio.
As people ask questions, Michelle has begun to wander away from the topic. I know that’s very easy to do, I’ve done it myself during presentations. However, now it’s kind of becoming a Moodle free-for-all. That’s the way it goes! The session was very well received. Obviously, I took away a few nuggets as well. That Book module looks really good…and recording audio right in Moodle? Wow!
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Posted on April 7, 2008 by Kevin
- Our last online class of the year begins next Monday, April 14. Creating WebQuests helps participants develop and create their own WebQuest to use in their curriculum. WebQuests help focus student activities and thinking while using the Internet and make great activities for utilizing your classroom technology. Participants can earn 2 graduate credit hours or 6 SB-CEUs. To register call Jo Urias at 471-7725 ext. 149.
- Now that Spring Break is over thoughts turn to summer…and the Summer Olympics. Track the progress of the Olympic Torch as it travels from Olympia, Greece to China using Google Earth or Google Maps.
- I know there are a lot of you with interactive whiteboards. Read The Whiteboard Blog for ideas, resources, and activities to make the most use of your hardware.
- Here’s another site in the artsy/creative/exploration category…viscosity. Students can create their own modern art.
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Posted on March 3, 2008 by Kevin
Posted on February 25, 2008 by Kevin
One of these days these posts may become more informative than just links, but I guess we’ll go with what we’ve got!
- Go swimming in the Gamequarium for tons of learning games covering the entire curriculum up to grade 6.
- What are your young students going to do in the lab? Check out these Kindergarten Literacy and Math activities from Internet4Classroooms.
- Do you ever keep track of information? (That’s sarcasm you’re hearing.) Check out Track-n-Graph…”Track-n-Graph is a FREE web-based service for friends, family, and co-workers to track and graph information.” Hey, that sounds good!
- I’m sure you remember the old favorite, Lemonade Stand…well it’s still alive with this web-based economy lesson.
- For those of you that teach about energy, the environment, or just want to put together a cool project take a look at KidWind.
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Posted on December 10, 2007 by Kevin
I’m not sure this counts as a true Weekly Web Wonders. My barrel is pretty low and I don’t have many gems to share. I do, however, want to share our workshop schedule for next semester. You can take a closer look at each by visiting our online PD Catalog.
You should see some fliers around right after the New Year, but here’s the preview…
- The Media Specialties series is designed specifically for media specialists who want to add knowledge and skills to their technology toolbox.
- Media Specialties: Connecting with Web 2.0 Tools
January 17, 2008
- Media Specialties: Internet Safety
February 14, 2008
- Media Specialties: Writing with Blogs & Wikis
March 20, 2008
- Media Specialties: Making RSS Work for You
April 17, 2008
- Media Specialties: Online Learning
May 15, 2008
- Creating “Online Learning Experiences”
February 7, 2008
- Podcasting…Talking to the World
February 26, 2008
- Pooped out on PowerPoint
March 13, 2008
- MiniJazz: Jazzing Up Your Curriculum with Videoconferencing
- ASK: Author and Expert Literature-Based Interviews
January 22, 2008
- Online Classes
- Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections
January 14 – February 8 OR April 14 – May 9
- Internet in the Curriculum
January 14 – February 22
- Technology in the Early Elementary Classroom
January 28 – March 20
- The Blogs that Bind
February 4 – February 29
Kid to Kid Videoconference Connections
February 11 – March 21
Techno-Charged Project Based Learning
February 18 – March 28
- Creating WebQuests
April 14 – May 23
Alright, you made it to the bottom and here’s your reward: SciVee is a video sharing site, like YouTube, for sharing scientific or science-related videos. From their site: “Created for scientists, by scientists, SciVee moves science beyond the printed word and lecture theater taking advantage of the internet as a communication medium where scientists young and old have a place and a voice.” Lots of cool demonstrations and more!
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Posted on April 23, 2007 by Kevin
These resources come from presentations at the Connecting & Collaborating Conference I attended last Friday in Holland. There’s a lot of cool stuff out there to explore!
- Jamglue is an online audio mixer. Record and upload your own audio to create a mix of your own for multimedia projects etc.
- I mentioned Zoho Writer back in January…it’s an online word processor just like Word, except you can work from anywhere since it’s online. Well add to that a whole list of other online apps like spreadsheets, presentations, planner, and more with the Zoho Office Suite.
- You can make your own digital scrapbook with Scrapblog. It’s very easy and the results are awesome!
- These two whiteboard applications are a blast. Imagination Cubed and skrbl allow you to collaborate online using a whiteboard-like interface. Again…simple and easy!
- Webnote is a page that you can quickly, uh, add notes to. Quickly create a page and add sticky-like boxes and put in your notes. They’ll stay online for you forever.
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Posted on January 31, 2007 by Kevin
This seemed to slip by, so I wanted to bring up this opinion piece written by Bruce Umpstead (Director of Educational Technology & Data Coordination) and Barb Fardell (Manager, Office of Educational Technology & Data Coordination) from the Michigan Department of Education. The Case for Michigan’s Online Learning Mandate seeks to, as its title implies, justify the state of Michigan requiring an online learning experience for high school graduates. It’s pretty short, but should provide an official answer for those saying, “Why?”
Here’s a quote:
It requires both learners and educators to adapt and adopt new technologies and skills that will make them more successful long after the particular online experience has ended.
The key stakeholders to this adaptation are educators, not students. As the article states, “Our kids are connected, and technology is now a part of their lives.” It’s going to be up to innovative and flexible teachers to convince students that this technology is going to be useful for their education.
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