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Secrets, Prompters, Tornadoes…

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 If your students give oral presentations, perhaps you could incorporate EasyPrompter.  It’s an application that works like a teleprompter…you know, the ones the important people utilize for their press conferences and announcements.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468We officially missed Tornado Week (thank you Spring Break), but that doesn’t make Into the Tornado any less relevant. Experience a tornado from the inside…from the relative safety of your own classroom.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Elementary teachers should check out SecretBuilders, a web site where students can learn and interact in a controlled virtual world.  This site uses a Teacher Console that allows you to create accounts for your students.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Many of you use Google Docs to create documents and spreadsheets.  You can now create and collaborate on Drawings. Think of several students working simultaneously to create and share diagrams, concept maps, or flow charts.  Cool!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Here is a list of links covering various topics you might be discussing on Earth Day, which is Thursday.  Or you could use them other days, and make everyday an Earth Day.

Streams, Tubes, and Stories…

Weekly Web Wonders
  • There are two online classes starting January 28, Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections (PICC) and Internet in the Curriculum (IC). PICC focuses on developing projects integrating videoconferences while IC focuses on using the Internet in all curricular areas. Both classes can be taken for either graduate credit or SB-CEUs. To register email Jo Urias . Here’s the full info…
Internet in the Curriculum
Workshop (BC) #: 08-169
Date(s): January 28 – March 7, 2008
Use the Internet effectively in your classroom. In this course, you’ll learn about search strategies as well as explore ways to use communication tools such as email, listservs, and RSS to enhance your curriculum. Learn to create collaborative projects and online activities using blogs and wikis, and develop ways to design efficient Internet research projects.
Cost: $150.00
Credit: 6 SB-CEUs or 2 graduate credit hours
Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections
Workshop (BC) #: 08-067
Date(s): January 28 – February 22, 2008
Wondering how to integrate interactive video conference technology in your curriculum? This online course addresses finding and preparing for virtual field trips and classroom to classroom project connections. Learn about the great content available for your curriculum. Find out how to contact and schedule experts to visit your classroom via video conference. Learn about great classroom to classroom projects you can join. Create and advertise your own project connections to meet your curriculum goals. Visit http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/dl/picc/ for more information.
Cost: $100.00 for local schools; 150.00 for outside; free for RUS participant buildings
Credit: 3 SB-CEUs or 1 graduate credit hour
  • The ease of this tool makes it pretty incredible. Now you can broadcast live from your classroom…or wherever with Ustream. Ustream is a free service that broadcasts video over the web that can be viewed by anyone or only by those who have the password. Broadcasts can be saved and played later or viewed live. It’s very easy to set up and gives a much different meaning to a traditional oral report…or you could record your class for absent students to watch at home. Lots of possibilities!
  • There may be a couple of your students who have cell phones (heavy sarcasm) or you yourself might have one. With Qipit you can take a picture of notes, your whiteboard, or any document, email it to Qipit, and have it converted to a PDF to download or share online. Very fun and free!!
  • SchoolTube is a video sharing site for teachers and students that allows posting of student-created content, but provides several safeguards so that inappropriate material doesn’t find it’s way online. For example, teachers must approve videos before they can be uploaded. What a great way to share student work/projects with a wider audience.
  • Collaborate with students to create an online, interactive timeline. Check out OurStory…it’s better if you just see what it looks like. Fantastic!
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