Thursday, November 12, 2009
Through my Twitter PLN I learned of a terrific web page by Jennifer Nicholson with lots of resources for using these cameras in the classroom including this PowerPoint with a nice overview of their capabilities:
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Listen to their podcast, and learn more about their project on their teacher's blog: http://langwitches.org/blog/2009/10/19/we-podcasted-today-so-did-you-learn-anything/#comments
Thursday, October 01, 2009
cc licensed flickr photo shared by dullhunk
Thank you CogDog (aka Alan Levine) for creating the Greasemonkey script that automatically generates embeddable HTML code and/or attribution text that is appropriate for a PowerPoint slide for Creative Commons photos!
If you want to try it for yourself:
1. Install the Firefox browser (if you aren't already using it)
2. Install Greasemonkey
3. Install the Flickr CC Attribution Helper script for Greasemonkey
4. Go to the Flickr Creative Commons and select a photo.
5. Copy the embed code and paste it into your blog or wiki.
Wow! That was easy! Thanks Alan.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I have used Wikipedia many times to find information and links that I have used in several presentations. But as an adult, I know the importance of questioning my sources of information. Many of our students are gullible and would accept any information as fact without bothering to check its accuracy.
Today I came across an excellent lesson plan about Wikipedia on the FactCheckEd website. There are student handouts, suggested activities, background information, and correlations to national standards-- AND this video from the Colbert Report entitled Wikiality:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|The Word - Wikiality|
I think this is an important lesson and an important topic we need to address with our students.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
I have seen (and even done) most of these 11 mistakes that people make when using photos or clip art in a PowerPoint presentation.
This is a great lesson for all of us: http://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/2009/08/10-ways-to-use-images-poorly.html
My helpful tip: when resizing an image in PowerPoint, grab a corner "handle." That way you are simultaneously changing both the horizontal and vertical size of the image, and you will keep it in the proper ratio and not distort the image as Garr demonstrates.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Even better-- you can get a text transcription of your voicemails, and forward them to SMS or your email. You can even download voicemails as mp3 files, or, as shown here, embed recordings on your blog!
There's so much to learn, but it looks very promising. Some folks I know on Twitter have had Google Voice since it was known as Grand Central, and they can't imagine being without it.
I'm trying to wrap my brain around the possible applications for the classroom. In addition to not having to give out your personal phone number to students and parents, you can record custom announcements, similar to a homework hotline, for students to listen to. Students could also record themselves and have Google Voice provide a text transcript for them automatically. Similar to many of the other services that are out there, Google Voice can be used to record a podcast that can be embedded on a classroom website.
Please share your ideas for using Google Voice in the comments section of my blog. Thanks for your input.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here's a link to a USA Today article with more background info: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2009-07-13-apollo-website_N.htm?csp=34
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I encourage you to read his blog, SpeEdChange. If you use Twitter follow @irasocol.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I've been very impressed with the variety of content I've been able to embed in the GE placemark itself. In addition to photos and YouTube videos, I've also been able to embed:
Google forms and presentations
For those of you in the Summer 23 Things class, embedding content in Google Earth is just like a "widget." You copy some HTML code from one site, and paste it someplace else, like your blog or wiki, or, in this case, Google Earth.
I'm sure that as I remember other Web 2.0 sites, I'll be trying to embed that content as well.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Image via WikipediaI'm experimenting with a new service called Zemanta that is supposed to automatically find links, articles, and photos as you type a blog post, or an email. Let's see if it works.
Chichen Itza is one of my favorite places to visit. The pyramid there, El Castillo, was recently selected as one of the 7 new wonders of the world.
Hey, whaddya know, it really worked! As I typed I clicked on an Update button on a Zemanta toolbar that is conveniently located on the right side of my Blogger window, and within a few seconds, several photos of Chichen Itza magically appeared! I dragged one of the photos, and Zemanta automatically placed it inside my blog post with an attribution link.
Here's another photo from Chichen Itza that I like:
Image via Wikipedia
Obviously I have a lot more to learn about Zemanta, but so far it was very easy to use.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
After searching for an image, you have the option to find other images that are similar to the one you have in mind. No more searching through page after page of images that aren't relevant to your needs.
For example, here is a search for "beetle."
Maybe I'm looking for pictures of beetles on leaves. I click on the "similar images" link and VOILA...
Or maybe I need something more like this...
VERY helpful! Check it out for yourself: http://similar-images.googlelabs.com/
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
"In their book Summer Reading, Shin and Krashen summarize their research on summer access with these points:
- The crucial activity that occurs during the summer, the activity that causes the difference in growth in literacy, is recreational reading. Children from higher-income families read more over the summer.
- The reason middle-class children read more over the summer is that they have more access to books. They have more access to books at home, live closer to bookstores, and live closer to public libraries. Also, public libraries available to the children from high-income families are better. They have more books, more staff, and are open longer hours.
- Other research confirms that children read more when they have more access to books.
Summer vacation is here in just a few weeks. What can we do? Read Joanne's blog next week to learn what her elementary school is doing.
Please add your suggestions to the comments section.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
A colleague asked about being able to scan in a wallpaper sample and finding out what colors are used. I seemed to remember reading about a website that would do just that, and after a search of my Bloglines feeds I came across this post at Cliotech (thanks Jennifer) that led me to pic2color.
Even better, pic2color has a way cool widget. Try it for yourself without ever leaving my blog. Browse for a picture on your computer, or paste the URL of one already on the web.
Here's one I did of an African Violet. Isn't that cool?
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Here's a nice description from the Universal Newsreel channel:
In the pre-TV era, people saw the news every week in their neighborhood movie theaters. Newsreels were shown before every feature film and in dedicated newsreel theaters located in large cities. Universal Newsreel, produced from 1929 to 1967, was released twice a week. Each issue contained six or seven short stories, usually one to two minutes in length, covering world events, politics, sports, fashion, and whatever else might entertain the movie audience. These newsreels offer a fascinating and unique view of an era when motion pictures defined our culture and were a primary source of visual news reporting.
Here's video from 1933, of FDR and one of his fireside chats, in which he outlines his economic recovery plan.
This map of the swine flu outbreak was created by Dr. Henry Niman. Click on one of the colored markers to learn more about each location.
I would love to see some students create maps related to local historical landmarks. They could include photos, audio, video, links to documents or articles.
View H1N1 Swine Flu in a larger map
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Check it out for yourself. Go directly to the ustream site to learn more about the nest, mama hummingbird, the location, etc. I am absolutely fascinated by this! When mama leaves the nest you can see 2 tiny eggs.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Did you ever wonder how students are able to bypass your school's filter? You can learn how they did it and set up your own proxy server on your home computer! You can learn how to transfer executable apps to your USB thumb drive, or 10 YouTube embed code tricks.
Spend some time exploring their many links, articles, and reviews. I have so much to learn!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
That's why I'm writing about LastPass. You only need to remember ONE password. LastPass will remember the rest. This free site has been recommended by ZDNet, Kim Komando, and PCMag among others.
After downloading the LastPass software and setting up your account, you can resume your internet activity. Whenever you log in to a site, LastPass will ask if you'd like it to remember your information. On future visits to that site LastPass will fill in the fields for you automatically.
And if you decide to change a password, LastPass will detect that, and even suggest a strong password for you to use. You won't have to remember it though--- LastPass will do that for you! Now you can use a different password for every site and make it as long and complicated as you like.
It gets better! If you're not on your home or office computer you can generate and use a one time password (OTP) to log in to your LastPass "vault." You can generate as many of these OTPs as you like, print them out and keep them in your wallet or purse. This protects you from key-logging software that may have been installed on a public computer.
I have a fingerprint reader that I use on my home computer, but not for long. I'll be migrating to LastPass.
Here's a video from their website:
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Today I came across a wonderful site, panoramas.dk, with panoramic photos from around the world. There are many from the USA including the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials in DC, the Grand Canyon, and the Golden Gate Bridge. But there are numerous locations that I'll probably never see in person that are truly fascinating to visit virtually. It's not as good as being there, but it's the next best thing.
When creating a Google Earth placemark you could provide a link to one of these interactive photos.
Check it out at: http://www.panoramas.dk/index.html
Visit her website at http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/. You can also download her weekly podcasts in iTunes.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Meanwhile, I had finally joined Twitter and began following a number of people I had never met before. I became aware that Twitter was being used as a "back channel" of communication during conference presentations. I wanted to implement something similar for a presentation I would be doing on mathcasts at the MACUL conference, but I wasn't sure what the easiest way to set up a backchannel would be. So I asked that question on Twitter, and one of the people who responded was Ira Socol, a professor and author who writes an excellent blog, SpeEd Change.
Fast forward to last week. Mathcast guru Tim Fahlberg has managed to hack the HTML code so that a pencast can now be embedded on another web page. The problem is, 99% of teachers would never want to jump through all the proverbial hoops to make that happen. There still needs to be an easier solution, similar to the code that is automatically generated for embedding a YouTube video.
I shared the information Tim had on his wiki in a Twitter message to James Socol. Could he create a program that would take a pencast URL, and automatically strip the HTML code to create a block of embed code that could then be copied and pasted???
I was able to share the Pencast Embed website that James created, http://jamessocol.com/pencast/, with the people who attended my MACUL mathcast session last Friday.
Another Twitter colleague knew of my interest in mathcasts and shared Julie McLeod's website. Julie's students have used the Smartpen to create and share pencasts. I in turn was able to share the Pencast Embed site with Julie to make updating her website just a little bit easier.
I am amazed at the willingness of total strangers to work together, not for profit or personal gain, but because they enjoy helping others and sharing their knowledge. So thank you Tim, Ira, and James for giving my story a happy ending. I plan to share my story of the power of Web 2.0 with all who will listen.
Friday, February 27, 2009
America is a weird place. If you don't notice, it's probably because you're too used to it. What you need for a new perspective is to speak with someone from another country.
And he ends the article with this: "becoming part of today's global society requires getting to know it personally."
Global and cultural awareness are important 21st century skills. How can our students possibly hope to develop these skills if they aren't foreign exchange students? Well, thanks to Skype and a lot of other Web 2.0 technologies, it's now a lot easier than it's ever been! In our county a fifth grade teacher organized a Global Explorers project with a school in Columbia. And there are countless other success stories.
An important first step for teachers is to become comfortable using Web 2.0 technologies. I'm happy to say that 39 teachers and administrators from around our county are currently involved in an online "23 things teachers should know about Web 2.0" class.
You can also download Skype for free, and experience real-time videoconferencing with your family and friends.
Here is the video Ryan shared on the Blade website. It features foreign exchange students sharing their impressions of the United States. I'm sure our students would experience culture shock of their own in other countries as well.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The next day she gave the letter to her principal. The principal scanned it and emailed to South Carolina's representatives and the White House. (Now as an aside, do you know any principals who would NOT be able to do that by themselves?)
And the rest, as they say, is history!
The power of Web 2.0 is in giving a voice to those who have never before had a voice... like our students! I don't expect every student to get such a reaction and the notoriety as Ty'Sheoma did, but it COULD happen! And even if it doesn't, how wonderful for our students to feel like they matter to the President of the United States of America!
Read more about this remarkable story on the Chicago Tribune website.
And a special thank you to Keisa Williams, another valuable member of my Twitter network, for the links used in this post.
Playing a game may seem superfluous or silly, but they offer a great way to engage students in thinking about the laws of Physics and motion as they plan their strategy for beating each level.
Best of all, each game can be "embedded" in your own teacher web page!