Week 4 – Happy Spring Break

Week 4 is here! Happy Spring Break! We hope that spring is truly arriving in NY and that you will have some time for rejuvenation and relaxation.  We also hope that you’ll have a little time for your Web 2.0 journey with EYT.  This is your chance to catch up on the exploring you keep meaning to get to, but that gets lost in the midst of your busy days!   So, catch up or take a breather.  Look around at your colleagues blogs.  For those of you caught up and ready for even more goodies, try out Tagxedo, Photocollect, Zooburst, Knovio or Educaplay.

As always, we are here for you if you need us.  Cheers from the EYT team 🙂

Ready for presentation tools?

Hi gang!  We hope that you enjoyed discovering some new bookmarking tools last week.  It has been great to read your blog posts and to see the conversations beginning among you.  What a fabulous and eclectic group you are! Writers, quilters, triathletes, genealogists, musicians and many a working mother.  Remember that we are always here to help or commiserate with as you continue along this learning path.

And now, welcome to Week 3: Presentation Tools.   This week, we will be sharing two really easy to use and fun tools, Jing and VoiceThread.  Both are well suited to use in a classroom and can be used not only for presentation, but for collaboration as well.  Jing is a screencasting tool and VoiceThread is basically a multimedia conversation.  We hope that you will quickly see how these tools can be used in your instruction.  Enjoy!

Bookmarking this week

Teachers and librarians acquire a lot of stuff over the years. Teachers regularly file lesson plans and other resources they have found that work. Busy instructors know what a time saver reusing or tweaking an already completed plan can be. The probem is finding that resource a month or a year after originally using it.

Good file management skills are so important and yet so time consuming. This is why so many educators have jumped onto the bookmarking bandwagon. Bookmarking is a must in every educators toolkit. Not only can you “file” the great links and resources you find online, you can also network with others to see what their great sites are.

Some of you indicated you have used Delicious for bookmarking in the past. I started with this one too. Now there are so many other options – each with their own pros and cons. So this week, we want to encourage you to check out one or more of the following social bookmarking services; Evernote, Pinterest, and LiveBinder. Join a group or two, create your own bookmarks; see what the tools have to offer. Bookmarking Tools has all the information to get you started.

Which one works the best for you?

Please remember to blog about your experience and provide a link to your work.

Comments and community building

We have really enjoyed meeting each of you through your blogs with week. Each of your blogs is a little different – different widgets, themes, and backgrounds.  One of the great things about blogs is the ability to create community around a topic or interest. For example, The Geeky Librarian is adding author websites in a sidebar, Just another libeary girl is counting down to her first triathlon and The Musical Librarian likes Zumba.

So if you have time, consider visiting the blogs of the people participating in this process with you. Your peers can be a great resource when you have questions about this project but also with general questions about libraries in your area. So drop by and leave a comment to say “hi”. Leave us comments too – we love them!

While on the topic of comments, please remember to check for and approve comments that you receive on your blog. It’s a great way of developing a conversation. You can approve your comments through your dashboard; click on Comments. Under the comment, click “Approve”.

Happy blogging!

Welcome to Expand Your Toolkit

Welcome to our Advanced Web 2.0 learning experience! We will be launching our program soon, and you can check back here for updates throughout the course!

For now, feel free to browse the links to find out more about this program and what we will be covering over the next few weeks!

Week 4: Take a Break and Play!

We have covered a lot of ground over the last few weeks. This week is intended as a catch up week and to give you time to play with some of the tools you have been learning about.

By now you should be feeling comfortable with creating a post on your blog. Please take the time to look at some of your colleagues’ blogs and add comments. One of the best things about blogs is the ability to create community around topics and issues. Another fun thing to do is to create an online avatar which will be used on your blog and when you post on other’s blogs. You could also play with the look of your blog.

There are so many fun sites on the Web. Listed below are some fun things you can play with, if you have time.  The tools were selected, tested and compiled using two great sources of recommended Web 2.0 learning tools:

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day

The American Library Association’s Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

More tools to play with!

Zooburst for digital storytelling. Students create interactive pop-up books.

 Tagxedo – similar to Wordle, but with additional styling options.  Click the thumbnail to see a sample made in seconds, using the URL of this blog.

 

Educaplay – allows teachers to create multimedia teaching activities.

Photocollect – multiple users upload photos to a shared photo album.  Seems like a great way to gather all those different photos people take at an event!

Knovio – add video or audio to PowerPoint presentations and then share.

Remember, play is learning. We need to give ourselves permission to explore and try things. This is just one way to model being a lifelong learner to our students.

Week 3: Presentation Tools

When you’re looking for a great way to integrate web 2.0 technology into the learning experiences of teachers and students, these tools provide versatile, creative options to enhance presentations and to collaborate with a wide audience. This week, you can try out two excellent tools, VoiceThread and Jing. Choose 1 or try them both!

• VoiceThread


VoiceThread is a tool that allows people anywhere to join in an asynchronous, online multimedia conversation. It is an easy and fun way for teachers and students to create, collaborate, share, debate, and reflect on their learning.

The Basics:

Click on the picture below to see a quick overview of what a VoiceThread is and how it works and some examples of that people are doing with this great tool! 

 Click here for some great examples of using VoiceThread with students of all ages.

Your turn!  Get started on your tasks:

1. Sign up for a VoiceThread account
Once you register, you’ll be directed to the page shown below, where you will find simple steps for creating your first VoiceThread. Watch some of the videos or head straight to the Create tab to dive right in!

 

2. Create your first VoiceThread
3. Comment on it.
4. Share it with someone!
5. Blog about your experience

How are educators using VoiceThread?

Voicethread 4 Education is an extensive and informative source for examples of how teachers are using Voicethread.

Check out the Voicethread 4 Education’s Best Practices page for an excellent and thorough overview.

Teachers, particularly teachers of younger students, will appreciate this quick tutorial on how to make multiple identities, so that you can use one VoiceThread account for multiple users.  One class, one account.  Easy peasy.

Great tutorials:

Teacher training videos (another tutorial from Russell Stannard)

Extensive collection of video tutorials from beginner to advanced from tech integrationist and blogger, Jennifer Dorman.

Great tips and information from New Zealand educator Suzie Vesper

Even more information:

While VoiceThread is free tool, the people at VoiceThread also offer Ed.VoiceThread, a subscription based version designed specifically for K-12 educators.

Scholarly articles on the use of Voicethread in education

And now for…

Jing 

What is it?
Jing is a free online screensharing tool; it allows you to record a video of up to 5-minutes of anything you want to share that is on your computer screen. You can also use Jing to take still images of your desktop and to highlight, add text and annotate those images.

The Basics:

Jing is super easy to use!  Here’s the 1 minute quick tour.

Jing in the classroom:

Educators are discovering fun and effective ways to use Jing in the classroom. Find out more here:

Slideshow

• Check out this video.  Educator Russell Stannard loves Jing for language learners.

Your turn!  Get started on your tasks:

1. Explore the interactive tutorial from Techsmith, the creators of Jing.
(You will need to have Adobe Flash Player downloaded on your computer to be able to use the interactive tutorials.

Interactive tutorials:
Mac
Windows

If you don’t have Adobe Flash Player, try the tutorials below:

  • TechSmith provides over 20 training videos for beginning and advanced users of Jing!

2. Download the free version of Jing http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/default.asp
3. Capture a screen image. Annotate it. Save it. OR create a Jing video.
4. Share your annotated image or video on your blog by sharing the link or embedding it.

Have fun!