So long! farewell! …

Hi everyone! It is with mixed feelings that we say ‘good-bye’ to you this week! We have truly enjoyed developing the Expand Your Toolkit program for you as well as sharing your journey through the modules. We have learned and grown as the course progressed and certainly hope that you have too. Our hope is that you will continue to add more web 2.0 tools to your toolkit and, more importantly, that you will continue sharing your learning with others.

If you haven’t found time to finish the course, don’t worry! The site will still be up and available for your use, and while our EYT team will be moving on to other courses and projects, we can still view your blogs and are happy to receive emails from you!

While we definitely do not want to add any more work to your already full plates, we would love to have any feedback you would like to give us regarding your experience with the EYT learning journey. Just send me an email (bcarr@jisedu.or.id) that I can pass on to the rest of the team, or share your reflections on your blog.

All the best to you and thank you for a wonderful learning experience!

Barbara, Evan, Jonine, Kari, Karri and Lisa

Week 8 – Survey Tools

Welcome to Week 8 – Survey Tools – the final week of the EYT program! This week, we bring you more tools to change and enhance the way you collaborate with others. You will be introduced to Doodle, Survey Monkey and Google Forms. Try one or try them all!  Whether you’re trying to organize a meeting or trying to gather feedback and/or data, these tools will be of great help.  Stop in and check them out sometime this week and let us know what you think!  Though this is the final official week of the program, of course we encourage you to continue your 2.0 education when it is most convenient for you.  There’s no end to the beautiful journey of learning!  Have a great week!

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!

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!