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!

Week 7 – DropBox and GoogleDocs

Hi gang!  It’s been a little quiet around EYT land this week, but we hope that you have, nonetheless, found the time to check out the great infographic tools that were introduced.   A few of you were able to dip into Dippity, and to put it to use with your students already! You had some useful feedback about it as well. Well done!

This week, we move onto a couple of mighty collaboration tools that will change your life – GoogleDocs and Dropbox. How did we ever live without them?!  It has been with great thanks to GoogleDocs that the Expand Your Toolkit team was able to put together this program for you, despite our being located in several states and three countries!  If you are not already making use of these tools, we think you will quickly find them to be of indispensable value to your professional life.  Enjoy!

Week 6 – Infographics

Hi everyone,

We are onto week 6 this week – three more weeks to go! I noticed that some of you haven’t been blogging this week. I know that the spring gets crazy in schools – term 2 projects, inventories, developing next year’s budget, spending this year’s budget, and so much more. I understand that we can’t always do everything and sometimes we have to choose between two good things.

May I encourage you to keep going on your own professional development? We aren’t going to be able to help our students tomorrow if we fall behind on the new tools today. If you have had to skip a week or two, no worries, just pick a week you are interested in and keep going. Alternately, tell us what you are working on in your blog. This will help you develop the supports you may need to work on that new skill tomorrow.

That’s your pep talk. Now onto Infographics. Infographics are simply the graphics we use to present information. You are already using them all the time – concept maps, Venn diagrams, timelines – all infographics. Just this week I used an infographic I found for a display I was creating on the Middle East. I didn’t create the infographic but I made use of it in my display (with permission). It was such a time saver to use something already developed. My display has been a big hit. The students have been stopping and reading all the statistics located on the poster – and it has started a conversation in their World History course. Infographics are powerful and they can be used with all ages and in all subjects.

So this week, if you work in an elementary school, you may want to try an interactive timeline with Dipity. If you work with middle years or high school students, consider reviewing the variety of ways to present data with Many Eyes. If you don’t have much time this week, spend some time looking at infographics already created. Please let us know what you find. Add them to your blog or link to them so we can share the good ones.

Week 5 – Communication tools

Congratulations! You have made it to the half way mark. So far you have started a blog, tried some social bookmarking – many of you have converted to Pinterest –and have learned about VoiceThread and Jing. Last week was a catch up and play week where we suggested even more cool tools you could try. Hopefully you bookmarked the ALA’s Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning.

As importantly, you are in the process of developing a great community to learn and share with into the future. We have enjoyed reading your blog posts and comments. You have reminded us that learning new things takes time and can be frustrating but your enthusiasm for the new tools and your successes have also been inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Now onto the new. This week we will be looking at ways of communicating with Google Hangouts and Edmodo. Please note that we suggest that you use a webcam and microphone for this week’s tools, but please don’t be intimidated if you don’t have these. Many computers have built-in microphones and some have webcams also.

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 🙂

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!