Please reflect on today’s activities. What will be useful to you? What problems do you foresee?
Great reources! A few will be of great value for the classroom. I like Glogster and voicethread the most.
There are a plethora of new tools to use. Instruction was well paced and examples were useful. With respect to the handout, it would helpful to tweak it so that all tools introduced are the the document and listed alphabetically for ease of identification; publish the IMD U URL at the top of the page for ease of access; if a specific example was shown to the group maybe make mention of that as a reference tool/memory jogger.
The work time was really useful to have.
Thanks for the opportunity to learn more tech tools and get a chance to play around with them. I just wish in the intro we could have learned about a few at a time, took notes while they were being introduced and then had a quick chance to look at them. We could repeat that process to see them all.
Thank you I look forward to tomorrow.
The day flew! It is so fun to see all these great applications that the kids would really love. Voicethread and Glogster look like ones I would try to use with my kids. I think they would have a great time using them and it could make for some rich learning opportunities.
I think I’ll go home tonight and try to do some things with Animoto…. I would love to upload some pictures, video, text, voice and music and see what comes out!
My Fake Wall also has me thinking….
For me, I think lack of time to play with these types of applications is my biggest hurdle. If I were put alone in a room for three days with a computer and my curriculum for next year…. wow… I could plan some cool projects –
Looking forward to tomorrow…
I am alway facinated by the cutting edge media and technology tools that are out there. They are definitely engaging. Three things that I have concerns about are: A) The management piece of students misusing “blog” space and the ability to “comment”. I realize that many of these sites have “moderated comments/discussion” features, but that too is another level of time (either in class on the spot) or at home where it is very busy. B) I worry about the startup time it takes to teach the students to uses these tools well and in an effective manner that has value and not just a media where the bells and whistles are more prominent than the actual substance of the content presented. C) Lastly, the lack of adequate computers for the majority of my students to be able to use/share them well may become an issue with these projects. Once you have 3 or more students per STT laptop, it loses some effectiveness. Thanks for the great introductions today.
Lots of great sites. It is always cool to see what new things are out there, because it seems like there is never enough time to go and explore. I would have passed out the Teaching tools sheet first and people could take notes as we went through them. Also add Slideshare, Prezi, My Fake Wall and QuietTube to the list.
With VoiceThread I think that the best way to get an understanding of how students will post and share would be to set up a page and have the groups post comments. I am glad that Sam made a page available at the end.
Glogster was pretty frustrating…I spent most of that time waiting for videos to download. They did load an hour later, but I don’t know if I would be able to use it in class if the network is that slow. I think part of the problem was that the wireless was dumping us off and trying to reconnect us as guests.
It would be cool if a few more of these tools’ capabilities were built into Skyward…it could use a few more bells and whistles.
I think Glogster will be a great way for students to both analyze and synthesize information. I will likely use it as a presentation option after my unit on the Mexican American War. I’m thinking about using VoiceThread as a way to review important aspects of Reconstruction and help students discuss their views on it. I’m thinking about using My Fake Wall when my English students are working on the biography project, Night of the Notables. I think it will be a good way for them to review the important events in their notable’s life and to be able to communicate those events in a creative way. I was also glad to learn about gaggle.net. I emailed them and it looks like I’ll be able to get emails accounts for my students who don’t already have one.
My main concern is that the student computers are still not reliable enough (mainly in terms of being able to connect to the network). When I was trying to upload images into Glogster, I kept running into problems. If this happens now, I am reluctant to try using the program with students.
I loved the exposure to a variety of different technologies. I appreciate the time to explore (sandbox) I liked too the opportunity we had to own the tech and infuse our ideas into our classrooms.