Blogging to Learn

Pontydysgu – Bridge to Learning gives a great guide for using blogs in education. There are additional links for further information.

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Lifehacker and Easy Peasy

Picture 6I enjoyed the presentation Ben Davis gave at UT-Martin yesterday.  He always has so much to share!  He off-handedly referred to Lifehacker.com and of course, I’ve already found lots of interesting stuff there.  I’ve visited before but had forgotten about the smorgesbord of information about everything from preserving herbs to making shelves to nice little downloads like Easy Peasey.
“Easy Peasy aims to require little or no additional tweaking or app installation beyond what you first get. Right out of the box, you can browse the web, organize media, watch flash video, and more. Easy Peasy includes Firefox, Pidgin, Skype, Transmission BitTorrent Client, Open Office, Banshee Media Player, Picasa, Cheese Webcam Booth, and the Open Office Suite, among other free and open-source tools.”

I’m thinking of getting a netbook, so it’s nice to have some options to whatever comes with my sweet new machine!  Thanks Linux.  Thanks Lifehacker.  Thanks Ben!

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Presentation Information UTM 9/12/09

In my neverending efforts to keep myself from losing things that I’d like to keep track of by putting them on this blog, I offer some of the links I used in today’s presentation regarding Blogging and Voicethread: Give students a reason to write and an audience.
Parent information letters from Bud the Teacher
New Zealand Student Bloggers
Room 24 Colorado
Mrs. Heaton’s Class, South Carolina
Mr. Smith’s 4th grade, Hannibal, MO
There are many more terrific education/classroom blog examples in the world. Google them. Check on wordpress. Follow the links offered by the educators above. The possibilities are endless. Educators are a creative, innovative bunch of people! Hooray!
A few free blogging options:
WordPress.com
Edublog.org
Blogger.com
Xanga.com

Kevin Hodgson's Blog Kevin Hodgson highlights student creations on

his blog.  The create a variety of different movies

throughout the year.

Mike’s Grade Fives offers examples of students and teacher carrying on educational discussions via their collaborative blog.

For a terrific collection of different Voicethread ideas, please scroll down to the Voicethread entry or click here.

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Making Techno Books with Children

Creating books with students is always a terrific experience. They enjoy the process of creating their own publication as well as the product. Here are some terrific ways to use technology to create books with children from Farr-Out Links to Learning. I can’t wait to try them with some children I know!make a book

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If you can type, you can make a movie.

That’s the slogan for Xtranormal.com. This looks like a FANTASTIC tool to help students publish their dialogue, stories and writing. Users choose the setting, the characters, ambient background noise and music and just type in the dialogue and poof! Instant movie! What a great way to motivate my wee writers or writers of any size!xtranormal

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Voicethread: K-12 examples

Voicethread offers wonderful opportunities for students to share, collaborate, write, practice speaking and learn. Colette Cassinelli has created a wonderful wiki packed with examples from each grade level as well as resources for how to get started. I was delighted to see Voicethreads from Kindergarten including student artwork. Directions are provided for a variety of different methods. Watch these. Try one yourself and, if you like, you can upload your example to this wonderful wiki.

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Technology Projects for Students preK-12

Kim Cofino offers a variety of ideas on how to integrate technology into classroom lessons and learning in an imaginative (yet very doable) way. I plan to include Voicethreads in my classroom this year but never thought about posting photos of plant growth for student response. Her suggestions (actually they are examples of what real classrooms have done) demonstrate the many ways technology can help motivate student response, assist with pre- and post-assessment, and connect students with each as well as students throughout the world. These are terrific projects worth adapting for any classroom.

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