These are my notes from Laura Sadler presentation “Web 2.0 Projects” at the 2010 MACE (Mid-America Association for Computers in Education) Conference in Manhattan, Kansas. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. All links from this session are available via Glogster.

Kim will first talk about our blogging in the library project
– our student blogs on Kidblog:

http://kidblog.org/nflibrary/student-blogs/

UNFORTUNATELY THE PRIVACY SETTINGS ON THEIR SITE CURRENTLY ARE SET WHERE OUTSIDE FOLKS / PUBLIC CANNOT VIEW ANY OF THE POSTS

Going to talk about Kid Blogs
– Class Blogs at NF Library
– currently this is just a 4th grade project
kidblog.org is a great spot to use in schools: no ads and it’s completely free

you can blog about anything you can have a classroom discussion about, or assign a writing prompt

I ask students to talk about the William Allen White books, and their favorite books
– this has just taken off, kids have talked more than I ever thought they would

Everything that goes on this site is teacher-reviewed

We went thorugh lots of rules first, no bullying, no bashing other’s opinions

When you setup the usernames, if you are in a classroom that is not a big deal but in a library situation I wish I would not have JUST used first names
– you can sort by groups

I ASKED HER WHY SHE DOESN’T LET THE PUBLIC VIEW THE POSTS, SHE RESPONDED IT IS BECAUSE SHE IS JUST STARTING, WANTS TO KEEP IT SAFE FOR THE KIDS
– ANOTHER PARTICIPANT SAID “WOULDN’T ANYONE BE ABLE TO COMMENT THEN AND SAY ANYTHING THEY WANT?”
– OF COURSE ALL THE COMMENTS ARE MODERATED, SO THAT IS NOT AN ISSUE
– IT’S GREAT TO SEE THIS TOOL IN ACTION AND KIM IS GETTING STARTED WITH THIS.

Kids are so excited that they can post things on the blog from home
– so many kids are now talking about books that I don’t think would be talking about them otherwise

Laura is the instructional coach
– these are not all my ideas! I am a great thief!

I am a believer in not putting everything in the handout (otherwise, why attend the session?!)

Now showing an example of a 2nd grade class VoiceThread, kids doing dinosaur reports

Did a weekly activity with a teacher with an extended maternity leave

One of our high school business teachers is using Edmodo
– kids upload documents for assignments
– teacher posts a regular blog there for students
– when students post,

Jog The Web
– I use this a lot as a teacher
– here is an example of a student “Jog the Web” as a bibliography: Guesswork after the Moon

Now showing Animoto, here is an example of our Corn Maze Field Trip pictures

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Make sure you are using images and audio, be sure to use Creative Commons
– If you’ve heard about copyright and want a way to get around it, use Creative Commons

ACTUALLY THE MORE ACCURATE WAY TO SAY THAT IS: CREATIVE COMMONS PROVIDES A GREAT WAY TO COMPLY WITH COPYRIGHT LAW AND RESPECT THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF OTHERS, BECAUSE PERMISSION HAS ALREADY BEEN GRANTED TO RE-USE THOSE MEDIA MATERIALS

Now showing Voki as a tool to add a speaking avatar to a website
– kids get such a kick out of designing Avatars, reading their own stories, etc.

You can have kids create their own character as an Avatar
– could be Little Red Riding Hood, could be a historical character
– can do different points of view for a familiar story, like Little Red Riding Hood
– there is a limit to text to speech, may be 60 seconds

If you have heard of goanimate.com, Domo Animate is a more educationally-focused version

Example of a first grade project, “Favorite Character”

DomoNation.com: Favorite Character by lsadler
Like it? Create your own at DomoNation.com. It’s free and fun!

Wikis

Here is an example of student-created wiki sites, responding to this wiki assignment

Zoho is a great space to upload documents

I WOULD ALSO MENTION THIS IS SIMILAR TO GOOGLE DOCUMENTS, BUT AN ALTERNATIVE TO IT

We have used the same userid and password to work with a common/shared Zoho account
– example project: Students super-imposed themselves on a landmark in Egypt, and wrote about what they learned about it

Same 6th grade classroom: wrote a poem, draw a picture of themselves, and then wrote their poem below it

You could use Blabberize to animate this!

Using TeacherTube to publish student video
– had students that wanted to sing a Veteran’s Day song
– you can make TeacherTube videos private and safe for posting student work online

Slide.comMixBookBigHugeLabs has lots of options

can make a visual timeline with Slide.com!

So many great educational podcasts out there!
– The Education Podcast Network

Lots of great kid podcasts too: News from the Grapevine

I used to use Podiomatic with my principal, who would share recordings that we would publish for the school community

WHAT A GREAT ROLE FOR THE TECH FACILITATOR TO HELP THE ADMINISTRATOR WITH!

The Newspaper Clipping Generator is great! HERE IS ONE I CREATED FOLLOWING OUR SESSION TODAY:

Two Flowers Unblocks Ning

Kevin Honeycutt‘s words: give kids a choice to share what they know in a “tra-digital” format (versus “traditional”)

TokBox is similar to Skype, but no registration required, all online

Great article: Web 2.0 Backpack: Web Apps for Students

PodOmatic

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