These are some of the websites I learned about during our day 1 closing session at iConnect, iLearn in Colby, Kansas today.
Website for building wikis, ideal for online learning portals. Free as well as paid options. The Collaboratory at Colby Community College is a local higher ed example using Wikidot. Multiple classes are publishing curriculum as well as student digital work there. Click the link for the “Tsistsistas Digital Media Archive” on the Great Plains Experience wiki page to see examples of oral history and digital storytelling, including this “digitally resurrected” “Message from the Tsistsistas-Cheyenne Arrow Keeper, Edward Red Hat, I, To All students.” This is in the Cheyenne language, set to photos by Colby-based anthropologist Dr. Linda Davis-Stephens.

A partial English translation is available on the wiki site.

The Colby Community College Criminal Justice Department also has an impressive digital footprint and learning portal on their Wikidot site. Of particular interest are the “Investigations” videos posted and created by students. Click the “Digital Story Projects” tab on that page to see them. I watched several of these, and there is quite a bit which could be discussed here relating to remix, copyright and fair use. It’s good to see these “digital storytelling” examples in a community college criminal justice course.
An online digital portfolio platform. From the about page:

With Carbonmade, you can manage your online portfolio with a variety of tools that allow you to change how you display your work. The core idea behind the design of Carbonmade is to keep your images or videos at the forefront. For a better idea on what Carbonmade can do for you browse through our Examples.
A web-based tool for creating snazzy quizzes to embed on your website.
This is pretty amazing. It’s a site where students can submit short screenplay scripts, and then the website’s professionals choose and create some of them as online videos. According to the site’s about page:

We feature stories and drawings by students in second through eighth grade using sketch comedy, story theatre, game shows, original songs, puppetry and more.
Since our debut in 2007, we have featured stories written by almost 1,000 elementary school students!
Do you want to get involved?
Write. Submit. Watch….
Educational goals include:
To encourage children to be enthusiastic about writing and reading
To help students build a foundation for writing, critical thinking, and problem solving
To promote character development as the cast demonstrates cooperation and mutual respect
To provide educators with innovative and entertaining ways to enhance student learning

How cool is THAT?! Very cool.
Technology and Education Box of Tricks: a site aggregating and sharing “some of the best free internet resources for education.”

H/T to Charlie Mahoney for sharing the last three links above. Excellent “geek of the week” shares. 🙂

I shared posterous (as a way to post rich-media online using just email) as well as the Interactive Fruit Machine (a site you can use to select random names from a list you enter.) H/T to the instructional tech department at Oklahoma City Public Schools for sharing this last link at Tech Day last week in OKC! Now it’s been shared with 150 Kansas teachers in Colby, as well as readers here. Good stuff! 🙂

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