Quizlet

08/14/2009

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Quizlet allows students to study vocabulary words, create and share flashcards, and participate in interactive learning modes.  Students have the option of working and studying independently or with a group.  Additionally, students have access to a discussion box which allows him/her to chat with fellow classmates and group members.

The five different Quizlet study modes are:
  1. Familiarize Mode-basic flashcards that shows one or both sides of a flashcard
  2. Learn Mode-provides a word and you have to type in a corresponding term or definition. 
  3. Test Mode-customizable test choices (multiple choice, true false, matching, & written questions)
  4. Play Scatter-game where you pick up and move terms onto the corresponding definition
  5. Space Race-game where you type in the word before the corresponding word disappears
 

neoK12

08/14/2009

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If you haven’t heard about neoK12, this is the time to check out this cool site.  NeoK12 catalogs the best free online educational videos from the Internet into one site.  Each video is reviewed for content accuracy, tagged for age appropriateness, and cataloged into relevant categories and topics.  This site is 100% kid safe and have been viewed by K12 teachers.  NeoK12 is a great tool for any grade and classroom.  There are hundreds of videos related to science, social studies, math, English, arts, music and sports.  NeoK12 has over 2400 education videos that span over 130 different topics.  Teachers can create and share their own dashboard and bookmark their favorite videos and playlists.  NeoK12 is a site worth checking out!  Did I mention this site is totally free?
 

Raylit

08/14/2009

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Raylit is a great site for early childhood educators and parents who want to entertain and educate children through interactive games, videos and fun activities.  The focus of Raylit is to offer an engaging learning environment using computer technology.  The sessions guide children (ages 3-7) through each lesson, speak to them by name, teach age-appropriate concepts, promote good habits, and positive behavior.  It is easy to use and only requires the use of a computer mouse.  Raylit has a plethora of educational games and videos that include:

Analytical games and puzzles
Math
Science
Music, rhymes and stories
Phonics, reading and writing
Good habits

Raylit offers a limited amount of free sessions.  If you want to join, each session will cost $.50 each.

 

Footnote

08/13/2009

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For all those History teachers out there, if you haven’t checkout out Footnote, this is the time!  Footnote is a site that offers original historical documents in conjunction with social networking.  All the documents relate to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, US Presidents, historical newspapers and much more.  In addition, users can share their thoughts and ideas.  Footnote is part free and part subscription.  With the free service, users can:
  • create their own page
  • search & browse images
  • spotlight images & documents
  • upload images to their gallery
  • annotate member images
  • upload, annotate and print your own images
  • View and search member images
Not all documents on Footnote are available with the basic-free membership.   A few of the free documents include names of people, places and topics such as:
  • US Milestone Documents-documents that created American history
  • Papers of the Continental Congress-Official records of the colonies and early US
  • Constitutional Convention Records-records from the US Constitution
  • Copy Books of George Washington’s Correspondence-events during Washington’s years as president
 
 
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Yaca Paca is a free e-learning platform created for teachers to use as an assessment tool.  The two main functions are to create quizzes/tests and ePortfolios.  Yaca Paca can be used for reading comprehension, self evaluation, assessment, improve writing and so much more.

Teachers can...

·         Create quizzes and tests
·         Give and grade assignments/projects
·         Issue grades and provide feedback
·         Assess individual and group grades

Students can...
·         Personalize their own ePortfolio
·         Upload assignments
·         Take tests and quizzes
·         Receive grades

Parents can...
·         Stay up to date with their child’s progress
·         Provide feedback

 
 
Mashface is a fun way to take images and mash it up a bit.  It is a cool tool and is easy to use.  All you do is choose a photo, record your mouth, eyes, etc., mash it and share.  Teachers and students can use this to record famous quotes, poems, stories, and so much more.  One warning...the site contains some scary images that may not be suitable for young children. 

Check out a Mash Face example below.
 

Capzles

08/10/2009

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Using timelines as a teaching and learning tool has been a part of classrooms for many years.  It is a terrific way to connect history and time.  Students can research topics/events, find images, collaborate, share and publish timelines on a classroom blog, wiki, or web page. There are a variety of different timeline makers on the Internet to fit any classroom need.  One of my favorite (and free) Web 2.0 tools is Capzles.  Capzles is a way to tell a story or an event using videos, images, mp3s, and blogs with a flash interface. Students can add a personal touch by selecting backgrounds, colors, themes, and music.  It is easy to use and can be integrated in all subject and grade levels.  Students can use timelines to tell a story, discuss major events in history, use as a presentation tool and much more. 

Take a look at Capzles.  There are a variety of great examples and ideas.  This Obama Capzle is one that really plays on Capzles different tools.

For additional information about timelines, check out our class Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0 e-book.
 
 


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Last week I was introduced to a great site for teachers and students called Glogster.  If you haven't heard about this cool way to integrate digital posters in teaching and learning, you must check out this awesome Web 2.0 tool.  Glogster allows students to collaborate, create, and share online posters.  You can insert text, graphics, images, video, and sound.  Teachers can register for their own virtual classroom and host up to 200 students.  I could go on and on but Gloster created a very informative SlideShare presentation with everything you want to know about digital poster making and much more.  Check it out...

 
 
Pixton offers a virtual classroom where students can create and share digital comics.  This tool is easy to use and can cover a wide ranges of content areas, learning styles, and grade levels.  Teachers can try out Pixton free for 14 days (enough time to do a small group or individual project).  The virtual classroom enable teachers and students to go into their private virtual classroom to create and interact in a safe and secure environment.  Teachers can tailor their room to student needs and create an unlimited number of comics.  If you need lesson plan ideas, don't fret...Pixton has a lesson plan bank to fit all your needs. 

Pixton's easy-to-use comic editor consists of clicking and dragging content and images into a 3-panel or an epic comic up to 12 rows long.  This tool even allows you to move your comic character into any pose and facial expression and remix the comics you already created. 

Comics can be created to make visual essays, storyboards, and characters.  It is also a great way to reinterpret stories and historical events.  Pixton comics can be printed or embedded in blogs, wikis, websites, and e-portfolios. 
 
 
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My Tuxpi Example
Tuxpi is a great photo tool that allows students and teachers to apply photo effects.   Want to promote visual literacy in your classroom?  Here is an easy and free way to start!  With Tuxpi, you can create motivational posters, postage stamps, wanted posters, pop art, speech bubbles and many fun effects.  Students have the opportunity to communicate an idea about the subject they are studying.  Anyone can use Tuxpi to celebrate a historical event, visually define a concept/topic, identify a famous scientist, or identify a significant place or theme.   

Tuxpi is very easy to use and can be incorporated in the K-12 classroom.  All you do is select the effect you want to use, upload your image, and you are ready to save.  This 1-click tool is worth checking out!