My admiration for bloggers grows. It’s been over a year since I’ve written anything here. How do they do it?
This week I attended the NYSCATE conference in Rochester, NY. One of our high school assistant principals went with me and it was wonderful to see the conference through fresh eyes. We tried to attend different sessions and then compare notes but the one session I wanted us both to attend was the Cool Tools Duel with David Jakes (@djakes) and Brian Smith (@briancsmith). What a delight to see two professionals sharing, sparring, laughing, kidding and teaching. Today I was able to share one of the tools, zooburst.com, with a teacher. She is inspired and pushing me to find the webcam she needs. It feels good when you learn and then find someone who you can teach and know that students will benefit.
Finally got on board with an iTouch and have been exploring the free section of iTunes. Learned how to set up an account without a credit card so no chance of overspending in a moment of “gotta have”. Just discovered the Brain Pop app. Moby and Tim share a video and quiz daily and you can access all the other free videos too. I got to meet Moby at ISTE this year in Denver. Be sure to check out the site and see if the app is for you.
Just learned about yet another Google tool. Use Google Squared when you want to compare in a list. For example: National Parks or perhaps trees, presidents, or countries. As Steve Anderson says: a great place to start with research. See his post, 5 Sites to Explore this Year to learn about Wallwisher, EduGlogster, Diigo and Creative Commons. For those of you on Twitter, follow @web20classroom to get all of Steve’s updates.
Would love to hear about your lessons with these tools!
Finding copyright free photographs for projects in PhotoStory can be a challenge. As professionals we strive to make students cognizant of the rights of photographers. The photographer at Public Domain Photos offers his copyright free. Also this site, the National Education Network Gallery, offers great shots from the UK. The new interface at Google is enticing, but if we allow students to use Google images for a quick photo, we need to remind them that rights to those can vary widely. Another alternative might be for teacher-photographers to build a site with their own photos. Here’s one from my trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. What sites do you use for photographs?
8/6: Twitter stream just reminded me of this wiki from Joyce Valenza with copyright friendly sources.
Much of my professional development (PD) happens during breakfast. Each morning I read through my Twitter feed with my bowl of oatmeal. One consistant part of my morning is always Shelly Terrell. I’ve never met Shelly but every morning she teaches me through her posts loaded with links, @, hashtags and ideas.
Watch her video below, find your reason to connect.
Bookmarking with Delicious. I can’t imagine doing my job without it. If you are new to Web 2.0 tools, this is the one you must try first. Delicious keeps all your “favorites” online so you can view them anywhere. Just having that should be enough but bookmarking is so much more.
Start by making an account. My user name is hchaves so go to www.delicious.com/hchaves to find my bookmarks. An important part of bookmarking is the use of tags. Tags help you put bookmarks into categories. I like to tag my bookmarks with elementary or secondary if they are for the classroom. Then I use subject tags. Since I’m passionate about digital citizenship, you can see that I frequently use that tag.
The social part of bookmarking involves having a network. You can easily see what they have been bookmarking and save any you like as well.
Next time you are looking for a good website on a topic, go to Delicious first, search websites already vetted by others.
Want to know more? Watch Bookmarking in Plain English from Common Craft.
If you are on delicious, add your name in the comments and let’s build our networks!
Have spent several evenings working on my presentation called Blending Values and Actions with Digital Citizenship Elements. I so admire the work of Mike Ribble for articulating a framework for this important topic. Also too appreciate the video Digital Dossier which clearly shows the prevalence of the digital world in our lives. As each of us uses the tools of Web 2.0 the need to thoughtfully consider our online footprint is vital. How do you use Facebook, Twitter and other social media? What do you do when you see someone post something inappropriate or unprofessional? How do you promote and model Digital Citizenship?
Just completed our first day of Leadership Camp 2009. Our topic was Twitter. To see the outline for the workshop go to http://lcsdmentor.wikispaces.com/twitter
Only have a few minutes? Watch this video from Common Craft. If the video does not show below go directly to http://www.commoncraft.com/twitter
I say it’s all about who you follow! I’m chavesh. Feel free to see who I follow or leave a comment here with your Twitter name for me to follow you.
So much to share from the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) which I attended in Washington, DC this week. Here is one site which lists by use multiple Web 2.0 tools.
Notice how it looks different from other wikispaces? The author used a tool at wix.com to make the interface. I want to learn that too!
NECC was so much more than tools. Lots of discussion about how education is changing and how we must adapt. Looking forward sharing at my Leadership Camp 2009 workshop August 18 and 19. Hope some of my readers can attend.