Happy Websites :)

On October 23, I attended a massive online presentation put on by Discovery Education.  The sessions were super informative, as too were the discussions happening in the chatroom.  Check this out:  Discovery Education Session Archives

I attended Hall Davidson’s Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Video – and Two You Did; a short presentation by Tally Berkheart on picture stories (http://tinyurl.com/2ey7wo9 example of a photostory); and Kyle Schutt’s Digital Media, Formative Assessment, and the 21st Century Classroom. 

Websites:

http://www.livephysics.com/ – A great resource website for teachers & students.  Live Physics focuses on “physics, science, space and technology news”.  Definitely a cool site for science teachers!

Streaming Video Tools: http://gik.com and http://dirpy.com -> I don’t know much about streaming videos, but these two sites were highly recommended.  What I got from it – instead of streaming videos live in class, with the risk of the videos not working, these tools allow teachers & students to download a section of the video (or the video itself), save it, and embed it into a powerpoint presentation.

http://yttm.tv/ – Awesome site!!  Travel through time & check out videos from 1860 – 2010.  What a great site for history teachers.  Remind your students they could embed these videos into a power point presentation 🙂

http://blabberize.com/  Blabberize a video?  I found this website after the presentation becuase I didn’t understand what “babberizing” was.  Really cool though – esp. for younger grades.  Take a picture & make it talk!  A history project would definitely be more fun if you could put words in Sir John A.’s mouth. 

http://scribblemaps.com/  Map creater for geography activities

http://voicethread.com/ Voice thread is a really cool tool for teachers & students – voice thread could actually save students a lot of at home confusion.  The way it works, record a video (or take a video already recorded), record your voice ontop of the video & if you want draw on the video as you go.  How could this save homework frustration?  If your students are at home & need to review a lesson & you’ve recorded a voicethread & uploaded it onto your class wikispace – click!  your students can re-watch the lesson & learn!

www.qik.com A new way to share live video via internet or mobile phones

http://www.khanacademy.org/  Is a really cool website for the math wiz.  The purpose of the website, you’ll see is to help students with different sections of subject content. 

http://www.xtramath.org/ Another math site for students – registration required. 

http://www.wallwisher.com/  “A new way to communicate” – wallwisher allows you (wihout registration) to create a wall.  Check out the demo wall I made – leave a note!  http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/teacherdemo

http://www.glogster.com/ Poster yourself!  You can link video, audio, images & texts.  A great idea for class projects.  http://edu.glogster.com/ – for teachers

http://reading.ecb.org/teacher/index.html A great site for teachers – although surrently under construction, there is a section for students too.  This site has great ideas for laying out your classroom & a full section dedicated to learning strategies.  Definitely check this one out!

Another option for teachers is becoming a DEN Star.  A DENStar allows teacher access to Progress Zone .  Progress Zone is a new & improved form of assessment.  Progress Zone allows teachers to create (optional) online mini quizzes that provide teacher & student feedback.  Progress Zone quizzes can be linked right onto the class wikispace. 

I know that if you’re reading this you’ve likely has heard of wikispaces, but I’m including this as a website because Kyle Schutt promoted class wikispaces so much, that I feel it would be a disservice to not pass on this great idea.  A wikispace is a great idea for a class because it provides a digitial platform for the classroom.  Why do we need a digital platform?  Because it allows for accessibility & communication.   With a class wikispace, students will be able to access class information 24/7 & parents will also be able to better communicate with the teacher & understand what’s going on in their child’s class. 

Overall GREAT sessions.  A ton of websites.  And one very long blog.

2 thoughts on “Happy Websites :)

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  2. There are some awesome websites here, I especially like the wallwisher. That is an awesome tool for students who don’t like to ask questions in front of everyone!

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