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.
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://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.