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Twitter Tuesday – October 18th

Next year the new Technology Application TEKS go into effect.  In reading through them I have begun to pick out areas I think my campus needs help in getting ready for the new TEKS.   One of these strands is:

Communication and collaboration. The student collaborates and communicates both locally and globally to reinforce and promote learning. The student is expected to:

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(A) participate in personal learning networks to collaborate with peers, experts, or others using digital tools such as blogs, wikis, audio/video communication, or other emerging technologies;

(A) create personal learning networks to collaborate and publish with peers, experts, or others using digital tools such as blogs, wikis, audio/video communication, or other emerging technologies; (A) create and manage personal learning networks to collaborate and publish with peers, experts, or others using digital tools such as blogs, wikis, audio/video communication, or other emerging technologies;

With this in mind I have put together this week’s Twitter Tuesday list to include resources to remind us why these tools are important:

10 Reasons Students Should Blog:
JamiciaCroskery: RT @edutopia: Worth a read: RT @pernilleripp: Why Students Should Blog – My Top 10 #edtech

Why Wikis Still Matter
RT @Kerry_EasyBib: Why Wikis Still Matter via @AudreyWatters #edchat #edtech #edducation #elearning

Twitter in the Classroom:
TeachHub: 50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom #edchat #teachertuesday

Math Channel on YouTube Worth Checking Out
TLC_edu: Top Math YouTube Channels For All Ages – #edchat #mathchat


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Twitter Tuesdays – September 13th

Resources and Ideas:  Contains many useful websites and tips for educators using technology.  Recent posts include google docs tips, September 11th resources, and 3-D tours of the solar system.

@IanBurley31  – Wow, what a great tech resource, of tech resources!! #edtech #educhat #soudhs

Library of Congress –This is a list of 10 fun things you can do at their website including virtual tours, trivia games, podcasts, webcasts, photos , science mysteries,  and catch online e3xhibits.

@sheconsulting  10 Things U Can Do 4 Fun & Learning On The Library Of Congress Online via @Zite RT @nmhs_principal #edu #edtech

StudyJams – these contain Math and Science concepts that students can explore with video, explanation slides and check for understanding opportunities.  These are from scholastic and are well done!   Some may be too basic, but many are appropriate for middle school.

@MsThomas79 Fractions: Here is the video from Scholastic’s Study Jams we viewed in class today and some inte… #edchat #edtech

Storybird – students can publish their writings or create books to explain a concept with Storybird.  This blog post explores ways two teachers have incorporated this tools into their teaching.

@gret New Teacher Boot Camp Fall Re-Boot:Week 3 Using Storybird #ntchat by @teachingwthsoul #edchat

YouTube – “Last month, 16 teachers from across the country got together at Google’s Seattle office for the YouTube Teachers Studio — a sort of bootcamp to learn how to best use YouTube in the classroom.”  Contains 5 great videos that show what YouTube has to offer and why these types of videos are worth using.

@stem_high  5 reasons to use YouTube in the classroom 5 reasons to use YouTube in the classroom – #edtech #edchat

Wikispaces – New tool – set up projects in your wiki – worth taking a second look at wikispaces for use with students!

@geraldaungst I discovered Projects in my wiki today and am psyched! Brilliant! Thank you @wikispaces!

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Collaboration Beyond the School Walls

I was reading a friend’s blog recently, explaining how to make good use of your summer.  One of the ideas was to explore projects with other schools in other areas.  That started me thinking – telecollaboration has been around for a while, but not until recently has it been made so easy.  Connecting with other schools is easy with the aide of wikis, blogs, email, skype, etc.  Our students are already linking with all sorts of people around the globe through facebook, myspace, gaming sites, etc.  Some of this is good and some not so good.  But the idea of linking and working with other groups is an irristeable hook  for our already connected students.

So how do you do it and where do you begin?  Start with asking yourself a few questions:

  • What do you hope to gain through the project? 
  • What learning is going to take place? 
  • Is approaching the subject matter this way going to add to what students need to learn or just distract from it?
  • Do you have the time, support, and equipment needed to make it happen?

Here are a few good links to get you started. 

  • About Telecollaborative Projects –  a basic overview of telecollaboration
  • Telecollaborate! -step by step details on how to plan, create and implement a project
  • Links to Current Projects – lists various running projects.  Some are closed for the year, but a good place when looking for ideas.
  • 2Learn – Requires a registration to gain access to project resources and tools.
  • ePals– Emailing another classroom through epals is a good starting point

Do you have any ideas?  Anything holding you back? 

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Marzano and Web 2.0 – What more could a girl ask for?

I have been a fan of Robert Marzano’s work since I read Classroom Instruction that Works  several years ago.  He broke down what teachers could do into doable “chunks” with research to prove that it works.  I have designed staff development around this model for years and incorporated my CRISS trainings to include this research.  So image my excitement when I discovered this wiki : Web 2.0 That Works!

According to Marzano’s research there are 9 Key areas for Classroom Instruction to focus on:

  • Identifying Similarities and Differences
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Summarizing and Note-Taking
  • Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
  • Homework and Practice
  • Non-linguistic Representation
  • Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
  • Generating and Testing Hypotheses
  • Questions, Cues and Advance Organizers

The wiki gives the basic info about each area, lists tools that address that area and gives examples of these tools being used by teachers and students.  The difference between this and a regular web page is that a web page is static for the most part with one “expert” author, this allows any of us to add in new tools and to share our examples with other educators.  This is also a great place to check out some web 2.0 tools that you have not heard about before.

So what categories does blogging fit in?  Identifying Similarities and Differences, Cooperative Learning, Summarizing and Note-Taking, Homework and Practice, Generating and Testing Hypotheses, Questions, Cues and Advance Organizers

What other topics in education could you see wikis being used to help collaboration?  Do you see a benefit of having multiple authors on resource?  Do you trust the information?

Edited to add in this resource: – “Many teachers are asking how technology can be integrated with these strategies to improve student learning.  Click on the links (each bar of the graph below) to review those strategies and see examples and templates to support technology integration.”

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Wikis -The Basics

What is a Wiki?  And What does Wiki Mean? 

Wiki wiki is hawaiian for “quick” so a wiki is a quick method of web publication that requires no web coding skills.  It is also an excellent way to collaborate online with people not all in the same room.  Watch the video below for a great visual explanation.

Why use wikis?

They are easy and free!  Wikis are great for quick publication, collaboration, peer feedback, editing/refinement and organizing.

How are teachers using them?  We covered some of them in the post of “It’s a Wiki Wiki World Update”.  Here are a few more ideas:

  • Story Starters – round robin writing
  • Book Creation
  • Choose Your Own Adventure
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Micropedias
  • Ant Farms – people/characters – whose paths cross at certain points and the reader can then click over to the new person
  • Branching Stories
  • Elaboration
  • Class Notes
  • Class/Teacher Web site
  • WebQuest Host page
  • Ready to Begin?

    Here is a quick start guide for the most common tasks in wikis:  Wikis-The Basics

    So to get started I recommend– They offer free ad-free spaces for educational wikis. 

    Just want a place to play around? We have a sandbox wiki that you can change any page, add your own content or just look around. – Just be warned that anything you do can be changed by someone else.   

    Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

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