Reaching the Digital Native Generation—Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Student Participation, Motivation and Retention of Concepts Michelle Halvorsen Texas School for the Deaf, Austin NABT Conference Friday November 5, 2010
Animoto • FREE all-access for educators • Creates movies of your pictures • Can upload pictures, movies or PPT slides saved as jpeg files • Can use for ANY topic and most any grade level • After signing up you will be sent a code, then each student can create an account and enter that code to get their all access account
Animoto Demo • Let’s try it! • Everyone go to http://animoto.com/education and apply for educator access. Sign up with your school information, since this will create an education account for you. Then, click sign up and create an account with your exact same information. You should immediately have limited access, but won’t receive the code for you and your students for a few weeks. • If you just want to try it out for today, you may want to create a personal account with your personal email, which will give you limited access. Then, if you like it, you can apply for educator access later using your work email.
Animoto Demo • Once you are signed up, click the blue “Create Video” button • Click on the style of video you prefer • Click “Create Video”
Animoto Demo • Verify that this is the style you want and click “Create Video” • Click on “select from our collection” (if you have personal photos you want to use, choose “upload from your computer”)
Animoto Demo Continued • Click on Images to see their image collection • Choose the collection you want to view and then select some images from their collection (click the open apple button on a Mac to select more than one picture at a time) • Click Done when you have selected all your photos
Animoto Demo Continued • Click on the large T to add text. Make a title slide and click done when satisfied with your title. • Click Done to move onto to step 2—select your music. Pick a song from their collection and click “Save and Continue” when ready.
Animoto Demo Continued • Click “Continue”. Type in your customized data, then click “Create Video”. • You will receive an email when your video is complete. At that point, you can save it to your laptop or post it to a website.
Adding PPT Slides to Animoto • Create your PPT slides. • When you’re done, click on “File” and choose “Save as Pictures” • This will convert your PPT slides into jpeg files (each slide will convert to its own picture). • You will also want to save the PPT as a PPT, in case you need to make changes later. • Then, go into Animoto and choose to upload pictures from your computer. You can then choose your PPT slide picture files.
Animoto Share Time • How can you picture using this in your classroom? • What questions do you have?
Mixbook • Digital bookmaking site to showcase knowledge on a topic • Students develop books that can be viewed online and/or printed (educators receive a large discount) • Accounts are free, students must be above age 13 to create their own account • Upload high resolution photos (or find high resolution photos online), use backgrounds, stickers, and text to create a book on a topic • Can make them public or private
Mixbook Example • http://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/education/fall-4941886?key=1697d64801ce4908e53b73e142b124d92885171a&siid=1291588&utm_campaign=share_project&utm_medium=email&utm_source=MixbookMailer
Mixbook Demo • Let’s try it! • Go to www.mixbook.com • Click on “Signup” to create an account • Once your account is ready, click on “Create one now” to start making a mixbook • Fill out the basics, only the title is required • Set your permissions level (default is only your friends). **Can invite contributors for group projects or a class book.**
Mixbook Demo • Select the size (if you are not printing, the size does not matter-so pick any size) • Choose a theme if you find an appropriate one, otherwise you can do a blank canvas • Next upload your photos, when you are finished selecting images then close the photo upload screen (remember to use only higher resolution photos) • Select your background (recommended or just a solid color)—several to choose and you can add more text boxes if you choose
Mixbook Demo • Now, add your photos, text and any stickers to your pages. • You can edit photos within the program • When complete, publish the book so it can be linked or embedded. Click “Publish” on the editor page and select “Publish and Share” • Once published, the online book can be seen by those people you select • You can also share your mixbook via email, url, or by embedding the code on a blog or wiki
Mixbook Share Time • How can you picture using this in your classroom? • What questions do you have?
Wordle • Create Word Clouds • Great story starters • Good way to intro a topic • Different way to do a quick end to a unit • Fun way to decorate hallways or your classroom • http://www.wordle.net/
Wordle • To create, you copy and paste a text into the Wordle website and it will generate a text cloud for you. • You can create the text yourself, using words you wish, or copy and paste from an existing text. • Wordle will make words that appear more often more prominent.
Wordle Demo • Go to http://www.wordle.net/ • Click on “Create” • Type in words (where it says “Paste in a bunch of text” about yourself, remember to type in important words multiple times.) • When ready, click on submit • If you don’t like the arrangement, click on “randomize” to get a different layout. Or click on the buttons to change the font and/or colors.
Wordle Share Time • How can you picture using this in your classroom? • What questions do you have?
Glogster • Interactive “posters” students can create online to demonstrate knowledge on any topic • You can imbed text, pictures, links, videos • Very creative way for students to show their expertise on a topic • Great for end of unit projects and book reports • Edu basic version is FREE! • http://edu.glogster.com/
Glogster Demo • Go to http://edu.glogster.com/ • Register for your free account • Play around with glogster to create a glog about yourself or a glog about a topic you teach
Glogster Share Time • How can you picture using this in your classroom? • What questions do you have?
Other Helpful Web 2.0 Tools You May Want to Explore • Assign-A-Day website (online calendar that you can post assignments and other important announcements too): http://assignaday.4teachers.org/ • Puzzlemaker from Discovery: http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/ • Xtimeline—create free timelines online: http://www.xtimeline.com/ • Suggestions for Blogs: http://wordpress.com/ or https://www.blogger.com/start
More Web 2.0 Tools • Create Graphs at this very kid-friendly website: http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx
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