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Web 2 0 tools for the grade 4 6 classroom

Web 2.0 Tools for the Grade 4-6 Classroom

Kim Peacock, B.Ed., M.Ed.

University of Alberta

A quick poll
A Quick Poll…

  • Are you willing to shift your thinking about some technology tools in your classrooms?

  • http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTExOTk0NTIxNzA


  • Classroom project ideas

  • Tool is conducive to classroom SmartBoard use

A note about smartboards
A Note About SmartBoards

  • Smart Technologies Web Site: Online tutorials, live training, recorded sessions and more. There is training here for every learning preference. http://smarttech.com/trainingcenter/

My personal philosophy of pd
My Personal Philosophy of PD…




Project based learning
Project Based Learning

  • Authentic learning experiences

  • Grounded in critical thinking

  • Well scaffolded

  • Student-centric but teacher-dependent

  • Firmly grounded in the curriculum

  • Cross-curricular

  • Example:http://www.ltspaces.com/geothentic/http://www.polarhusky.com

Web 2 0 is here
Web 2.0 Is Here…

  • You are probably already using Web 2.0 tools in your day-to-day online life:

  • Facebook

  • Blogs

  • Wikipedia

  • Flickr/Picassa/etc…

What are web applications
What Are Web Applications?

  • Allow you to perform tasks or create objects without software.

  • Often known as “Web 2.0” applications.

  • Often have an element of social interaction.

  • Accessible from anywhere.

  • Usually FREE!

The web 2 0 lexicon
The Web 2.0 Lexicon

  • RSS feeds

  • Tags

  • Folksonomy

  • Mash-Ups

  • Widgets

  • AJAX


  • Applications go up and down.

  • Applications get bought out.

  • Web applications sometimes allow students to interact with other people online. Most tools have privacy settings to keep minors safe.

  • Students’ privacy should be considered. Some tools can be completely private, but others not.


  • Applications may create thing that can’t leave the confines of the particular web site (e.g./ can’t be downloaded to a disc/dvd/etc…)

  • Students with computers at home may get to spend more time on projects than students without since it’s easily accessible.


  • Consider room setup.

  • Consider privacy settings.

  • Consider parental permission.

  • Consider school/district technology policy.

  • Consider e-mail addresses and sign-up logistics.

A note on blocking
A Note On Blocking

  • Some Web 2.0 sites may be blocked at your school… you can sometimes get around this.

  • Submit a request to your technology department.

  • Provide a pedagogical justification for the site to be unblocked at your school during a certain period of time.

  • Describe how you will keep students safe.


  • Ottobib: Create bibliographic references using ISBN numbers.http://ottobib.com/

  • Trailfire: Create a paththrough the Internet and annotate web pages.http://trailfire.com/

  • Snipd: Copy and archive web content.http://snipd.com


  • BubbleComments: Video annotations of web sites.http://www.bubblecomment.com/

  • Zoho Notebook: Multimedia texts incorporating images, video, text, sound and more.http://notebook.zoho.com/


  • Have students create a trail of good quality research resources.

  • Have students use bubble comments tocomment on newsarticles.

  • Have students create a“historic scrapbook” or “personal goals scrapbook” in Zoho Notebook.


  • Google Bookmarks: Non-social bookmarkinghttp://www.google.com/bookmarks

  • Del.icio.us: Social bookmarkinghttp://del.icio.us

Rss feeds
RSS Feeds

  • Google Reader: Subscribe to feeds and write your own notes.http://www.google.com/reader/

  • Google Alerts: Get emails sent to you on any topic.http://www.google.com/alerts

Rss and widgets
RSS and Widgets

  • iGoogle: Add widgets to your start page. http://www.igoogle.com

  • Protopages: Highly customizable widgets.http://www.protopage.comStudent Sample: http://www.protopage.com/yzerman19

Mind mapping
Mind Mapping

  • Bubbl.us: Collaborative mind mappinghttp://bubbl.us/edit.php

  • Gliffy: Collaborative mind mappinghttp://www.gliffy.com

  • Mindmeister: Collaborative Mind Mappinghttp://www.mindmeister.com/

  • Mindomo: Software interactive mind mappinghttp://mindomo.com/

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Mind Mapping

  • Exploratree: Thinking Guideshttp://www.exploratree.org.uk/

  • Text2MindMap: For students who prefer text.http://www.text2mindmap.com/

  • Mappio: Large online archive of mind maps.http://mappio.com/

Social networking
Social Networking

  • MyNoteIt: Collaborative classroom noteshttp://www.mynoteit.com/

  • Ning: Create a closed social network for your class.http://www.ning.com

Podcasts and vidcasts
Podcasts and Vidcasts

  • Pod-O-Matic: Find and create podcastshttp://www.podomatic.com/

  • Yodio: Podcast from any phone or the webhttp://www.yodio.com/

  • Talkshoe: Podcasting and Audio Discussion Forumshttp://www.talkshoe.com/

  • Talkr: Blog to Podcast converterhttp://new.talkr.com

  • Student Podcast Samples:

    • http://dreamextreme.us/podcast/

    • http://thedowns.edublogs.org/category/podcasting/

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Podcasts and Vidcasts

  • Teacher Tube: An online video archive like YouTube but safe for the classroom.http://www.teachertube.com/

  • Ustream: Create a live feed of a school event.http://www.ustream.tv/

  • Student Vidcast Samples:http://www.kid-cast.com/wordpress/?cat=12

Podcasts and vidcasts2
Podcasts and Vidcasts

  • Make a podcast for http://www.kid-cast.com/

  • Create an “Our City” Podcast forhttp://www.learninginhand.com/OurCity/

  • Do a weekly class podcast as a review/newsletter. http://bobsprankle.com/podcasts/room208vidcast.mp4

  • Create a “captain’s log” of a famous historic voyage.

  • Make a series of vidcaststo promote DPA (stretches, exercises, etc…)

  • Create a series of podcast book reviews.

Podcasts and vidcasts3
Podcasts and Vidcasts

  • Create an old fashioned radio play.

  • Create a pod/vidcast debate online.

  • Have students create a podcast dictionary of vocabulary words.

  • Have students create a series of vidcasts solving different kids ofmath problems.

  • Have students summarizecurrent events once a week.

Chatting and discussion
Chatting and Discussion

  • Chatzy: Free private chat rooms.http://www.chatzy.com/

  • Chatango: Add chat to any web page (blog, wiki, etc…)http://chatango.com/

  • Lefora: Free forum hosting.http://www.lefora.com/

Online conferencing
Online Conferencing

  • DimDim: Free online web conferencing. Useful for classes, meetings, etc… 20 person limit. http://dimdim.com/

  • Elluminate: Alberta based company with “three for free” in a room. http://www.elluminate.com


  • Screencast-O-Matic: Capture and post what’s on your computer screen.http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

  • Examples:

    • Assessment / Peer Feedbackhttp://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/ciQZXIgH

    • Instructional Contenthttp://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/ciQlh3Ap


  • GoView: Record and edit your screen captureshttp://goview.com/

  • Sketchcast: Capture and post what’s on your tablet or SmartBoard.http://sketchcast.com/

  • Screentoaster: Record screen captures and upload to YouTube and other sites.http://www.screentoaster.com/


  • Use Sketchcast to capture and post class notes online quickly.

  • Use Screencast-o-Matic to create an archive of extra credit work that can be used year after year.

  • Use Screencast-o-Matic to orally assess student work

  • Use either to create videos for parents so that they can help their child with homework.

  • Use Sketchcast to help assess student difficulties in areas like problem solving (have students talk through their work).

Presentations productivity
Presentations & Productivity

  • Google Documents: Create presentations from anywhere.http://docs.google.com/

  • Sliderocket: Make impressivelooking presentations online.http://www.sliderocket.com/

  • Zuiprezi: Non-linear presentationshttp://zuiprezi.com/

  • SPresent: High quality flash presentations http://www.spresent.com/v2/

  • Slideshare: Share presentations you’ve already made.http://www.slideshare.net/

Productivity suites
Productivity Suites

  • Google Docs: Write, share and edit documents online. (Video)http://docs.google.com/

  • Zoho: An alternative to Google Docs. More features and more complex. http://www.zoho.com/

Blogs and wikis
Blogs and Wikis

  • What are blogs and wikis?

  • Blog Tools

    • http://www.blogger.com/

    • http://www.21classes.com/

  • Wiki tools

    • http://www.wikispaces.com

    • http://www.pbwiki.com

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Blogs and Wikis

  • Class Blogs http://www.balla.ecsd.net/http://www.bobsprankle.com/blog/

  • Class Wikishttp://stratford78logos0607.pbwiki.com/http://terrythetennisball.wikispaces.com/

  • School Wikihttp://meyokumin.wikispaces.com/

Blogs and wikis2
Blogs and Wikis

  • Create a blog from thepoint of view of a historicfigure.

  • Create a blog to track observations about a classroom pet.

  • Use a wiki to write a class“choose-your-own-adventure”.

  • Use a wiki to showcase student work to parents.

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Blogs and Wikis

  • Use either as a portfolioof student work. Allowparents to join your blogor wiki so that they can comment and provide feedback to students.

  • Have students do scribe posts to summarize instructional content.http://edubuzz.org/blogs/s3scribeposts/

  • http://816math.blogspot.com/2006/11/scribe-post-november-1-2006.html

Cartoons and comic books
Cartoons and Comic Books

  • Pikistrips: Create comic books using photoshttp://pikistrips.com/

  • ToonDoo: Create online comic books from scratch.http://toondoo.com/Home.do

  • BubbleSnaps: Upload images and annotate them with text bubbles.http://www.bubblesnaps.com

  • Toonlet: Create a character and write simple texthttp://toonlet.com

Cartoons and comic books1
Cartoons and Comic Books

  • Reasons for Explorationhttp://www.toondoo.com/toondoo/ViewBook.toon?bookid=12301

  • The Importance of Squantohttp://www.toondoo.com/toondoo/ViewBook.toon?bookid=11741

  • Prince Henry’s Contributions http://www.toondoo.com/toondoo/ViewBook.toon?bookid=11706

Web spaces
Web Spaces

  • Google Sites: More in depthhttp://sites.google.com/Sample: http://sites.google.com/a/googleclassrooms.org/mrs-richau/Home

  • ThinkQuest: Online Learning Projectshttp://www.thinkquest.org/en/projects/index.html

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Web Spaces

  • Other free web page apps…http://www.wix.com/http://www.weebly.com/http://www.jimdo.com/http://www.synthasite.com/


  • Be safe and legal… use copyright free items.

  • Photos:

    • http://yotophoto.com/

    • http://www.sxc.hu/

    • http://www.wikimedia.org

    • http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/

    • http://www.stockvault.net/

    • http://www.imageafter.com/

    • http://pdphoto.org/

    • http://www.pixelperfectdigital.com/


  • Sounds: http://www.freeplaymusic.com

  • Videos: http://www.archive.org

  • More: Directory of web site with legal content for schools and companies to use.http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Category:Content_Directory

Flickr and digital photography
Flickr and Digital Photography

  • Flickr is a useful toolthat allows you toupload and annotateimages that can bemade either public or private.

  • Flickr Noteshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/stratfordschooledmonton/384040545/

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Flickr and Digital Photography

  • Flickr can be used forstoryboarding or evenvisual storytelling.

  • Flickr Storieshttp://www.flickr.com/groups/sixwordstory/discuss/72157601185227439/

  • Five Frame Flickr Storyhttp://flickr.com/groups/visualstory/

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Flickr and Digital Photography

  • Have students do aphoto scavenger huntof math or science concepts and have them upload and annotate the images on flickr.

  • Have students create an archive of writing prompts in Flickr and use the annotation tool to point out interesting questions or prompts.

Posters and visual representations
Posters and Visual Representations

  • Glogster: Create multimedia postershttp://www.glogster.com

  • Example: http://metro09.glogster.com/What-I-Like-About-Myself/?w1

  • BigHugeLabs: Make posters and other multimedia content with photos.http://bighugelabs.com

Video annotation
Video Annotation

  • Bubble Ply: Add bubbles and captions to videohttp://www.bubbleply.com/

  • Overstream: Add bubbles and captions to videohttp://www.overstream.net/

  • Examples:

    • Pop-up-videohttp://www.bubbleply.com/player.aspx?pid=b1bf700f-6f47-4364-9dd7-e413706860b9

    • Language/translation toolhttp://www.bubbleply.com/player.aspx?pid=EE1549C5-E35B-4F64-AA80-D4C1A220102F

  • Note that TeacherTube is a good alternative if YouTube is blocked.

Video annotation1
Video Annotation

  • Use video annotation to havestudents analyze speeches.

  • Use video annotation to havestudents express an opinion ona video or news clip.

  • Use video annotation for formative feedback for student work (e.g./ video recordings of PE).

  • Use video annotation to create an instructional video (with written in steps).

Map applications
Map Applications

  • Google Maps: Create unlimited maps with annotated locations.http://maps.google.ca

    • Example: http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=111008165444273296600.000465931a4b0b9fad889&t=h&z=2

  • Community Walk: Create maps with slightly more multimedia capability.http://www.communitywalk.com

    • Example: http://www.communitywalk.com/calgary/alberta/my_first_neighborhood/map/140666

Map applications1
Map Applications

  • Quickmaps: Annotate and mark up maps.http://quikmaps.com/new

  • YourGMap: Create maps with addresses or latitude/longitudes.http://www.yourgmap.com

Map applications2
Map Applications

  • Have students create a mapped journal of an historic trip.

  • Have students create a virtual field trip based on a class field trip.

  • Have students create a map of a science process (e.g./ where garbage goes or the path of a can as it goes to be recycled).

  • Have students complete a reflective health project, mapping places of importance in their life.


  • VoiceThread: Not really like anything else…http://voicethread.com/

  • Almost like a wiki/blog with audio… it allows users to annotate and expand images with voice recordings.

  • http://voicethread.com/share/407691/

  • http://voicethread.com/share/4973/


  • Create an oral history archive such as:http://www.ourvoices.ca/

  • If all of your students have internet access, do a daily homework question on Voicethread.

  • Have students create a talking storybook.

  • Look through the many examples of teacher projects already on Voicethread!http://voicethread.com/#q.b409

3d spaces
3D Spaces

  • Mapwing: Build and share virtual tourshttp://www.mapwing.com/

  • Example: St Joseph’s College (University of Alberta) Virtual Tourhttp://www.mapwing.com/explore/view_tour.php?t=IELIBsIwwYLNIsa

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3D Spaces

  • Photosynth: Create and view 3D virtual tours using photos.http://photosynth.net

  • SceneCaster: Create 3D web spaceshttp://www.scenecaster.com/

3d spaces2
3D Spaces

  • Have students create a virtual tour of the community using Mapwing.

  • Have students create an authentic ecosystem using SceneCaster.

  • Have students create a 3D tour of an important historic location in your town or city.

  • Have students create a scale mode of their bedroom in SceneCaster.

Interactive timelines
Interactive Timelines

  • xTimeline: Historic interactive timelines.http://www.xtimeline.com/index.aspx?t=5&l=en-US

  • Dipity: Interactive timelines with additional multimedia.http://www.dipity.com/

  • OurStory: Personal interactive timelines.http://www.ourstory.com/

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Interactive Timelines

  • Have students create a timeline of a scientific process (e.g./ the lifecycle of an animal).

  • Have students create a year plan for the goals they would like to achieve in your course.

  • Have students add to existing public timelines on xTimeline.

Image editing
Image Editing

  • Tool: Aviaryhttp://aviary.com/home

  • Tool: Picnikhttp://www.picnik.com/

  • Tool: FotoFlexerhttp://fotoflexer.com/

  • Tool: Splashuphttp://www.splashup.com/

Multimedia digital storytelling
Multimedia & Digital Storytelling

  • Pixorial: Create and edit video online.http://www.pixorial.com/

  • Motionbox: Create and edit video online.http://www.motionbox.com/

  • Jaycut: Create and edit video online.http://jaycut.com/

  • One True Media: Video montageshttp://www.onetruemedia.com/

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Multimedia & Digital Storytelling

  • Funtigo: Create online scrapbooks.http://funtigo.com/?cr=3&rfm=y

  • Vuvox: Make interactive panoramas and movies.http://www.vuvox.com/

  • Animoto: Upload and assemble short photo commercials online.http://animoto.com/


  • Letterpop newsletter makerhttp://www.letterpop.com

  • Geni family tree makerhttp://www.geni.com/

  • Lulu self publishinghttp://www.lulu.com/

  • Popfly basic game creatorhttp://www.popfly.com

  • Dabbleboard whiteboardhttp://www.dabbleboard.com/


  • And many, many more…

  • http://www.protopage.com/web2point0forteachers

Part 5 pd planning
Part 5 – PD Planning


  • Go to the Social Studies program of studies and open up your grade area document.

  • Read through the outcomes. Look at the list of tools you’ve circled “yes” for... How might some of these tools fit with the existing outcomes?

  • Look at the ICT outcomes for your program of studies (). How do the tools we’ve looked at fit with those?

Activity continued
Activity (continued...):

  • Go to the Protopage (http://www.protopage.com/web2point0forteachers/) and download the Technology Goal Planning Sheet. Fill it out using two curricular outcomes that have piqued your interest in terms of the tools that we’ve learned about.

Part 6 staying up to date
Part 6 – Staying Up-To-Date

Some things to mull over
Some Things to Mull Over…

  • The Machine is Us/ing Ushttp://www.youtube.com/v/NLlGopyXT_g

  • A Vision of Students Todayhttp://www.youtube.com/v/dGCJ46vyR9o

  • What If…http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-2855786550703993653&hl=en-CA

Staying up to date smartboards
Staying Up-to-Date - SmartBoards

  • Teaching With SmartBoard Teacher Tube Videoshttp://www.teachertube.com/viewProfile.php?user=dsladkeyhttp://www.teachertube.com/viewProfile.php?user=TeqSmarthttp://www.teachertube.com/viewProfile.php?user=smartvideoshttp://www.teachertube.com/viewProfile.php?user=dan+everest

Staying up to date smartboards1
Staying Up-to-Date - SmartBoards

  • Teaching with SmartBoard YouTube Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/teachertrainerhttp://www.youtube.com/user/SMARTClassroomsTwo series of videos highlighting teachers’ experiences using SmartBoards. Both series include excellent videos on classes that have won SmartBoard best practice competitions.

Staying up to date pedagogy
Staying Up-To-Date - Pedagogy

  • Marc Prenskyhttp://www.marcprensky.com/writing/

  • Education World: Technology http://www.educationworld.com/#Technology

  • Apple Learning Interchange http://ali.apple.com/

  • Classroom 2.0 (Ning Community)http://www.classroom20.com/

Staying up to date tools
Staying Up-To-Date - Tools

  • Webware Tools http://news.cnet.com/webware/

  • Tech Crunchhttp://www.techcrunch.com

Staying up to date pd
Staying Up-To-Date - PD

  • North Central Regional Education Lab http://www.ncrel.org/tech/tpd/index.html

  • ISTEhttp://www.iste.org/

  • Edutopia Videoshttp://www.edutopia.org/video

  • Teacher Tubehttp://www.teachertube.com/

Staying up to date doing it right
Staying Up-To-Date – Doing It Right

  • High Tech High: http://www.hightechhigh.org/http://www.youtube.com/user/hthvideo

  • New Tech High:http://www.newtechhigh.orghttp://www.newtechfoundation.org/

  • Smart Classroom Awards:http://www.youtube.com/user/SMARTClassrooms

Thank you
Thank You!