Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Parents need to know the standard disclaimer "standard text message rates will apply"
Here is the formula you need [10 digit telphone number]@
More inclusive list even to foriegn countries
Link to form created in the video
Why did we make the shift?
- Opportunity: The old system only allows specific content with specific equipment. Web cams allow the teacher to make connections that only limit their imagination to any one with an Internet connection.
- Money: Connections are not dependant on expensive carts at each end but inexpensive web cams that are available to the masses.
- Multi- Dimensional: Distance learning carts have one job. Make connections. Web cams do so much more: record movies, take pictures, record spelling list, creative avatars, send video email, make video calls, etc...
Web 2.o makes it all happen.
- Skype: The work horse behind our whole initiative. Each teacher received a Skype account with instructions on how to use Skype and its built in extras such as whiteboard to make connections more engaging.
- MeBeam: Keeping it simple. No user names no passwords create a unique room and invite your guest.
- USTREAM.TV: Broadcast your classroom live and record it for others who cannot be there. Great for after school activities and sports.
- DimDim: The most features of all the Web 2.0 sites, even has the ability to share the desktop. This is a WebEx clone if you have ever used it.
The vision is that web cams will inspire teachers to make the work more engaging by giving them authentic audience, a clear and compelling product, and novelty & variety according to Schlechty's design qualities.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Fast forward almost 80 years (four score for you history buffs) our new President-Elect has chosen YouTube to host his weekly "radio" talk. No matter what your political affiliations are; we should be encouraged by President-Elect Obama's use of technology. He is using the most pervasive means to distribute his his platform.
In addition, YouTube also allows comments, so we are all free to voice our opinions if we disagree.
Monday, November 10, 2008
USTREAM makes all this possible for the incredible price of FREE! All you need is webcam and you are ready to go.
See how other teachers are using Ustream to help students and broadcast important events.
Critter Cams / Classroom pets
Classroom Teacher Tutorials
Saturday, October 25, 2008
|Google Book Search|
|Google Newspaper Archive|
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Web 2.0 sites: See slideshow for hyperlinks
- Skype: The standard for free voip service and videos calls
- ooVoo: Multi user connectivity
- DimDim: Open Source version of WebEx. Share the desktop chat with a group. Most Functional of all applications.
- MeBeam: Easiest of all to use. You dont even need an account
Collaboration Sites: See slideshow for hyperlinks
- CILC: Colaboration site for teacher student projects
- Beyond the classroom: Ning site where you can join like minded teachers
Friday, October 3, 2008
Video on Creating a Survey
Check out out the created survey
Monday, September 15, 2008
Easy to create online quiz. Answers are neatly put into Google Spreadsheet to be graded at teachers convience.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
10. Gmail: Google Tutorial Video
- You don't have to look any further than Stanford University the alma mater of the Google founders to look how easy this is to use and implement. This is simple outsourcing solution for your email, servers, personnel, and spam blockers. All this for free and if you are a non-profit (which if you are reading this you probably are) Google will allow you to forgo the ads. The only negative is with popularity of push email you are limited to a blackberry device. Your only option for all other devices is to set you mobile device to check at designated time increments. A great alternative for student email is ePals.
9. Google Knols: Google's Intro to Knol
- It is tough to put your finger on what Google Knol actually is. It is some where between Wikipedia and Yahoo Answers. However, it is a great place to "publish" student work on a particular topic and give students an authentic world wide audience. You will find articles from Bass fishing to Quantum Physics. The negative... If a student had a deadline for a research paper due the next day, they might be tempted to cut and paste a knol and use it as their own work.
8. Google Book Search: Google Book Search Site
- Have you ever read a book for academic purposes or for pleasure and tried to remember your favorite quote. Then years later you try to find the quote by thumbing through the pages and the frustration of spending thirty minutes and finding nothing. Well Google once again has the answer. Google Book Search. Find your favorite quotes from practically any book you have ever read. There is some copyright issues, so not all books are included, but all the classics can be searched and read online. (From a historical point of view what an incredible feat to have all the great works of literature digitized)
7. Google Custom Search: GCS Site
- Do you ever get tired of sifting through the entire Internet only to find the perfect site ten pages into your Google search or watching your students get frustrated as they search and search and still do not come up with the results you prefer. Google Custom Search (GCS) solves those issues. With a few simple clicks you can set up a search engine that only searches the website you select. So you get quality and safe results. In addition, if you are not profit you can select to remove the ads from your search results or you can add AdSense for a school fundraiser. Classroom Example.
6. Google Sites: Intro Video to Google Sites
- Google's website platform is a hybrid Web page / Wiki. If you choose to be the sole publisher it operates like a website that you create a classroom website to publish information for parents or students. If you add collaborators students can help you publish classroom documents, videos, or projects. Here is a classroom example.
5. Google Calendar: Google Calendar Tutorial
- You can organize your class events, lesson plans, and tests. One of the greatest features of Google calender is that it allows you to embed it into your website for your class to see. It accepts iCal and MS Outlook invitations.
4. Google Image Search: Google Image Search Site
- A picture is worth a thousand words. Whether you are building a slide show or just need an example to show your students. This is where you need to start. One negative is that inappropriate images sometimes make it into your search results. Careful teachers should test before they encourage their students to use this.
3. Google Reader: Google Reader Tutorial
- Do you have a list of blogs, podcast, news sites, or wikis that you are constantly following. Subscribe to them using Google Reader. Have content pushed to you instead of looking for updates.
2. Google Notebook: Google Notebook Tutorial Video
- Collaborate and share instantly using Google Notebook. Open a notebook and invite collaborators and watch as updates happen in real time. Move notes around, cut and paste pictures, and watch your dynamic notes take any form you would like. After notes are completed publish them to the web as a website. Google does it all.
1. Google Docs 4 in 1: Google Docs Tutorial Video
- Google Document: Google's answer to MS Word. Has all the main functions of a Word processor, plus you can invite collaborators and chat with them all inside Google Document. Imports .doc, .pdf, but not Clarisworks, Appleworks or iWork. Publish final draft as a web page. Basic Example
- Google Spreadsheet: Very simple spreadsheet application, but it is improving on a daily basis. It will do 98% of all the work you need. Imports .xls and most other spreadsheet formats. Publish final draft as a web page
- Google Slide show: Google version of PowerPoint is simple elegant and easy to use plus like with all Google applications you can invite collaborators to work along with you. When you are done you can publish to the web or embed it in your own site. Imports .ppt files but it will not import the slide transitions or animations. Basic Example
- Google Forms: Create surveys or quizzes using Google forms. Then watch as your data updates in real time in a Google spreadsheet. Make graphs to analyze your data. Basic Example
- Templates for all Google Docs
- Google Picasa: Photo Organizer and easiest way to resize images
- Google Chrome: Simple, small, sleek, and fast web browser
- Google Scholar: Only searches scholarly works
- Google Labs: See what Google is thinking up
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Now fast forward to the present... Google (oh the greatness of Google) has enable the average person to create there own Custom Search Engine that only searches the websites that are inputed by the developer. It is simple and easy solution. Now I have the best of both worlds safe and quality results that will also teach the students to sift through information.
Give my CSE a try let me know what you think. If you have site that you would like for me to add please leave them in the comments section.
Here is Google's site on creating your own custom search engine. http://www.google.com/coop/cse/
Monday, May 19, 2008
The two biggest obstacles to face in Micro Distance Learning are who and what. To both of these obstacles I would say start small and stick with the familiar. Do you have a fellow teacher friend that would be willing to be a risk taker and collaborate on a common topic? Send them an email with an idea and tell them to download Skype from there you can conference together by talking.
Distance Learning 2.0 Example: Two first grade classes from Houston and Ft. Worth, Texas will be using Skype and a built in extension called Whiteboard to play “pictionary” using terms they have learned in class.
Please leave a comment if you are interested in connecting with a classroom in Texas.
Skype (click to download)
Skype whiteboard extention (click to download)
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Most of these books are classics so they are great for students and children who want get acquainted with great pieces of literature.
Project Gutenberg: Has both e-books and Audio books
http://www.gutenberg.org/ The largest collection and best organized of all the sites
- Audio Books:
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_Audio_Books_Project excellent resource of human read and computer read books. (Personally the computer read books drive me a little crazy.)
LibriVox: Excellent site with a twist
- Audio Books
http://librivox.org/ Incredible selections with a Web 2.0 twist you can not only download books but you can record your own and upload them for others to listen to.
Infomotions: Large collections of public domain books
http://infomotions.com/alex You can search by title or author or select the browse option to look for something interesting
Learn Out Loud: Books, speeches, and topical lectures this site has it all
- Audio Books
http://www.learnoutloud.com/ There is a paid version of this site but stay with the free stuff. Excellent resource for historical speeches.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Here are some suggested strategies to break the mold. I wish I could tell you these are my ideas, but I can’t they are Alan November’s who I recently heard speak at the Texas DLA conference. http://www.txdla.org/
Academic Review Team:
• Students will create a daily / weekly review of what they learned during class time and publish it to the web in the form of a podcast, blog, or a link on the teacher website.
• Example: http://www.birdville.k12.tx.us/schools/116/teachers/grizzelle/jgrizzelle.html
• Students will create and publish to the web mini tutorials that explain concepts so students can review on their own time.
• Example: Slope Tutorial (Click Link) This is done by a teacher rather than a student but is an excellent example
• Choose a student that will research questions that come up during the day. This student should have access to a computer with an internet connection. Search results should be posted on a blog or website for future reference
• Example: While lecturing a student ask a question that the teacher does not know possibly an extension to what was supposed to be taught that day. The teacher notifies the researcher and he/she looks it up on the web and gives a concise definition or tutorial.
Global Communication Team:
• Students will build relationships with classrooms within the district, state, country and world to make learning more engaging and meaningful.
• Example: While studying about the American Revolution students will contact a classroom in England and discuss point of view between how each country’s history books discuss the war.
o Free software such as Skype will enable classrooms to communicate
o http://www.skype.com/ to download.
• Classroom note taker or note takers. Students will collaboratively take notes in a place where everyone can read and modify.
• Example: Students use an online document creator such as Google Docs to collaborate with other students within the classroom and can be saved to add and subtract through out the year. Also notes can be studied at any internet enabled computer.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
A teacher from one of my schools came up with a great idea. He has his students writing up TAKS Science skits and digitally recording them to burn them to a DVD for students to watch and review before the TAKS Exam. (Ruby Payne would be so proud) As standardized testing becomes more and more prominent we owe it to our students to make learning fun / engaging.
Monday, February 11, 2008
What technology are you afraid to embrace? Do you want to try something new?
Don't be left out be on the cutting edge
Here is the NY Times article that inspired this.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Please comment on any that I may have left out
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
For more information or even to download go to http://www.skype.com/