Monday, July 25, 2011

TOOL # 6 Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in & out of the Classroom

Edmodo would be a useful tool for checking progress with individual students or groups.  I would create questions for students to answer prior to lessons for outside exploration. For example- Please practice "Civic Virtue" this weekend and share your experiences in your journals.

I would definitely use Poll Everywhere.  It had a lot of features that could easily be manipulated to teach different categories of government. Students would be given the opportunities to demonstrate voting.   This would lead to some wonderful class discussions.

Monday, July 18, 2011

TOOL # 5 Producing With Web 2.0 Tools

I spent several hours exploring Tool #5 applications and really enjoyed all the possibilities of technology in the classroom.  Stupeflix Studio & Aniomoto are great attentions grabbers for new units and concepts.  I would use both as introductions & summaries.  The Word Cloud Generators will be quite useful for vocabulary development especially for my ESOL students.  Wordle Tutorial was very easy to manipulate and fun!!! Makebeliefscomix was also very easy &  I was successful creating 1 cartoon.  It was emailed to my account but I was unable to put on my blog.  BigHugeLabs will give my students many choices for project ideas.   I am very thankful for the youtube videos attached to each applications but still need more assistance.