FETC Pre-Con: What’s on Your Mind and Your Desktop?

At the Discovery Education FETC Pre-Conference event on Tuesday, February 1, we had the opportunity to ask questions to an all-star panel of experts including: Joe Brennan, Tim Childers, Kathy Schrock, Lee Kolbert, and Steve Dembo.  Below are the questions, and the expert responses!

What is the best use of a web 2.0 tool that you have seen in the classroom?

  1. Wordle (http://www.wordle.net)
    • What it looks like in the classroom:
      • Language Arts:  Expand the use of vocabulary by putting a research paper in Wordle, and having students circle the top three most used words and find alternatives to use.
      • Guess the Wordle (http://projectsbyjen.com/GTW/):  Put a new Wordle on the board each day.  These wordles could include a series of words with different levels of difficultly that all have something in common.  The challenge for students would be to determine what the words have in common.  A learning exercise like this would engage the students while fostering critical thinking skills.
      • For more ways to use Wordle in the classroom, check out Wordle in the Classroom, a list created by Tom Barrett: http://edte.ch/blog/interesting-ways/
  2. UJAM (http://www.ujam.com)
    • UJAM is a music creation program, but no musical talent is needed!
    • Sign up / Sign in and click “Go Jam.” Talk or sing into your microphone, and UJAM will record your voice with a beat.  You can then turn this into a song within seconds.
    • In the song development process, it automatically figures out what tones you did or didn’t sing, and it aligns the proper chords for you.  You can even customize the chords to include “blues,” “happy,” “sad,” etc.
  3. Jaycut (www.jaycut.com)
    • Jaycut is a free, online video browser/editor with two lines of video (for layering) and a green screen chroma key feature.  This is a great alternative to using iMovie or Photobooth.

What is your favorite educational App?

  1. Khan Academy: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy-a-classroom-in/id361975619?mt=8
  2. Drop-box: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8
    • Great way to share / collaborate in your classroom
  3. Angry birds: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds/id343200656?mt=8
    • See more on the Palm Beach Café (http://www.palmbreezecafe.com/)
  4. Posterous: https://posterous.com/
    • Update a blog by sending an email
    • Classroom integration ideas:
      • Have students photograph academic encounters in the community and post about them.
      • Create artwork, photograph and email it to Posterous, and it posts live on your blog.  This is a great way to develop a student portfolio via his or her email account!
  5. Flipboard: http://flipboard.com/
  6. Splash Top: http://www.splashtop.com/remote
    • When you’re on the same wireless network, this application allows you to control your computer from your iPad.

Show me what’s on your iPad

  1. Kathy Schrock shared a great way to categorize apps.  She suggested categorizing based on what the apps do, and not what they are.
    • Examples:  create, publish, news/rss, games, Google, internet, photos, programs, radio/music, editing  (i.e., Adobe Photo Shop Express, iMovie, Adobe Ideas, Photo Genie – take a picture with your iPhone & mark it up), capture (uStream, Pano, Video Pano – take an image and it creates a video)

What web 2.0 tool can you not live without, personally or professionally

  1. Twitter: http://twitter.com
  2. Plurk:  http://plurk.com
  3. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com
  4. Edmoto: http://www.edmoto.com
  5. Livebinders:  http://livebinders.com/
    • Another way to use one link to provide links to many other sites.
    • All websites integrated into live binders are fully functional within the site.
  6. KeepVid (http://keepvid.com)

Share a memorable student project – something your students have done or something that you’ve recently seen

  1. Instead of creating a PowerPoint presentation on how an important figure changed in history, create a video.
  2. Create digital storytelling templates for students to use.
      • Billy Mays and the “and wait, there’s more…” phrase.
      • Movie trailers
        • For each movie trailer in iMovie, there is a printable storyboard that can be used in the planning and pre-production processes.
      • In this class, the students watched common craft videos; studying how cut-outs were used to tell a story.
      • After modeling how to create these videos using the common craft exemplars, students were tasked with creating their own videos based on the curriculum. The students were given construction paper, they had to write a script, and then they had 1 shot to record their film.  These one take videos were then shared with the people of Common Craft via Twitter and they video conferenced with the class. How exciting!
      • For more information on this project, visit: http://macmomma.blogspot.com
    • What does it look like in the classroom:
    • A 6th grade Language Arts class collaborated with another group using Skype.  Together, they examined pictures and discussed the elements of a story.  The students were then tasked with creating five sentence stories based on the video clip. The exhibition included broadcasting their work with the class across town using Skype.
    • Creating digital stories using cut-outs

Web 2.0 Audience Favorites

  1. Qwiki:  http://www.qwiki.com
    • An interactive search engine that gives you hot links to other artifacts related to your search / topic.
  2. Tunetastic –http://launchpadtoys.com/toontastic/
    • This platform teaches the parts of a story to the students, it allows them to choose background, characters, narrate, etc.
  3. ToonDoo – http://www.toondoo.com/
  4. Photo Peach – http://photopeach.com
    • This platform is built similarly to Photo Story 3 for Windows, but the major differentiator is that with Photo Peach, you can add quiz questions to your slides.
  5. Symbaloo – http://www.symbaloo.com/
    • Creative way to to aggregate multiple sites for your students to use.
    • This is embeddable into teacher websites, and it is collaborative.  If you invite others to share, they can modify the symbaloo.
  6. Tagxedo: www.tagxedo.com
    • Similar to Wordle but allows you to take a graphic to generate your word cloud.
  7. Word Sift: wordsift.com
    • Effective use of vocabulary in the classroom by connecting keywords to images on the web
    • Frequently used words are entered into a visual search via Google Images
    • Frequently used words are also used in a visual thesaurus
    • Frequently used words are shown in the context of the text below, too
    • Words can be tagged / color coded by “sorting” in a specific subject, sorting by most common, sorting by least common / frequent

As you can see, there were many great ideas shared during this session at Discovery Education’s Pre-Conference Day of Discovery at FETC 2011.   Feel free to share more great resources using the comment feature below.


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  1. Daniela @SymbalooEDU said:

    Hi Cynthia,

    Glad to hear we were mentioned and that we were an audience favorite. Would love to connect with who ever it was that shared Symbaloo with the group. Please reach out to us.

    Team Symbaloo
    [at] danielabolzmann
    daniela [at] symbaloo [dot] com

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