Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
*Note: Since I missed Friday's post I think to make up for it I will double the pleasure, double the fun with a double Friday Fun post this week. Stay tuned.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
There is just enough time in the day. But there's always time for a good timeline! And that's just what XTimeline gives you. XTimeline allows you to create interactive timelines that a visually appealing. You can even upload your events from a CSV file or even an RSS feed (first time I've seen either as an option for timeline creation. XTimeline allows you to create a custom URL for your timeline and of course you have the option to embed it once done. You can also download your events from your timeline later as a CSV or in XML format. You can also embed flash, photos and movies directly into each event. Overall, XTimeline is a very clean, very easy to use timeline generator. The only thing I would like to see improved is more "themes" for how the timeline is displayed. Otherwise, XTimeline is a fantastic option for timeline creation.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
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Saturday, June 18, 2011
You can upload your files or (and this makes Pixorial unique in my opinion) you can request a submission kit allowing you to send Pixorial analog video which they will convert to digital for you! For a nominal fee they will convert "VHS, VHS-C, Digital8, Hi8, Betamax, miniDV, 8mm, DVDs and memory cards (up to 6GB)" Now that's a nice service for those who aren't quite sure how to connect their mini-dv camera and offload files.
Two posts in one nigh and now we're all caught up!
Let's start with what should have been Friday Fun Night. I have long been a proponent of the educational value of video games. It's much more than simple hand-eye coordination. There's the memorization of patterns, the strategies of risk/reward, following storylines and the need to apply logic to achieve various goals. But tonight's post takes that a step further with an application called Sploder. Sploder allows you to make your own flash based video games online without needing to know any code at all. There are four categories from which to choose: Platformer games, a Physics Puzzle maker, a 3d Space Mission and your classic shooter. While the games you can create at Sploder are nothing compared to today's XBox and Playstation high level of intensity. They do teach you about the thought process that goes into creating a fun application. MIT's Scratch application has been all the rage in education for sometime, but it required downloading an application to use. There is nothing to download to enjoy Sploder. In fact, if you don't want to save your game (although why you would want to go to the trouble of creating a game and not saving it is beyond me) you don't even need to sign up for an account. Why not give Sploder a try. Who knows, you or your students may just end up creating the next Angry Birds!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I can sum up tonight's utility in one word - Brilliant! Sophia.org ( I apologize if the link is not hot as I am writing this post from my phone at a birthday party). I also won't be giving a very detailed description because there is way to much to say about this site to do it justice. You just need to go and explore Sophia.org on your own. Whether you are a teacher, student or parent you will find a use for Sophia.org Basically, the site is full of learning packets that include lessons and videos. Additionally, each packet includes a tab for Q&A and ratings. It's a tool that they claim can help you develop a "flipped classroom". From what I know about the flipped classroom, I'm not sure if that's 100% accurate. What's most intriguing about Sophia.org is that you can sign up to be a " Sophia Academic Reviewer and reviewing published learning packets so that high quality content rises to the top.". Sophia.org definitely fits the idea that it takes a village to educate our children. Well, that:s all I have tonight. Be sure you leave a comment after viewing Sophia.org. I'd love to hear your thoughts (particularly if you are already using it).
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
These campuses will participate in "Project Based Learning for Teachers". This appears to be a radically new approach to Professional Development, as I have not yet been able to find other examples of this model. Teachers will work collaboratively across campuses to develop short media productions or presentations that cover an area of interest in education. They will be expected to learn new skill sets and utilize existing cloud utilities to create a final product over the course of six months. These projects will then be published and shared publicly (likely under a Creative Commons license) so that others may benefit. Some early suggestions for projects have included Digital Citizenship, Crisis Prevention Training and Social Emotional Studies. Teachers will develop their own ideas in small groups and I will facilitate and provide the necessary technical training and guidance. They will learn the technology skills and applications that can assist them on as needed basis for their individual projects. Thus, they will be gaining knowledge that is not only useful but applicable.
While the design of this model is based on the concept of an EdCamp there will a defined structure with set expectations to keep the project on track. Over the course of the summer, program leaders in each building, in conjunction myself, will develop a curriculum that adheres to NETS for Teachers with included expectations, milestones which need to be accomplished and a rubric for assessment. Teachers involved in the project will be eligible for Professional Growth Units and some may even choose to use the project as part of their PDP. Additionally, the goal is to present the results at the 2012 ICE Conference.
The 2011-12 school year will certainly be one of new beginnings! I am extremely excited about the learning opportunities that will hopefully develop from this project! Not only for the teachers; but, for myself as well.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
- Participate but don't over commit
- Don't be afraid to speak up when you feel your input will be valuable
- Everyone involved in the education process matters.
- Expand your PLN and continue the conversation
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
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Thursday, June 2, 2011
But I digress, of the sites I found tonight the best of the best in my opinion appears to be Bleidu. While definitely not for elementary artwork/projects, Bleidu looks like a great option for High School or College students and beyond. Whatever kind of artist you are Bleidu provides what appears to be unlimited upload of images into ay number of Galleries. Looks like a real nice way to organize your images. You can select from 3 themes for you galleries as well, including, Lightbox, Pretty Picture and Shadowbox. They all end up looking extremely professional. Additionally, you can write a portfolio intro and an about me and contact page. So, for those students looking to put together an amazing art portfolio. Bleidu just might be the way to go.
Bonus: I now have a TON of options for art portfolio building.
Cry for help: If you know of more dynamic portfolio options on the web that also allow uploading text files, pdfs, etc - to build a true student portfolio - let me know by adding it in the comment section and I'll be sure to review.