What’s New in Web 2.0–Randy Rodgers

February 4, 2009

Randy Rodgers
Dwight Goodwin

Remember the Milk:
task organizer. iPhone/iTouch app and webpage. High school student as a tool to organize themselves.

Evernote
Notetaking tool. Webpages, Photos, Type notes, audio notes. Webpage and iTouch/iPhone sync. Also downloadable app for Mac and PC.
WE USE THIS WITH A SINGLE LOG-IN FOR TECH DEPT.

Drop.io
Way to share files with anyone you want via the internet. Web, email, phone, fax and more. Aides in file too large for email attachment

Remobo
Create private network between invided computers. Alternative to Go2MyPC, but free. Remote control, private file sharing, creae a rivate network, run any app.

Mindmeister
Mind mapping tool. Collaborative mind mapping tool.

myWebspiration
same company as Inspiration. Webbased.

Diigo
On-line bookmarking. similar to Delicous. Randy has switch since NECC last year. Can create good by school, dept, etc. Can import Delicous bookmarks. Can also annotate webpages.
I BOUNCE BETWEEN DIIGO. ALSO GREAT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GROUPS.

MeBeam.com
video conference room. multi-location video conference. cannot share desktop. simply video conference and simple tool. teacher afraid of tech at Birdville enjoy.

Viddler
video hosting site.

Selfcast
Similar to uStream. can create a custom channel. powerful medium.

Mogulus
similar to uStream. multiple camera can be used. a bit more advanced. great for high school use of news broadcast, etc.

Qik
live stream via cell phone.

Now switching to Dwight, Google king.

Google Custom Search Enginge.
Built own custom search engine.
Only searches website you deem as safe.
No ads in the search, for non-profits

Google Doc
Presentation, Spreadsheet, Word Document. Survey.
Survey is like free version of Survey Monkey.
I AM IN THE PROCESS OF IMPORTING ALL MY DOCS TO GOOGLE DOCS. PORTABLE AND SHAREABLE

Google Sites
Wiki. Good for classroom use.

Google Picasa
If making Photo Story, use Photo Story
Uploading photo, this is a great app. Able to tag photo, can make movie. Post to site. Can open of limit who can view.

Google Image Search

Google Knol
Wikipedia by Google. Wikipedia still better resource. Knol still being developed. This good be incentive for students to publish.

Google Video Conferencing
Better quality than previous version of Skype. Has not tried 5.0 version. Less features, but better quality.

Google Texting
Text message from Google account. Send a text from Gmail account to cell phone.

Google News
news archive search. some cost but you can get 1960s NY Times for $3.  Similar to microfish. Can scroll through news paper.

Google Book search
Can put in line from book. Locates the book. If past copyright, you get the entire book.

Back to Randy
posterous
blog by email. publish post automatically. photo, links embedded.
when you get a comment, your email gets a comment

Yammer
Twitter type application. Can create group based upon email addresses. If someone creates account with email address, they automatically become part of group.

Bookglutton
Create a conversation on a book. You can upload your own material if you have an online book.  Some books that are already in school curriculum.

The Broth
Create artwork collaboratively.

Snapily.com
photo site. DID NOT GET TO WRITE DOWN INFO, BUT GREAT CROWD RESPONSE.

Pixelpipe
Instant sharing of images to multiple accounts. Twitter, etc.

Sliderocket
Enhance presenations. Things PPT can not do.

VerbaLearn
–SAT work practices

Forvo
–ability to hear words in the native tongue of language across the globe.

Cloudo
–cloud computing.  vitual desktop. a must if you are tyring to stay ahead of the curve.

Popfly
–programming languages, mash-ups, games

Tikatok
–children book publishing site. can create their own book, illustrations, etc.

Flogram
–presentation combining text, images, PPT, audio,etc

OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION AS ALWYAS. LOTS TO REVIEW AFTER THE CONFERENCE. OR MAYBE ONCE I FINISH MY PRESENATION FOR TOMORROW.


Designing and Teaching Online Course

February 4, 2009

What is “Online Learning”
–uses technology, typically by way of Internet
–some cases, no live teacher

How many Online Students
–Sloan Consortium says 1 million K-12
–4 million college students took at least one on-line course in 2008

MIT, Open Courseware Consortium, started in 2001
Abilene Christian U, iPhones

21st century learning environment blend physical and digital infrastructures to seamlessly support learning.

SCORM
-Sharable Content Object Reference Model
-collection of standards and specifications for web-based e-learning
–Originally developed by US DOD, standard by which most online courses follow

CMS
-Content Management System
Examples include: web hosting company software, WordPress, Joomla

Creating Your Own Website
–insert your course into existing virtual school structure
–can also go your own direction, using your own website

Learning management System
–software for delivering, tracking, and managing training.
–Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle
WE USE EDLINE

Overview of Kilgore’s admin view of Moodle course
–view when students access and their use of site

Exams
–students can log-in and take exams
–can restrict time students can log-in
I AM USING QUIA TO DO THIS SAME TASK WHILE I AM AWAY AT TCEA CONFERENCE
–Can review the time each students took to complete the exam, review if students rushed through exam
–Randomize questions and answer options each time exam is taken

Course Design
-eLearnig Authoring Tool
–Adobe Learnign Suite
CouseLab
–Joomla
–Lectora

CourseLab
–Russian site; however, good use of English
–Free, but templates limited
–Add-ons, but cost money
–Building questions and resoruces within page

SitePal
–online virtual talking head
–animated with audio

Discover Education
–able to download videos useful to individual courses
ALSO HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE QUIZZES DIRECTLY IN DISCOVERY WEBSITE DIRECTLY

Moodle
–entire course contained within CMS
–PowerPoint lecture

Kilgore’s references

Linroy Kilgore, John Paul II Houston

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Wikinomics and Other Dramitic Shifts

November 7, 2008

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Using Wordle to Understand the Power of Written Words

September 8, 2008

Now that I am getting settled in the new school year and my new role, I now work half my time with students and half my time with teachers, I am getting back into being active in my blog. While I have be planning a big reintroduction, I decided this weekend that reintroduction was delaying several good ideas. Therefore, it will have to wait. I’ll work on that in the near future because I am sure it is eating at you.

I want to share my thoughts on a conversation in which I participated last toward the end of last week on Twitter. Stephanie Sandifer inquired via Twitter if anyone had done a Wordle Tag Cloud on the nomination acceptance speeches by John McCain and Barack Obama. Following the posting of these clouds several of us noted the differences in those tag clouds. As someone with an interest in politics dating back to elementary school, I am familiar with the close detail that speech writers place in both the words used and the repetition of those words. This conversation then led to a discussion of how these tactics could be used in education.

Political speech writers always kept close watch to the language used by politicians. Since the emergence of the twenty-four hour news cycle and more news channels than news papers the sound bite has become even more conscious. Now, with Youtube and various Social Networking people seem to again pay close attention to all of the words spoken not just the sound bite. If you look at the Tag Clouds of past presidential speeches you can see an interesting, but not surprising, pattern. Little policy words and more rhetorical or general words.

Presidential nomination speeches:
Republicans:
McCain
GW Bush
Dole
Reagan 1980
Eisenhower

Democrats:
Obama
Kerry
Gore
Clinton
Carter
Kennedy

Past speeches

The Twitter conversation I was involved in with Stephanie, Scott Floyd, and others turned to educational uses of this application. We spoke of how students could create a word cloud of their papers or speeches to see the frequency of words. How would this awareness change the way students write? Would it change anything at all?

Some examples of lesson ideas:

Speech class and Oral presentations: Assign a Tag Cloud and require students to write their speeches conscious of the Tag Cloud. Does the tag cloud represent the intended topic? You could assign specific words that should be the largest words in that tag cloud. After listening to the speech have the audience identify those words they believe to be the most frequently used. Following the listing of these five to ten words show the tag cloud and see if the lists match up.

Written Reports: This could be for an English class, a History class, or any course requiring a written paper. Create a tag cloud and see which themes dominate the tag cloud. Similar to the oral presentation, does the tag cloud represent the writers intended purpose. Assign a topic and sub-points and require students to structure the paper so that those sub-points reach that status of being top five in the tag cloud. Additionaly, assess the paper based on how many words of substance populate the top tags in the tag cloud.

Current events: A final idea comes from news articles. Students can search for a news article on a given topic for Science, Social Studies, etc. and create a tag cloud for that article. Analysis of the article can be directed from the tag cloud in addition to or in substitute for the actual article.

We all sould be aware of the words we use when trying to engage and inform an audience. Most people are aware that people have different styles in which they learn. Most of our students are visual learners. By making use of tools such as Wordle, we can visually see what our ears perceive.

Enjoy,


Reflections on the school year

June 6, 2007

As the school year reaches a close, a look back on several items and set goals for the next year.  Invoking a method previously reserved in athletic competitions, I am posting my goals so that the two people who subscribe to this feed can help keep me accountable for the goals below.  Anyone stumbling upon this feed can feel free to do the same.

1)  Consistency in blogging ideas:

Looking back over my previous posts I notice that the frequency of my posts is not a regular as I designed.  I can think of several reasons for this, but that is of no importance.  Bottom line is that I have expanded my teaching practices by reading the ideas of others.  I feel that my ideas and how I use the ideas borrowed, as if ideas are something I can return, are helpful to others.  Over the course of the next several weeks I will be redesigning the courses I will be teaching again next year.  By organizing these projects over the summer I feel that I will be able to blog about these plans as they come up during the school year and provide a reflection following completion.  I have gained great feedback from some of my fellow teacher on my campus and look forward to the thoughts of teachers across the globe.

2) iPods

This past year we began issuing iPods to students in an attempt to capitalize on this growing technology.  We based our plan following the movements of major universities.  Currently we are sorting through feedback from students, teachers and parents.  Personally, I feel the program was a success in its first year and look forward to sharing the results of our first year and plans for the future.

3) Advocating current technology

In the past two years I have been experimenting with various emerging technologies: blogs, wikis, podcasting, digital storytelling.  While many new technologies continue to arise, I feel that these existing tools are a great resource in education.  I will look to promote my use of these TOOLS in education.  I can see the current benefits in my students.  I see more teachers in my school using these as the talk of the benefits fill the hallways.  I plan to submit proposals to teach workshops over the course of the next school year.

4) Publish the articles I am sitting on.

While I have not been active publishing post, I have written several.  While my aim has been to review these posts and let the ideas settle, I have continued driving forward without posting these thoughts.  Over the course of the next few weeks I will be posting some of these previously transcribed words.  While the timing is off from my initial motivation, the content is still relative.  I look forward to your comments on these and future writings.

Enjoy your day,

Kyle


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