August 18, 2008


Logistics & Introductions
gold_star.png My name is (name) and I teach (level and language). I am like a (object) because (your imagination required here).
Challenge - Use the Creative Commons search and find a visual representation of your object. Did you know? In Firefox 3.0, Creative Commons search is one of the toolbar search options.

Gathering information on our students
gold_star.png Who are you? Ever need to gather information about your students AND have it at your digital fingertips? Collect it through either a Google Docs Spreadsheet form or a Survey Monkey free survey. Let's collect a little information about our group!
If your students are going to collect and analyze data, here is a possible to evaluate their work.

Looking for an easy scheduling tool? Check out Doodle. Doodle allows you to easily set up meetings, create sign-up slots, etc. Participate in this sample!

How and why is teaching and learning evolving, in part, due to technology?
The following videos provide interesting perspectives on teaching and learning in the 21st century. Select one or two you haven't seen before and view watch.

1. A Vision of K-12 Students Today

2. Bringing 21st Century Learning To Your Classroom (no audio - powerpoint converted to video - moves quickly)

3. 21st Century Pedagogy

4. The Machine is Us/ing Us

5. Did You Know 2.0

Where is my Professional Presence? What is my Professional Presence? Where is my Personal Learning Network (PLN)?
Being part of an educator in the 21st century means being part of a professional community, creating a personal learning network that will allow you to grow as an educator. We need to position ourselves to learn and to share. Plus, as colleagues share ideas and resources, we want to be able to track that information for future use.

Organizing my resources and sharing with others.
gold_star.pngdelicious allows you to share your bookmarks, tag them with keywords, bundle or group bookmarks, and create a network to share. You can install a tag creator within your browser which enables a quick save to Cindy Kendall on delicious.
Alternate: diigo. Diigo has shared bookmarks combined with social networking groups. There is a steeper learning curve to diigo, but more community aspects to social bookmarking.

gold_star.pngGoogle Notebook is a powerful tool that will enable you to keep track and keep a copy of resources that you find. While you may bookmark an item, did you ever return to have it missing? Google Notebook allows you to easily highlight and "clip" the content - and it even grabs the URL for you! In addition, you can create multiple Notebooks and share each notebook with others. Imagine creating a department repository of resources!

Making the content come to me
Google Alerts
iGoogle with RSS feeds

Copyright Capers
Fair use, photos, publishing, distance networks - there are many ways to create and publish content, as well as remix or mashup existing content. As educators, we are responsible to demonstrate appropriate copyright.

Here are two interactive copyright activities: JISC uses scenarios and is more relevant to post-secondary; Cyberbee uses simple questions and answers.

Technology & Learning Magazine has a great article about copyright and a handy chart (PDF).

Where can you find materials to use?
Creative Commons - an excellent starting point, where you can search popular sites for items that give permission for use.
Library of Congress - has terrific collections of artifacts

Need an easy way to create citations? Use Citation Machine.

Visit this page for additional copyright safe materials.

Cognitive Taxonomy Circle
On the American Psychological Association website there is a brief article about Bloom’s taxonomy. The website briefly discusses the original Bloom’s as well as recent iterations of the past 8 years. An interesting diagram is the Cognitive Taxonomy Circle developed by Clark (2002). This visual can provide ideas on products students can create and produce.

Digital Storytelling

gold_star.png Comiqs allows you to create comic strips using your own photos which you can then embed into websites, wikis, blogs or social networking sites. Comiqs can easily pull in your flickr photos. Pikistrips allow you to create comic strips from your photos. Toondooallows you to create your own comic characters and comic strips.

gold_star.png VoiceThread allows you to upload graphics, photos, video and add text, audio, and/or video commentary. You can set preferences to allow others to comment as well. VoiceThread is an interesting, easy to use web-based environment for digital storytelling and there is an education portal.
Langwitchesdescribes how she used it with her students and how to get started.
You may find this VoiceThread Tutorial movie informative to get started also.
Read more about how educators are using VoiceThread.
Check out this day in a thread project.
Here is a student example in Chinese and a student sample about the zodiac animals.
This example has a teacher record a speech sample and the students repeat and record and here students can hear colors.
A simple use for French vocabulary on professions and a story in Spanish about a horse.
Students doing a VoiceThread project? This may be a place to start to develop your rubric.
Your turn to comment - practice on our Juan story!
Practice round #2 - comment with your webcam and headset microphone

Video Comments:

Text and Audio Comments:

Microsoft's PhotoStory 3 (Windows only), must be downloaded and installed, allows you to create slide show and video from your own photos, with text captions and music background options.

Animoto in Education - Animoto will analyze the images you upload, suggest music, and remix for you, easily create videos accompanied by music - excellent for collages, advocacy, etc. Educators have free access to a pro account.

BubblePLY - Allows you to add speech and thought bubbles to any online video. Great for drawing students' attention to specific features of a video clip, for encouraging them to use their language skills to comment on the content of the video by having them insert them

Scrapblog takes scrapbooking online.

Brochuremaker doesn't have an especially pretty interface, but you can replace the generic photos and it is easy to add and edit text.

This will be a useful planning tool regardless of which digital storytelling tool you select.

Web-based Video and Photo Editing
Jumpcut - Allows free, online video editing
Picnik and SnipShot provide free photo editing

Concept Mapping
While Inspiration is the software more commonly used for concept mapping, there are several web-based concept mapping services, some even allowing for collaborative authoring and sharing. allows you to collaborate with others to create a concept map.
gold_star.pngExploratree has a variety of concept mapping tools, you can share your guide with others and there is the option to collaborate with others too. Exploratree's movie will provide an overview.
gold_star.png Gliffy is more technical in appearance.

classroom-focused blogs
K-107 Internet Classroom - Chinese classroom blog
deutschlernen - a unversity level German class blog
How Beautiful You Are - a first grade classroom in California (caution - sound automatically plays)
Kinderkids Classroom - kindergarten blog in a New Hampshire school
Kirklandneuk Primary Blog - French class in a UK primary school
Las Palabras Son Poder - a high school Spanish teacher blog
Mr. Mayo Student Weblogs - each student has his or her own blog
Songhai Concepts - a Philadelphia information technology class blog
Two Stars and a Wish - French class blog from Newport, Isle of Wright, middle school level (more or less)
TGS MFL Resource and Homework Blog - French and German class blog

education-focused blogs
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Cool Cat Teacher
David Warlick's $.02 worth
The Fischbowl
Mr. P's Blog - a principal's blog

Establish classroom blogs and blogs for students at Class Blogmeister (created and maintainted by David Warlick) or Edublogs.

Edorigami has rubrics for a variety of digital technologies, including wikis.


Ah-Bon French middle school wiki
Bishop Blog Wiki is a high school Spanish teacher's wiki
David Warlick's CoLearners shows how a presenter can put presentations, notes, handouts, and invite participants.
Dorman Data Digest is a history or social studies teacher's wiki
LanguageLinks2006 and specifically the Intern Level Methods shows how wikis can be an interactive tool for World Language Methods courses
Latin wiki - high school
Mme Thomas French class wiki
Youth Wiki is a collaborative project across several schools

So if students are creating wikis, how can you assess them? Vicki Davis has a wiki grading rubric and Read*Write*Think has a wiki rubric and interesting lesson on protest songs.

Ready to start your own wiki? Visit this page to get the advertisement-free wikispace.

And, need help? Check out the video tours of Wikispaces to learn how to begin editing your page, add images and media, and personalize your space.

Collaborative Projects
Finding projects to join can be challenging. At the following websites you will find a variety of projects. If you are new to collaborative projects, join a simple project. After experiencing a few projects perhaps you can become an organizer and create one for others to join!

Audio and VideoConferencing

gold_star.png Skype allows you to make free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. It's free,easy to download and use, and it works with most computers. You have the options of a text chat, an audio chat, a video chat, or all of the options at one time. You can record your chats, expand the conversations with extra tools, and more. You also have the option to have group conversations with up to 20 participants. Note - you cannot have video during a conference call.

Read Cool Cat Teacher Tips for Skype in the Classroom for one teacher's experience getting started with Skype and Wesley Fryer's Tools for the Teks for a more technical article if you happen to be having technical difficulties (this article is a bit dated, but the info is still applicable). School Library Journal has a nice article in See me, Hear me: Skype in the Classroom.

Vyew My PC allows you to share your desktop and has a whiteboard space - entirely browser-based so nothing to download!
Test #2.

Elluminate has free conferencing for up to 3 users, and you can purchase the product for larger numbers.

Screen Capture
Jing will enable you to capture all or part of your screen in a still shot, or capture you screen in action (thereby creating a brief video). It is free!

Cell Phone
Poll Everywhere - vote or provide input via cell phone text messaging
Gcast - creating audio files via cell phone. Files can be listened to on the gcast website or embedded in other websites (like a blog or this wiki).
Jott- respond to email via cell phone, creates lists and memos, reminders, and more
Tatango - text messaging to a group
Utterz- mobile post from your cell phone to your blog

Video Streaming provides one way streaming video (from you to the world), with protected private rooms and public channels, and a chat area for backchannel conversation.

Assessment (general)
MyStudiyo enables you to create online quizzes
Rubistar allows you to create rubrics as well as search their database of existing rubrics

Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA)
These culminating, end of unit exams include components that will assess all three modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentation. Some IPAs only have 3 tasks, one for each mode. Others provide students a choice of activities while requiring certain activities in order to address all three modes.