Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tool 5 - Web 2.0 - Part 2: Animoto

I have wanted to learn about Animoto but haven't taken the time! I was so surprised at how easy it was to use. Even students that are just beginning to learn to be technical could navigate through the process of creating the Animoto Video.

I did have the glitch of not being able to access my own personal photos for this assignment. Something wasn't connecting between Animoto and Facebook or Picassa. But, I used stock photos so that I could play with this tool. It is a free tool if the video is very short. If I were going to be using it a lot I'd want to purchase a better package.

Last Spring I took students to Costa Rica. I wanted to create a mini slideshow of some of the things we saw there.

Make a video of your own at Animoto.

This web2.0 tool would be easy to incorporate into any speaking assignment I would give my class. They could narrate on any topic as their slide show gave them visual clues to lead them through their assignment. I would love to use this in class this year.

Tool 5 - Web 2.0 tools Part 1 - Glogster

Glogster is a very cool Web2.0 tool that the students enjoy. I am part of the district initiative and used it a few times with my students during the 2011-2012 school year. I would like to expand using it this year. I think that it teachs the students some good computing skills. I will have them create a family tree. I created instructions in glog form and an example. It requires them to pull their own pictures from internet sources. They love to do that! My examples are listed here.

Tool 4 - Google Apps (The Cloud)

Google Docs:
At DAEP we use Google Docs for many forms and spreadsheets that many people need to access and be able to edit. One document I created is something that DAEP teachers can fill out when when need to send work back to a student's home campus. It simplied my life. One other teacher edited it to meet her needs and made it a 1/2 sheet document.

Google Forms:
We are preparing to offer more clubs and a class peirod during the day for specialized interest classes. This is an advisory period that we will be able to offer some fun activities for the kids. I created a form today that asked the teachers what type of class they would like to teach during this advisory period and emailed it to several staff members.

Google Apps:
This is a very useful too to educators. I already use it a lot with my colleagues but would like to use it more with students. I do see students saving documents to their google docs accounts and then accessing their own account in class. It is a great way for them to save projects and documents and then enable sharing to the teacher that needs to see it. We also do this for our DAEP teachers that need to share work with their home campus teachers. It works well.
I would like to see students do more collaborative projects using Google Apps. They can create and edit without having to get together to do it. They can start in the classroom and continue the work as homework and not have to be together to to the work. I am excited to try it more and expand what we have already been doing with it.
1. Create at least one document in Google Docs and share it with a few others on your campus or within your department. It could a team member, a department colleague, or another teacher with whom you plan a collaboration. Ask that person to comment or chat and real-time edit the document with you.
2. Create one form in Google Docs and send it via email to at least two other people and ask them to respond.
3. Briefly discuss how you can use the tools in Google Apps with your team or department. How can you incorporate Google Apps as a tool in your classroom? Which tools are you excited about using with students?

Tool 3 - Embedding Video

I have mostly used YouTube for video content but in the past I have also tried United Streaming. It has a lot of great content. There are so many resources for teachers and I am always amazed by the leniency that teachers have when it comes to copyright rules. I know I have to give credit to sources but that is generally made very easy by the tools that have been developed for internet use and sharing. So many resources automatically put watermarks on their content which is a safety for them to not have their work stolen.

I chose to embed a fun video that I like to show my students. It just makes us all laugh and lets the kids know that they have learned something - maybe more than this guy. It is the "One Semester of Spanish Spanish Love Song". Runaway Box produced the video and the actor "Spanish Mike" has several videos on YouTube now and has been on Telemundo for interviews. Funny Stuff! Enjoy!

I have been using Dropbox for several years and love it! I have an account for personal use and one that I set up for our church to share documents for the children's ministry volunteers. It is a great resource. Unlike Google Docs, the format of the documents doesn't change to a different platform and that is really nice.

See you soon,
Mrs. E