Sunday, October 17, 2010


The learning continues......

I am still working with all of the tools I previously learned.  The layering I haven't quite gotten a hang of yet.  This program I will continue to work with next week.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Still watching Lynda tutorials.  Today I learned how to move beyond basic shapes.  There is so much more to learn (like 5 hours worth!).  I can't wait to get to the animation part! I could just skip ahead, but I figure they have the training set up in a particular order for a reason, right?!

BP10_Link to Karen


Create your own video slideshow at

Click here to see my comments to Karen about this Web 2.0 tool that she discovered which I have fallen in love with!

Classroom Facebook

I found this Prezi about a 1st grade classroom with a Facebook page. Tell me what you think.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

In spirit of Dean Shareski's message, I am sharing this with all of my followers.

You can follow more of the K-12 FREE Online Conference here.


Visuwords is an online graphic dictionary and thesaurus.  Anyone can use Visuwords to look up definitions and make connections with other words and concepts.  Visuwords is also interactive; you can click and drag the background to pan around the web, hold your mouse over a node to see the definition, and use the wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out.  The key on the left of the screen shows the connections between words.  Visuwords is great for your picture smart, body smart, and word smart learners.  The only possible hinderance of this tool is that for some words it brings up LOTS of other connective words.   This could be overwhelming for students.  If this happens I suggest you use the zoom feature and focus only a small section of the web.
I have found that students understand new vocabulary best when there is visual for them to see.  In addition to my regular powerpoint of word, definition and picture, I plan to use this to introduce vocabulary each week.  Students will be able to see the word, its definition, association with other words and part of speech.
This is also an ideal tool to enrich synonyms & antonyms.  If your class is learning or reviewing nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs this is the tool for you!  Best of all its FREE!

Monday, October 11, 2010


I'm having fun learning how to use Flash!
I am learning how to use Flash by watching Lynda tutorials.

There is so much going on in Flash it was a bit overwhelming at first.  As I go through each tutorial video in Lynda I'm getting the hang of it one step at a time.  Stay tuned as I learn more!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


BP7_Link to Ellen

Click this link to see my comments to Ellen about Museum Box.

BP6_Link to Sue

Follow this link to my comments on Sue's Blog.

BP5_Kerpoof Scholastics

I have just signed up for a teacher account through Kerpoof Scholastics.  It takes about 2 business days for them to verify that I am an educator so I am currently unable to login and show you through a movie everything you are capable of doing.  So, you will just have to read on as I tell you.
As you can see in the screen shot above, there are lesson plans, and classroom ideas that align with the ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students, as well as, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New York, Texas, and Washington State education standards.
As a teacher you can set up your students accounts by using your email address.  Then they will be able to Spell a Picture, Make a Drawing, Make a Storybook, Make a Story, Doodle, Make a Picture, Make a Card, or a create a doodle in Doodle Pad.  You can click here to see Kerpoof's video on how all of these work.  I can't wait to get approved and use this in my classroom for students to make pictures using their vocabulary or spelling words and to also make movies applying the narrative elements.  What a great way to get students engaged in reading and writing!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

BP4_Trailmeme & Week 1 Reading

A trail is a way to tell a story with web pages. When I came across Trailmeme I thought it was a great Web2.0 tool for students to present their research in any content area. As I started playing around with it I decided to blaze a trail for my Action Research Project. You can follow my trail here

Saturday, October 2, 2010

BP3_AR Diigo Group

Diigo is a great Web2.0 tool to collect, bookmark, and organize internet research.  With Diigo you are able to highlight, sticky note and comment on webpages.  You can share your research with friends and groups and access it from anywhere!  Below is a screenshot of my Action Research Diigo Group.

BP2_iGoogle Screen Shots

During my time in the EMDT program we are required to use iGoogle as our personal learning environment (PLE).  Below you will see screenshots of my PLE.

iGoogle Homepage

Action Research Page

Full Sail Online Page

ETC Page

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

BP1_Google Reader

I've been learning so many Web 2.0 tools this past four months in all of my courses.  One that I am excited about using is Google Reader.  Google reader allows me to receive updates for my online subscriptions to blogs, online publications, and podcasts.
I have subscribed to five RSS feeds that I feel will help be in my teaching and my AR project.  They all have to do with technology in education.
iLT-Change-the-world.pngThe first is iLearn Technology.  This is an educator's blog about ideas on how to integrate technology in the classroom. There are a number of lesson plans, flip charts and freebies.  I can't wait to get some time to browse through the archive to see what I've missed and become inspired.

Education Technology Insight is a sight aimed at educators wanting to integrate technology in their teaching. I believe by subscribing to their RSS feed, I will be able to learn a lot of research behind technologies, opinions and other educators experience using different technologies.

Dr. Tony Karrer is CEO/CTO of TechEmpower, a Los Angeles Web Development firm, and is considered on of the top technologists in e-Learning.  His blog eLearning Technology will help me with portions of my AR project.  I have already gotten information from him about benefits of text-to-speech.

shutterstock_14892592_crop380w.jpg I always love to pick other educators brains and get their insight on different things.  The Apple is where I hope to meet and learn from my peers as to what is working for them in their classrooms.

Thinkfinity is a site I visit quite often to get ideas for lesson planning.  Being a subscriber to their RSS feed will save me so much time searching.

I hope you find these sites helpful as well.  Check back to see what else I have learned that I can share with you!