Almost a third of the way completed with the training!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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?!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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
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
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
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.