Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Poetry Visualized Provides a Lesson Plan Idea

Poetry Visualized can best be described as YouTube or SlideBoom for poets. The concept is poets and or film makers make a visual representation of a poem. An audio narration of the poem is played over the images representing the themes or words of the poem. Poetry Visualized is completely comprised of user-generated content which can be viewed on the website or shared via url links or by embedding the content into another website or blog. Below is an example of the type of video found on Poetry Visualized.

Applications for Education
Poetry Visualized's terms of service state that users must be at least 18 or have parental/guardian permission to use the service. The concept behind Poetry Visualized, creating videos representing a poem, can be used with other free technologies like VoiceThread or SlideBoom. VoiceThread, which I discussed yesterday, gives users the ability to insert images into a slide show then record their voice over the images. SlideBoom is a slide show sharing service that gives users the ability to upload slide shows and retain the synchronization between the images and voice narration.

Below is a SlideBoom demonstration of adding narration to your PowerPoint slide shows.

Google Apps Interactive Tutorials

As further proof that I learn something everyday from my professional learning network on Twitter, today learned about the Google Apps interactive tutorials from a message sent by Angela Maiers. The Google Apps interactive tutorial provides clear audio and text directions and practice exercises for using six Google products; email, calendar, talk, docs, sites, and start page. While working through the tutorials users will learn about the various applications and benefits of each product.

Applications for Education
The Google Apps interactive tutorials could be used with students to introduce them to the what each application does and how it works, but most middle school and high school students will figure them out faster than the tutorial moves. Where the Google Apps interactive tutorials will be very useful is when you are introducing adult learners (colleagues or others) to the Google Apps products.

Expanding Your Professional Learning Network

Yesterday, I had an absolutely amazing conversation! Three of my colleagues and I discussed the shifts we have seen in the way that students form relationships and what those shifts mean. The conversation provided me with an opportunity to share my experience of building a professional learning network through social networking websites. As I drove home last night I reflected on the value of the professional learning network I've built for myself online. Not a day goes by that I don't learn something new from my online professional learning network.

Today, I propose to you an idea that has been shared on other blogs, a social networking link swap. The idea is simple, leave a comment with a link or links to the social networking services you use most. By leaving a comment with a link to your profile others can follow you and you can follow others. Doing this on a blog about technology for education gives you some assurance of finding other people interested in the same topics that you're interested in.

I'll get it started by posting a link to my Twitter and FriendFeed profiles.