Sunday, March 2, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Ways to Tell Stories on Web 2.0

Alan Levine is a paid speaker/ consultant (unlike me) on technology integration strategies for education. His wikispace page is full of good ideas and strategies. On Friday he broadcast live on Ustream his presentation to a school in Canada about using Web 2.o applications to tell a story. Alan provided an engaging presentation, called "50 Ways to Tell a Story" which you can watch in the video below (the first 65 seconds are dead air as Alan sets up the feed). If you don't want to watch the video you can read Alan's wikispaces page on the same topic by clicking here.

On a personal note, as I watched the presentation I thought to myself, Alan and I have a similar set of criteria for selecting web applications to use in the classroom. Briefly the criteria is; 1. free, 2. Universal across web browsers and operating systems, and 3. relatively easy to introduce to students and teachers.

Free Technology For Teachers: Wiki in Plain English

If you follow this blog, you've probably figured out that I am a big proponent of using and making wikis with students. I've written about what a wiki does and how to use a wiki in the past. You can read that post by clicking here. Explaining how a wiki works is important in convincing students, parents, other teachers, and administrators that using a wiki is an important skill to have.
A video is worth a million words so here is a video from Common Craft explaining in plain English how a wiki works.

Free Technology For Teachers: Periodic Table Meets Web 2.0

The Dynamic Periodic Table is great new resource for science teachers and their students. The Dynamic Periodic Table works like this, click on an element and a window will pop up to tell you more detailed information about that element. The pop up windows cover properties, orbitals, isotopes and more. There are even links to more information, like the history of each element, for each element. If this had been around when I took chemistry, I might have done a little better.

Free Technology For Teachers: History Tours - Another Use for Google Earth

History Tours is a wiki of Google Earth tours. History Tours was started by two social studies teachers in Pennsylvania. History Tours gives a tour of places using the "fly over" function on Google Earth. I just went on the Teddy Roosevelt tour, it was well put together and hit all of the major places in Teddy's life. The Civil War tour is also very good, in fact, I'm going to use it in class next week. The creators of the wiki are looking for more tour ideas and feed back so click here and check out History Tours.