Showing posts with label 2009 Year In Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2009 Year In Review. Show all posts

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Things We Learned About in 2009

Ten days ago I posted a survey asking you to share what you learned about in 2009 and what you're looking forward to in 2010. In the slideshow below I've highlighted some of your responses. Take a look through the survey and check out the blogs that are linked within the the presentation. Thank you to everyone that contributed your time to the survey.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

365 Days in 30 Seconds

This year CNN iReport issued an interesting challenge to amateur video artists, sum-up your year in thirty seconds. The deadline for submissions has passed, but that doesn't mean you can't challenge your students to sum-up their year in a thirty second video. You could challenge students to create a summary of their personal lives or what they learned in school in 2009. Any of these free resources could be used by students to create videos about the year. The video below contains some of the contributions to CNN iReport's 365 Days in 30 Seconds challenge.

Update: The link to video creation tools that I originally posted was incorrect. It is fixed now. Thanks Gia.


Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
The Decade in Review from Newsweek
Year in Review Music Video
Waving Goodbye to 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

NY Times - Picturing the Past 10 Years

Picturing the Past 10 Years is a neat "opinion chart" created by Phillip Niemeyer at The New York Times. Picturing the Past 10 Years is a ten by twelve grid of icons representing key issues and events from each year of the past decade. The grid has columns for each year of the decade and rows for categories such as culture, business, and champion.

Applications for Education
Picturing the Past 10 Years could be a good model for having students create their own "picturing the past" icon charts. Students could create a chart for the last year or the decade. The concept could also be applied to other eras in history.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
The Decade in Review from Newsweek
Year in Review Music Video
Waving Goodbye to 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

2009 In Review - The Reader Edition

On Monday I posted a survey asking you what you what you learned about in 2009 and what you're looking forward to in 2010. Seventy people have replied to the survey so far. (If you haven't responded, you still can respond here). I've summarized some of the results below, you can also view all of the results here.

Favorite new ed-tech resources of 2009:
A few people mentioned other people including myself and Larry Ferlazzo.
The following web resources were mentioned by many people:
Prezi, VoiceThread, Google Apps, Twitter (and Twitter Clients), Glogster, Ning (and Ning Apps), PB Works, and Delicious.

Lessons Learned and Looking Forward:
Most of the responses in these categories focused not on the technology so much as the people (students and colleagues). Check out all of the responses here.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Waving Goodbye to 2009

Here's a neat video that not only reviews the year's top news stories, but also shows off some of the things that can be done with Google Wave.


Mashable has a little more information about the video.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Year in Review Music Video
Three Year in Review Presentations
Survey - Technology in Education 2009 and 2010

Survey - Technology in Education 2009 and 2010

The next couple of weeks will see millions of blogs and websites posting all kinds of "year-in-review" articles. This is a good time of year to reflect, but it's also a great time to look forward. So that we can all learn from each other, I've created this short survey for reflections and predictions. All of the results will be published for everyone to see. If you have a couple of minutes, I'd love to read about your discoveries in 2009 and your predictions for 2010. I've included an option for you to leave a link to your blog. Results can be viewed here.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Year in Review Music Video

Yesterday, I posted three year-in-review presentations from CNN. This morning I was reminded by Jeffery Hill's English Blog that Flocabulary has a year-in-review video of their own. The Year In Rap is a music video highlighting the top news stories of the last year.

The Year In Rap 2009 from Week in Rap on Vimeo.



Applications for Education
Teachers who use current news events as a part of their curriculum may be interested in using these videos and the slideshow as the jumping off point for further review of the year's top news stories. A quick activity before holiday vacation could be to have students view the videos and identify a story that they would like to investigate further. After they investigate that story they could put together their own short videos about it by using a service like Masher. You could also challenge your students to create their own rap about the year's news stories.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Three Year In Review Presentations

Today is the last episode of CNN Student News for the year. The show will return after the new year. The second segment of today's show features an overview of the key news stories of the first semester of the school year. Today's episode is embedded below.


CNN also has an interesting year in review video featuring their international reporters. In the video the reporters share what they thought were the most important and or most interesting stories from their part of the world. That video is embedded below.


Finally, CNN has a slideshow featuring the images from important news stories in the US and around the world.

Applications for Education
Teachers who use current news events as a part of their curriculum may be interested in using these videos and the slideshow as the jumping off point for further review of the year's top news stories. A quick activity before holiday vacation could be to have students view the videos and identify a story that they would like to investigate further. After they investigate that story they could put together their own short videos about it by using a service like Masher.