Showing posts with label Tom Barrett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tom Barrett. Show all posts

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lots of Interesting Ways to Use Technology In Your Classroom

Earlier today in my Feedly account I noticed that Tom Barrett had published updated versions of two of his very popular Interesting Ways presentations. It appears that Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes and Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the classroom have received a facelift. These are just two of the many crowd-sourced Interesting Ways presentations that Tom has published over the years.

Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom is embedded below. Open the editor to make a copy of these slides or get in touch with Tom to learn how to contribute to any of the Interesting Ways presentations.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Using Wall Wisher in the Classroom

On Friday I ran a short workshop about using online tools to brainstorm with students. One of the resources that I shared and had folks try out was Wall Wisher. Although not the most robust tool for brainstorming, Popplet is currently my favorite, Wall Wisher is easy to use and seemed to be a hit with my audience. For that reason I'm re-running a couple of posts about using Wall Wisher in the classroom. I hope you can glean an idea or two from them.

From April 2010.
Today, I showed my special education students a short (18 minutes) video about cultural changes that took place in the US during the 1920's. After the video we discussed what they saw. Then I had students search online for other examples of cultural change in the 1920's. When they found examples they put them onto a Wallwisher wall that I projected onto a wall in my classroom. The wall started with just text being added to the wall and quickly progressed to YouTube videos being added to the wall. Once every student had contributed a video we stopped, watched the videos, and discussed.

At first my students were a little unsure of what Wallwisher is all about, but they quickly figured it out and they all enjoyed the class. The two comments in the screen capture below capture the vibe of the room.

For those who have never tried Wallwisher before, it is very easy to use. To get started simply go to and click "build a wall." Then title your wall, choose a URL for your wall, enter your name and email, and start adding sticky notes to the wall. Sticky notes added to a Wallwisher wall can contain up to 160 characters of text plus links to images and videos. You can choose to make your wall private or public. If you choose the public option anyone can quickly add sticky notes to your wall. If you want to approve additions to the wall before they appear, that's an option too. Choosing the public settings is allows for the quickest set-up and use of Wallwisher as you only need to give students the URL of your wall in order for them to add notes to the wall.

Also from April 2010.
Tom Barrett has a slideshow about Wallwisher in his Interesting Ways Series. Currently, there are nineteen ideas in the slideshow. If you have more ideas to add, contact Tom Barrett using the contact information in the last slide. The slideshow is embedded below.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Interesting Ideas for Classroom Blog Posts

Earlier today I was trying to compile a list of eleven things for students to blog about. I was sputtering out around number seven when it hit me, "I bet Tom Barrett already has a list going." So I went to the Interesting Ways page on Tom's blog and sure enough there I found 37 Interesting Ideas for Class Blog Posts. I added one of my ideas to the Google Presentation and I encourage you to add your ideas.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for new things for your students to blog about or new ways to use your classroom blog, 37 Interesting Ideas for Class Blog Posts is a good bet for a place to find a new idea.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom

Yesterday, I shared the story of how I used Wallwisher in my special education classroom. That post generated a lot of views and comments (both on Twitter and in the blog comments). This morning, through Steven Anderson I learned that Tom Barrett has a slideshow about Wallwisher in his Interesting Ways Series. Currently, there are nineteen ideas in the slideshow. If you have more ideas to add, contact Tom Barrett using the contact information in the last slide. The slideshow is embedded below.

Monday, March 15, 2010

20+ Ways to Use Flip Cameras in the Classroom

Last Friday I posted a Google Docs presentation titled Many Ways to Use Flip Video Cameras in the Classroom. At the time the presentation had only three slides. I put out an invitation to anyone that wanted to add ideas to the presentation and as of this writing there are 57 collaborators. In total there are now 21 slides.

Before I started Many Ways to Use Flip Cameras in the Classroom I looked to see if Tom Barrett already had a presentation on the topic. It turns out he did have one, but I somehow overlooked it. Here's Tom's 43 Interesting Ways to use your Pocket Video Camera in the Classroom.

I'd still love to have more contributors to Many Ways to Use Flip Cameras in the Classroom, if you're interested in adding your ideas please fill in this form and I'll send you an invitation to collaborate.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Many Ways to Use Flip Cameras in the Classroom

Earlier today I Tweeted that I got a Flip video camera to record my presentations. Adam Truitt replied with this message "now waiting on your post - "100 classroom ideas for the flip camera" :-)" Adam's message reminded me of Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways series. I put the two ideas together and started a Google Docs presentation of ways that Flip video cameras can be used in the classroom. I've already invited Adam to add his thoughts and I'd like to open it up to as many people as possible. If you have something to add to this presentation just send me your email address in the form below and I'll send you an invite to collaborate.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Using Maps in an Elementary School Math Lesson

When it comes to creative uses of Google tools, Tom Barrett is certainly a leader that we can all learn from. A great example of this can be found in Tom's Math Maps. Math Maps are Google Maps on which Tom and others have created placemarks which when clicked reveal mathematics questions for students to answer based on the maps. There are questions available for every elementary school grade level. The placemarks are color-coded to indicate the level of the questions. Blue = Kindergarten, Red = 1st grade, Green = 2nd grade, Light Blue = 3rd grade, Yellow = 4th grade, Purple = 5th grade. Visit Tom Barrett's Math Maps page to view the existing Math Maps and read about how to contribute to the existing Math Maps.

Embedded below is 55 Shape Activities in Paris.

View 55 Shape Activities in Paris in a larger map

Applications for Education
Math Maps could be a great way for students to see examples of mathematics in the real world. Math Maps are also have a fun scavenger hunt feel. If you work with students slightly older than elementary school, you might want to consider having them create their own Math Maps as a way to demonstrate their knowledge of mathematics in the real world.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
More Real World Math
Google Maps for More than Social Studies

Saturday, December 5, 2009

More Interesting Ways to...

Tom Barrett has launched a new set of Interesting Ways slides. Tom's Interesting Ways slide decks are collaborative projects to which anyone can make a contribution, just contact Tom. The new additions to the Interesting Ways series are Web Conferencing in the Classroom, Teaching Reading Comprehension, Teach Spelling in the Classroom, Learning Platforms in the Classroom, and Encourage Pupils and their Families to Visit Your School Blog. You can see all of the previous installments to the Interesting Ways series here.

Embedded below you will find a slide deck from a previous installment of the Interesting Ways series. If you have something to add, make sure you contact Tom Barrett with your suggestion.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

20 Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom

Last Friday I wrote a post about Tom Barrett's latest installments to his Interesting Ways series. At the time, one of the installments, Interesting Ways to Use Audio in Your Classroom, didn't have any ideas or resources in it and Tom was looking for contributors. As a testament to the power of crowdsourcing, Zero Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom is now 20 Interesting Ways to Use Audio In Your Classroom. The crowdsourcing hasn't stopped yet. If you have ideas to add to the slideshow, contact Tom.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Zero Interesting Ways to Use Audio In the Classroom?

Of course, there are interesting ways to use audio in your classroom, but Tom Barrett needs some help generating a list. You see, Tom has started a new series of "Interesting Ways" slideshows. One of the slideshows he just launched is about interesting uses of audio in your classroom. If you have ideas for using audio in the classroom and would like to see those ideas added to the very popular Interesting Ways series, send Tom Barrett an email or send him a message on Twitter.

Below is one of the more popular slideshows from the Interesting Ways series Tom Barrett created.

Applications for Education
Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways series reflects, on a global stage, the idea of collaborating with other teachers to create good lessons. If you're looking for ideas about infusing technology into your lessons, check out the Interesting Ways series started by Tom Barrett.

Monday, July 13, 2009

More Wordle in the Classroom Ideas

Yesterday, I wrote a post about Summer Vacation Wordles and a wiki called Guess the Wordle. Today, Clif Mims posted a Google Docs presentation created by Tom Barrett called Thirty-Eight Interesting Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom. The presentation is embedded below. Take a look through the presentation and you're bound to find an idea that you can use or adapt for your use. Make sure you also visit Tom's blog as he has created a number of presentations about technology integration in the same style as the one below. RSS readers may need to click through to view the presentation.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Eight Ways to Use Google Docs from Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett, who has written some great guides for teachers concerning the use of Google Docs, has just released another great piece of advice.

Tom Barrett has published a slide show featuring Eight Interesting Ways to Use Google Doc in the Classroom. The slide show shares good ideas as well as some good advice that teachers using Google Docs in the classroom should consider before starting a project with students.

Applications for Education
Normally, this is where I would write a blurb about how Google Docs is awesome and the awesome ways that it can be used in the classroom, but Tom does a much better job of that than I do. Therefore, you should check out Tom's blog and slide show.