Bulloch County teachers have a couple of staff development days worked into the schedule this year. September 2nd is the first day scheduled and I was able to work in an hour of training time in the day’s busy schedule for additional Google training for teachers. The second day is November 10th and I will be covering Google Classroom in addition to topics I wasn’t able to cover during the first session.
Technology Integration Training – 2nd Semester of 2012-2013 School Year
Course established to provide training for WJMS teachers to integrate technology in the classroom. The group will receive one PLU credit towards recertification upon completion of the training.
|Evaluating Test Data- 2 hours||01/04/13||8:30 – 10:30 (Math/LA)10:30 – 12:30 (Science/Social Studies)||Media Center|
|Using iPads and Galaxy tablet PCs in the Classroom – 2 hours||01/04/13||1:30 – 3:30||Media Center|
|School Loop Website Training – 1 ½ hours||02/21/13||During teacher planning time.||Media Center|
|Web 2.0 Tools – 1 ½ hours||03/28/13||During teacher planning time.||Media Center|
|Using Pinterest in the Classroom – 1 ½ hours||04/18/13||During teacher planning time.||Media Center|
|Web 2.0 Tools – 1 ½ hours||05/16/13||During teacher planning time.||Media Center|
COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR BULLETIN/COURSE GOALS/OBJECTIVES: Participants will learn how to use test data to better meet the needs of individual students. Additional sessions are scheduled to help teachers integrate technology into their classroom instruction.
COURSE ACTIVITIES: Teachers will analyze student test data in order to provide more individualized instruction. Participants will work with Galaxy tablets and iPads to learn the benefits of using them with their students. All teachers have School Loop websites and will be provided with additional training on their use. Various Web 2.0 tools such as FotoFunia, Screenr, Blabberize, and Penzu will be demonstrated so teachers may integrate them in lessons. The online virtual pinboard tool Pinterest will be used with teachers to show the benefit of their use in the classroom.
Web 2.0 Tools
Be Funky – Turn your pictures into works of art. Be Funky allows you to edit your photos, add filters, frames, and special effects. No account is required and edited images can be saved or shared. Images can be uploaded from your computer or popular social networks.
- edit images to use in projects
- study of forms of art using the Artsy and Effects categories of Impressionist, Pointillism, Watercolor, and Pop Art
- use searchable Gallery of images in projects
- create your own avatars
- Use the Cartoonizer to transform your photos into cartoons to create a comic strip. Toon Doo is a free site which allows you to upload your own images to create cartoons.
- Photosynths on Bing Maps – bring geographic points of interest to life in your classroom
- create virtual field trip as a follow up activity after visiting a location as a class
- add audio track using free, open-source program like Audacity
One Word – One Word is a very simple and elegant quick-write solution for students. The site offer a one word prompt and gives the student 60 seconds to start writing. This is a great way to fight writer’s block and make writing a little more fun as the words are usually really interesting and offer lots of room for students to get creative. Have your students take a screen shot of their finished entry to paste to a word processing document and have them continue writing. No account needed to use site.
*PhotoFunia – online photo editing tool which allows you to upload any photo to add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages. Brainstorm applications in education.
Story Starters – Scholastic Story Starters serves up hundreds of creative combinations that take the writer’s block out of creative writing for students. With a few mouse clicks, students can “spin the wheel” to get their writing assignments, which include direction on character, plot, and setting. They can further customize their writing by choosing a format such as newspaper or postcard and can even draw their own illustration.
Cue Prompter – site allows user to paste in text to create an online teleprompter. Features adjustable speed for scrolling text and mirror display.
- Providing prompts when giving speech
- Teleprompter for newscasts
- Producing movies with actors needing script
- students can create how-to videos on a topic
- Teacher can create videos on difficult concepts for students to understand. These can be embedded in their websites for students to use when they need a quick tutorial or were absent when the material was taught.
- About Me word cloud
- Create word cloud of historical documents or a complete web page. – MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech…MLK Photo
Penzu – Penzu is an online diary and personal journal that makes writing online as easy and intuitive as writing on paper.
We Video – collaborative online video creation tool. In the video editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes We Video collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you.
Historypin – Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history.
Zamzar – free site to convert many file types for video, audio, word processing, pdf, and many more
Incredibox – This application allows everyone to express their musicality through a fun and easy to use interface…and to share original compositions with friends(Example).
InstaGrok – Teachers can create classes with individual student accounts to create research journals from appropriate web content
- finds age-appropriate educational content on any topic presented with interactive multimedia interfaces
- generates quiz questions based on student’s research activity and skill level
- supports creation of research journals and concept maps for learning assessment
Fotoflexer – Fotoflexer is the world’s most advanced online image editor. Tool allows basic editing features as well as offering some advanced options other free programs do not. Accounts are not required to use the tool but are useful when working on a project over several days.
- Create an animal in science by morphing together digital images. Research possibility or impossibility of morphed animal occurring in nature.
- Discuss propaganda in the media due to edited images and show examples. Require students to edit images to create their own propaganda. Too Dark Copy Region Distort
- Create your own motivational poster
- Use the badge maker to create a badge for a historical figure
- Make a billboard using a slogan you create
- Create a magazine cover “selling” a natural resource
- Customize your own movie poster
Fakebook – Fakebook allows students to create a “faux” Facebook page online. It doesn’t require a login to utilize the standard features. Students can upload a profile pic, edit basic profile info, add posts and friends, and even include YouTube videos. The Fakebook can be saved by entering a password for a randomly generated URL. Students would need to write down the URL to edit the document at a later date. Fakebook can be exported as a PDF or embedded in a website or blog. Another option for creating faux Facebook pages is a PowerPoint template students may download and edit.
- Create Fakebook on the subject of a biography the students read
- Research famous scientists to create Fakebook page about them
- Create Fakebook page on the main character of a novel
- Opportunity to teach student about social networking and digital footprint
- Create an animated movie demonstrating angles in math. Example
- Draw a mnemonic device. Example
- Create an advertisement for a product
- Teachers can use images of famous people or animals to introduce thematic units.
- Students can upload images of themselves or a historical figure for a biographical sketch.
- Who Am I?
- Students can teach a concept using their animated avatar.
Apple iPad Resources:
Guided tour videos: http://www.apple.com/ipad/videos – for features pre-loaded
FaceTime, Mail, Safari, iBooks, Apps Store, iTunes, Photos, Videos, Maps
GSU College of Education iPad Project
iPads in Schools
Apps in Education
Lucy Green’s Science Apps Post
I Education Apps Review
This year I am offering a technology course for faculty to earn PLU credit. Topics for the class include using United Streaming and YouTube in the classroom, creating a blog, podcasting, basic and/or advanced features of PowerPoint, advanced features of FirstClass, digital photo editing using GIMP, and using Photo Story 3. Support materials will be posted on this page for all faculty to use. In addition, faculty may post questions and comments related to the course on this page.
Using United Streaming and YouTube-August 20th
Creating WordPress Account-do this before the Sept. 10th session
Creating Blogs Using WordPress-September 10th and 24th
Sample blogs in education:
Sargent Park Math Zone
History Class in Review
Cool Cat Teacher in Review
Kevin’s Meandering Mind
A Teacher’s Thoughts
Learning As You Go
Teaching All Students
Lists of Educational Blogs
Photo Story 3-January 14th and February 4th
- CCMixter.org Amazing website with CreativeCommons songs, tracks, and sound effects. Mix, share, and download.
- Internet Archive Open Source Audio – Free and open source
- Looperman – Looperman is a Free pro audio community for musicians, film and video producers, djs and multi media designers.
Animoto-produces TV-quality music videos using your photos and video clips in just minutes. I created a free educator account for our teachers to use with students. The username is email@example.com and the password is knights.
Digital Photo Editing: Don’t Believe Everything You See-March 4th and March 25th
*99% of all magazine photos are retouched
Can’t see the video below? Try this link.