21Things Post #10


Social Bookmarking would benefit a number of teachers in my school.  I am thinking specifically of working together to build a list of bookmarks that would be somewhat like a Portaportal.  I have created a portaportal for both  schools, but I am the only one building them.  This limits the viability and growth potential of the list.  I did not really think of introducing “web based” bookmarking to many teachers.  I have mentioned it to one of the math specialists and a reading specialist.  I think a better tactic might be to hold an inservice for the staff – one of my schools is ready for it -  and introduce the concept.  I know several would embrace the idea for their own personal productivity, but all would embrace the idea of creating a communal group of bookmarks of teaching resources.

I actually think a workshop on social bookmarking might make a great Tech Tuesday session.  It’s quick and the application to personal productivity is immediately visible.  It would also work well as part of a Web 2.0 for personal productivity exploration workshop.

Digital Voice Recorders in Foreign Language

This is a VETC09 session. Live Blogging…

Sharon McGlone, TRT at Booker T in Norfolk, is presenting.

Things that help:

  • TRT gives overview to students
  • TRT creates samples when planning with the teacher
  • TRT co-teaches
  • students practiced in diads
  • Rubrics given to students before they were assessed
  • Teacher training is key
  • refer to podcasts as “audio files” to increase teacher comfort
  • Students in groups worked best
  • be careful about identifying students when putting their projects on the web
  • sometimes you may need to use a file converter depending on your intended application

Using recordings to improve student oral language – Oral assessments every 4 weeks

Students were able to listen to themselves and classmates while creating their projects once files were posted on the web.  Students self selected conversational topics.

Students work is posted on the web as part of a student portfolio and for comparison of student fluency.  After students learned to record themselves – they did extensions.  Research a topic and then record themselves talking about it.  Students got excited.  Shy students were more apt to participate.  Additional project extensions include creating a slideshow (PPT, moviemaker, photo story) and using the student audio files with pictures.  Students can make wordles out of their speeches out of their topics.  Students wanted to reread or recreate their readings to help with the timing when using the file for projects.

Teachers were able to create files for students to listen to and practice and put them on the web.  Files are posted on their websites (linked from NPS site    http://ww2.nps.k12.va.us/education/components/sectionlist/default.php?sectiondetailid=34&category=168&).  Teachers can show students how to download the files to MP3 players (PPS kids could practice this in class if the teacher has borrowed the class set of MP3 players from OITMS).

Students could peer review each others work…

DE Streaming Teacher Tools Follow-Up

This post is primarily for those who will attend the DE Streaming Teacher Tools session today.  If you’ve read my blog at all, you know that from time to time I get fabulous information to share through my Personal Learning Network (PLN).  I found an absolute gem while preparing for the inservice and wanted to make sure I posted it for you.  The technique is an advanced use of the tools we will go over today, so I doubt we’ll get to it, but if you are interested in trying it, you’ll be able to. 

OK, so what is the technique?  Using Web 2.0 tools to create additional content to embed in your quizzes, assignments, and prompts. This means any content you find/create using Animoto, Teachertube, Slideshare, Dipity, Voki, Voicethread, Bubbl.us and many other tools can be a part of your assignment.  Here’s the tutorial that I found for you in the DEN (Discovery Educator Network).  If you want to try the to recreate the sample, use this file: the-letter-c   and then search DE Streaming for The Letter C song.  Let me know if you try it or if you run into trouble…


So during my SL adventure tonite, someone made a reference to Wordle.  I learned about this application earlier this year, but never posted about it (that I could remember). I think using this application would be a cool way to teach students about Main Idea.  The application make a word cloud from your text.  Words that occur with more frequency are larger in the cloud.  Like a tag cloud.  I think this might be a great application to help students learn about summarization too.  So I took my post about Warlick and turned it into a wordle:

DEN Institute Day 3 – Steve Dembo’s Keynote

I’ve got bunus points because I’ve got Plurk open!!

Learning to Speak Native:

Reference to Prensky: Natives are multitaskers, they prefer graphics BEFORE text etc… they think differently because they grew up connected.  Our schools were not created to accomodate these kids.  If educators want to reach NATIVES we will have to “just do it”. 

We’ve had an information explosion…161 Billion GB of information.  Another key trend flattening the world.  Open sourcing and tools on steroids (like cell phones).  Also Wikinomics – everyone helping to build something better than they can do on their own.  Look at the www.curriki.com  project or the fact that some things like Gmail are in perpetual beta …not everything is a final draft.  The idea is finding innovative uses for things and not necessarily inventing everything. This is the intersection of tools, experts, and knowledge.  It’s the idea of a listserv vs. plurk.  It’s a conversation and it’s personal.  It’s impromptu professional development.  You get ideas and professional development that you didn’t even know you need.  People share discoveries, request info, social and personal connection, explore new things, professional development opportunities in real time.  We are all DEN STARs and we are supposed to share, so we should use these things.  VA has a guide on social networking in grades k-12?  I need to get my hands on it…Apparently it’s published by the DOE?

Networking allows us to learn how o do what we do and using WEB2.0 allows us to share what we are learning in bigger audiences.  So now teachers are becoming as connected as the students we teach.  Then we start doing the same things kids do to try to stay connected at work.  If you give a man a fish, if you teach a man to fish,  ic you connect a man to a fishing community he’ll have variety in his diet.

Natives attends conferences using Live blogs, podcasts, backchannel, skypecast, twitter, ustream even in second life.  During packed sessions folks who stream it out can help folks who want to attend.  Then you can sit is second life next to others who couldn’t physically be there.  www.mogulus.com a virtual broadcasting studio in your computer? www.qik.com plays nicely with mogulus and you can do truly mobile recording. Can’t get parent’s to come to an assembly during the day?  broadcast it live and then they can attend while on break at work.  Create an on demand video library…

Find a way to share the info that fits you and stay connected.


Science 1.5 review

Mrs. Taxson asked me to do a review activity with her class, so I decided to try out the VoiceThread application with them.  They had fun, I had fun, we all had fun!!  Wanna see what we did?  Check it out:

Thanks to Chrissy for the tutorial on embedding VoiceThreads. I would never have been able to figure it out on my own.