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Here is an article where the teacher moves from flipping a class to truly student centered learning. I contemplated this over the summer and wrote my stull bill with this in mind. Why shouldn't we teach students to be independent learners?
This article is a roadmap for that journey.
Today I found this great resource for cyber safety. There are 3 videos. The first is on how easy it is for others to see your information and how to use https instead of http to keep your information encrypted. The second video is specifically for kids it. and has a list of do's and don'ts. The last video is the most hard hitting. It is about how people can use your personal information to stalk and blackmail you and how you can take care of it. The teacher posted how she framed her class discussions too. Definitely for secondary. The message is a little to strong for elementary.
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Instructions for inserting images in Google forms
Create a new form.
View the form and "view page source" (this can be done by right-clicking in Google Chrome - all browsers will allow you to view the source but may use different processes)
Select all and copy and paste the source code into an html editor or text file.
Find where you want your images and either use the wysiwyg editor of your software to insert your image or find the location in the text file and place your "img src=" tag - here's the format to use:
5. Create a Google Site on which to place your form.
6. Insert an HTML box on a page on the site.
7. Paste your new code which includes the image into this box and save the page.
8. The form will now work within your new Google Site and you should see your image.
I want to say that I feel like I am just curating information that I find on the internet. Although this is helpful to me and hopefully to others who are reading my blog, it leaves me with the taste of ABC gum. The flavor (for me) has diminished because I don't feel like I am contributing anything only reposting other people's work. I hope that like learning a new language, I am in the "silent period" where I am taking everything in before I start producing myself. If that doesn't happen, I feel like this is going to be a glorified filing cabinet. Anyways, here is my latest grab....
This site has a list of objectives for what you want your students to do, an a handy list of apps that will do just what you want. It starts with, "I want my students to ...... and then below it a resource link for doing the task and the apps, their price and description as well as ease of use.
Very helpful for those who need app links as well as actual tutorials on how to do things.
Worth every moment of the 6 minutes. It is time to Hack education and bring it to a place that inspires students and teachers by creating learning environments where people have to THINK and COLLABORATE. I like his first idea, have an open network test. Why are we still writing tests with answers that someone has to memorize? Why would we want a group of students to have the same answer on each question? If we want students to think we must design curriculum that has them think. I also like the idea of starting class with a question. Other take-aways: Google is not the be all end all. We need to use our human resources too.
Here is a list of the 19 things (Thanks to Innovative Educator for putting this list together)
I found this slide show and I thought it had some great ideas for writing activities in the class. There are many clickable links for resources too.
I have been looking for a word cloud generator that you can use on iPad. The problem is that most use flash which is a no go for iPads. I tried wordle and tagxedo to no avail.
I just found http://worditout.com/ . Although it does not have the ability to choose the form of the word cloud like tagxedo, you still have color and font choice.
To make a word cloud for the iPad, I created a word cloud on the site, then I took a screen shot of it and cropped it in skitch. I was able to select a photo from my photo library for this blog--no need to "select a file" ( the death knell for iPad uploading because you can not choose a file in iPads). Voila word cloud for iPad!
1. Have students do an about me cloud - they need to type their name about 10 times for their name to be larger than the other words
2. Speech analysis
Have students copy and paste a speech into the word cloud to help them identify theme words.
3. Writing revision
Have students copy their own writing into the word cloud generator and see which words are most prevalent. They can then edit to eliminate high frequency words for meatier ones.
Here is a live binder with lots of other resources http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/3017
The Literacy Shed has a wealth of visual resources to use. The curator has tons ( and I do mean tons) of short animations to use for lessons. He also has lesson ideas to go with the animations. The animations themselves are beautiful and I think there is a lot of potential for creative writing.
The site has many sheds with different genres of images and animations as well as teaching ideas for each of the areas. Here is an example from the Fantasy Shed. Scroll down to "Once in a lifetime" to view some gorgeous animation that students could write narration for.
The images are ultra engaging!
Today I made my first Blabberize. It was relatively painless, but not exactly as easy as I thought it would be. After downloading an image, I had to find a microphone that hooked up to my new computer. I don't imagine this would be an issue on a Mac, but I use a PC desktop at home that did not have an embedded microphone. Then I had to figure out how to record the sound ( again I think this is a PC issue) Finally I had to convert the file I made (WMA) into an MP3. I had to download a converter to do this. Once I had everything I needed, it was really easy. I think kids could have a blast with this. Think how if fun it could be to have an animated picture deliver your presentation. It would enhance script writing as well.