Category Archives: web 2.0 tools

Seventh Grade Happenings by Student #7A1.1

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The History of the Internet by Student #6.2.31

Submitted: September 14, 2011

I learned that technology has evolved from newspapers, radios, and movie reels to smartphones and a computer in most families’ homes.  It’s easier to share information, look up information and to connect through social networking. Today we can Skype with family members who live either in another state or out of the country.  For the future, I believe that newspapers, magazines, and textbooks will be extinct and the internet will become faster for people to use.

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Seventh Grade Happenings by Student #7A1.07

This Voki was created by a seventh grader.  It is the first student post to our class newsletter.  Congratulations 7a1-07!

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Edmodo

Edmodo.com is the most valuable free Web 2.0 tool I have found to date.  I can hardly believe it is free (let’s hope it stays that way for a very long time)!  Not edmodo logoonly does the website help to keep me growing and developing as a teacher, it has an amazing paper-less system on which classes can communicate and share documents.   The interface is secure, easy to navigate and similar to the latest popular social networking sites, such as Facebook.  I plan for us to use Edmodo as our virtual classroom this school year.

Given a special code, you can easily sign up for an account and automatically connect with the right group.  You will be able to post and comment among your schoolmates, share links and documents, and submit all of your assignments on Edmodo.  This makes it possible to receive timely feedback from me, including comments and grades.  Edmodo is compatible with mobile devices, so you can set it up for use on your phone.  If we use Edmodo successfully this year, maybe our school or even the district will consider signing up for is own free Edmodo web address!

A note to teachers:
The active (and quickly growing) teaching community on Edmodo has opened my eyes and mind to countless ideas!  I have found tons information about the latest educational research, trends, and tools.  In addition to twelve subject-specific communities available for collaboration, there are over forty leading digital content publisher communities on Edmodo including: Buck Institute for Education (BIE), Discovery Education, GlogsterEDU, Khan Academy, and Smithsonian Education.  Another great feature of Edmodo is the option to view it in either English, Spanish or Portugues.

-Ms. T.

FileStork

Used in conjunction with DropBox, I am sure FileStork will prove to be a veryfilestork logo valuable tool.  This gives students the ability to upload files securely directly to my DropBox account.  I have created different codes.  So, although the clip art is the same for all three grade levels and the special blog dropbox, the files submitted to each are sent to appropriate folders.  Be careful to use the correct drop box (but don’t worry–as long as you use our standard heading, I will still be able to find your work)!

I like FileStork, because it allows me to sign in with my DropBox information, rather than to register for yet another program.  Also, it is wonderful how FileStork sorts everything into neat folders.  An added plus–students do not have access to each other’s submitted work.  DROPitTOme is a similar service.

My concern is that all of these wonderful free apps will eventually begin charging, even for basic accounts.  That could wind up being quite costly for people like me, who have invested so much time and material.

What do you think?  Where is the future of free Web 2.0 tools heading?

-Ms. T.

Flag Counter

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In preparation for the upcoming school year, I have joined the Teacher Challenge on Edublogs. This is a free professional development program to help teachers increase blogging skills and connect globally with other classrooms. I observed Feedjit, ClustrMaps, and Flag Counter, on other participants’ blogs.

I think that Flag Counter is the best–it takes up a small bit of space, it is colorful, and very educational. Once the map is clicked, Flag Counter has options for viewing the number of visitors in chart/graph form and detailed information, from CIA-The World Factbook, about the visitors’ countries.

This widget will inform us when people visit our blog and from what part of the world.  It is located in the sidebar.

-Ms. T.

Voki

Creating a Voki is a great option for students. Voki charges for classroom accounts.   Having this type of account is advantageous, because it offers privacy settings and students do not have to register.  Perhaps I will be able to get a classroom account funded.

Until then, instead of having students register separately, I created one Voki account using xxxx@yopmail.com–I replaced the “xxxx” with our school name (this is a disposable e-mail account–you check the inbox at www.yopmail.com and messages are deleted after eight days).

The entire class can use the same e-mail address, along with the password I give them, to log in and create their own Vokis–each student must remember to title his/her Voki using a first name/student number.   Students can work on separate computers at the same time, using the one account.

-Ms. T.