May 31, 2010

What are we learning by blogging?

We have been exploring a number of 2.0 tools including blogger and kidblogs. Blogger is a lot of fun for the Grade Ones. They love writing "for the world." They have learned the basics to online safety and are on their way to being responsible digital citizens. They know that they can "be their responsible selves, without telling the world about themselves."

(Blogger is super easy to set up for the class. Just have an email ready, (or a class account on gmail) and the students will quickly learn how to log into blogger, how to post, publish and edit. )

We have also been trying "kidblogs" where the teacher sets up an account for their class and easily adds students and guests. Here students share their expertise on something and other students and guests leave comments. You can easily moderate the comments and include other classes as guests. Students have a login name and a password to get onto the class blog.

In teaching digital citizenship, we found some valuable resources online (k-6) and thanks to the Great Kim "Webkinz," everyone can access these resources on "OURPLT."

How can you engage your students to learn the essentials of digital citizenship?

May 2, 2010

Top 5 Slideshows

We have been playing around with many 2.0 tools in Grade 1 and have enjoyed learning how to make slideshows. These slideshows are great tools for the classroom because they are easy to use, visually appealing and students love them.

I made some super quick shows to show you the power of these slideshows. (You get to see my beautiful little furry ball of love in My Top 5 Slideshows!)

1. Photoshow is a lot of fun to play with. It has great themes to base your presentation around including spring, outer space, and old films. It has great features including speech bubbles, stickers and animations to spice up your show!

2. Animoto has amazing slide transitions based on the music. It speeds up if the music is quicker and slows down as the beat slows down. I especially love the text transitions in animoto. The major disadvantage to animoto is that it takes a really long time to process the show.

3. With photopeach students can make easy slideshows quickly. There are no advertisements on the presentation and it takes moments to create and process.
Princess Scoutie on PhotoPeach

4. Slide is easy and you can add as many photos as you like and it is free. The downside to this tool are the advertisements.

5. Domo Animate Slideshow is a fun way to present photos. You can use templates including Willie Nelson to jazz up the show. Princess Scoutie by iambeamer2