T3 - Technology Tools
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  • Elements of Digital Storytelling
  • http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch? NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=nI0KNz63ubM
  • T3 - Technology Tools & Tips
  • Professional Learning
  • November 6, 2012
  • D. Brew & S. Leonard
  • Objective
  • Increase student engagement and differentiation by giving freedom of choice on assignments. Technology tools and tips can be used for teaching and student demonstrations to check for standard mastery.
  • Our Technology Focus: Digital storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. Digital storytelling projects compelling way to engage students in the learning process and to inspire them to become lifelong learners.
  • Materials needed: Computer(s), microphones, headsets, LCD projector
  • Topics:
  • Classroom management strategies for limited computers
  • Programs
  • Glogster
  • ToonDoo
  • Prezi
  • BoomWriter
  • PhotoStory
  • Explore and Learn PhotoStory
  • Strategies for Managing Students on One Computer or a Limited Number of Computers
  • Introduce a web site or software program as a whole class with a projection device
  • Pair students
  • Place students at computers in cooperative learning groups with clear roles.
  • When using a mobile lab or computer lab, consider having everyone follow directions together to get them to the same place before allowing students to proceed on their own.
  • Plan a non-computer based related activity
  • Any students who abuse their privilege at the computer should immediately be removed from the computer for a period of time.
  • 1. Consider introducing a web site or software program as a whole class with a projection device before having students access the site directly To cut down on student time at the computer and prepare students for what they will be learning and what will be expected of them.
  • 2. Pair students by selecting a "computer literate" student to work with a less experienced student.
  • 3. Place students at computers in cooperative learning groups with clear roles. Create groups of three students: Keyboard operator, Mouse operator, and Director/Recorder. In a crowded area, the Director/Recorder student can stand behind the other two and give the directions. A larger cooperative group may have additional roles such as: time keeper, a separate recorder and director, screen reader, editor, etc.
  • 4. When using a mobile lab or computer lab, consider having everyone follow directions together to get them to the same place before allowing students to proceed on their own.
  • 5. Plan a non-computer based related activity that may be done by part of the class in another area, while others are directly interacting with the computer. Sometimes, activities may be taken directly from a targeted web site or a related web site and printed out ahead of time. For example, have part of the class using traditional printed resources to research the same questions as students on the Internet and then switch groups. Students can be asked to compare information accessed in both locations using a graphic organizer or class discussion.
  • 6. Any students who abuse their privilege at the computer should immediately be removed from the computer for a period of time.
  • http://edu.glogster.com
  • Glogster is a fun and engaging 21st century education tool used by teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom.
  • Uses in the Classroom
  • Glogs are excellent alternatives to any traditional paper poster.
  • Students or teachers could create a Glog after an excursion or special event.
  • Students could create a Glog based on a topic or concept covered in class.
  • Glogster can be used for a collaborative projects or presentations.
  • Teachers can use Glogster as an online learning platform with activities, links and resources.
  • Glogster Tutorial Video
  • Advantages
  • ● it is free (for basic accounts where teachers can register up to 50 students).
  • ● students don’t need email addresses as the teacher registers their students.
  • ● it is easy to use and interactive.
  • ● it allows you to make Glogs in a private and safe online environment (teachers monitor their students’ Glogs; students can access Glogs that their classmates create).
  • ● it has many uses across all year levels and subject areas.
  • ● it has been tried and tested in educational institutes around the world.
  • ● it uses an easy to use drag and drop interface containing multimedia elements.
  • ● teachers can rate Glogs by clicking the stars on a five-star scale underneath each Glog.
  • http://edu.glogster.com/ - Play Biology Sample Glog
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • of Glogster
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Free
  • Students don’t need email addresses
  • It is easy to use and interactive.
  • It allows you to make Glogs in a private and safe online environment
  • It has been tried and tested in educational institutes around the world.
  • It uses an easy to use drag and drop interface containing multimedia elements.
  • Teachers can rate Glogs by clicking the stars on a five-star scale underneath each Glog.
  • For basic teacher accounts can register up to 50 students.
  • The non-educational glogster site is a social network.
  • County’s internet filter restricts students from import videos directly from YouTube.
  • Cannot save glog to a flash drive
  • Advantages
  • ● it is free (for basic accounts where teachers can register up to 50 students).
  • ● students don’t need email addresses as the teacher registers their students.
  • ● it is easy to use and interactive.
  • ● it allows you to make Glogs in a private and safe online environment (teachers monitor their students’ Glogs; students can access Glogs that their classmates create).
  • ● it has many uses across all year levels and subject areas.
  • ● it has been tried and tested in educational institutes around the world.
  • ● it uses an easy to use drag and drop interface containing multimedia elements.
  • ● teachers can rate Glogs by clicking the stars on a five-star scale underneath each Glog.
  • www.toondoo.com
  • ToonDoo is a free open application that allows anyone to create a comic strip.
  • Uses in the Classroom
  • Can be used by teachers to inject humor into their classes
  • Visually demonstrate concepts
  • Bring fresh, engaging lessons to students
  • Interpret a concept from verbal/textual form (provided by teacher) to visual form (created in ToonDoo)
  • Organize concept (i.e. science) to fit a limited-panel representation
  • Students can create their own new, unique representation of an idea
  • Students learn to appreciate the difficulty encountered when trying to communicate their ideas to others (i.e. ela and world languages)
  • ToonDoo Sample 1 and ToonDoo Sample 2
  • ToonDoo Tutorial Video
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • of ToonDoo
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Artistic ability is not a requirement
  • No spam email once student accounts are created
  • Can be used in any classroom at any level and it is easy for students and teachers to create
  • It will give you something that you can print out and post on your bulletin board
  • System locked up when multiple users attempt to log in at the same time
  • Students only focus on the creative / cartoon aspect of the cartoon, not the content
  • Provide specific content guidelines or rubric
  • ToonDoo for educators has a membership fee
  • ToonDoo for individuals is free
  • www.Prezi.com
  • Prezi’s zooming canvas opens up the classroom to active learning and interactivity, making lessons understandable, memorable, and fun.
  • Uses In The Classroom
  • Animated concept map
  • Memorable lectures
  • Search the Prezi Community for existing presentation on specific topics
  • Shows the big picture and then zooms in on the details
  • Prezi Tutorial Videos (scroll down)
  • Both teachers and students have become numb to conventional classroom presentations, where they’re confronted with slide after slide containing too much information in quick, disjointed succession.
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Prezi
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Perfect for interactive classroom sessions or group projects.
  • Use the PowerPoint Import feature to bring your existing content directly into your Prezi.
  • Prezi stores your presentations in the cloud for easy access from anywhere.
  • Templates allow for easy development with built in “wow” factor
  • Free
  • Deters presenters from using too much text
  • Cannot save Prezi to a flash drive
  • Imported images can appear blurry if they are not jpegs.
  • Too many animation / transition paths can get confusing
  • No presenter notes
  • Not printer friendly
  • Rather than being stuck in a static slide, with no context of where you came from or where you’re going. This adds relevant context to your idea by presenting an integrated view of how each detail relates to each other and to the big picture.
  • Collaborate in real time with up to 10 others, whether in the classroom or at home, to brainstorm and create your presentation on one shared virtual whiteboard
  • If you already have all your lecture notes in PowerPoint, you don’t need to start from scratch.
  • Edit and present from the classroom, library, or home. Or, use Prezi for iPad for total mobility
  • www.boomwriter.com
  • BoomWriter is a supremely engaging creative writing website that has students reading, writing and assessing content by using technology to collaboratively write a real book.
  • Uses in the Classroom
  • Students choose a “story start” that has been written by a professional writer, their teacher, themselves, their classmates, or maybe even a celebrity!
  • Students continue the story by writing their version of Chapter 2. At the same time, other BoomWriters will be writing their own version of what happens next.
  • Students can essentially create their own collaborative textbook by sharing what they know or have learned about a specific topic or unit of study. 
  • Help students understand writing with purpose and audience in mind. 
  • BoomWriter Sample
  • No matter what grade level you teach, and regardless of whether you are a classroom teacher with 30 students, a challenge coach with 100 students, or a special education teacher with 10 students, most teachers can easily identify a way for BoomWriter to be a highly beneficial part of their curriculum.
  • Some teachers create lessons and use it during class, while others offer it as an extra credit club, or at-home assignment.
  • The only limits are your imagination and a word count.
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Boomwriter
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • The teacher determines the total number of chapters to be completed.
  • Challenges strong students to produce their best work, while inspiring reluctant writers to exceed their normal output levels.
  • In Bloom’s Taxonomy of cognition, the highest levels of thinking and learning are “Creating” and “Evaluating.”
  • Teachers also have the option of providing instruction for students in the form of “Guiding Notes” prior to the creation of each new chapter.
  • Writers' names aren't revealed until after the voting
  • BoomWriter is standards-based and can be used for “in action” practice of specific genres (from Science Fiction to Drama), and even for test preparation
  • Word count limitation
  • Teachers must join the site in order to receive teacher’s manual and training material
  • Only the first published (hard copy) book is free
  • Unclear on whether there can be multiple accounts for one school
  • BoomWriter guides students to do both... and have fun in the process!
  • Writers' names aren't revealed until after the voting, thereby eliminating any "classroom politics" that could happen in the voting stage
  • Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. When students create a movie or interactive slide show to tell their story, learning becomes personal. Students can improve their writing, show creativity, and have a voice. It is easily adaptable for projects with 5 year olds or with 18 year olds.
  • Digital StoryTelling with PhotoStory 3
  • How Students Create their Story
  • Write Out The Story
  • What kind of story best suits the project you’re working on?
  • Map Out Your Story
  • Use a storyboard to arrange the story and start gathering ideas on the pictures, video, music, sound effects, transitions, etc. that will be used to convey the message in your story
  • Capture the Audience’s Attention
  • Determine who your audience is going to be and figure out how to capture the attention through an image, sound, question, shocking statistic…
  • Be as Brief as You Can Be
  • Don’t try to tell everything
  • Make sure the story has good rhythm
  • If the story isn’t moving, it’s boring
  • Evaluating a Digital Story
  • Use this interactive guide to help you create a rubric for your project
  • http://digitales.us/evaluating-projects/scoring-guides
  • Explore and Learn
  • PhotoStory 3 Tutorial
  • From your desktop  Programs  PhotoStory 3  Begin a new story  Next
  • Import 5 pictures of endangered technology from the T3_Professional Learning folder located on the T: drive.
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