Thursday, March 25, 2010

Web 2.0 and 1:1 Implementation

I had the privilege and opportunity to present at WEMTA 2010 this year as a spotlight presenter. The 2 1/2 hour hands-on session was of course one of my favorites which was titled: Transforming Your Classroom Instruction with Web 2.0 Literacy Tools." David Kapuler  co-facilitated with me- so it was wonderful to have another instructor as a "dynamic duo" to share our best of the best resources and showcase how to introduce these tools to students to create a final product meeting the ISTE NETS in the k-12 classroom.  Lots of conversation with participants and WEMTA attendees have taken place before, during and after this conference, which has kept this topic on the forefront of education in Wisconsin.

I am really impressed with the motivation and dedication that some Wisconsin educators showcase to stay current with technology integration, and to change and enhance their teaching and learning environments.  Ultimately it is a win-win situation for the school district and especially their students!

Below is a collection of resources shared at the conference, but also resources that have been now shared to address web 2.0 AUP's and 1:1 initiatives to support this movement.

AUPS and Supportive Websites
CTAP- AUPS in a web 2.0 World
http://www.myctap.org/index.php/cybersafety-home/68-acceptable-use-policy-articles

Naomi Harm's Technology Planning Resources and Tools
http://sites.google.com/site/techplanningsurveytools

Policy Leadership and Web 2.0
http://itls.saisd.net/blog/?p=370

SEDTA
http://www.setda.org/

The Journal
http://thejournal.com/Home.aspx

Web 2.0 Resources for k-16 Education

Cool Tools For School
http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com

Cutting Edge Technology Tools to Support 21sy Century Skills
(by the well known David Kapuler)
http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com

Go2Web20 (business and education)
http://www.go2web20.net

Innovative Educator 2.0
http://blog.innovativeeducator.us

IT Stuff for You
http://itstuff4u.wordpress.com/category/web-2-0/

Kathy Schrock

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/edtools.html

Online Degree (100 Essential Web 2.0 Tools for Educators)
http://www.onlinedegree.net/100-essential-2-0-tools-for-teachers/


The Journal (op 10 Web 2.0 Tools for Young Learners)
http://thejournal.com/articles/2009/02/02/top-10-web-20-tools-for-young-learners.aspx


Shambles (Asia- outstanding resources)

http://www.shambles.net/Web2/

Solution Watch (Back to School with Web 2.0 Part 1)
http://www.solutionwatch.com/512/back-to-school-with-the-class-of-web-20-part-1/


Web 2.0 For You

http://www.mindomo.com/view.htm?m=bd27a95a430dd9821e9544b0fc99bc25

Web 2.0 Tools 4 Your to Use
http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com

http://embedr.com/playlist/web-2-0-free-tools-4-u-2-use-fame-2009-workshop


Tami Brass 1:1 Support Resources from WEMTA 2010 (Tami was also another Spotlight Presenter at WEMTA 2010 and provided these phenomenal resources)
Ning

Twitter

Blog

Classroom Management

Diigo Links

Edutopia Project Learning 1:1


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Word Cloud Makers Are Here

After hearing about the news that Wordle is currently in limbo of being relaunched for live creation purposes again, I took it upon myself to "Tweet" about the alternative tools I use for creating and designing word clouds in the K-16 classroom setting.  I too, was very happy with Wordle, but it is amazing how many choices we have to tap into with other web 2.0 literacy tools that can accomplish the same job, and even sometimes better!

Here is my essential "Word Cloud" free list to support your instructional technology efforts to promote and flourish literacy in your classroom to generate unique student and educator projects.

Tag Crowd:  http://tagcrowd.com
Tagul:  http://tagul.com
Twitter Sheep: http://twittersheep.com
Visual Thesaurus Vocab Grabber: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/vocabgrabber
Word It Out: http://worditout.com 
Word Sift: http://wordsift.com