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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…

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.

ABC Word Clouds: http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm Image Chef: http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic Lexipedia: http://www.lexipedia.com Photo Widget Cloud Maker: http://www.roytanck.com/2009/04/09/introducing-photo-widget-floating-thumbnails-for-your-website Quintura http://www.quintura.com  Tag Crowd:  http://tagcrowd.com Tag Galaxy: http://ta…