Tuesday

Tool #5: Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

...Creating to show understanding

In today’s world, individuals can search the web and find an enormous number of web-based "start-ups" providing them with the ability to create documents, presentations, videos and more all by just registering for an account. Typically, cloud computing/Web 2.0 companies offer beta versions of their products while working through the “bugs” and fixing the issues that arise. This has been very good for educators who have benefited from the free services of so many Internet-based services. Having worked to achieve an expected quality of service and develop a service agreement, many of these sites start requiring a fee to use their products/software which means one of your favorite tools may no longer be available to you. Fortunately for educators, many providers have recognized and responded to the needs of the educational community and have created special pricing structures and/or account types designed for specifically for educators, such as Google Apps.


Web-based applications are great tools for the 21st century classroom by providing 24/7 access to tools anywhere the Internet is available. There are a limitless number of Web 2.0 tools available today. You can Google a topic/term such a “web presentation tool” or “create cartoons” and find pages of tools or blogs which mention tools. These tools can be used instructionally - embedded or linked to in your flipcharts as a set to engage your students. These tools can also be used by students in stations to demonstrate understanding of content. It all depends on your objective!


We’ve already looked into Google Apps which has a number of tools for product creation. Below is a list of web tools that can be used to develop an end product. Some will require that you create an account. Others are already tied into your Google Apps account or may not require account creation. For those that do require account creation, make it easy on yourself. Use your springbranchisd.com email address and then create a password that you will use for ALL of your Web 2.0 accounts! That way you’re not always trying to remember a new password. Make the password at least 8 characters with a combination of letters/numbers that should work for all sites. 


Also, be aware that when creating accounts, you are agreeing to Terms of Service. We aren’t bringing this up to alarm you. However, in accordance with U.S. Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), these companies can never knowingly solicit, nor will it accept, personally identifiable information from users known to be under thirteen (13) years of age. So, it is important that before you ask students to register on sites, that you check the Terms of Service to make sure of the age requirements.

Below is an annotated sampler of the tools. Your goal is to pick at least two and try them out!


ToolDescriptionVideo TutorialsLevel
Stupeflix Studio  
(Access through Google Apps) 

Create videos in a “snap!” Stupeflix is actually a 3rd party application that is accessed through your Google Apps account - click on More in the menu links. This makes it a great tool for students to use since they don’t have to have an additional account. Upload images or videos to Stupeflix to make short 1 minute presentations. SBISD is currently in negotiations with Stupeflix for their new EDU accounts where teachers can manage/preview student products through a management console.
Currently, you will not be able to export a video. However, give it a try, take a screenshot and we will take your word for it!
YouTube Tutorial
Doesn’t show newer Outline theme

SBISD Tutorial
Easy

All levels
Animoto




Turn your photos and video clips into stunning videos - fast, free and easy! Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom.
Easy

All levels

Go Animate 

GoAnimate - anyone can animate - state of the art animation tools!
GoAnimate4Schools (school version of GoAnimate) create up to 100 accounts - limited capability - 2 minute long - Includes a lesson gallery
SBISD is currently in negotiations with GoAnimate4Schools to provide accounts for interested SBISD teachers and students
YouTube TutorialA Little Involved

Secondary

Create your own comix strips! It’s easy and its fun! No account creation. Must be completed in one sitting as they aren’t saved. Either print or email the final product.YouTube TutorialEasy


Intermediate
and up

Students can “mash-up” their photos with using these tools to create products! Look specifically at the Movie Poster and Trading Card tools! Both can easily be used to summarize readings or famous people! Create an education account.YouTube TutorialEasy

All levels


Word Cloud Generators

There are several web tools for generating word clouds from your text. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently. Check these out!
YouTube Tutorial
Easy

All levels
Glogster EDU 
Poster yourself - Online media rich “poster” for teachers and students. The EDU version offers teacher management controls for students and classes.
Teachers are now limited to 50 accounts in the free version.
The free version is now gone... NEWS! SBISD is piloting Glogster.edu in classrooms across the district. Contact Angela McNeil to learn how you and your students can participate!
YouTube TutorialEasy


1st - 12th

Xtranormal 
If you can type, you can make movies! That’s xtranormal’s motto! Use xtranormal to type your script, add a few animations and gestures, and click a button to create a movie! Lots of fun! They do not have an educator account at this time. Must be 13 and older.
They DO have an educator account now! However, IT NOW COSTS to publish.
YouTube Tutorial


SBISD Tutorial
Easy


13 and up
Prezi 
A presentation tool great for introducing content and presenting through images and video. Worth a look! Note: Intended for teacher use only - age limit is 18!YouTube TutorialEasy


18 and up
Blogger
(Access through Google Apps) 
Access through Google Apps account by going to even more on the more drop down menu (refer to video in Tool #1). Teachers and students can create own blogs and comment on the blogs of others. YouTube Tutorial


Easy


All levels
Google Sites
(Access through Google Apps) 
Teachers and students can create individual/shared websites (wikis) to develop content collaboratively! YouTube TutorialEasy


1st - 12th

bookr 
Uses Flickr photos - Recommended by others - Good idea might be to set up own flickr account students can access and use those photos.YouTube TutorialEasy


All levels
TikaTok 
“Every child has a story” - A fun world where kids create their own books. Teacher registers and creates accounts for students.YouTube Tutorial


YouTube Tutorial #2
A Little Involved


All levels
Storybird 
You and your students can create short, art-inspired stories. Teachers can use free class accounts to manage students without the need for student emails!YouTube TutorialEasy


All levels
storyjumper 
Use the classroom edition to set up an account for your classroom. Then you can manage and review student work and maintain privacy. Storyjumper includes the StoryStarter workbook to help get students going!
Refer to the website for setting up the classroom edition!
YouTube Tutorial


A Little Involved


1st - 12th
mixbook  
Create beautiful scrapbooks using your pictures. No software to download. Easy to use! Must be 13 or older.YouTube TutorialEasy


13 and up


And, know for every one of these listed above, there are probably another 20+ similar tools out there on the Web!



Assignment:
  1. Use at least two of the tools above to create products. Think about your content. Create a “set” for one of your lessons! Or, consider providing the site as a choice for your students to create products. Make a model for a student created product.
  2. Then, embed both products in your blog or link to the products from your blog.
  3. Describe for your readers how you think each tool can be incorporated into your classroom - how you could see the tool being used by you instructionally and your students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or topic in your classroom.

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21 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed visiting all of the sites you included in this tool #5 Karen especially the ones related to creating stories online-TikaTok, storyumper & Storyline. I plan on sharing these with the kids next year. I had never heard of them.

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  2. I signed up on Animoto and looked into xtrarormaol for making movies. I like the concept and need to get comfortable with them.

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  3. This is the part of using the internet that I find the most fun.....fun for me as well as fun for the students!!!

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  4. It is amazing to find about so many tools in the internet that we can use to present various concepts. I would use these tools to reinforce the concept taught using either images or videos. We all learn differently so every student will benefit by this software.

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  5. I can see xtranormal used to create movies across the curriculum so that children can create dialogues between avatars explaining how they solved a problem, change the ending or beginning to a text in L.A or characters related to social studies.
    Animoto I can see them using to show visuals about various concepts as well especially for doing a multicultural study in social studies.
    These tools can be very useful in many ways. In fact the animoto I embedded is what my students had created two years ago when my class did a study of my home country to display at Edgewood's Multicultural Fair one year. So, the potential is endless when students get the right guidance.

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  6. Made a video using Superflix Studio today. Used pictures dealing with diamond mining using photos from Picasa.
    It took quite a while. I would really need to use it to become psoficent with it.
    This would be great in giving students background knowledge on a topic before reading.
    Still need to make another product.

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  7. This was kind of fun, but I'm not very good on script dialogue. I can see where this could be used effectively to encourage student creativity in written assignments.

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  8. I didn't realize this would be the background. To change the background would cost me $10. So, even though the background is feally bizarre, it is what it is. I guess I can pretend they are HOSA students coming from Ms. Holtan's class.
    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12591571/dont-be-late-to-class

    This was kind of fun, but I'm not very good on script dialogue. I can see where this could be used effectively to encourage student creativity in written assignments.

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  9. I went into comix.com and was able to create a strip using simple words. It was really fun because you can put different character and well as language/ words to create conversation among other students

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  10. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.
    Vee Eee Technologies

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  11. I just would like to add that some of the youTube tutorials are not working. When I tried, it said that the video was no longer available, so I had to look for the info somewhere else.

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  12. I chose to use wordle and storyjumper. I thought maybe I could use wordle to help my students practice spelling words for the week. I would like to use storyjumper to allow my students to create their own books and show their understanding of story elements that we talk about in class.

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  13. Practice, practice, practice makes perfect!

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  14. I really enjoyed exploring this different tool. The ones I like the most are Stupefix Studio, Wordle, and Glogster. These are great tools I intend to implement to enrich my classroom and make it even more fun to learn.

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  15. I feel very comfortable using Prezi and Storybird. I have used these two resources in the past and my kids really enjoyed them.

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  16. I like the creativity of Prezi and Animoto! I also like the storybook websites. All the websites allow for the students to become very engaged in their work from beginning to end.

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  17. This has been fun! I know that these will help my students put the different elements of fiction and figurative language to practice!

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  18. Prezi is a great way to make the presentation of a concept more visually engaging...especially when it allows students to zoom in/out or go back in forth so they can experience/see the connections themselves.

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  19. I thought the computer was going to take us to a paperless society...I could see my students printing out a library of their own created books. (Storybird,MixBook)

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  20. I can create fun wordle and animoto videos for my kids to introduce new topics for them in class.

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  21. I tried out Animoto and Wordle. I liked the idea of using Animoto to teach concepts as well as have the students create their own video products. I wasn't able to access the pictures from facebook, flicker, or photobucket, and when I got to the ones provided I didn't see an upload button so I sent one to my computer to make a quick try of it. I need to get more pictures because the layout was great.

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