The Generator Blog introduced me to PhotoSoup that is powered by Flickr. The best part about PhotoSoup is that it creates visual word puzzles. Where the “words” to search are unknown to the solver, but photos are given as clues. The photos fade in color when you find a word in the puzzle. You do not have to be a member of Flickr to create a puzzle or play as it uses photos from the Creative Commons only. However, in order to have better control of the puzzle you are making for your students, entering in your own photos would be the most appropriate for the subject-matter you are teaching. That way you can control the picture “words”/”tags” that are even vocabulary words your students are studying!  This has potential in all subjects and grade levels depending on if you allow PhotoSoup to create it or you create your own. In math, the person could have pictures of various geometric solids tagged or in science pictures of various stages of a butterfly’s life cycle or social studies different objects from Egypt or a country of study to know the products they import and export.

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I was so excited to read the Cool Cat Teacher Blog on Friday, May 30. I found out that Animoto gives codes to let you use the full version (instead of the 30 second video) for free! Here’s the how-to in order to sign-up your students for the Education Program in Animoto. E-mail Rebecca Brooks at rebecca@animoto.com. She will then send you the classroom code that will allow your students to access and make full-length videos that are even downloadable to your desktop. The videos will project full-screen and without any ads or other “distractions” that may be found regularly. The Animoto people have a page with videos other educators have made with ideas. They want to keep up with all of the Web 2.0 innovations educators make using Animoto. My only wish is that I would have known about this sooner. But, I will be signing up for one for next school year! 

Teachers involved in the Evaluation Project–please take the time to answer the survey about your experiences this semester. 

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Please be honest with your appraisal.  Thank you so much for your time and efforts in this endeavor.  By your involvement in this project you have met the fourth Maryland Teacher Technology Standard, “Using technology to analyze problems and develop data-driven solutions for instructional and school improvement.”  Please continue your efforts in using technology to benefit your students daily.  Thank you!

Hip-hop songs, rap lyrics, and SAT vocabulary words. Seems like something does not belong, but on the website Flocabulary you can find all of the above! There are some free clips to watch or listen to that are quite humorous and memorable; however, most services are fee-based. If you have students who have a hard time memorizing and hate to study, this site is a good example of how to make studying fun. Flocabulary also has songs for U.S. History and Shakespeare.

One way to integrate this technology into your classroom for free is by having your students create their own Flocabulary inspired clips with MovieMaker or Photostory. Students can write lyrics with the helpful hints of how to rhyme and rap on the site. Then use Audacity to record the sound and upload into a multimedia presentation tool. Having students create their own memory aids would be beneficial to their overall learning and save some money too!

After visiting the webslide tutorial and viewing the videos, proceed to make your first survey by going to the Survey Monkey main page.  Go to “Join Now for Free!” in order to create a username and password and set up a basic free account.  Start to make your first survey!

The following Survey Monkey resources are helpful to review before creating your first survey (if needed):

  1. Read the examples under “Design your survey.”
  2. Visit “types of questions.”  The peanut butter questions give examples of all types of questions.
  3. Visit “view example survey” which has an actual survey to take about Survey Monkey.
  4. Under Analyze Results, go to “view example report” in order to see results in graph format. 

Feel free to consult others or the Evaluation Project leader for more assistance. 

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Click on the box or go to the following link.  This is a collection of 8 websites that are useful before creating a survey with Survey Monkey or if problems arise during the creation of a survey. 

The websites are as follows:

1.  TechLearning article on surveys (background information on using surveys in education)

2. Online Assessment Tools (for background information on using surveys in education)

3.  Survey Monkey Help Center (frequently asked questions)

4.  You Tube video by Niki (up-to-date tutorial on Survey Monkey)

5.  You Tube video byMrC (very thorough directions on Survey Monkey)

6.  TeacherTube video (very fast play)

7.  Survey Monkey’s own Video Tutorials

8.  Survey Monkey slideshow by Maryanne Burgos (includes step-by-step directions and “cheat sheet” to create a survey)

 Note:  During the webslide if the message, “Hello, you either have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Adobe’s Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.” appears on the YouTube videos do not worry, the videos are both posted on the blog as Survey Monkey Tutorial and Survey Monkey Tutorial 2. 

Feel free to revisit any of the 8 sites on the Webslide at anytime for further review–just “pause” and “play” as if it was a VCR or DVD player.

 

This YouTube video is about 3 minutes long.  There is some background noise, however, this video is current and matches with the newest updates in Survey Monkey. 

This YouTube video is about 5 minutes long.  It is very thorough and goes through the step-by-step the basics of creating a survey.  Also included are educational examples. 

After viewing the results from the initial needs assessment, the following two recommendations are being made as technology tools to use in assessment. 

Recommendation 1:  Survey generator

Tool:  Survey Monkey

The benefit of this tool is that by using survey generators most, like Survey Monkey, provide statistical data summaries automatically after the students answer the questions.  This will help teachers make better decisions because they are data driven.  Many teachers may be apprehensive by the name, “survey generator,” but remember it can do so much more than create a survey.  Teachers can make quizzes and tests for students with a survey generator.  For example, instead of creating a quiz, compiling student answers, and then having to take those answers and go the next step to create an Excel graph to review results or statistics, a survey generator will do all of that.  Survey generators can save time and the teacher will receive the same results as if he/she entered all the data into a spreadsheet. 

Recommendation 2:  Web 2.0 tools and Web-based assessment tools

Tool:  Quizlet 

Web 2.0 tools and Web-based assessment tools, like Quizlet, are helpful because they are available anywhere there is a computer with Internet access.  The benefit of using this tool is that a teacher can generate a quiz or test and they are graded automatically.  This means the teacher could spend less time with the laborious task of grading and more time with using the results to guide instruction.  By alleviating the responsibility of grading to a computer, answers are checked and free from human error.  Teachers can then use the time that would have been given to checking to analyze the results to help with data-driven instruction.  This is a vitally important part of the assessment process and often neglected due to time constraints.

For further information, please visit the following site as one of the research articles used to establish the recommendations:

Web-based tools for teachers

According to the Maryland Technology Literacy Consortium:

Technology literacy is the ability of an individual, working independently and with others, to responsibly, appropriately and effectively use technology tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, create and communicate information.“- Working definition of technology literacy

Therefore, standards have been made that students at all grade levels should meet. These are standards just like regular content standards (math, science, etc.) and should be followed in conjunction with various curriculum.  Integration is the key!

Standard 1 Technology Systems

Standard 2 Digital Citzenship

Standard 3 Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Standard 4  Technology for Communciation and Expression

Standard 5 Technology for Information Use and Management

Standard 6 Technology for Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

The website Thinkport is a good resource for finding lesson plans which follow technology standards for students.  In addition, the following sites are helpful to reaching the above standards:

Technology Integration This site includes links to digital ethics and digital media and much more!

Baltimore County Curriculum Based Technology Integration Activities  This site has a helpful feature in which teachers can search for each of the above standards or content (Pre-K through 12). 

Science links to Maryland Standards This lists websites that teachers can use to address Maryland science content. 

 

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