Here are some interesting readings that support our conversation in class. If there is anything of interest to you explore. I also gave some elementary sites in class so feel free to visit those sites. I just want to make sure you stay connected each week.
Blogs to Explore / Read
- The Fischbowl: Karl Fisch
- Learning.Now : Andy Carvin
- Moving at the Speed of Creativity: Wes Fryer
- 2 Cents Worth: David Warlick
- Teach42.com by Steve Dembo
- The Tech Savvy Educator
- Weblogg-ed: Will Richardson
- A Difference :Darren Kuropatwa
- TheThinkingStick: Jeff Utecht
- Marc Prensky's Blog
About Blogs and RSS
Blogs: Webs of Connected Learning
This article highlights the many ways that blogging can be used for educational purposes while also acknowledging the challenges of integrating this tool in the classroom.
To Blog or Not to Blog? You Decide
Read pages 28-33 as Wes Fryer outlines the pros and cons of blogging and provides some great examples and information for how to get started.
Blogs Growing Up (Will Richardson)
Blogging? Writing? Feeling? (Will Richardson)
Blog, blogged, blogging, to blog, blogger (Steve Dembo)
RSS Quick Start Guide for Educators
In this guide, Will Richardson defines RSS feeds and walks you through the steps of creating an account using Bloglines. He then walks you through the process of subscribing to feeds and setting up feeds with student and classroom weblogs.
RSS Ideas for Educators
Read pages 4-14 to learn more about RSS feeds and discover different ways that you can use them.
Seven Things to Know about Social Bookmarking
This article briefly defines social bookmarks and the implications for teaching and learning with this technology.
Storing Bookmarks Online
In additional to explaining social bookmarking and providing links to some of the popular social bookmarking sites which you can explore
A Day in the Life of Web 2.0 By David Warlick
Think Outside the Blog
This article describes how Wikis differ from blogs and provides information about how you can get started using this tool in the classroom.
Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not
This article defines wikis and detail and addresses the pedagogical benefits and challenges of using them in the classroom.
Wiki definition in Wikipedia
This continually evolving definition of Wikis can provide you with a thorough history about how they came about as well as information about the various types of tools available for creating Wiki communities and how these different tools work.
Explore some of these examples of how wikis are currently being used for educational purposes.
Holocaust Wiki Project
Following a WebQuest model, this project asks students to create a branching simulation about a family in the Holocaust. They have to come up with realistic decision points, describe the pros and cons, address the consequences of each decision, and create a narrative that reflects their research on the Holocaust.
Pay It Forward Wiki
This wiki is being created by students attending Arapahoe High School who are currently reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. They are using it to brainstorm project ideas and eventually propose a plan to give back to their community so that the world doesn't lose individualism and end up like the world described by Huxley in the book.
Thousand and One Flat World Tales Project
This project eplaces the "authentic" publishing of the 20th century classroom--hallways, newsletters, literary journals, etc--with authentic publishing in the
1001 Flat World Tales "blook": a potentially endliess series of stories from students around the world, inter-linked on individual student blogs.
Wikibooks is a collection of open content textbooks, manuals, and other texts with supporting book-based texts that are written collaboratively. This site is a wiki, meaning that anyone, including you, can edit any book module right now by clicking on the edit this page link that appears in every Wikibooks module.
wikiHow is a collaborative writing project to build the world's largest how-to manual.
Marc Prensky Do They Really Think Differently?
Video in the Classroom
- Video Goes to School: Part 1
This is the first of a three-part series on the use of video in education and describes how recent studies have shown that streaming video can increase motivation and boost student achievement.
Classroom Audio Podcasting
"This article provides an overview of the benefits of classroom podcasting and showcases several exemplary classroom podcasts teachers and students can use as models when creating their own."