Friday, April 27, 2012

Tool #6

What great tools for encouraging online discussions!

 I have created a Today's Meet room so that we can record conversations at trainings and meetings.  Our department can then have a printed record of all the "backchannel" that was going on between us!
http://www.todaysmeet.com/11tools


And I also started a twitter account.  This is a great way to communicate with teachers that want more information about ESL or Dual Language.  You can follow me at @mssalvac

For some reason the code did not work in that last post.  Try this link.

School Wordle

And here is my Wordle.  I think this would be a great tool to use as an ice breaker in the beginning of the year. Or a set for students to try to determine what a reading will be about. It would also be great to have them create poems to review readings and then create wordles about the poems.


 <a href="http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5209493/School_is" 
          title="Wordle: School is"><img
          src="http://www.wordle.net/thumb/wrdl/5209493/School_is"
          alt="Wordle: School is"
          style="padding:4px;border:1px solid #ddd"></a>

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tool # 5... 2.0!

So now we really understand what 2.0 means.  I mean, I always nodded when someone said "web 2.0" and I knew that meant something newer and better and web based... but I wasn't clear.  Well, web 2.0 tools allow you to become a "prosumer" instead of just a consumer.  You can create with these things!  And you don't have to download stuff!  Here is a little cartoon I created in Makebeliefscomix and also a wordle.  I've already made a Prezi for presenting Read/Write/Gold in a staff development and I've used Extranormal, Glogster and animoto. Can't wait to do more!
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/?comix_id=27575645C702615

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Google Docs

I used Google Apps in collaboration with the Special Education Department.  Our departments decided to provide a training together (ESL and SPED) and we used Prezi to give the presentation.  We were able to plan remotely some of the time through shared documents on Google Apps.  Then we actually shared the Prezi in Google apps.  It was a great way to collaborate!!  I'm excited to use this new tool this way more often!

Videos!!

What great resources for my writing instruction.  I found two great videos:
Stephen King on Writing Scary Stories

Stephen King - Meet the Writers

I could use either of these (or both) to connect my students with real world writers.  These are both Stephen King interviews and our middle school students love scary stories.

We are using Drop Box to share and store files for the curriculum writing we are doing.  It is awesome!