Technology in the Classroom
1940â€™s: Radio Communication
Amy Wolff October 28, 2009
1959: Radio Telephone for Motorists
1972: Communication Becomes Portable
1999: Barbie Carries a Cell
2007: Texting Championship
Now and in the Future….
1946-1947: The ENIAC
Apple THEN and NOW 1976 vs. 2009
Objectives: Day 1
Differentiate between a wiki and a blog
Explain how a wiki can be useful in a class
Create an online collaborative environment
Navigate the interface of iTunes
Define “podcast” and
Locate online resources to incorporate into your lessons
What is a Blog?
A blog is a website in the form of an online journal.
Typically one main “blogger” - the person controlling when posts appear – you see their opinion mainly followed by comments.
A Piece of Software
Like an On-line Microsoft Word Document
A Page that Multiple Users Can Edit
A collaborative website which can be edited by individuals with access to it.
Timelines are more important in blogs than in Wikis... where contribution is more important.
Blog vs. Wiki: Common Misconceptions
What is a Wiki?
Has many authors and knowledge can come from any of them.
Can grow rapidly with interest
Typically have one author and that sole person provides all the knowledge Grows one post at a time
What is the Big Deal about Wikis?
Creates a Great Group Atmosphere!
Collaborative Writing Collaborative Brainstorming
Helps make some students feel more comfortable working in a group where they may not have before.
Helps with Reading/Writing Skills
We all have seen their typing skills....
What is the Big Deal about Wikis?
Helps students prepare for the “REAL WORLD”
OMG, LOL, IDK, LMAO, Let alone normal spelling
Additional Source for Information
Help to learn to value the opinions/criticisms of others While formulating their own opinions/ideas
While some may not have access to the Internet at home, they can all access it in schools All have access to the same tools
Same Docs, Images, etc. to write/revise/store/publish Editing looks like the Microsoft Word Interface so it should be familiar to all students
How can YOU use a Wiki in your classroom?
Wiki activities could be used a Bellringer.
Can be used over a long period of time – lengthy research projects.
Sample Wiki Ideas:
Can be used for shorter activities as well.
Mine is used as a weekly independent
Additional Class Discussions
Field Trip Logs
assignment as opposed to actual homework.
Visual Communications Wiki
Discussion areas set up to emulate a blog.
File Cabinet for accessing important documents
They are THAT Easy...
If you can operate Microsoft Word, you can create a basic Wiki in no time!
Set aside about an hour with an organized idea and you will have a good start!
I will walk you through the setup of a Wiki using Zoho Notebook – one of the many FREE sources for creation!
What is Animoto?
You may remember this on-line photo software from Mr. Mooney showing us at the end of last year....
There was a lot of interest expressed
Could be used on Wikis or
I used mine during Open House as well
Zoho, PBWorks, You can even use SchoolWires
What is a Podcast?
Kind of like a broadcast on TV or Radio except: Portable/Personal On Demand CAST
An audio or video file available on demand on the Internet for you to view or listen to.
Can also be a “series” of these.
What can be found in a Podcast?
Where can YOU get Podcasts?
The Education Podcast Network
Podcasts can be made with the simple click of a button:
Your neighbor making a gardening Podcast Teacher making an Instructional Podcast TV Shows being re-run Audio Books Just about any subject matter can be turned into a Podcast!!!
Then sent to your MP3 Player, iPod, etc.
Free Application available from Apple.
Creates an entire media library within one program.
You can use your own files you import or download new ones from the iTunes store.
Free Download to any computer Does NOT need to own a Mac SYNCS w/ and iPod
How can YOU use iTunes?
Have Craig download it for you or make it available to you on your computer
Import your existing media files
Search the iTunes store for new media:
Organizes and plays all of your audio and video files on your computer.
What is iTunes?
Itunes Podcasting (tons are free) ItunesU (access to many texts via audio for free)
Using Technology in the Classroom