Welcome! Please share cool web tools you used with kids last year or you are finding during your summer "vacation."

My contribution is, of course, wikispaces! I learned about wikispaces from a fifth grade class this year and am curious about how to incorporate it in to professional development. Set up your own wikispace at http://www.wikispaces.com. You can add protective features by requested a protected site for K-12.--Becky

Here's a list from educators all over that they are currently using in classrooms--this is part of the discussion from the DEN (Discovery Educator Network) of the DE STARS. . . which each of you could be simply by applying. It's a great resource! :-)



Am at the DEN National Institute and learning so incredibly much. . and finding out so many web sites. . ..

Here is the beginning of an annotated list:

http://www.polleverywhere.com/ --online polling, live. .. can think of a million uses in the classroom!

http://jott.com --you register and can then use your cell phone to email yourself (or other people) reminders. Your voice s translated to text and sent to your email box!

http://gcast.com --a place to upload videos that beats YouTube (or TeacherTube) according to experienced users here!

http://Twitter.com --depends on your network as to how this works. . can be social networking or, in my case, an incredible PLN (personal/professional learning network) The people I follow are ADEs or DEN stars and they are constantly going to conferences and sharing links from those. . . or ones they find. . . so it's a network that gives me new things to explore ALL the time. . .
Basically, you join, find folks to follow and their 'tweets' are pushed to your twitter home page--I keep mine open and refresh regularly. You can also have it pushed to your phone, text and you can also tweet from there.

http://plurk.com --twitter on steroids--shows a timeline, and when you click on a thread, it shows the discussion beforehand. Many foks are on both--and if you have a network on twitter, you can import them from twitter to plurk.

http://www.chatzy.com --you can set up a chat online and invite folks in--they don't need to be members, so this would be good for kids, as chatters can join in the conversation just by visiting the web site. Great for talking WHILE a presentation is going on. . . and doing the meaning making/connecting with the group.

phonevite to go==a way to send a message to many cell phones at once--suggest to your principal in case of closings or emergencies? I'm going to try with my gifted list this year. Free ones do 25 phones at once.

http://www.43things.com/ what a great website for personal use or class use--I'm doing with my kids this year--have them set 43 goals for this school year!

http://discoveryedspeakersbureau.com a great resource for up and coming web tools/ideas

http://instructify.com/ find out how to do a multitude of things

http://tinyurl.com/6c3bcw more than you can ever explore!

while I slept ONE NIGHT, this came in on my twitter:

maybe geography should be a 21st century skill?

someone cleaning a computer from misuse suggested this utility: http://tinyurl.com/z6yvx

someone complained this blog was down. . . http://www.infinitethinking.org/ (which makes us all go look)

sharing work done yesterday:

edublogs link: http://del.icio.us/ewan.mcintosh#2008-07-21

http://del.icio.us/troutcolor#2008-07-21 (links from yesterday)

http://www.microbiologybytes.com/tutorials/ple/ MY newest thing everyone needs to at least consider. .



"If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it" http://snipr.com/32g49

http://bp0.blogger.com/_Z90VUu1MO10/SIUZCDzRc1I/AAAAAAAAAFw/rnJpo99icZs/s1600-h/break.jpg Web 2. 0 breakup


Watching Steve Dembo's presentation--you can, too @ http://www.ustream.tv/channel/alice%27s-restaurant

http://www.dipity.com --make timelines online

http://mogulus.com --supports multiple cameras--TV studio online--so why are we spending $$ on TV Studio equipment????

http://www.allocinit.com/index.php?title=CamTwist CamTwist is a software package that lets you add special effects to your video chats. It's also possible to stream your desktop and still images. With CamTwist, you can also use multiple video chat programs at the same time.

Please note: CamTwist does NOT work with iChat.

http://belardi.wikispaces.com/geocaching all about geocaching
  • For elementary, want a cord that comes with the GPS, make sure it has a built in compass, handhelds are nice, make sure it has pedestrian setting, has to be portable, need to be able to enter latitude and longitude;
  • Build an account on http://www.geocaching.com

http://glogster.com You can "scrapbook" on the web. These images can also be imported into a wiki and /blog, and other web pages.

====I have been exploring all of the Google tools this summer and find it intriguing that some school districts are moving toward these web tools over Microsoft suite... so I wanted to play around. I've used Netvibes as a news aggregator for a year prior and now I have just changed over to iGoogle and Google Reader. there are pros and cons to both. The main thing I like about Google is that with one account, you have access to google docs, google groups, iGoogle, Google Calendar, etc. If anyone wants to play around with sharing a document to just learn let me know. To get started... check out iGoogle

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Tech Shopping Cart Webcast this morning: Challenges of Web 2.0 Integration - http://twurl.nl/rz0id6

http://fame2008.wikispaces.com/ Web20tools4u2use

http://www.go2web20.net/ complete web 2.0 directory

Tech Shopping Cart Webcast this morning: Challenges of Web 2.0 Integration - http://twurl.nl/rz0id6