From 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM today at our central office, I will be leading a session on creating Keynote presentations for staff. My handout is available in PDF format.
Archives for March 2010
John Hendron talks about creativity, one of Goochland’s identified twenty-first century skills for G21. How can teachers use Apple’s iWork Keynote application to develop creativity in students? This video podcast shows the way.
I recently came across the following resources online, that were new to me.
- Bookyards (Free, online books)
- Civil Rights Digital Library
- TV Lesson
- United Nations World Digital Library
They appeared in an article by Curtis Bonk, a professor at Indiana University. While Dr. Bonk teaches college students, he felt the R2D2 model (Read, Reflect, Display, and Do) model would be apropos for high school students. He recommended this sites as examples that can engage students with differing learning styles.
This afternoon I’m offering a class on Communicating with Digital Images. It’s about how to teach with images and why we should!
I’m a big fan of “seeing” information and the relationship between different things in a visual diagram. While we have two tools for creating “webs” and visual diagrams installed on our laptops (Kidspiration & Inspiration), there’s a new web-based tool called Text2Mindmap that will quickly take a plain, text-based outline and create something visual out of it!
Keep it Elementary For those teachers in the elementary setting, get yourself over to a Promethean board then check-out http://www.ictgames.com/. ICT Games has flash-based, interactive content for numercy and literacy development. While text is used, many have great visual appeal (if mummies, dinosaurs, and cute animals are your thing!).
I’ve no space left on my wall! Teachers have long been creative, using their walls in the classroom to hang posters, instructional charts and diagrams, not to mention motivational reminders. But what happens when you’ve run out of space? Create a virtual wall, instead! Check out Wallwisher (http://www.wallwisher.com/) a tool for hanging virtual sticky notes. You can use this with a Promethean board, or all by itself with an LCD projector. Your virtual stickies can go visual by using embedded photos or videos, too.
Gimme the Data! Understanding numbers is often a skill that baffles even teachers, when we hear statistics in the news, when someone describes a percentage increase, or when we’re trying to understand the relationship between this and that. The ManyEyes project from IBM (http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/) is a data visualization tool that’s interactive. While browsing the data already uploaded is interesting, the real fun is involved with combining data sets together. The site puts it this way:
We all deal with data that we’d like to understand better. It may be as straightforward as a sales spreadsheet or fantasy football stats chart, or as vague as a cluttered email inbox. But a remarkable amount of it has social meaning beyond ourselves. When we share it and discuss it, we understand it in new ways.
Just let me draw! Okay, for those of you who take the term “visuals” literally, I’ll let you go draw. Sketchpad (http://mugtug.com/sketchpad/) is a new Web 2.0 tool that’s approaches some of the functionality of Adobe Photoshop. Draw with a spirograph tool, paint with transparency, and above all, get your creative juices flowing.
My thanks go out to Bea Cantor for introducing me to at least a few of these recently.
Matthew Barfield has published some informative Promethean vodcasts… check them out!
My educational colleague in Virginia, Dr. Karen Richardson, has been named the new executive director of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. Both of us are board members for VSTE, and Karen was recently selected to lead the organization through this role starting this summer, after Dr. Daniel Arkin’s retirement.
Karen has had a wide variety of experiences in education including classroom teaching in middle school, high school and, now, higher education. She also has extensive experience with teaching and learning online. She is a certified online instructor for PBS Teacherline and CaseNEX and has both developed and taught content for these organizations. She is teaching an online Master’s level course for Virginia Commonwealth University. These experiences, as well as her recent doctorate in Curriculum and Educational Technology from The College of William and Mary, provide a unique, insightful perspective on public education, particularly in Virginia, which will be of great benefit to VSTE and its membership.
Karen has been to Goochland more than once in her role as a professional developer for VITAL. For teachers not sure what VSTE is–membership is free and the organization is doing great things. Visit their website today and sign-up for membership. I know I’m glad I did back in 1999!