While some sites like Animoto and Voicethread weren’t new, others were… the sites like Glogster give student a platform to write and communicate which is important for the study of English. But these could also be used in a number of other subject areas, including world languages, social studies, and more.
Archives for August 2010
On September 17, I plan on beginning my trek to each school to meet with teachers and plan G21 projects. To make this process go smoothly this year, I have pre-planned by creating a number of “Project Cores” which you may elect to be the starting point for your G21 project.
You can learn more about these “cores” through this PDF document.
Programs and ideas we are highlighting include Scratch (or alternatively, Alice), Videos, Global Problem Solving, Podcast Series, Writing (and publishing) Online, Creating 3D models, Publishing a Comic Strip, creating world tours (in Google Earth), and our research-related core, “Building a Digital Library.”
The theme for this year is born out of a talk we heard by Henry Jenkins at MIT this summer on participatory culture and the importance of publishing: Create & Publish.
I’m trying a new blog plugin that leverages Google Maps. This would enable any teacher to easily embed different maps into a blog post using this plugin, called Mappress.
You should see (let’s hope!) a map above, centered around Goochland courthouse.
So – here are the new/updated plugins:
- Map Press (you need to get a free Google Maps API key to use this)
- Calendar (will let you create a calendar with dates for your classes – great for embedding in a sidebar or on its own page)
- WPTouch (lets mobile users see a simpler version of your blog)
- WP Cumulus (creates a Flash-based tag cloud for displaying in your sidebar, like mine)
- PodPress (for publishing videos or audio files on your blog – so that folks can easily access them in the blog or via iTunes)
Every time I come back from a conference or workshop outside of Goochland, I try to ask myself that question—what did I learn?
What did you take away? Sometimes it’s technical, but sometimes it’s emotional. This conference in Cambridge, MA was a mixture of both, but more emotional. It “recharged” me and my thinking about education in ways other conferences have never done.
My thanks go out to Dr. Mano Talaiver for helping Bea and I fund our trip to Boston and to attend the conference. We have plans to bring more scratching to Virginia in the upcoming school year through sessions at EdTech, VSTE, and perhaps even a “Scratch Virginia” event. Stay tuned!
Pictured above are myself with Dr. Manorama Talaiver, Dr. Mitchel Resnick of MIT, Bea Cantor, and Rebecca Bowen. Dr. Talaiver and Mrs. Bowen are from Longwood University.
I’m at the Scratch 2010 conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts learning about the reach of Scratch.
I interviewed Mrs. Cantor about her experiences here.