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Sunday, July 19

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    I think that the name for this site is just genius. It also has the best photography archive that I have ever seen. If you are looking for something that is a large step above clip art, go here. In fact, I have spent quite a bit of time just looking at the pretty pictures. Sometimes they lean a little toward the abstract, but then again, so do I.
    Public domain images
    Several thousand copyright friendly, public domain images nicely organized in categories, free for any personal and/or commercial use, credit or back link is not required.

    Open Video
    This isn't like web junk or google video. This site offers well-categorized digital videos for you to use however you want. You can watch them, edit them, or show them in their entirety, all for free. The very idea of shared digital video gets me excited.
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Wednesday, April 1

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    I am compiling this wiki in order to provide a gateway to new technology and ideas for all who care to visit. The topics explored here are ones that I believe are the most relevant to seeing the internet as a tool for understanding. They will appeal mostly to fellow teachers who are interested in technology integration, students of all ages wanting to know more about both digital and print literacy, and thinkers who need something to think about.
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    I am compiling this wiki in order to provide a gateway to new technology and ideas for all who care to visit. The topics explored here are ones that I believe are the most relevant to seeing the internet as a tool for understanding. They will appeal mostly to fellow teachers who are interested in technology integration, students of all ages wanting to know more about both digital and print literacy, and thinkers who need something to think about.
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Monday, September 1

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    Introduction
    This section is for all of those little ideas for using technology that I have either used in my classroom or can't wait to use in my classroom.
    Image
    Image Ideas (slide shows, flickr tools)
    Flickr Toys
    Flickr Tool List - The master list of all things Flickr.
    Trading Card Maker
    Picture Captioner
    Rock You - Create image slideshows with captions
    Bubblr - Make comic strips of your photos a la Comic Life.
    Bubble Share - Similar to Rock You, but without the myspace feel.
    Not all of these online applications are educational, but a few could be used for a great multi-genre project. I am particularly enamored with the posibility of making interesting motivational posters or magazine covers. I also like the idea of doing digital storytelling pieces with the slideshow creators and comic makers.
    Applications
    Web Applications (Internet sites that can do things you ussually need to buy programs for)
    Pixoh - Edit your images online.
    AjaxDraw - Draw pictures online.
    Citation Maker - Create work cited pages online.
    Gabbly - Chat with anyone who is on your website.
    Gliffy - Organize your thoughts graphically online.
    goOffice - Write Word documents and do desktop publishing. (Spreadsheet and Presentation creation is coming.)
    iRows - Create spreadsheets in a fully functioning online Excel clone.
    Conversate - Collaborate on new ideas and writing projects.
    Rally Point - Similar to Conversate, but with more extensive saving and writing options.
    Zoho Writer - Create Word documents without Word.
    Writeboard - Another way to create and collaborate on written documents.
    Think Free - The most extensive and beautifully laid out Office replacement.
    Writely - An online word processor that has the support of Google.
    Jump Cut - Create and Edit movies in real time without buying video editing software.
    Ajax Translator - Translate your words into another language in real time.
    Jot Spot Live - Take notes collaboratively.
    I am simply amazed by the way that the web can take over for programs that you used to have to download or worse yet, pay for. This short list takes over for programs such as paint, photoshop, instant messenger, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, inspiration, iMovie, and iTunes. The two concepts that I am most amazed with are online office software and on-the-fly video editing.
    I am simply amazed at the explotion of Microsoft Office-Killers now becoming available. I haven't made up my mind as to which one will win out, but I really like the ease of use and full functionality of Think Free. When I first went to this website, I couldn't believe that it was free. I never expected to be able to create Powerpoint compatible presentations without having to shell out at least a hundred bucks. I have also found that Think Free is a great way to house your documents online and link to them from anywhere. People can look at (and edit if you want them to) your documents without having to download them first. This kind of interactivity and ease-of-use borders on revolutionary.
    The second web application that I find myself flabbergasted with is Jump Cut. Video editing is one of the most complex processes that you can put your computer through, and video editing software is some of the most expensive around. By making the web do the processing work for you and making this process totally free, the people at Jump Cut may just have a video revolution on their hands. If digital storytelling is a more effective way of reaching students and teaching new concepts, then free video editing software may be the silver bullet to achieve this goal. (I'm not sure I should use the metaphor of killing a warewolf for effectively incorperating technology into the classroom, but I think you get the point.)
    Ning
    If you like the web applications found above that take over for previously expensive software packages, you may like this site too. This site is a place for you to create incredibly useful social web applications of your own. They have a starter kit of web applications that you can build upon, but your creativity is the only limit to what you can create. I have already seen the bookshelf application used to great effect. I think that there is great potential for creating student centered resources (such as the question and answer application) that they are constantly changing and evolving (hence the social aspect).
    Podcasting
    Podcasting
    Vaestro - Make an audio forum online.
    Yack Pack - Similar to Vaestro, perhaps with an easier interface.
    Although the concept of an oral message board never even occured to me, I am willing to give it a shot with the ease of use of Vaestro. It may be too cumbersome to be practical, but it is quite possibly the most innovative use of the podcasting concept I have seen. People have always said that e-mails and other written means of written digital communication lack a sense of voice. Vaestro could be the answer to that (although I would like to think that my students we be capable of expressing themselves through the written word too).
    Blogs
    Blogs
    The Daily Meme
    For those of you who have not been initiated, a meme is a call to write about something specific. It is an idea for your next blog entry. If you need something new to talk about, but don't have a clue, look for a good meme. I like that there is the posibility for a new and good writing idea to show up every day.
    Classroom Blogmeister
    Learnerblogs
    Blogger
    These are the most classroom friendly blogging sites. They will allow you to set up both classroom teacher blogs or student blogs. Blogmeister was created so that you could have a lot of control over the content of your student's blogs. It doesn't have a lot of the frills that learnerblogs and blogger has. I have used blogger exclusively for my student's blogs only because it is the easiest to set up and customize. I am thinking about switching it up this year, however.
    Poetry
    Poetry and Storytelling
    Glypho
    I thought that the Internet was playing a trick on me when I came to this site. I have always talked about collaborating on fictional stories to the point of getting character ideas, plot ideas, and trading off chapters, but I didn't think it would ever be a reality outside of my classroom and out of the realm of pen and paper. This is the most powerful Web 2.0 idea I have come across. I want to start right now. Think about it: a single, easily accessable, place for keeping all of your story ideas. A way of formatting feedback so that it has a hard time being anything but constructive. I want to become as involved as possible in this project and give them all of my money.
    QuickMuse
    This one is up there with Glypho on the cool/useful meter for Language Arts teachers. Here you can watch semi-famous poets actually compose their poems in real time. I know this won't appeal to all of my students (watching someone think isn't always exciting), but to view an artist at work is always one of the greatest ways to inspire. Whenever I have seen glass blowers in action, I have always wanted to try it out. For me, this site is a little like that. Each time an edit is made on the digital page or the glass artist applies pressure with her metal tools, they are aiming for a more beautiful form. I find it simply mesmerizing.
    Search
    Web Searching
    Swiki
    Rollyo
    Not very often, but sometimes, I ask my students to actually search the Internet rather than going to carefully selected resource sites. On these occasions I know that there is a tendency for my students to find the least relevent and most questionable information from Google's results. These two resources are meant to combat that tendency.
    Uncategorized
    Other Teacher Tools and Ideas:
    Growing Posts
    Going further and further into an idea because you want to know more is one of the only worthy pursuits I know. A growing post is a fairly authentic way of doing just that.
    Epals Network
    This is essentially a better version of the pen pal. I like the fact that so many countries are represented here. It gives me great hope that eventually we will be able to talk intelligently about issues that affect us globally. Students should not feel isolated in their classrooms, they should be able to exprience the world without having to go on expensive trips or read from overly date ridden textbooks. This is at least a step in the right direction.
    Google Jockey
    I have inadvertantly done this in my graduate classes. My professor would mention an scholarly article and I would have to look up the source, so I would get out my laptop and search for it. I think that having a designated person in the classroom who can look up all of my "big words", pop culture references, and literary allusions could be a boon for all of my students. It could also be a great way of bridging generation knowledge gaps. If background knowledge is so important, why not have a resource that appeals directly to it.
    A Heterotopic Space
    Don't let the name scare you away. This site is dedicated to a new way of commenting on student writing: through audio recordings. Their stance is that by commenting through audio, teachers can have the warmth and specificity of voice without having to do one on one conferences with each student. I don't think that this idea is fully developed yet, but it definatly has me thinking about new ways of commenting other than my sticky notes.
    Online Discussion Ideas
    The topic of online discussion really intrigues me, but I have yet to do it because I have just recently gotten the hang of engaging and fruitful oral discussions in the classroom setting. I think that these guidelines and purposes may put me on a path to trying it this year.

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