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VIDEO: Blogging is Learning!
VIDEO: How to Write a Quality Comment
VIDEO: Creative Commons Experiment
VIDEO: Howard Rheingold Interviews Mrs. Yollis
VIDEO: EduSlam-The Power of Blogging and Quality Commenting
VIDEO: My Third Graders Present at the Texas Google Summit
Why Have a Class Blog?
What Do Students Write About?
How To Teach Commenting Skills
Sample Blog Posts Organized by Subject
Family Blogging Month!
Student Blogs: Parents Are Administrators
Global Collaboration Projects
Mystery Skype Calls!
Adding Digital Images
Web 2.0 Tools
Adding Sidebar Gadgets
How Do Your Third Graders Know How to Type?
Things to Consider
(Time Management, Student Blogs, Professionalism)
Web 2.0 Tools
Here are a few Web 2.0 Tools that I use on the blog. I have tried to include a few ideas about how to use them in the classroom.
Free site for blogging. Easy to set up and has lots of ways to customize.
ALERT: Remove the navigation bar at the top. The "Next Blog" may not be an appropriate one.
To remove the nav bar go to Layout and find the Navbar area and click Edit:
Select "Off" and then "Save"
Free site for blogging, although there are advertisements. For a yearly fee, the ads are removed. This WordPress site has a lot of support features, and I will probably move over to this site once my Blogger account is full.
Free site for creating multimedia projects. Images are combined with voices. Recordings can be made in the classroom or added from a home computer.
Here is another VoiceThread. This one is a poetry project about summer.
What is Summer?
Here is another VoiceThread. This is a great science project about
from an excellent educational blogger,
4. YouTube and Vimeo
These are free video sites to upload and share movies. There is a 10 minute length limit on YouTube. I like to customize a video before I embed it so it does not show related videos that I cannot control. Look for the customize pull-down menu on the YouTube site and
select the "Show related videos" box.
Here is a link to an embedded YouTube video on the classroom blog. I used both YouTube and Vimeo. The video was too large to upload to Blogger, and that is why I used YouTube. I originally uploaded it only to Vimeo, but later learned that Vimeo is blocked by my district.
Mrs. Yollis' Class Visits Asia!
Allows for taking segments of YouTube videos.
5. Big Blue Labs
This movie poster was created on Big Blue Labs. It was used as an invitation for parents to the showing of our
6. Photo Peach
A free site to upload pictures and create a musical slide show quickly.
Thanksgiving Fun! on PhotoPeach
Our Visit to the Chumash Museum on PhotoPeach
Students wrote the captions for the photos following a field trip. Photo Peach is a great tool to incorporate images and text.
A free software application that allows users to make video voice calls over the Internet.
Here is a blog post
that followed a Skype connection. My California class got a video tour of a rain forest project from a class in Connecticut.
Free software that adds visuals to online conversations. Instead of typing at people,
them what you're talking about.
Great Lists of Web 2.0 Tools
by Kathy Schrock
Web 2.0 Literacy Tools
The Teacher Chronicles
All My Faves
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"