Symbaloo is a web based tool that my colleague, Gail Moore and I stumbled across several years ago at a VSTE conference. It is a bookmarking tool that uses visual tiles instead of text links to save sites. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Portaportal (and still use it) but for education, Symbaloo has so many possibilities as well. Below is a tutorial that I created to show you how to create your own Symbaloo.
Here is a cheat sheet you can print out to help you.
There are endless educational possibilities for iPods and iPads as classroom
instructional devices. The most wonderful part of using iPods to teach is that
you only have to teach content--not how to use the device as most kids have
played with an IPod before or know a parent, etc that has an iPhone. My
favorite apps on the IPods are facejack and the QR code reader.
Facejack is a fun app that closely resembles the Blabberize website. A
picture is uploaded into the app, the mouth of the picture defined and then the
students record something into the app that they want the picture to say. When
done, the mouth moves and the students can hear the picture speak in their
voice! Great for fluency and biographies!!
I am also attaching the cheat sheet that was created to help teachers remember how to use an IPod touch. This cheat sheet was created by a colleague of mine who had to do a presentation for her graduate class. My job was to mentor her through this presentation. For more ideas on how to use iPods in the classroom check out the presentation on this site: http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/ipodtouch.htm
This is a list of my favorite web 2.0 tools for bookmarking. These are great to help students find the right place online without worrying about what may pop up if the address is typed incorrectly. I have also included cheat sheets for each tool. Book marking tools are great ways to share a website with students so that they don't have to type in long addresses. It is also a great way to differentiate. One of my favorite things to do is to use Portaportal for guiding student research. Portaportal allows you to set up as many portals as you want. This means you could have a portal set up for Native Americans, Explorers, map skills, Civil War, etc. In each content portal, you set up categories. In these categories, safe links to sites could be provided, pictures linked, and so on. Bookmarking sites have unlimited uses!
Discovery Education, formally United Streaming, has got to be at the top of my ten most favorite educational services. Discovery Education is an online library of visual media. They have images, videos, podcasts as well as a means to create a webquest or online lesson, complete with onlne quiz generator. I love this tool! Furthermore, this tool has partnered with Edmodo, my favorite learning management system, so that the resources may be used in an Edmodo lesson. Too, Discovery is tablet friendly, making it the perfect differentiation tool. Below is a cheat sheet for how to get up and running quickly with Discovery Learning.
I have decided to start highlighting trick or cheat or how to one a week. Some of these are cheats and how-tos that have already been demonstrated. This first one is spotlighting a smartboard app called the Great
Swami. I have attached a link to a video that that shows how to create this really engaging app. I would love to come meet with you to discuss some ideas for using this in your content area.
Here are two additional files that were created using the Great Swami method.
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler