Annotated Technology Integration Links

Annotated links to articles, tutorials, tools, websites, and other resources for technology integration. 

(10 resource topics listed per page. See "next" link at bottom of page to see more topics.)

Digital Mind Maps

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:28 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 10:24 PM ]

Creately is a web-based diagraming application that teachers and students can use to easily create a variety of graphic organizers, that include concept maps, Venn diagrams, K-W-L charts, Storyboards, T-Charts, cycle diagrams, and fish diagrams. 

www.creately.com

Spicynodes is a web-based mind-mapping tool that allows users to create dynamic navigable maps. Spicynodes allows users to integrate text and media, such as images and web-based video easily through an outline-styled authoring interface. The Spicynodes web site also provides lesson examples to help teachers integrate Spicynodes into their classrooms for student learning.


Flickr

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:24 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 10:15 PM ]

Flickr is a social photo and video sharing web site where users submit photos for public display. Many Flickr users make their photos available for non-commercial use through a create-commons copyright, giving students a great database for accessing photos for use in projects and reports. Flickr has users from around the world, who upload and share new photos throughout each day. Photos are easily located on the Flickr web site by searching keywords that will be matched to the titles and tags that photographers attach to their photos. In addition to accessing the photos, students can also communicate with the photographers through the site's comment tool.   Flickr is a great resource for locating first-hand images and communicating with people from around the world. 



Free Web Sites

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:24 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 10:04 PM ]

Students and teachers can easily create a free web site using the services of yola.com and weebly.com.. These two web site services allow users to focus on content creation by providing free templates that are modern looking and stylish. Yola and Weebly are easy to use and both provide instructions for using their products and support for users via online forums. Yola boasts that if you can edit a document, you can create a web site using Yola. Weebly offers drag and drop editing tools, which makes adding images as easy as using many desktop applications. Weebly sites are free of advertising, make them great for use in school applications. 

www.yola.com

Dynamic Maps of America

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:23 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 10:33 PM ]

National Atlas.gov provides dynamic web-based maps of America that display and animate changes over time. Map subjects and themes include agriculture, biology, climate, government, history, people, and transportation. The National Atlas.gov web site also provides downloadable printable maps and interesting articles about the geography of America. These maps are a great resource for teachers and students to analyze and evaluate the geographic changes in America.

Twitter

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:23 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 10:44 PM ]

Twitter is a micro-blogging tool that allows users to share concise information, similar to a text-message, with multiple people at one time. Users of twitter can post information and access other people's posts using SMS or Internet-based applications. Users can send and receive tweets using a mobile phone, iPod, Blackberry, iPad, the Twitter web site, and even some televisions that have web-based applications. Twitter is often only seen as a social networking tool, but teachers and students are discovering its potential for learning. One application Twitter has for learning is as a communication tool. Classroom conversations can continue between classes using Twitter. Students, and teachers, can also use Twitter as a learning network tool to collaborate, solve problems, and help locate information by asking questions and sharing ideas. 

Video Conferencing/Chat

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:22 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 10:55 PM ]

Skype, Vawkr, and Oovoo, are three tools for conducting video conferences or video chats. These three applications can be used by students and teachers to connect with people from around the world. Through video conferencing and chat, students can communicate in real-time with content experts who can present information, answer questions, or even collaboratively solve problems. Video conferencing and chat tools breakdown the barriers of distance, time, and resources to bring students and presenters together. 

Skype requires users to have a free registered account and software, in addition to computer and webcam.

Vawkr is a web-based conference tool that only requires a compatible browser, Adobe Flash player, and a webcam. Vawker does not require registration, but does have a registration based option that allows users to integrate the conference interface into a web site, including Facebook.

ooVoo requires users to have a free registered account and software, in addition to computer and webcam.

Wikis

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:21 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 11:06 PM ]

Wikis provide users a shared workspace for creating and collaborating online. Wikis are typically used to collaboratively create resource material that can be easily edited, added to, and accessed via the Internet.  Wikipedia is one of the most famous wikis on the Internet, but wikis are also being used to create digital textbooks that are customized to the needs of the class. Wikis are great tools that make it easy for students to create individual and group projects that provide information that not only demonstrate learning, but also can be accessed and used by all class members and people around the world. 

Three free and easy to use wiki sites are PBworks (formally known as PBwiki), Wikispaces, and Google's Sites.

Blogs

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:20 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 11:21 PM ]

Blogs are online writing spaces where students can extend their learning outside of the classroom through reflective writing for an authentic audience consisting of more people than just their teacher. Blogs allow students to participate in more in-depth conversations about information and ideas involved in their learning. In addition to expressing their ideas, through blogs students can receive and provide feedback extending their learning beyond the confines of the classroom and textbook. 

Three free and easy to use blogging services are Blogger, Posterous, and Tumblr.

Online Polls

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:19 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 11:32 PM ]

Online polls can be used to create surveys and formative assessments. Online polls allow teachers and students to collect information easily through a web-based interface. 

Pollcode is a simple survey tool for creating multiple choice style polls. Pollcode surveys can be created as fast as it takes a user to type the questions and answers. Pollcode surveys can be embedded into existing web pages or blogs. 


Google Forms is a feature in Google Docs to create an online form to collect information. Google Forms allow for multiple question/answer formats including short typed answers, paragraph typed answers, multiple choice, check-lists, rating scales, and selections grids. Information collected through Google Forms is stored in a Google Docs spreadsheet and is automatically converted into summary charts and statistics. Google Forms can be used by teachers to create online quizzes and assignments in addition to simple surveys.

Online Video Editing

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:18 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 11:41 PM ]

Jaycut and Animoto are free web-based video editors, similar to iMovie and Windows MovieMaker. Since Jaycut and Animoto are web-based, they eliminate barriers for student access and productivity because they are not platform dependent and can be accessed at school and home. Jaycut and Animoto provide students opportunities to edit video for demonstrating their learning by creating projects such as vodcasts, video reports, documentaries, skits, interviews, and public service announcements.

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