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Casual Collaboration.
Mash your ideas and media together with friends in a dynamic whiteboard wiki. Using photos, videos, and other web content you can instantly create brainstorms, presentations, scrapbooks, and enjoy an interactive chat with more than 50 friends.

“Nota is a unique, cutting-edge collaborative web platform that allows users to create, share and collaborate on presentations and virtually any other form of online material. Using Nota’s proprietary toolset, users can instantly integrate text, video, maps, clip art, photos from web album or on the local computer, or license-free images from Flickr, and material from an ever-expanding array of sources. Users can then instantly embed their work in Facebook or blogs, and can share and collaborate with friends.”


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Today I had the pleasure of attend a workshop with Will Richardson.  This is a list of resources discussed in the Back channel and that Will talked about.  I am posting this at the request of folks in attendance.  So here ya go!!

Will Richardson’s Website/Blog

Follow Will on Twitter!/willrich45

The Back Channel Conversation

The Google Docs Presentation will everything he discussed.

Ok, here are some random links for things that were mention and may not be in the presentation.

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Educators – Information for educators using Scratch

News – Stories about Scratch in the media

Research – Papers and presentations about Scratch

Donate – Support the Scratch project

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia. Desktop client kinda of like a chat or instant message window. TweetDeck is your personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more. Great place to find teachers using Twitter

Lots of Educators on Twitter

Wiffiti publishes real time messages to screens in thousands of locations from jumbotrons to jukeboxes, bars to bowling alleys and cafes to colleges.  You can interact with Wiffiti from your mobile phone or the web.

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Amazing Teacher, reflective blog

Glog – interactive poster, Collaborative class projects, School-level teacher management of students and classes, Private and safe student environment, Engage students in fun and creative activities, National educational standards,

100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom

Capture anything:  Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see.  Access Anywhere:Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there.

What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover,

Monte Selby’s song, It’s Not the Test and more of the work form this amazing Kansas Educator,

How the Flipped Classroom Is Radically Transforming Learning, and Flipping the classroom from learning Conversations

Blog by Sylvia Martinez, Follow me on Twitter, Diigo,, or Google Reader Shared Items.  The

Monday… Someday post Will spoke about,

Instapaper: Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch’s screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top blogs, newspapers, and magazines! $4.99

Save pages from your computer or phone.  Read at home, work, on the plane, or during your commute; even without an internet connection. Read It Later is integrated into many popular applications and platforms you may already use.

Dr. Michael Wesch, Mediated Cultures, A visions of Students today. His maid website is: and the video with over 4 million views.

Will Richardsn,s UStream TV channel,

Teachers to Follow on Twitter:  I would look a t ill list of who he follows

A personalized iPad magazine that gets smarter as you use it.
Learn the basics of our FlexBook System with this Quick Start video.
A Google Doc Spreadsheet of FREE online Textbooks sorted by category, content area.
Offers URL redirection service with real-time link tracking.

Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.

Here are a couple of examples.
iPads in Schools:

An Educators Guide to Twitter:

Amazing Animal Webcams:

My K-State group, I share resource with my students via the email weekly notifications, I invite you to join our group and also share and benefit from the sharing.

OK,, I think this is it, I am sure I missed something, so please share anything I missed in Comments.  It was a great day of learning that is for sure.

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WebList Create a list you can easily share with your friends using a single URL. A list can include anything from a collection of web pages, images, documents, videos and more.  Each editable resource gets its own URL, but users can send the main URL to colleagues and share all resources in one place.

TypeWith.Me lets users collaborate in real time in a chat-like format. One user creates a document and sends the URL to others, and each user types in a different color. Users can import and export text files, websites, and documents for collaborative learning, brainstorming, and editing. Students can collaborate with one another on projects or group study sessions, and revisions are saved. A time slider function lets users and teachers view the chat progression.

My StoryMaker, from the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh, lets students create their own stories that are archived for 30 days. Once created, a story is saved as a PDF and can be exported to a computer for permanent access. Students can play with characters, shapes, colors, movement, and sentences. Because users can’t edit a story after it is created, It is recommended you have students to map out their stories before creating them online.

Glogster EDU lets educators and students create online multimedia posters with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments, and more.

Tagxedo turns words, including speeches, news articles, and student research papers, into a tag cloud. Students and teachers can choose the shape of their tag cloud, and they can import a picture of their own. The most frequently-used words appear the largest in the cloud. The site also features a list of 101 ways to use the resource.

ViewPure is exactly what the name implies: pure video viewing. It gives educators the ability show students YouTube videos without advertising, free from links to suggested videos that might be inappropriate, and without user comments below the video. Users can copy the video’s “pure” URL for future reference. In addition, teachers can opt to install a “Purify” button on their browser’s toolbar. Instead of pasting a YouTube video’s URL into the ViewPure URL field, an educator can simply click on the “Purify” button while viewing the YouTube video to instantly clear it of questionable advertisements and materials.

TubeChop helps educators avoid the hassle of skipping through videos to find a certain clip within the video. Instead, users can select and “cut” just the portion of the video they would like to show or share with others.

Museum Box is a presentation tool in which students put pictures, videos, and text into a virtual box. For instance, a student researching a project on the Renaissance might identify artwork or important documents from the time and place those into the box to show what life was like during the period and what important discoveries or advances occurred.

Thanks to eSchool News for sharing these resources from the 2011 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference.  Read the full story, CLICK HERE

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Kinda of like an online bulletin board,  poster board, and a blogging platform all in one.   Reminds me just a little bit of Glogster.  They refer to it as a blogging platform, but more visual than textual.

Kelly Tenkely, iLearn Technology blog does a great job of explaining the features and concepts of Magnoto, check out her blog post to learn more.

“How to integrate Magnoto into the classroom: For students with an email address, Magnoto can be used to create a flexible online space where students can create virtual posters, brainstorming boards, virtual project portfolios, and share learning with others.  Students can work together on the same Magnoto space for group projects.”

Thanks Kelly for always sharing such amazing resources.  Check out her full post, CLICK HERE

Similar tools (well sorta kinda…..)

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I am doing a series presentations in 3 sections of an Elementary Methods class about Glogster. I decided I would put all the related resources I found about using and learning to use in the classroom on my blog for public consumption.

The projects these pre-sevice teachers are doing is a book/author study, kind of a PR/advertising piece relating to a series of multicultural books purchased through a grant written by Dr. Laurie Curtis.  This is our third try with coming up a a suitable “tool” for the task.  We began with Photobooth & QuicktimePro, then moved to Voicethread and we have now decided that Glogster may just be the right solution for accomplishing what we need for the grant website.

I mention the other things we have tried because in working with pre-service teachers, they also need to see that every teacher reflects on the teaching & learning process and are always attempting to find a better way.  Sometimes it means jumping ship from what you did last time and trying something totally different.  I applaud Laurie for her willingness to try new things and if they don’t pan out, to try something else.  So far, from the first projects that have come in this semester, it appears that Glogster, just might be the answer we were seeking.

I have posted the process here for the students in the three classes, maybe you will find it useful too.

GLOGSTER: Poster Yourself

First, as an educator, be sure you are using Glogster EDU. ( There is a, but sometimes some of the “posters” in the gallery on the home page are not appropriate for education.  So stick with the EDU side.  It works exactly the same way and has all the same features.

Classroom Benefits: Benefits Glogster EDU provides to teachers and students:

  1. A fun learning experience
  2. A new way to express creativity
  3. Private, secure, safe virtual classroom monitored by teachers
  4. Drives new interest levels around subjects that may have been seen as “boring” before
  5. Adds needed audiovisual aspects to traditionally text-oriented subjects
  6. Fosters teamwork and collaboration with classmates
  7. Increases drive to be independently creative
  8. Unlimited shelf life
  9. Improves student-teacher relationships by allowing both to explore Web 2.0 & learning concepts together
  10. Keeps teachers and students up to date with modern technology

Click on Categories for great examples:  the category- Libary has some that are similar to what you are doing for you Multicultural Book Assignment.  And the Technology Category gives you some great how-tods, like how to use the Paper from digital scrap-booking sites.

Steps & Things to remember when creating & sharing your GLOG:

  1. Make your Glog Public. When you Publish, be sure to check the PUBLIC box. Remember, Dr. Curtis and I will be adding all your Glogs to the website for this grant project. In other words they will be used by many, students and teachers around the state.
  2. When you make things like a Google docs or Voicethread a part of your Glog, they need to be shared as Public before you add to the Glog.
    Voicethread: click on Publishing Options button at the bottom and check the box that says Allow Anyone to View before grabbing the EMBED code.
    Google Docs: Click on the Share button in the upper right and choose share PUBLIC, anyone on the web
  3. YouTube: Make sure you uncheck the Include Related Content box when you grab the code from a YouTube video. Sometimes that additional content is not appropriate.
  4. A Glogster (Poster) is kinda like a puzzle.  Things need to fit together.
  5. Be careful your background does not distract from the actual content. Good places to find more backgrounds are digital scrapbooking sites, the papers work pretty well.
  6. Make sure your text is readable.  Remember you audience will be children.
  7. At the bottom of the Glog, in small, but readable font, include, your first & last name, class section,  Spring 2011 (e.g. Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, Section R, Spring 2011)
  8. Save & Publish, when you save it will ask you to name it, please use the Book title.
  9. Add your Glog information for this project to Dr. Curtis Google Form.

RESOURCES to help you learn to Use Glogster: HOW-tos and tutorials

Other Resources to help you in creating a COOL Glog

Recording your voice:

On a Mac, Use GarageBand, share as mp3

On a Windows, I suggest Audacity. Audacity: The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor.  This will require you to download and install the program, but it is FREE and EXCELLENT. By the way it works on a Mac too.  The cool part is under the Effects menu.  Let’s say you are reading a book out loud, You can cange your voice and make each character in the book sound different.  Very FUN!

Adding Movies you make to your Glog:

On a Mac I would suggest using QuickTime, Photobooth, GarageBand or iMovie.

On a PC, Windows MovieMaker.

Need resources, like sound files, images, etc, take a look at my Technology Keys wiki, Tons and tons of resources organized by category, all free.

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Michael Zimmer of The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness lists his top 10 resources for 2010. Most would be on my list as well.  The interesting part is everyone of the resources on the list is blocked in many of schools.  I guess I am envious that Michael teaches in a school district that “gets it.”  Don’t get me wrong, I show all this stuff to my pre-service teachers, but unfortunately many do not get the opportunity to practice it in the schools they do their internships.

And here we go again………a topic I have written about numerous times, the tail is wagging the dog.  In other words, the IT department is making decisions about want can and cannot be used in the classroom for teachers.  How crazy is that! That is like me telling a doctor which knife to use in the operating room. I am certainly not qualified to be doing that.  Recently I was in a school that I will be doing some staff development for next semester, and I suggested we use some of the Google tools, because they are free and easy.  The answer I got was, oh no, out IT department won’t allow that, “it opens up too many thing.”  Talk about the tail wagging the dog.  The administrators I was meeting with were very open minded and they really want the professional development to succeed, so I am going to think positive and hope we can move the IT department into the 21st century.

Michael’s List of top ten.

  • Glogster
  • Diigo
  • Skype
  • Simplebooklet
  • Prezi
  • Creaza
  • Common Craft
  • FotoBabble
  • Wallwisher
  • ToonDoo
  • Twitter

Cyndi’s Top Ten (no particular order)