Commercial Sharing Day!

Let’s Share!!!

Now that you’ve spent time exploring a communication/collaboration tool, we are going to share our commercials and learn more about the tools.

Make sure you check the blog post from Wednesday to ensure you have all of the required components of this task. Let’s take a moment to make sure we all know how to upload/link videos to your Google site.  After creating a new page, titled “Communication and Collaboration,” you can  attach your video at the bottom of the page or create a link to your video.

You will also want to include a write up for your commercial. Provide an introduction for your commercial Be sure to make a link in your write up to the tool. For example, if you are talking about Twitter, make sure to link the word ‘Twitter‘ to the Twitter homepage.

Web 2.0 Continued

Let’s look at some other Web 2.0 tools that could be helpful for supporting communication and collaboration.

Wikis are tools that allow you to collaborate on a website with other people.  Your Google Site that you are using in our class could be considered a wiki if you chose to add collaborators.  Here’s a video for more information about wikis.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Twitter. But most of us don’t quite get what it is or why anyone would want to use it. Here’s a video that will help to explain. Lots of famous people have Twitter accounts. Rumor has it that Kim Kardashian can make up to $10,000 per “tweet”. But having that many followers can also be costly.

Podcasts allow you to record or listen to audio from a class, an event, a renowned speaker, etc. If it includes video it is often called a “vodcast.” Searching iTunes will show you a huge list of what is available. You can view this video for more information.

There are many other communication and collaboration tools. One of my favorite places to search for new tools (that are free) is on the Go 2 Web 2.0 site.

Creativity – what does it mean to you?

Sample lesson: Using video to learn 5th grade math

We’ve talked about the importance of communication and collaboration. Could those tools also foster creativity and innovation in your students? Or are there other tools better suited for that job?

Here’s a video I made with a creative tool, called xtranormal.

What is creativity? Why are creativity and innovation important to your subject/grade level? When was the last time you had the opportunity to be creative? Do you consider yourself creative?

For Monday and Wednesday:

1. Read Chapters 5 and 6 and write a blog posting about a communication and/or collaboration idea that you find worthy of a posting. Also respond to a classmate’s posting. You can find other blogs here.

2. Take a nap. Then, get up and do something creative. Be prepared to report what you did by describing it on your blog. This is a legitimate assignment . . .


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