Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Found yet another gem yesterday, of course, through Webware.com. It's even better than Splashup.com, mentioned in my last post. It's called Fotoflexer.com. Today I'm going to have my students try making a podcast button in each to see which one they feel is the more intuitive photo editing webware. I'll let you know what they think. Layers are a new concept for many of them, so it'll be interesting.
Okay, so my students are learning to link to podcasts today. Next, I hope to show them how to make podcasts, but I'm looking at using Gabcast.com. While I don't exactly have the setup to have a podcast studio, I know that many of them do have cell phones and Gabcast really capitalizes on these. In that sense, they can think of their cell phones as portable microphones and be out on the beat somewhere.
I have been amazed at how much the kids love looking at their blog stats. Several have set up accounts at statcounter.com, feedburner.com and amung.us. They are getting the idea of widgets and how to make them quickly in Blogger. The coding aspect is not scaring them, and they've proven quite tenacious. It's really amazing to see these students now vs. when they first came in. Creating a Yahoo and Google account about tripped up many of during the first week. They are pros now and can whip out a new account in seconds and start learning what webware offers what now. I'm proud of them.
Monday, November 5, 2007
I haven't posted for some time -- actually since August. There are a few reasons, I suppose. First and foremost, I've been really busy trying to restructure one of my classes so that it revolves around web 2.0 tools and digital literacy. What a rough start....it's going quite well now, but I wanted to throw in the towel a few times. Any time you try something new, problems are bound to surface, but as I mentioned in one of my last posts, I thought it would be bandwidth. Nope. Turned out that my greatest nemesis would be our district filter. It wouldn't let my kids see immediate updates of their blogs. After many emails later to people at all levels, the issue was finally resolved. I no longer have to put in no cache coding, nor do my students, when they wish to see immediate updates to their blogs or web pages.
We've done lots, but right now I'm not really sure about how I feel about my curriculum shift. I'm too close to it right now, "can't see the forest because of the trees" type of thing. Am feeling like this is so important, but feel very isolated while blazing the trail. I desperately need others to collaborate with, others who really get the importance of getting kids ready for the 21st century using 21st century tools. I'm a bit weary, and a bit disillusioned. I need to be sparked by others who "get it" and want to use it. Feelin' like a solo flight over the ocean right now.
Also, have just recently moved this blog from edublogs.org. Blogger gets it all done for me and quickly. There's a huge speed problem with edublogs -- takes forever to navigate, update, etc.
Today's find -- splashup.com. It's what many of us have been waiting for in terms of online picture editing. Even supports layers. Woo-hoo. :) I wonder what my kids will think of it after testing out picnik.com and resizr.com? Adobe Photoshop should be shaking in their boots....here comes the young upstarts.