Tweet to Learn History

TwHistory is a great way to engage students in history using today’s social media.  This site allows teachers to conduct reenactments using social media like twitter. The great thing though about this website is that it allows you to use this type of media with out going onto Twitter. Everything is hosted on TwHistory so it is safe and accessible through school district servers that often block Twitter. This is a great tool that could be quite effective in teaching history to students. For more information on this website see the following article in Mind/Shift or check out Larry Ferlazzo‘s website and his “The Best Tools For Creating Fake “Stuff” For Learning” list

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School Year Resources Part Three: Digital Storytelling

The Boyhood of Raleigh, 1871
Image via Wikipedia

Digital storytelling has become a very popular method in conveying information in my classroom.  Students can collect images on a topic and use them to tell stories to show their mastery of the content discuss and studied in class.  Often times they are having so much fun that they do not even realize how much they have learned or that they are learning through this process. I have been utterly amazed at the conversations that I have had with students as they work on their projects.  The depth of learning can be quite amazing.  The following sites have been used by some of my students.  Again like the previous posts if you know of any others or have had any issues with any of these resources please let me know.

Virtual Posters

  1. Glogster

Digital Story telling

  1. Google SearchStories’s creator
  2. Scooch
  3. Welcome to Fotobabble – Talking Photos
  4. Animalia Digital story teller
  5. StoryBird
  6. Picture Book Maker
  7. Story Jumper
  8. Storytron
  9. My Story Maker
  10. Kerpoof
  11. Digital Story Teller
  12. TikTok
  13. Little Bird Tales
  14. Myths and Legends
  15. Webook
  16. Storytelling Alice
  17. YouTellYou
  18. AudioBoo
  19. Kizoa
  20. Flip Book
  21. Capzles
  22. Slide
  23. One True Media
  24. VoiceThread
  25. Book Builder
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Keep track of Friends Over Multiple Services with Ease

With the growth of social media most users have multiple accounts and services they monitor with friends in each of these services.  Often it is hard to keep track of what friends are saying across multiple services and sharing with friends across these services can be just as difficult.  Well nsyght might be a way for you to aggregate these services and easily share and post to multiple services at one time.   This site will allow to search what your friends are saying, allow you to discuss topics with them on their network and post to other services all in one location.

This is a great resource for educators creating Professional Learning Networks (PLN).  You can monitor multiple networks and follow or discuss different topics and themes over a variety of social media websites.

Take a look at this resource at the following address: http://nsyght.com/

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Privacy Settings that Allow Teachers to Separate Professional and Personal Life on Facebook

With all of the concern and talk about teachers and Facebook this is a great resource for all teachers.  This will help keep things secure and private so students and others can not see personal information about you.  These setting are very effective and are worth spending some time to learn.  Being able to effectively  set  these privacy settings in Facebook can not only protect your privacy but allow you to separate your personal and professional life.  A must for all teachers to remain sane and effective teachers. Check out the link below!

Click Here: 10 New Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know.

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Social Networking hits the Radio with Jelli

Here is a site that fascinated me over the weekend.  Social networking and democracy decide what music is played on this site. Once you log on you can go to a particular station and vote in real time with other users and decide what song to play next.  I found this interesting because for me listening to the radio is a way to relax.  The concept of voting and lobbying for your song to play next seems like to much work.   This is a great example though of just how embedded social media has become and an example of how social media is being used by kids everyday.  Not using it in our schools and classrooms seems to be something that educators really need to look at and consider.

Check it out at the following address: http://www.jelli.net/landing/