School Resources Part Six: Mind Mapping and Charting Websites

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When students start large projects they often feel overwhelmed and lost.  As the teacher I would often have to lead them through the beginning process so they could get organized and started on their projects.  So to further help my students I began to bookmark websites that helped them organize their thoughts and ideas on their own.  These sites allowed them to put ideas in order and see how they relate to one another.  I often ask students to map out their projects before they begin creating them and have them turn in these organizational charts with their final project.   The list below is one that I provide my students to use in my class.  Again if you have any other sites that you use or any feedback on the sites provided please let me know.

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School Resources Part Five: Timeline and Screencast Creators

This is the fifth post in my series of back to school resources.  Two popular formats for student projects in my history classes are timelines and screen-casts.  My students have done some amazing narrations of web resources and images to create informative movies using screen-casts as well as how to videos.  Interactive timelines are always popular with students and the following are a list of sites that some of my students have used in the past.  Some of these sites are very easy to use and quite powerful.  I have also found that both screen-casts and timelines were not as popular at the begining of the year but seemed to become more popular as the year progressed.

Take a look at the list below and as always if you have any comments or websites sites that I have missed or ideas for these types of resources please let me know, as I get ready for the upcoming school year.

The following websites will help you create time-lines and screen-casts for your projects.

Capzules Social
Interactive Timeline Creator
Teachnology timeline creator

ScreenCasts (Some of these sites do require a fee to use them.)
Screen Flow

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School Resources Part Four: Online Presentation Programs

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Over the past couple of years students have found a variety of ways to present information to the class.  Many of their presentations were very creative and unique below is a list of some of the programs that they have used in the past and I will be link on my website for the kids this year.  Again if you know of any others or have anything to add about the sites link please drop me a line.

Presentation Programs

1. AuthorStream
2. Empressr
3. Eyespot
4. PhotoStory 3
5. Prezi
6. SlideShare
7. ThinkFree Show
8. Thumbstacks
9. Toufee
10.Zoho Show

11.280 Slides

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Help Me I Can’t Turn In My Project From Home

Over the past couple of years in my classes I often have students create digital projects at home only to find that they have trouble getting them to me at school.  Often times the movies or websites that they create are so large that their memory stick and email often will not be able to move their project from home to school.  So I have been collecting different resources for students to use to turn in their projects. One of the easiest I have found for students to use is senduit.  This site allows them to upload projects and files and then just email me the link to that file.  This has worked very well for many of my students.  Still has a 100MB limit but works for most projects and assignments.  If you are having the same problem in your class try it out at

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8 Great ways to Present Information to Your Students

Found a great link today on my PLN via twitter.  This site shows you 8 different presentation technologies.  I have used most of these and found the explanations and examples very good on this website.  This would be a great resource to show those teachers that are a little apprehensive to add technology to their classroom.

Take a look at this website.

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Reducing Frustration in Secondary Students with Technology

I have found that you can often reduce frustration in secondary students by using technology in a secondary nature. For instance, I may have the students create a PowerPoint presentation on a Native American tribe. They will research the first few days in the library looking for information. Then they will get a day or two in the computer lab to do research. When they are in the lab though, I have already found the websites for them to use and bookmarked them on their computers. Or I may have created a webpage and placed them on the webpage as a hyperlink. When they get to creating their PowerPoint presentation I have already created a template for their presentation in which they only tweak a few things and add the information that they have gathered.

Using technology in this nature does take more time for the teacher to develop but dramatically reduces the frustration level of the students. The focus also stays on the subject rather on how to use the technology. Students still get to spend time using and interact with technology and can build their knowledge over time.

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Want to simplify your online presence?

Want to simplify your online presence? might just be the key.  This site allows you to create content and then publish it to a variety of different sites and services.   This site allows you to post content to multiple sites at one time saving you time in getting your message out to your multiple online profiles.  For an excellent over view of what you can do on this site watch the video below. from Jack Zerby on Vimeo.

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