Challenge 4 – Lots of choice

Some excellent posts being written, but I am only finding out about them by accident. Many students are still not adding a trackback or link on their post that leads back to the blogging challenge post they are writing about.

 

 

 

Improving your blog

Instead of me writing about copyright and creative commons, finding images and including attribution, I am giving you a link to a post written by Sue Waters from Edublogs as part of the teacher challenge blog. Before including any images in your posts, please read this very carefully. It is a very long post, but worth reading especially for students with their own blogs and for teachers to use when teaching about images in blogs and creative commons.

Recently I have also written a couple of posts about using pics4learning, flickrcc and google advanced search to find images. These are not as detailed as the post by Sue Waters.

Here is a link to the post I wrote in the March set of challenges. It includes two movies you might wish to use about creative commons and copyright and suggestions for posts relating to using images.

Again this week, you have freedom of choice 

  • post about a topic of your own choice
  • your passions, your favourites
  • start a series of posts
  • write your own story and have your visitors help guide the next part of the story
  • an activity mentioned in a previous challenge that you didn’t have time to complete.

But if you are stuck for ideas

Check out these history, geography and languages activities I found on the web. You might like to write a post about which sites you visited.

Play these online games: Remember don’t click on any ads as they often have spyware and viruses

Still more time to spare

  • Keep visiting other classes and students. Read their posts, answer their questions, leave comments – make connections.
  • Write a post about your visits to other blogs. Which ones do you recommend others visit and why?
  • Find some widgets relating to history, geography and/or languages that you could add to your blog sidebar. Remember to copy the embed code then go to your dashboard>appearance> widgets and drag a text box widget across. Paste in the code and save. If using other blog platforms, check out the “Get Help”section on this blog.

Image: ‘Postcards

Challenge 3 Our World

This week we look at the subject areas of history and geography including languages of the world. Our area for improving the blog will be widgets which fits in well with our subject areas. But first:

Admin

Have you added your badge to your blog sidebar yet? Check out this post for help in doing so.

Have you checked your spam folder for my welcoming comment? Check out this post for an explanation.

Have you checked your settings for mentors and readers leaving comments? Read here or you might be missing out on some great conversations.

Now let’s get started with

Improving your blog

Widgets

When you first get a blog, there are some widgets included in the sidebar. Once you change themes, some widgets disappear and you need to go to your dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag them across to your sidebar. It would be handy for your teachers and your readers if you could have at least these widgets: blog avatar (can be same as your user avatar), recent comments (10), recent posts (10), links or blogroll, pages, categories, archive and meta.

Do you have a widget tracking your visitors? If not,  then perhaps you could put one or more of these widgets on your blog. Check out this post in the teacher challenge by Sue Waters about widgets for class blogs and how to embed them.

What other types of widgets could you include? Check out the widgetbox gallery and browse the different categories.

Some posts are not written in English. Is there a widget for translating posts that you could include on your blog?

 Visit other student and class blogs– check out what widgets they have on their blog. A few classes to visit are mentioned in the Sue Waters post above.

  • Do some of the widgets detract from the blog?
  • Do some of the widgets overlap into the writing area?
  • Are some widgets too noisy?
  • Are there too many widgets on some blogs?

Write a post about the extra widgets you have added to your blog and why you chose them. Remember to add a link back to where you can sign up for that widget. Did you check the minimum age for having that widget on your blog?

Which widgets do your students consider should be on every class blog? Why? Write a post about your class widgets.

Create a poll asking visitors to your blog to vote for their favourite widget on your blog? Why do you think that widget was so popular?

When adding widgets to your sidebar using Edublogs or a campus blog:

  1. Go to your dashboard> appearance> widgets.
  2. Drag a text box to your sidebar.
  3. Copy and paste the embed code into the text box.
  4. Save then close.
  5. If the widget is too wide, you will have to adjust the number next to ‘width’ in the embed code. This might appear more than once in the code.

If your blog is an Edublogs free blog, you might not be able to put all the widgets in your sidebar. Instead put them in a post, but remember to change your post tab in your dashboard to HTML instead of visual when you are pasting in the embed code. If your teacher has a Pro blog, she might be able to upgrade your blog to allow code.

Embedding widgets using other blog platforms, check out Blogger (blogspot)  also check other posts on sidebar, Kidblog, Weebly.

Ideas for posts in geography, languages of the world and history.

 

Geography

  1. Write a post about tourist attractions in your state. Try to include at least five places that Miss W, your mentor , Davo the Tasmanian Devil or Squirrel would like to visit.
  2. Write a post, create a glogster, make an audioboo tape, create a Storybird or add a Voki telling your readers about the festivals held in your town throughout the year. Which festivals do you enjoy the most and why? Remember to include the date of the festival in case your reader might want to visit.  If under 13, check with your teacher or parent if you want to use a web 2.0 tool rather than writing a post in your blog.
  3. Visit at least five other blogs from students or classes around the world and ask some questions about their town, school, country in your comments. We have participants from 14 countries taking part in the challenge.
  4. Create a game or quiz about your town, state or country. A few places to do this include: Quiz Revolution, Class Tools,  Remember to check with your teacher or parent before using these web 2.0 tools. Sometimes your teacher or parent will create an account that is moderated by them and is therefore safe for students to use. Do you know any other places to create games and quizzes?
  5. Create a slideshow about your school and embed on your blog. Check out examples from Miss T and Mr Lamb. Maybe you could use a Prezi as suggested by Justin from Penbank.
  6. Write a post with questions you would like your visitors to answer in a comment. Try to find out some interesting information about where they live.
  7. Write a post or use a web 2.0 tool telling your readers about a place you would love to visit and why. Try to include some hyperlinks (links that are underlined in your post and take your readers to another website)
  8. Create an A-Z flip book about your state then embed in your blog. Must be 13 or older so maybe work as a class.
  9. Is someone from your class travelling at the moment? Have them write a post about where they are and what they are doing?
  10. Write a post about a global activity you have taken part in  Have you taken part in :
  • World Maths or Spelling Day
  • International Peace Day – happened on Friday September 21
  • Blog Action Day – we will be taking part on 15 October 2012 – perhaps register your class blog or student blog and embed their badge
  • ePals, Postcards from Home, FlatClassroom, quadblogging

Other languages

  • Write a post in another language  Most students around the world have to learn another language as part of their school curriculum. This might be a challenge for those who are just beginning their language learning but for students like Dominique, this should be a breeze. Make sure you have a translator widget on your blog to make it easier for your visitors to read the post.
  • The pupils at Goca have a blog written in Serbian. How can you translate that page so you can read it in English or Spanish if that is your mother tongue? Do you leave a comment in English, your mother tongue or Serbian?
  • A visitor from Colombia has come across your blog and wants to read it in their mother tongue, how will they translate it?
  • How many languages are spoken by the students in your class?
    • Is your class multicultural or is it predominantly a one language classroom?
    • What are some of the cultural activities you might celebrate in your classroom?
    • What do your students  celebrate at home?

    Perhaps you could create a poll to put on your class blog and have parents and grandparents answer where they came from originally.

    Perhaps one of them could write a post, with their child or grandchild, about a celebration from their country to put on your class blog.

History

These are some of the key inquiry questions used as part of the Australian history curriculum. Answer one or more of these questions but make it relevant to you and your country and the people living there. Perhaps you could create a timeline, a booklet, a poster, research and present in a Voki – think about other ways to present rather than just writing a post.

Grades 1/2 look at themselves in their family and local community

  1. What is my history and how do I know? What stories do other people tell about the past? How can stories of the past be told and shared?
  2. How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  3. What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us? What remains of the past are important to your local community? Why?
  4. How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

Grades 3/4 look at world exploration and the first people living on our land

  1. Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  2. What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?
  3. Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  4. What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Grades 5/6 look at the colonies of Australia and their development into a nation

  1. What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
  2. How did an Australian colony develop over time and why? How did colonial settlement change the environment?
  3. What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?
  4. Why and how did Australia become a nation?
  5. How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?
  6. Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come? What contribution have these immigrants made to the development of Australian society?

Grade 7 looks at the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean or Asian cultures. Questions include

  1. How do we know about the ancient past?
  2. Why and where did the earliest societies develop?
  3. What emerged as the defining characteristics of ancient societies?
  4. What have been the legacies of ancient societies?

Grade 8 looks at the medieval period around the world. Questions include

  1. How did societies change from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern age?
  2. What key beliefs and values emerged and how did they influence societies?
  3. What were the causes and effects of contact between societies in this period?
  4. Which significant people, groups and ideas from this period have influenced the world today?

Grade 9 looks at the making of the modern world from 1750-1918 including World War I. Questions include

  1. What were the changing features of the movements of people from 1750 to 1918?
  2. How did new ideas and technological developments contribute to change in this period?
  3. What was the origin, development, significance and long-term impact of imperialism in this period?
  4. What was the significance of World War I?

Grade 10 looks at 1918 to the present time but especially Australia as part of a global community. Questions include

  1. How did the nature of global conflict change during the twentieth century?
  2. What were the consequences of World War II? How did these consequences shape the modern world?
  3. How was Australian society affected by other significant global events and changes in this period?

Remember to look at the history questions as they relate to your country eg How was Serbian society affected by other significant global events and changes in this period?

Still got more time left this week

Visit students or classes from other countries and leave comments or questions that could relate to history, geography or languages. If you want to check back to see if they have answered your questions, you will often see a box to tick that will send you an email when other comments have been made. Or add that student’s blog as a link in your blogroll on your sidebar.

Remember to leave a trackback in your posts so I can come and visit to leave comments. So far Mr Pepper’s class have been great at doing that.

Image: ‘Australia

Image: ‘Welcoming

Image: ‘Egypt-10C-007 – Rameses II & Re-Horakhty

 Next week we look at using images and giving attribution on our blog posts.

Are you missing out on comments?

During this last week, I have had three mentors send me messages saying they can’t leave comments on the blogs assigned to them. The reasons follow:

  • An Edublogs platform blog that asks them to login to leave a comment or read a post
  • A Blogger or blogspot blog that asks them for a Google account or similar
  • A Kidblog blog that asks them to login to read post or leave comment

It is important if you are taking part in the challenge that you have your blog open to the world to leave comments.

If using Edublogs or a campus blog: Read this post by Sue Waters to see what settings you need.

If using Blogger or blogspot: Check out this post for fine tuning your blog. This will then allow anyone to comment.

If using Kidblog: Read these posts for comment privacy, post privacy– you will need all visitors

If using Weebly: You have to actually create a blog within the setup of the weebly site. Read this post to check out how to do it. Comments can only be left on the blog part of the site.

Also remember to check your spam comments.

Image created here.

Visit these Week 1

Each couple of weeks I check out those blogs that leave me a trackback on their posts. I go to visit and leave a comment. I also add them to my Visit These posts so you can also visit and leave comments.

Digital Citizenship
Jerri on cyberstalking, Mrs Ligon and her science classes, Bernard on cyberbullying, Amelia on cyber bullying, Miss May used a wallwisher, Alexus and Maegan on internet safety,

Emotions
Emily on fear, Room 8 Ranzau, Becky on stress,

Pets and our well-being
Stephen, Karina, Jashaun with unusual title, Kierra, Chloe,

Elite athletes
Andrea on dancing, Jessica on volleyball, Justin on football, Ben and Manny on nerf and football, Morgan on volleyball, Natalie on world games,

About pages, I am poems
Mrs Lucchesi, Angie used Glogster – view in full size, Mrs McKelvey, Glenholme students, Year 4B, Tiger Tales, Serbian students say hello,

Students already making friends

Igor from Ukraine, Em and the tooth fairy, Kristina from Ukraine, Julia from Canada,

Our passions

Aiden, Becky, Julia, MorganM, Natalie,

Image: Dirty Feet by Miss W or tasteach

Challenge 2 – Freedom to choose

Welcome to our second group of activities in the blogging challenge. Again three areas to improve in your blog, then some choices for posts for this week.

Improve your blog

Avatars

I notice many of our newer bloggers don’t have avatars yet. Visit this post where I explain how to create and upload your avatars. Click on one of the avatars to take you to the actual site. Maybe as a class you could then create a slideshow of the avatars you created. Or maybe you could create an avatar for each member of your family and put those in a slideshow. Which slideshow? Check out the Web tools to use on the right sidebar of this blog.

Here are some other links for creating and uploading avatars –  Blogger or blogspot, Kidblog,

Blogroll

What is a blogroll, you ask? Now that you have started visiting other student blogs, you might start finding some blogs that you really like.  You might visit these every day, but how do you remember their URL?  This is where a blogroll comes in handy. If you look  on the right  sidebar of this blog, you will notice I have three subheadings such as:

  • Get Help
  • Web tools to use
  • Animals blogging

These are my blogroll.  I can choose to have them in total (headings will then be in alphabetical order – see Miss T below), or just one category at a time.

Check out the blogroll categories from these students and classes: Kids in the Mid (left sidebar), Miss T (left), Mr Miller (right),  Teegan (left, some are actually images as links too), Bree (far right)

To create the link category headings, go to your dashboard>  links > link category You might include  classmates, overseas friends, class blogs, get help and websites.

To make sure these appear on your sidebar, go to dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag the links or blogroll across to the sidebar area.

Add some links to your blogroll

To add some links such as the challenge blog and your friends’  blogs, go to your dashboard> links> add new.  Remember to say what category you put the link under and also use http:// in front of the URL. Be internet savvy and only use first names of students.

You might include at least 10 classmates, some overseas friends you have visited,  Student Challenge Blog,  The Edublogger, Help from Edublogs or kidblogs or weebly etc, your class/school blog and/or intranet and  websites you often visit.

Here is a post by Sue Waters about creating a blogroll. Follow the instructions for Step 2 in her post.

If using Blogger, go here to find instructions. Remember to include Bling for your Blog on your blogroll.

Hyperlinking

You will notice in today’s challenge, I have included a lot of hyperlinks to other places to visit. If you do this in posts, you are showing your readers that you have researched the topic – you are not just writing about what your friends have told you or things you think you know. You can hyperlink in posts, pages and comments – handy if commenting on kidblog and you want to leave your blog URL.

Edublogs – linking in post/page

Blogger – linking from text or photo

Kidblog – video on how to add links

Weebly – video on how to add links

linking in comment – this is the same for all blog platforms

Ideas for posts

OK so you have done the three activities above to improve your blog.

Blogs are all about your passions. So every second week, the challenge is going to be your chance to excel

write about your passions

Maybe it is LEGO, Moshi Monsters, MMORPG games, book reviews, minecraft, embroidery, travelling, crafts, art, architecture, poetry, farming, astronomy ……  The list is boundless.

You might want to start writing a series of posts about your passion. Remember your readers may know absolutely nothing about what you love, so start by explaining things well. Send them to other websites to get more information (called hyperlinking, which is one of the improve your blog activities  for this week)

But a blog post or page is written in your words, so don’t copy and paste from other websites – always use your own words first and then send your visitors to other places on the internet to find out more.

Write a post, create a movie, find websites, create a slideshow, create a comic – there are infinite ways to present your passion.

If you know of a great tool to use, leave a comment below with a link to the tool URL in your comment.

Don’t know what to write about:

Visit these websites – look around them and write a post about some part that intrigued you.

Still got time left this week

Then start leaving more comments on other participants’ blogs.  Find at least 5 other students with similar hobbies to you. Visit their blog and leave a comment.

Have you remembered to check your own spam comments, in case some are legitimate?

Image: Photo taken by Miss W on her way to Bicheno.

Challenge 1 Wellbeing and introductions

Welcome to the first set of activities

in the 9th Student Blogging Challenge.

 

Admin info: 

Please check very carefully the student or class participation pages to make sure you are listed.

I have had to remove some students and classes as their URL addresses didn’t work when I tried to leave a comment. You might need to register again. But PLEASE check carefully before doing this.

If you haven’t received a comment from me, please check your spam as I did have two links in the comment and this is often added as spam. Also some students didn’t receive a comment because they did not have a page or post written when I visited or else I was asked to log in to leave a comment. To check if someone can leave a comment on your blog – don’t log in to your blog, just go to the blog and try to leave a comment. If you can’t leave a comment or even read the post, then you will need to change your settings.

Activities will be separated into two sections: Firstly those related to improving your blog for your new readers and secondly ideas for posts on your blog. You can do one activity or lots of activities. What you don’t finish this week, you might want to do next week. Whenever you visit a new blog, you want to know a little about the author or group of authors. This fits very well into our first group of activities.

Well-being, health and citizenship.

So let’s get started:

Improving your blog

1. Create or update a page about yourself or your class. If using Edublogs, you have a page called Sample Page when you first get your blog. You could use this page by deleting what is already in there, editing the permalink to About Me, and writing about yourself or your class. Remember not to include personal information (part of digital citizenship) but really tell us about yourself. You might want to check out some examples from other students and classes. Login to your blog, go to the dashboard>pages>all pages> hover under sample or about page and click edit.

StudentsJarrod (global2 Edublogs), Em created a poll about which images to use, Emily uses interesting information, Ethan gives image attribution on his page, Larnie from Victoria, CJ has lots of favourites but what about the music, Teegan includes a slideshare, Angie loves changing colours, Daniel has a YouTube channel, Haley wants a pygmy pig for a pet

Classes: Mrs Kerr class poem, Mr McCleary in Canada, Mrs Hazzeldine in Australia, Big dreamers in grade 3, Class in Adelaide uses cartoonize for class photo, Mrs Young tells us about herself, Jason teaching at high school, Mr Woolley used Vokis, Mr Price is a recent blogger, Ms Stewart wrote a post instead

Justin suggested: I think a great activity would be to create a Prezi which showcases facts and pictures about your school. Perhaps even upload a video and link it to the Prezi too.

Tools or websites you might want to use: Write a poem like Mrs Kelly, Scholastic poem, Read-write-think poem, Vokis – can be free or as a classroom at a cost, Prezi – can be a free educational version, Animoto – again a free version for education

2. Make sure you have filled in your blog profile page correctly. You should have only your first name(2), a nickname and display name(3) and a link to your own blog(5) in the URL area. This will make it easier for others to visit your blog if they are using the same blogging platform as you are. When leaving comments on other blogging platforms you might need to include your first name, a link to your blog and an email address as well as the anti-spam word. If leaving comments on kidblog, include your URL in the actual comment area as it does not normally ask for this otherwise.

If using other blogging platforms, get help at these links – edublogs (including global2, eschoolblogs, goaj blogs), kidblog, weebly, blogger or blogspot – see sidebar on the right

3. Leave a comment on the blog of up to 10 students who have the same mentor as you. Make sure it is a quality comment – if the student has blogging or commenting guidelines, read them first. If your mentor has left a comment on your blog, perhaps visit their blog to ask some questions politely. Hopefully the mentor will have their name or avatar image linked to their blog URL.

Always remember to check your spam comments as sometimes a real comment gets stuck in there.

 

Ideas for posts


1. Think about the athletes you saw at either the Olympics or paralympics. How do they look after their well-being? What are some things you do or eat, that they would not use?
2. How is citizenship on the internet the same as or different to citizenship in the real world? Make a list by comparing the two situations. Is citizenship different from country to country? What makes you a citizen of your country?
3. Have you ever been in an extremely emotional situation? Tell us all about it but remember to be internet safe in what you tell us. This could be anger, sadness, happiness, frustration …
4. If you are ever in a very stressful situation, how do you calm yourself down? What are some coping strategies you use?
5. Create a collage about emotions. Have students create their own images or emoticons. Take photos of the results and create into a collage or animoto or slideshow.
6. What is your favourite sport? What skills are needed to become an elite athlete in that sport?
7. Indigenous groups will often have different games to other people. Compare games around the world that use very little equipment. Try out some of these games in your classroom.
8. I am sure all students are taught about the healthy food pyramid. But what does your food pyramid look like? Create one using real food then take a photo to include in your post.
9. Part of good digital citizenship is not being a cyber bully. Have you ever been cyber-bullied? What did you do about it? Make a list of hints for students who are being cyber-bullied. Maybe make a poster about what to do and what not to do. Perhaps you could use glogster or as a class use wallwisher.
10 In Tasmania, the health department is running a program called ‘Move Well, Eat Well‘. Does your country or state run something similar? Are there any other programs your school takes part in that helps with student well being and health?
11 Pets are often said to be helpful with a person’s well-being. How? Find some examples.

If none of these ideas make you want to write a post, then tell your readers what you are being taught at the moment that relates to health, well being and citizenship. Remember you are not only taught at school but also at home, at church, in a sport team and so on.

Remember to add a link back to this post, once you have written your post. This is called a trackback or pingback and will then allow me to come to your blog easily to read your fantastic post.

If using Edublogs, below your post dashboard, you will see an area called ‘Send trackbacks’. Just copy the URL of this challenge post and paste it in there. It must be the URL of the actual post, not the blog in general.

Attribution for Image: ‘Food Pyramid

Next week we create avatars, our blogroll and learn how to hyperlink

Leave a comment below if you know of any great sites related to well-being, health and citizenship, especially if they have games included on these topics.

Ready … set …..

Only one more week till the first post is published on Sunday 9th September. But are you ready for the challenges?

How are you going to know what the challenge is each week?

One way is to have an email sent to you immediately I publish the post. On the right sidebar, under ‘Subscribe for free’there is a place to put your email address or if you use a reader, you can have a link to the feed sent to your reader by clicking the little orange button.

If you are using Edublogs free version and your teacher has an Edublogs premium version, make sure you are attached to their class blog so you can have lots more choice with themes and embedding code.

If you know of any good resource pages for other blogging platforms like weebly, kidblog, posterous, blogger etc could you please leave a comment so I can add it to the section labelled ‘Get Help Here’.

 

Registering as a mentor for September 2012 challenge

 

Why do we need mentors in the student blogging challenge? When I first began the challenge back in 2008, there was only about 200 students taking part and I could visit each of them three times over the ten week period.

But in the last challenge, there was over 1300 students and there was no way I could visit them often, so in 2010 I started asking people in education to mentor a small group 20-30 students over the ten week period of September to November.

If you register to be a mentor, please keep checking back on this post as I will allocate the students to you and mention in a reply who you will be visiting. I will also send you an email reminding you about checking this post early in the challenge.

As soon as students start registering, I will allocate mentors so please keep checking out the student participant’s page in the main header above to find out who you are mentoring.

Who can be a mentor?

  • classroom teacher or homeschool teacher
  • principal or senior staff or faculty members
  • trainee teachers
  • students who have taken part in at least two sets of previous challenges
  • educational coaches or trainers
  • regular blogger about educational matters

What do you do if you are a mentor?

  • Visit your allocated student blogs at least three times throughout the challenge
  • Leave comments on posts written by the students
  • Continue conversations in the comments
  • Remind them about visiting the main blogging challenge page each week
  • contact me by email or a comment if having concerns or problems (contact is on right sidebar)

So you have read the above and have decided you have the time to visit the student blogs, now it is time to register.

In a comment below, mention the following in any order:

  • A short bio of yourself including some interests
  • Link to your own blog, especially a class blog or your personal blog
  • Age group you would like to mentor

Original image: ‘My little helper

Are you getting ready for the new challenge?

2011 Last Chance Meet

The next student blogging challenge will be starting early September. If you are a teacher and want to start getting organized with a class blog, then check out the posts on the teacher challenge blog.

Registration forms for classes and individual students will be available mid-August on the drop down menu on the header. Only register when it has Sept 2012 in the title.

If you would like to mentor a small group of students, then check the post about how mentors can register by leaving a comment with details.

There are going to be some changes to the student challenge – many of the activities will relate to subject areas

  • Week 1 Health and wellbeing
  • Week 3 History and Geography or Social Studies
  • Week 5 Mathematics
  • Week 7 Science
  • Week 9 English or language arts

The weeks in between will be more free choice for the students or time to catch up on previous weeks if you had a holiday or exams or …….. There will still be improving your blog activities each week.

If you have any ideas for great activities, please leave a comment below, giving the subject and your suggestion and the grade it would be suited to.

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Day 3 ISTE12

Went to some more sessions today – peer coaching panel where Tracy Watanabe was speaking. Met up with Sandy Rollefstad from Apache Junction who I visited with last year. Then back in the sails pavilion I headed to a session on digital storytelling with Julie Jaeger. She showed examples and explained about creating PSAs or public service announcements and book/movie trailers. Great to see creative commons being mentioned in a practial session.

Now to the exhibit hall. I visited many of these while dropping off my coupons. Looked at many that had online use maybe for eSchool. Here were some of those I was impressed with enough to collect a business card or a brochure. Many are American based with language and spelling but some are starting to have offices in England and Australia where they are adapting to our spelling.

Brainpop, Renaissance Learning, Digitales, SimSchool, Rosen Learning Center, Teen Health and Wellness, Gaggle, Tools for Teachers, IXL, i-Ready, Plato Learning, iZone, Mackin Via, Math Forum, Education World, Brain Hive, M-Edge, Arcademics and Lerner publishing

Was also thinking of the primary school teachers who I visit once a week to do some Smartboard training – found a free book called ‘Creating SMART Notebook lessons for Dummies’ – lots of ideas they might be able to use in the classroom on days I am not there. Lots of information about using the teacher toolkit.