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Key exciting points that will further engage students prior to implementing the tools in classroom:

1. Tell students about the tool(s) and show them examples of it at the beginning of the lesson/concept course -this will inspire them throughout the learning of the skills and knowledge they will need to master in order to create their project.

2. Students have a International and national audience: tell students this at beginning.

3. Students get their own personal page that stores thier work with several of these tools: Glogster, Animoto


How technological tools can be used to promote Blooms higher learning: Wikipedia.org

Find the right tool! Tools categorized by task:


1.Organizing and concept mapping tools:

used for organizing knowledge

A. For: graphic organizers, concept or mind mapping, brainstorming, organizing data or ideas.

>use:

Microsoft Word -SmarArt, etc.

Various mindmaps - see below


2. Knowledge Construction and presentation tools:

used for building knowledge and creating and presenting projects, papers etc., tools such as: video and various type of powerpoint, audio creating, etc.


A. For: Book Reports, Research Reports, Class Projects, Presentations on any topic; Create Digital knowledge library; Create tours of your school or town, Author reports, Create visual poems, Create visual word problems, Virtual field trips, Create time-lines, Create biographies,

> use:

Online posters - Glogster :

- Book report on Hunger Games - students creates thought provoking questions and exercises: http://adrienneholmes.edu.glogster.com/hunger-games-glog-adrienne-holmes/

- For many examples & ideas for ELA, Reading & Writing projects, go to: http://edu.glogster.com/categories/

B. For: Slide Presentations

> use:

Voicethreads:

Powerpoint or Google presentations:

C. For: Booktrailers instead of bookreports - to promote reading; understandng theme;

> use:

Animoto

Stupefix, etc.

D. For: Getting information or assignments out to students or parents:

>use:

Blogging


E. For: Displaying or keeping track of the progress and works of the student

>use:

Blogging

Electronic portfolios



3. Conversation and Collaboration tools:

For: Discussions - on various topics, news articles, or literature, literature circles, etc.

>use:

Blogging - have students author their own blogs as well !- click on the link below for specific sites.




4. Storytelling & Animation & other creative tools:




Find the right tool! Tools categorized by type & task:


For a easy to follow introduction and explanation of the tools and to view them broken down into narrower and simple to follow categories (and many of these categories are organized by task) check out these thorough websites:

1. Webtools 4 U 2 Use

2. Web2.0 In the Classroom

3. Cool table helps you figure out which tool you need with tutorial video: usf.edu/matrix

4. Websites to help you learn how to use these tools: freetech4teachers


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