Archive for the ‘Web 2.0’ Category

Glogster Culminating Task Idea

Posted: December 16, 2010 by Aaron Puley in Blogging, Story Telling, Web 2.0

Glogster Culminating Task Idea

Research Project & Performance Task
*Adapted from Nelson Literacy 5 – Early Civilizations Performance Task


Glogster is an amazing Web 2.0 site that allows students to make virtual posters with embedded text, photos, sounds/music, and video. Students can create their virtual poster, visualizing a concept or idea and, by extension, can film themselves with their webcam to discuss rationale for inclusion of placement and elements in digital presentation. Further, as a “Glog” also incorporate elements of a “Blog”, students can comment to each other and their posters offering suggestions, ideas, and feedback. In this way, students can be collaborative, cooperative, and supportive in such a way as to improve the learning of themselves and each other. The embedded video component, allowing students to add personality to their already dynamic presentation, affords an opportunity for self reflection – assessment “as” learning. (

PS: The Educator version allows the teacher to make accounts for students thus making it safe and secure for younger students.

#2 Show Beyond – Online Story Creator

Posted: December 13, 2010 by Aaron Puley in Slide Shows, Story Telling, Web 2.0

Today’s Web 2.0 tool (i know, I know, I didn’t get to yesterdays) is Show Beyond. Technically I covered two the other day (Lino it and Wallwisher) so I hope that will suffice 🙂

I came across this little nugget at Gail Lovely’s (@glovely)’s session at ECOO 2010 – Web 2.0 tools for young learners. This year, my consultant role was turned from a Secondary role to that of a K-12. To help my own professional group, and to best support elementary teachers and students, I have been researching and taking part in sessions geared to younger students as well as those of high school age. Check out Gail’s website. She offers a lot of neat ideas and resources.

Show Beyond is a great, and simple, little platform that allows you to upload pictures, add text, 30 second voice recorded clips, and background music to create neat little multi-media stories. The site is really easy to navigate and provides lots of opportunities for users to learn how to make dynamic stories and share them with other. After all, what is a story if it isn’t shared? Here is a quick tour of the site.

To show you how fun and easy the site is to use, I want to walk you through the project of my five-year old daughter, Medea. Now, Medea is a funky young lady who loves to explore and craft with daddy. Just the other day, she and I created a sweet little Christmas boat. More on that in a future post.

This “craft”, however, is a little less traditional and very techno-cool.

Check it out here – Puddle the Seal (formally know as Boop)

Step One (Find Images): We started with Medea at the computer;I asked her what she would like her story to be about. She said seals, so we started at Google. I asked her to type “Seal” into Google. She did a great job of sounding out the word and typed “sel”. I helped her out, mentioning that she missed the “a” – crazy silent letters!

I showed her the “Images” link at the upper left corner and she was faced with a number of seal images. I asked her to choose and, when she did, she clicked it and was faced with the preview. At this point, I showed her the “Show large Size” link, how to right-click the image, and save it to her folder on the computer.

From this point on, she typed in “Beaver” (beaver was hard, too. What’s up with those silent “a’s”?) and “Crab”. She remembered how to select them and save them. I made a little video of her using the computer and will post once I clean it up.

Step Two (Upload the Images): Show Beyond has a simple interface and I was able to ask Medea to click the orange button to add her pictures (upload you images). She chose on picture and I told her to click “OK” – not showing her. She did after locating it herself. I asked her to click it again and this time she learned how to use the Shift+Click function to select all. She thought this was pretty cool and uttered “Watch and Learn” while they were uploading (I sure hope that shows up in the video).

Step Three (Ordering the images): Now, I asked Medea to organize the images in the order she wanted (great task to teach sequencing). She rearranged them a bit and said she was done.

Step Four (Narration): Time for the headset. She put the headset on and I mentioned to her that she will record a bit of her story for each slide. At first, I clicked the button for her, but she was on her own about half-way through. She recorded all of the slides with her story and, by this point, was getting a little tired. Hey, she’s only 5:-)

Step Five (Story Text): As she was getting a little tired (just recovering from pnemonia), I had Medea tell me the story and I typed the text for her, word for word.

So, there you have it, a simple multi-media story presentation that is dynamic.

Skills she used:

She Selected the Pictures using Google Search, Downloaded them by left-clicking to choose and right-clicking to save (I set the folder up ahead of time). She uploaded the images (with some help to start then on her own), organized them into a sequence she wanted, narrated the slides using a microphone headset, and retold the story to me to type for her.

Pretty cool – and she’s only 5!

Once it was all finished, she emailed the link to her story to Mom (at work), Grandma and Grandpa. All within an hour or so.

Give it a shot. A nice simplistic little program that is as dynamic as it is easy to use. Let me know what you think.

Oh, and it would be cool if you’d leave Medea a comment on her story. She’d love that 🙂
Check it out here – Puddle the Seal (formally know as Boop)

#1 Lino it & Wallwisher: Online Stickies!

Posted: December 11, 2010 by Aaron Puley in Brainstorming, education, Web 2.0

Today’s Web 2.0 site for discussion is Lino it. I don’t even remember how I stumbled across this one but immediately thought that there may be some fun ways to incorporate this into some great classroom activities.

Essentially, Lino it is “an online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas.” It is a virtual bulletin board that you can fill full of stickie notes. I find myself wondering how 3M didn’t come up with this first.

Lino it is very similar to Wallwisher in that pictures (graphics), videos, clippings from the web and text can be posted to your online virtual bulletin board. Lino it also advertises that you can attach files to your stickies.

As a fan of post-it notes in the classroom, the potentials of an online service are fascinating. In my English class, I often had students use them to make notes in their novels as part of the active reading process. These “stickies” could then be taken out and placed in their journal for further discussion and reflection. They could also be posted around the room on chart paper for other members of the class to comment on in comparison with their stickies. This strategy always works quite well but is a very personal strategy in that only those who make them can see them (unless of course they physically share with others).

The cool thing with lino it and Wallwisher is that the notes are can be easily shared and commented on by a much wider audience by the very nature of the web. This allows for a much wider pool of collaborators – different classrooms in the same school, in different schools, in the same city, different cities, and beyond. Also, the multimedia power of the web allows videos and internet sites to be posted to the bulletin board. You can’t do that with cork and sticky paper.

The walls can be easily linked to from websites and blogs, thus making them part of a wider conversation. And, as each canvas has its own URL, people can easily find and contribute to it. This would be a great way for student to conduct research (especially if in a group). They could collect their information and post it to Lino it and their partners could do the same.

Have you used Wallwisher and/or Lino it in your class? How do use it?

Some Ideas for using Lino it and Wallwisher in the Classroom

Online Collaboration
Research Collection
Main ideas of a unit or concept
Listing elements of a novel (i.e. theme)
Back channeling discussions
Exit Cards (Post lesson/task Assessment – Reflection)
Diagnostic purposes (Activate prior learning)
Self and Peer Reflection

Other Posts on this topic

How to use Wallwisher in the classroom
A Wallwisher to play with

Nineteen Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom

Creative Classroom Applications with Lino it

Another Great Tool – Lino it