Monday, June 21, 2010

Thing #2: Wordle, etc.

I think the internet hates me. Nothing is working properly this evening!

I love Wordle AND WordSift! I can't decide which one I like more. I like Wordle because it's pretty. Students can use it to help with figuring out main concepts. You could have students make a wordle with a page or notes and then have students discuss which words are biggest (most common) and what words and ideas could we put under those main concepts. I like WordSift because of the links and pictures that it comes up with. A lot of students need a visual, so it's cool that clicking on a word that was used often in a text can pop up pictures to go along with it.

Glogster was neat. I hate the fighting and clean-up that comes with traditional poster making, so for students to have something online that can be easily created, easily changed, and the ability to put videos on the poster makes this tool an awesome resource for students and teachers. The thinking is similar in the fact that students will think about: What are the most important things to put on my poster? What should the layout look like? How can I make my poster attractive? The thinking is also different because when you add in sounds and videos, students will have to ask: Why am I using this feature? Does it add to or take away from the presentation? Is this a reliable source, worthy of being used in my presentation?

I tried Animoto. Just to put 4 pictures in the show was taking 30+ minutes. I'm not really sure what was going on. I tried to do another one, and same thing. I'll try again tomorrow, but this just wasn't cutting it. Plus, you have to pay to make videos longer than 30 seconds. I'm not sure this would be valuable for student use if the videos had to be 30 seconds or shorter. Since Animoto didn't work, I moved to the Voki. I made my avatar, but when I went in to type the speech for her to say, she refused to say any of it, regardless of the voice choice. The internet gods really must hate me this evening!

As for Bookr- I got nothing but Internal Service Error. Is anyone else having this problem? I tried it on my Google Chrome, my Internet Explorer, and from my home computers. Guess Thing #2 will have to be continued tomorrow...

Tuesday morning follow-up: Guess the internet connection at my house was super slow last night. Everything works today. Here's the Animoto I made with photos from Father's Day weekend:

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As for Bookr, I thought it was cool and seemed pretty easy. The only thing is that you use pics from Flickr which I don't feel totally comfortable with. I just don't use the program, so I don't know how easy it would be for me. However, if the pictures are all tagged, it might be easier to use than searching for Google Images.

1 comment:

  1. Animoto has a site for educators where you can sign up for a free trial of producing longer videos. I agree that the time constraints on the regular version make it difficult to produce anything worthwhile. But you should try the trial version. There is a way to make that available to your students as well.


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