The History of Instructional Design & Technology
Assignment: Create a visual representation of the history of instructional design and technology. I, being the glutton for punishment that I am, set off to learn entirely new software to complete the task. ...And a few fumbles later, I am happy to post the final product.
3DTimeline is a beautiful tool developed specifically for Mac users . The interface is fairly user-friendly; to add an event just click and type the title and date. You can also easily add a photo, note, outside link, change text and background colors, etc. Unfortunately the tool is NOT free. Users may download a trial version to create and view their work in 3D but the timeline cannot be exported without payment. The software has potential so I coughed up the $39 educator rate. 3D Timeline is a great presentation tool that can also be used in classrooms by students and teacher generated. Just think - about the possibilities for teaching history - but the timeline tool could also be used creatively in all subject areas. I'm thinking about observations of science experiments (since the time can be recorded up to the minute), or field trip agendas, etc. I recommend reading the FAQ blog page PRIOR to using the software :-)
Kudos to the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence. I attended a wonderful fall conference there yesterday and lurked virtually at their Teach Meet today. The Institute boasted keynotes by Wesley Fryer and Tom Barrett and hosted 36 terrific presenters. Mid-South teachers, get ready to have your socks knocked off!
Prezi was among the many Web 2.0 tools discussed yesterday. The presenter who mentioned the tool said that it was NOT for the linear thinker. I beg to differ, but then I tend to think with the other side of my brain :) I've seen the presentation tool used by students and teachers but until today, I had never tried it. Presentations can be downloaded, viewed on the Prezie site, and embeded into your wiki or blog. The designer can give viewers complete control to click where they like OR you can create a linear path (with flips and spins!) for the learner to follow. Options for auto play or click to advance are also included.
I highly recommend watching the short tutorial videos before you begin designing your own Prezi. While uploading photos and typing text is a breeze, there is a slight learning curve as you plan the presentation path. I had to rework mine a few times until I was happy with the final product. The results were worth a little extra time ...and now I know!
Here is my first attempt.
is a simple tool that suggests rhymes as you write! Students can select the context of a word and instantly receive rhyming suggestions! The free download comes with tabs for a visual thesaurus, online dictionary, Wikipedia, and Google search results.
Sweet Search is a safe search engine for your students! The sites are previewed and suggested so they provide ad free and safe content without extraneous search results. Embed the search bar into your class webpage or blog so your students can always find it.
Research tells us that engaging in meaningful experiences helps learning “stick.” As educators, how do we provide technology rich, creative, collaborative, problem solving opportunities for our students? We are already experts in our content areas and we must add NETS to our ever-growing list of standards and teaching responsibilities. No worries, it is easier than you think! Let’s take a quick look at how the TPACK framework will help us understand our role as teachers in a growing world of technology. Then, learn how to use readily available tools and some of the Internet’s vast resources to create significant learning opportunities for your students.
Angela Christopher & Tiffany Kelley
Enhancing Education Through Technology Ed Tech Summit
Martin Institute Fall Conference, Teaching for Tomorrow
TPACK - a framework for thinking about how we teach with technology.
Technology Standards - know what is expected of you and your students
Tennessee Technology Standards
National Education Technology Standards
Web 2.0 - Classroom Tools
Remember to start SMALL! - let your students be the experts!
Wikis are collaborative web pages created by multiple users. Students and teachers can use the tool to write and edit information, and add images, video and audio. Since a wiki can be edited by a group, the content can continuously change and improve.
Try: Wetpaint or Wikispaces
Blogs- write, react, and share in a mulitmedia format
Try: edublogs, blogmeister, weebly
Social Networks: organize around your content and interests, join professional learning communities. Check out Ning
Bookmarking - Save all of your favorite Internet resources and access them from anywhere. Diigo and Delicious
Nike+ - record physical exercise, map routes and challenge your peers!
Share your message with video, text, graphics and audio. Collaborate with classmates to present your new knowledge! Digital stories beat out traditional poster presentations any day!
Check out: VoiceThread
Annimoto - automatically produces videos from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and easy.
50+ Web 2.0 ways to tell a story
Presentation tools allow users to share their knowledge with others. Some tools also provide collaboration features!
These great tools:
Prezi - non-linear presetations, zoom in and out across text, graphics and video.
Google Docs - collaborative office suite for word processing, spreadsheets, powerpoints and more!
Voki- motivate students to participate, create
Google Earth - tour the earth, moon and sky in 3-D satellite imagery. Mark places of interest, link resources and tours to share with others. Click on "learn" to view a tutorial. Visit existing tours in the google earth gallery
Feel free to download my Memphis example & share with your class! Add your city to it and share with us! Download Memphis Landmarks kmz file, save it to your computer, open Google Earth, click file, click open, find the kmz file, click open then drag the file from temporary places to "my places" .
Mapwing- build, share, and explore virtual tours. Use digital photos to create virtual tours that include interactive maps, images, and comments.
Poll Everywhere - instant feedback
Wordle - create beautiful word clouds!
Until I enrolled in my doctoral program, projects in college consisted primarily of writing papers and group presentations. Now days, I am fortunate to have professors who encourage me to submit work in a variety of multimedia formats. Often, I am given project goals, criteria, lists of digital/web tools to choose from (or add to) and a due date. That is it folks; little instruction on tool use... just the freedom to explore, experiment and encouragement to try something new.
Multimedia so much more than a paper!
If you want students to use their critical thinking skills give them choices! Creating a blog, video, animation, etc. requires organizing, planning, synthesizing, applying information, creative thinking and risk taking.
#1 - Wiki
Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0:
TPACK, Images in Education
It has been a while since I posted any new content but my classroom has been busy nonetheless. This quarter, we are studying the art of Memphis painter, David Lynch. Before viewing the work, we had a fantastic group discussion about cities and about what one might find when visiting such places. Given that our school is in a rural location outside Memphis, only about half of the students had actually visited the city.
After naming various known Memphis landmarks, we took a 'field trip' to Memphis, via Google Earth. Then we visited David Lynch's website, observed the work and discussed the differences between what we saw on our field trip and the artist's representation. The kids were more than excited, they were engaged... best of all the content stuck! Check out the tour below for a quick peek.
Vocabulary is an important part of learning in the art room. We spend part of every class reviewing art terms and academic vocabulary. As a parent and a teacher, I struggle with ways to motivate some children to learn new words. SpellingCity.com is fun site which may encourage youngsters to spend time learning important words through games such as "hang mouse" and crossword puzzles.
Teachers or parents simply type in the list of words and students can click on the "Teach Me" button to hear words pronounced, spelled and used in a sentence. Or click on the "Play a Game" button to interact with the new words in a fun and meaningful way. Once a student is ready, click on the "Test Me" button to take a test and then review the words missed. Teachers and parents may also print handwriting sheets. This is a great site to add to your classroom centers or "at home" studies!
Developing a web site for my art classroom has been on my ‘to-do’ list since I returned to teaching one year ago. Instead, I ended up feeling a little like a newbie and spent most of my time planning, prepping, fundraising, and organizing for all of my little artists. The web site took a back seat.
This fall, I decided the web page was a must and I set out to have it complete (or nearly so) before the first day of school. The web site www.mrschristopher.com includes standard information such as class rules and grading policy as well as a student art gallery. I have also included a teacher blog and wish list. Not only have I received great feedback from teachers and parents but also, in only three days, parents have responded with bags of donations for our creative classroom! What great support – why didn’t I think of this last year?
The teacher blog will be updated weekly with information about our featured artist, class projects, photos, local art events and fundraiser information. Next week, I will share the site with my students and encourage them to explore the pages, visit the links and respond by commenting on the blog. For student safety, I have set comments on the blog to require teacher approval prior to posting. Later this fall, I hope to begin an “Art Tech Club” and I will be adding additional pages to showcase our art with technology.
Web pages are becoming more and more popular among teachers and are often taking the place of newsletters. In a country where so much emphasis is placed on standardized tests, the Internet provides art teachers like me an opportunity to get a little PR! It is the perfect place to show the world that critical thinking, problem solving and cooperative learning does take place in the arts – at least it does in my room and I can’t wait to brag about it ☺
Image Chef is a neat little web tool that converts your text into a graphic image. It is different from Wordle because the words do not change size with the frequency of use. The niche is the shape of the graphic; all text is fitted inside the shape. Classroom teachers could use this in a number of ways: as graphic organizers, visual reminders for phonics, brainstorms, etc.
Image Chef offers a number of tools. Click on "create" then "word mosaic."