Week 6: Creating Documents and Presentations

Activity 1: You may already be familiar with office applications like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, but there are also online Web 2.0 tools that let you create documents, spreadsheets, and presentation files. When you use these Web 2.0 tools, you can access your files from any computer, and you can easily share them with other people.

One options that we have been using this semester is  Google Apps in Education. Here is another to try, Zoho. Both of these require that you sign up for a free account. Our school already has an established account with Google apps in Education.  You should ask your parents if they are willing to set up a family account for you to use.

Did you already try Glogster? Dropbox enables you to use and computer to find your stuff such as videos, photos, files accessible anywhere even a PC or MAC. If you you lose something Dropbox will have your work so it simplifies your life.

What about diigo? Collect and organize anything using Diigo. Bookmark, highlight, notes, screenshots and pictures are all possible using Diigo. You can access and share anywhere and anytime either in Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or MAC.

Choose two of the above Web 2.0 tools to learn to use from the five linked above. 

Hers are two more that you could learn to use. Padlet, formerly called Wallwisher, makes posting things on the Internet just like creating a bulletin board. Using a blank canvas, you can create your wall by dragging and dropping documents or images from your desktop. You can even just type the website URL or just type notes on your page. After you have completed your page you will be able to collaborate with others with the unique URL that’s created.

Workflowy is an organizer/outliner that can also become your to-do list.  After you open your page and start typing everything becomes part of your to-do list. This might be a great way to organize your assignments or your next group project!

Activity 2: Now, write a blog posting sharing what you created with the two new tools and telling about what you explored and how you think you could use these software for school projects or for fun. Each blog post should be 150-200 words in length using good grammar and correct spelling.

Activity 3: The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) annually evaluates websites for teaching & learning and awards twenty five of the best on that are announced at the annual conference each year.

Choose two to explore and discover. Write  a post describing your learning with 150-200 words or more sharing ways you might use this new tool for a school project or for fun. Extra credit if you create and share your work in your blog post!

Media Sharing: Standards for the 21st-Century Learners:

3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess.

3.3.4 Create products that apply to authentic, real-world context.

Pinterest allows you to make connections and encourages collaboration. It could be used to share mutual interests through Pinterest pin boards. Upload or “pin” images or videos from websites, blogs, your own computer, smartphone, or tablet to create a board. These can be private not public. All “pins” can be repinned and linked back to their source.

Design flyers and newsletters easily using Smore . You can choose from many templates and embed images, links, audio, video and pictures! Your design can be published to share your message quickly. Remember to find images that have a Creative Commons license for your Smore.

easel.ly includes a library of elements to create infographics and share visual ideas online. Easel.ly includes pre-formatted infographics or start new and create your own. It includes drag-and-drop features and menus.





Week 5: Creating your own images

Many Web 2.0 tools exist that will help you create images that you can upload to your blog. When you rearrange images and text they are called mash-ups or remixing. Using the following links you will create your own images.

Activity 1:

Visit one or more of these sites and learn how to create an image. Make sure to add your creation to your blog.

Image Chef: This site lets you customize signs and pictures with your own text. These images make fun additions to reports, cards, your blog, and anywhere.

Big Huge Labs: This site lets you mash images into magazine covers, movie posters, puzzles, CD covers, trading cards and more!

Wordle: Generate a word cloud from text that you provide. We have used this site to tell book reviews. Choose different fonts, colors and layouts to tell a story. Maybe create a Wordle for Teen Tech Week!

Tagxedo: Another word cloud generator to try!

Aviary: This site lets you draw and edit images as well as audio. You will have to set up an account first.

Make Beliefs Comix: Create your own comix strip even writing in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Latin or Italian! Maybe create a comix about yourself!

Dvolver: This site lets you create simple movies with bubble text using a set of characters and backgrounds you select on the site. You don’t need an account, but you will need to create and save your video in one session; you cannot return later to edit it.

Animoto:  You can upload or select images and music, then generates a video with stunning transitions. To give credit to the images and/or music you upload, you can add an image file with URLs for these items. You will need an account to create an Animoto video. I have an educator account that you can use if you’d like to try it!

Glogster: Create a poster using images, music, video and text to express yourself. Take a tour of the best glogs and how students have used them to tell a visual story.

Capzles: Social storytelling to go with your slide and it creates the audio

HelloSlide: Give voice to your presentations. Just type the speech for each slide and the audio narration will come to life in twenty languages.

Activity 2: Write a blog post describing your experience or learning in creating images or video with your chosen tool in Activity 1.

Activity 3: Now, write a blog posting about what site(s) you explored and how you think you could use this software for school projects or for fun. In your posting, link to or embed what you have created to share it.