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.





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