Friday, April 18, 2014

CHALLENGE 5- "TECH TREK"

CHALLENGE 5- "TECH TREK"

DIRECTIONS:  CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK AND COMPLETE THE JIGSAW PUZZLE.

21st Century education is actively utilizing technology for collaborating, creating, communicating, and thinking critically.  

This week our focus is using images, music and sounds correctly and legally in your posts.
CAN I use any image, music or sound that is on the internet?
NO, you must use creative commons or in some cases the fair use rule.
WHERE can I find these images, music and sounds?

1.  Go to the creative commons website. Check out the CC wiki to find out what is happening in your country. What are the different licenses used?  Youtube allows creative commons for videos, as well.


*  OK I want to use some legal creative commons images and music in my slideshow. Where can I go to get them?

Other places to get images and music:
You will need to work out how to get the attribution to put on your posts.

Images: 
Music and sound effects:  

*  Jamendo
*  CCMixter
*  post with 14 websites for music
*  post with 20+ websites for music
*  post with 55+ sites with sound effects


 THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITY:   Show off your "techy" side.  Create a post of your choice utilizing a minimum of THREE web 2.0 tools. 

* the topic is your choice- write, create, or demonstrate anything of your choice
* the tools used are your choice- create your post using music, images, writing, .....your choice
* the theme is your choice- what's your passion?......CREATE IT!!
* the end result is your choice- you decide what you want the post to be - however, it must utilize three web tools, CC images, and CC music

Instructions:  
1.  You must use a minimum of three 2.0 web tools.  Document the three tools used somewhere in your post.
2.  You must use Creative Commons (CC) images and/or music in your post.
3.  You may use any tools of your choice.  Several are linked below.  Try a new web tool!!!!
4.  TWEET out your post when finished! (include- #teach2blog)  Add the hashtags for the tools you used in your post.
5.  Comment on at least five other posts- from other schools on this site.


TRY ONE OF THE WEB TOOLS BELOW!

Create puzzles from images

Prezi
Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint

Animoto
Make beautiful videos from images in a snap

Weebly
Create your own website or blog, very easy to use

Audioboo
Easily record and share audio

Wordle
Create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text

GoogleDocs-Presentations
The top real-time document creating and editing cloud-based system

Wix
Easily make your own flash-based website

Voki
Get your own avatar and even have it talk with your voice

DoInk
Create animations using this simple website


Warning Sign Generator
Make your own caution and warning signs in a flash!


Scratch
Create and share stories, games, art, etc


Kerpoof
Cool way to make a movie, card, picture, and share it all


Tagxedo
Like Wordle but a step farther as text can be used to build bigger images


Tagul
Word Cloud similar to Tagxedo and Wordle

Bitstrips
Make and share your own comic strips with thousands of others


Storyjumper
Easy way to create your own stories for kids and bring them to life


GoAnimate
State of the art animation tools for schools


Storybird
Build your own stories (with images) and share them with others


ToonDooSpaces
Easily publish custom comic strips


PowToon
Create animated videos and cartoons

Haiku Deck
Presentations that inspire

Emaze
Presentations in seconds 

Thinglink
Connect information and images



Tuesday, April 01, 2014

CHALLENGE 4- "What's All the Blogging About?"

CHALLENGE 4- "What's All the Blogging About?"
Week of 3/31- 4/13

So what is a Blog anyway? 

*  It's a weblog - it is a frequent, chronological post of personal thoughts and Web links.
It's a journal-  it is available on the web
*  The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.” 
Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts,” “posts” or “entries."
Blogs focus on a particular “area of interest."


What should you blog about?

What are you passionate about?  Blog about it!.... Sports?  Music?  Running? Cooking?  Politics?
Be Original. Yes, there are other blogs out there about the same thing you want to write about- so be yourself!
*  Be "interesting!"  Be "yourself!" Be "honest!"
Find Your Voice.  Finding your voice makes your writing feel more alive, more real, more urgent.
Social Media. Yes, use Twitter and Facebook to help connect with readers and other bloggers.
Research. Spend your time researching what you’re writing about.
Keep it simple! 


CHALLENGE 4 ACTIVITY-
 "WHAT'S ALL THE BLOGGING ABOUT?"

Step 1-  Blog about the topic of your choice - use the guidelines above when choosing your topic.

Step 2-  Insert a link to a "blog" that shares your same interest, whether they agree or disagree with your perspective.  The blog could be written by a columnist, student, sports writer, editor, teacher, etc....

Step 3-  Include the following information with the link:
a.  name of the other blog or site
b.  author name
c.  date of post
d.  title of post
e.  write a short summary, which compares and contrasts your view to the other post

Step 4-  Insert a photo, which represents the focus of your post.  Remember to use a Creative Commons photo.  Example:  www.morguefile.com

Step 5-  Comment on at least five other student posts that are participating in our challenge. 

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