Finally…

I’ve had a lot of fun over the last couple of days.  I’m worn out at the end of the day, but it’s a good feeling.  I’ve been helping a high school social studies teacher integrate technology in her world history classes.  I created a wiki on wikispaces where I put their assignments along with links to help them in their searches.  I created a custom search for Google on the French Revolution and the students are creating Powerpoint presentations from their research.  Baby steps yes, but big ‘ol steps in the right direction!!  I even bought a flip video camera.  If you don’t have one of these you need to check it out.  Not too expensive and pretty good quality if I must say so myself.  I’ve let the students video each other and play around with the camera.  They seem to be enjoying their assignment.  They are working collaboratively and doing a really good job of it.  I’m proud of them.

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Online Meetings

I’ve been looking for some online meeting software, and I’ve discovered a couple that are worth a look.  Of course, I’m referring to the free kind.  So far I’ve found WebHuddle and Vyew.  They both look pretty promising, and I tried out WebHuddle today and it seemed to work ok.  See what you think about them.

Why do I need online meeting software?  Well, my day gets pretty hectic, and all the traveling around I have to do at times gets a little old–particularly with the price of gas as it is.  Oh, I can get reimbursed for mileage so that’s not a problem.  I guess one of the main reasons I need it is to just play around with it so other folks can see how it works, and they might like to use it some as well.

Any thoughts?

Classroom 2.0

OK. What’s Classroom 2.0 you ask? It’s a site where teachers can go and get ideas for incorporating Web 2.0 in their classrooms. That’s nice, but what is Web 2.0? Well, the best way I can describe Web 2.0 is it’s basically a way of life. Seriously though, web 2.0 contains much more web-based dynamic content than the boring old static pages of 1.0. Everywhere you can imagine there is a Web 2.0 site on the Internet. Usually the site is in beta and has some time before it’s a fully functioning web application as the developers intend. Want to know more? Just Google Web 2.0 and sit back and watch the show!