Friday, January 30, 2009
Mr. Stein and I used Google Sites to create our very own Long Island Web 2.0 Classroom Website. The graphics are simple, so we spiced it up with Glogster on the homepage. Glogster is a revolutionary way to create a digital poster using flash technology. More information on these types of application will be coming soon. One feature that Google Sites offers that we really like is the built in sitemap, that we find so important to Website navigation. A sitemap is a representation of the architecture of a Website. It is a hierarchical list of Webpages that belong to a site. Google Sites also has templates that allow users to embed videos from YouTube. All you need to create a Google Site is to have a Google account, and it is free to create one.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Teachers and students can create their own virtual tours and share them with others. They can even explore content that is developed by organizations such as NASA. In addition, Google has teamed up with astronomers to bring us Google Sky. Using Google Maps this tool provides a way for teachers and students to explore the universe. Users can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and can even watch the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.
- Create tours of their school or community
- Study climate change and the effects of global warming
- Track earthquakes in real-time
Friday, January 23, 2009
Teachers have already used Blogger in our school to:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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- Comic Creator: The Comic Creator is an interactive tool that invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts.
- ToonDoo: ToonDoo allows users to set up an account and create your own comic strips, publish them to the Internet, share & discuss.
- Pixton: Pixton lets you make your own Web comics online.
- Comiqs: Comiqs is a tolls that lets you create and share your comic stories.
- Make Beliefs Comix: From author Bill Zimmerman an online educational comic generator for kids of all ages
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
When President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, he will state the following:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Google Docs is a free online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation editor that allows users to create, store, share, and collaborate on documents with others. If you know how to use other word processors (like Microsoft Word), spreadsheets (like Microsoft excel), and presentation (like Microsoft PowerPoint) programs, you can easily use Google Docs. Instead of emailing files back and forth between collaborators or saving them to flash drives, or saving them to our school's shared server, or burning them to CDs, Google Docs allows people to work on a single version of a document together online. The chat feature on presentations makes it possible to create a "permeable classroom" by bringing experts into a lesson to interact with students online. You can also create web-based surveys and questionnaires to collect information from students, teachers, or parents.
Students can use Google Docs to:
- Work on their documents from any computer—all they need is a Internet connection.
- Get instant feedback on their work from multiple collaborators and their teacher. (They allow only the users they want to have access to their work.)
- Publish their papers and presentations on the Web for an authentic audience.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
- Keep unwanted messages out of your inbox with Google's powerful spam blocking technology
- Keep any message you might need down the road, and then find it fast with Google search
- Send mail, read new messages, and search your archives instantly from your phone
- 7 GB of space
- School-approved - We don't block school e-mail!
To sum it: Less spam, plenty of space, and access from anywhere!
Friday, January 9, 2009
- Email account (email@example.com) powered by Google - 7 GB of space
- Google Docs — Students can share documents, spreadsheets and presentations online without the inconvenience of attachments
- Google Sites — Student groups, classes or teams can create Websites quickly to share documents, videos, calendars, charts and other information all in one place
- Google Calendar — Share personal, class schedules calendars
The best part of Google Apps is that these tools are available to our students anytime - anywhere there is an Internet accessible computer. Everyone can work together seamlessly and easily.
Students can use Google Apps to:
- Keep organized with Google Calendar
- Collaborate with classmates on a Webpage using Google Sites
- Make a group or individual presentation with Google Docs
Monday, January 5, 2009