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August 29, 2015
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

UPDATE ON VIDEOANT: A FREE VIDEO ANNOTATION TOOL is by Nathan Hall. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

Sharalike is a simple tool for creating slideshows. You can read, and watch a video, about it at Richard Byrne’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows.

One-Third Of Schools Are Using This App You’ve Never Heard Of is from NPR.

Six Tools for Creating Online Timelines – A Comparison Chart is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Making Online Timelines.

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August 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Blended Learning – Help Me Find More

“Blended Learning” has become sort of an education “buzzword.” What, exactly, is it?

Here are some resources to begin answering that question. This is just an initial short list – please suggest additions in the comments:

This is a good infographic comparing blending learning with the flipped classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea.

How can teachers get devices for blended learning? is from Edutopia.

6 Great Tools for Blended Learning is from Ed Tech Review.

Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom is from The Christian Science Monitor.

Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype? is from The Washington Post.

The Basics of Blended Instruction is from ASCD.

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August 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Free “Practical Ed Tech Handbook”

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Richard Byrne has created a gift for us all in his newly-published, and free, The Practical Ed Tech Handbook.

Here’s how he describes it:

In The Practical Ed Tech Handbook you will find resources arranged in seven categories; communication with students & parents, web search strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios.

I’m adding it The Best Places To Learn Web 2.0 Basics.

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August 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Write Lab looks like a very interesting, and unique, online writing tool that seems to be free. Once students upload their essay, its software provides a lot of critical feedback. In my experiment, the feedback seemed pretty accurate. The problem was there was way too much of it, and that will be a problem for students — to be able separate the really important stuff from the little stuff. I learned about it from Class Tech Tips, which looks like a pretty helpful blog. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay.

Binumi is a site where teachers, students and the general public can search for videos to show and, more importantly, easily make modifications to develop their own creations. You can use a number of the resources and create some videos without having to purchase a subscription though, at first glance, it’s unclear to me how limited the free registration really is…I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Videos (Using Someone Else’s Content) and to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Site, Just Like Facebook Messenger is from TechCrunch and Let’s Hang! 10+ Ways to Spark Collaboration with Google Hangouts is from Shelly Sanchez Terrell. I’m adding them both to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

3 Tools to Easily Participate in Twitter Chats is from Instructional Tech Talk. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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August 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Polarr is yet another online tool for photo-editing, and it looks like a good one. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects.

PearDeck lets you show a slideshow to your students with embedded questions they can respond to on their own devices.

Zeetings lets you upload a slideshow to show online and incorporate some, what appears to me, to be limited audience participation. You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

Viddy lets you share segments of YouTube videos with inserted questions. You can read more about it at these two Richard Byrne posts. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Cutting-Out & Saving Portions Of Online Videos (Or Annotating Them).

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August 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: StoryCorps & A Ton Of Partners Announce “The Great Thanksgiving Listen”

StoryCorps, ABS News, NPR and a ton of other groups today announced “The Great Thanksgiving Listen” where they’re inviting high school students to interview a “grandparent or an elder” with the StoryCorps great smartphone app (see Boy Oh Boy, Christmas Has Come Early For Teachers With The New StoryCorps Mobile App!).

You can get more information about the project from StoryCorps, including a “toolkit” for teachers.

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August 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Playbuzz” Is A Great Place For Creating Learning Games – If It Doesn’t Blocked By Your District’s Content Filters

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Playbuzz lets you create a variety of online games and quizzes very easily – for free. You can embed them, too.

The only problem is that anybody can create them and, though I didn’t see any objectionable ones after taking a quick look, I’ve got a suspicion that some District content filters might block the site.

Here’s an example that somebody (I’d link to them, but it just leads to an “unknown” page) create for English Language Learners (it’s possible that their embedding option doesn’t work in WordPress. If that’s the case, go here to view the game):

I’m adding this post to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

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August 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Plotagon Is A Free & Simple Tool For Creating Animations

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Plotagon is a free app that lets you create simple animations with a text-to-speech ability. A very nice feature it has – which sets it apart from a lot of animation tools — is that it provides a lot of prompts for users. That could be a big help to English Language Learners.

In some ways, it reminds me of a simplified xtranormal tool, which was very popular before it folded (by the way, a company is trying to resurrect it).

Plotagon also just unveiled an education platform that would cost $99 yearly for a classroom of 30 students.

Here’s a simple animation I made in a minute or two:

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The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations


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