I’ve been a fan of Wordle since I first saw it but it’s hard to figure out the best ways to integrate it into the classroom. Not to worry! I just came across this Tweet from @tombarrett
A great early years example added to “Fifteen Interesting Ways* to use Wordle in the Classroom”
Which led me to this GoogleDocs presentation.
This is a great way to address the multiple modes of interacting with text and a quick way to compare texts. Now, we just need something that figures out if those are synonyms that have been used so frequently! Guess we’ll need teachers for a few months more!
On my first day back from vacation, I have to get ready for two presentations this week. Here’s a tool I’ve just tried for digital storytelling — ToonDoo.com
I think this tells the story!
I just got a note from one of my students from the summer. She’s been using Edublogs to the scaffold her students in Spanish class. Her level 2 students write about different topics that she assigns. Then her level 4 and 5 students respond. This is a great way to do online tutoring that could be used for any subject area.
For me, the interesting thing is how much we can do now in education without spending more money. Back in the 90s, there was an awful lot of “build it and they will come” mentality. That really didn’t pan out very quickly. I think we underestimated just how much hands-on time people needed to become comfortable with being online. Now that cell phones and e-mail are our regular way of doing business, everyone has an online persona or at least modus operandi.
In addition, the new tools like blogs and wikis enable us to have these new interactions with very little muss or fuss, and better yet NO COST! Every day I see something even more exciting than the day before. I’m hoping that people will take a look at this Edublog at senorawilson2.edublogs.org and see the future!