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Create a wow factor with Web 2.0

This post is in response to Activity #6 in the Edublogs Kick Start Your Blog Teacher Challenge.

Wow ! The post for this challenge featured a huge list Web 2.0 resources to use and consider embedding into blog posts. Here’s my road test and feedback after using a few of them.

Answer Garden

Didn’t need to sign up to create
Creator can setup password to moderate replies, but requires an e-mail address to do so.
Easy to use

Possible Uses:
– Good for work on adjectives eg: Describe this character, this event etc… How do you feel about… ?
– Brainstorming about keyword\topic – What do you think of when you hear the word…. ?


– Need to create an account (Only require e-mail address to retrieve forgotton password)
– At first I found this a little hard to use. Realised that by leaving mouse over the textbox you get more options.



Possible Uses:
– Have used concept mapping in the past with Senior Students (Grade 5\6 – ages 10-12) when watching Behind the News as a way of recording and displaying information.


– Had to create username and password

I must have used this one before, but I couldn’t remember my username and password. A few attempts and I was in, This was fun  and I spent far too long playing with this one.



Possible Uses:
– Pictures to support blog posts (I know the blog What Ed Said uses images created from this site extensivly in blog posts)
– Literacy activities: Create a procedure in the form of a comic.



Possible Uses:
– Have used this in the past to create tuning in videos for students prior to exploring a concept or idea. Did some work with our numeracy coach last year in creating videos to look at problem solving in maths. Check out Rhonda and Barry and their dog food challenge.
– Students create short videos to explain their learning.

Google Forms

I had seen this used before and had filled in forms for others, but only recently discovered\worked out how to set this up for myself. Previously when completing surveys, I had used the free version of Survey Monkey which limits the number of questions you can ask using your free acount. Google Forms (to my knowledge) doesn’t restrict the amount of data you can collect.

I have created an “Getting to know you” survey for students to complete when I start back at school this year to assess what they have done previously in ICT, what interests them and what they would like to explore in our lessons.

Completing this challenge though did remind me though of a recent conversation on Twitter. with regards to web 2.0 sites that were once free require you to pay for using their services once their popularity increases. As a teacher who struggles to promote Web 2.0 tools to others I work with, to only have a site be shut down or charge for services that were once free makes it that extra step harder to convince others to get on board.

I can copy, right ?

This post is in response to Activity #5 in the Edublogs Kick Start Your Blog Teacher Challenge.

Copyright and Creative Commons was something I had heard about, but never really quite understood what it all meant. I had seen those little pictures inside circles, but again, wasn’t quite to sure what they were all about. I too have been guilty of jumping onto Google Images, searching for a picture I liked and then simply pasting it into a document, powerpoint or other piece of work I was creating.

This challenge provided me with some clarity about Copyright and the structure of Creative Commons licences. The table featured in the challenge post outlining the different elements of the Creative Commons licences will be something I print out and probably refer quite frequently as I continue to get my head around what it all means.

cut_and_paste by evasee
Photo by evasee licenced under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

 If I have been guilty of “google, cut, paste” I know many of my students are also be obtaining images this way (I think I even taught them how to do this !) Like everything, this is an area that will require explicit instruction for students to develop an awareness of the issue and understand appropriate methods for obtaining images online.

Were you aware of Creative Commons prior to completing this challenge or reading this post ?
What other sites do you use to access your images ?
Do you think this is somthing the majority of teachers are aware about ? How can we spread the word ?
Do you know of any good online activities\lessons\resources that would teach students about copyright and creative commons ?


Creating Avatars

This post is in response to Activity #4in the Kick Start Your Blog Teacher Challenge.

I had started playing with different sites to create avatars prior to commencing this challenge task in preparation for my new ICT teaching role this year. I am keen setup blogs with the classes I am working with and discuss with strategies the students can use to keep themselves safe online. I have been reading Anne Mirtschin’s new book “Cool Tools for the Connected Classroom” and trying out some of the sites she recommends. I have also been developing a collaborative learning space on the Ultranet with some examples of avatars and sites that students can use to create their own. (After reading the posts of others completing this activity, I think I will now have quite and extensive list !)


Portrait Illustration Maker
I liked this one because it didn’t require students to register or sign up and the process for saving the image once you had created your avatar was easy.

My Avatar Editor
The options for customising your avatar in this site where limited compared to Portrait Illustration Maker. Again, you did not need to sign up to access the site. Creations could be exported in variety of different file formats.

Reasonably Clever
Students I have taught love playing with Lego, so I image the idea of students developing a Lego creation of themselves would be a hit. The only issue I had with this site was saving the image once I had finished. I ended up taking a screen shot (Using the Print Screen button on my keyboard), pasting the image into Microsoft Paint, cropping the image and then saving it as an image file. This could prove slightly more challenging for some students.

My current personal avatar was created using a site called Simpsonise Me. I created this quite a while ago and when I attempted to return to the site today it appears to no longer be operating.