Saturday, November 26, 2011

21st Century Education

Here is a student created film by one of my US Literature classes.

I got the idea for this from Greg Kulowiec at History 2.0, and I decided to use it to showcase students working in groups with new technology.

We spent one day talking about how education is changing, and what businesses are looking for when hiring today. Then, I asked them to work in groups to answer the question, "What do I want to be able to do when I graduate from high school?"

After they had some good ideas going onto paper, I asked if anyone knew how to use a camera, who wanted to direct, and who knew how to put things together in Windows Movie Maker.

They truly exceeded my expectations, and this great movie is what they came up with:

Friday, November 25, 2011

Green Screens

History 2.0 does it again with green screens.

RSA Animate Project

Like Ken Robinson? Here is a way to do it with students and white boards.

Annotating Youtube Videos

This article by History 2.0 looks like a lot of fun for creating choose your own adventure videos. This could be great for a creative writing course. He uses it in history classes.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Poll Everywhere

Greg, from History 2.o Classroom, talks about using poll everywhere and his techniques for "screens down," scales of agreement, and scales of understanding in this great article.

Student Reflections

Here are a couple of interesting posts about student reflections and the important role they play in learning. This is something I want to incorporate, but have not found a way to yet. Maybe I could try some of these.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


This might be pretty cool. I have not tried it yet, but I like the idea for character analysis or book reports. Only problem I noticed is that the comics are only 3 boxes long. Maybe too concise.

A new alternative to Glogster. No teacher accounts, but easy to use and students can create multiple pages for a whole magazine feel.