DIGITAL TOOLS K-12
The MOOC has ended but two last tools have been shared and I decided to explore them: one is a 3D animation to build stories and movie-making, with a Second Life scenery – PLOTAGON and the other is a mural to stick notes and images – LINO
This final week of the course looks at organization and curation tools and it offers a repository «55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content».
I use several curation tools and have tried other tools that I don’t use regularly.
The ones I use regularly are:
- Livebinders – usually to colect academic articles and publications on different themes, for example:eLearning Publications
- Pinterest – usually to collect images and videos on different subjects, have several boards – http://www.pinterest.com/idabrandao/
- Scoop.it – I have two that I update regularly with news, articles, publications, etc – Educonnect – Educação Especial
- Vidque – I use this tool to collect videos on Education – http://vidque.com/idabrandao
I have used before:
I have produced a PREZI on curation/bookmarking tools
I have produced a new biograhic timeline on places where I’ve lived and studied using Timeglider, which doesn’t run in IE but in Firefox and Chrome. The free version has limitations in what regards the inclusion of photographs. So when I produced a second timeline on History of Disability, I had no possibility to include photos, I was limited to text and URL.
I decided to try Thinglink after some discussion of colleagues in the MOOC. This tool is a kind of mural that imports an image over which we may include buttons that link to external URL, with short comments. I must confess I consider there are more interesting murals, like Glogster, more versatile in including all sorts of media. I think that much of the work in using Thinglink has to be previous in composing an adequate image to the theme you want to address and putting the links over it.
I made an experience linking to accessibility rules (WCAG 2.0), using a previous composition in Photovisi:
and with another Photovisi picture I’ve connected to videos produced by myself with the title Online Learning
Padlet is another mural that has been used by this MOOC to display the experiences of the participants, I’ve captured some examples in different topics in this screencast: http://www.screencast.com/t/dPmUnf1F
Considering QR codes, I’m not particularly enthusiastic, since I can’t see much advantages in my professional context, but I’ve created two in Kaywa Generator that I’ve embeded in my MOOC Space and my blog
Module 3 focus on story telling tools, with the objectives:
- Explore options for creating digital stories
- Examine various digital storytelling web tools
- Determine the type of storytelling tool that is appropriate for your students and your content area
Steps for digital story telling
- Brainstorm story ideas
- Write out their story (It’s ok if they change directions afterward, but they need a starting point at least.)
- Create storyboard (on paper or digitally)
- Create story using tech tool(s)
- Share with the class/parents/global audience
- Teacher/peer evaluation (using Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics such as the ones provided by Educators Technology Blog)
Tools for storytelling
- Avatars & Character Development
- Puppets (apps)
- Quick videos & Multimedia Tools
- VOKI to create avatars
- GoAnimate to create animations
- xTranormal to enter text, select your characters and let the computer generate the rest
- Claymation to create clay characters and then using digital cameras (on a tripod) to take pictures one at a time of the animation
Examples of personal artifacts
Module 2 addressed Word Clouds tools like Wordle and Tagxedo and how to use word clouds in the classroom.
Poster tools like Glogster were considered as Paddlet used to show case the examples of artifacts made by participants – http://padlet.com/wall/k12mooc1
Webliography tools like Livebinders.
Module 1 focused on Presentation tools.
Regarding interactive presentations, Prezi was the elected one and tips were given, as design matters:
- Write the story first
- Sketch a picture of the entire presentation
- Focus on visuals that illustrate your key points
- Consider the big picture
- Utilize the tools to embed videos or provide hyperlinks. Not everything has to be written in the presentation
- Use the path and zoom tools judiciously. Be wary of making your viewers seasick.
This module also focused on Timeline Tools and Timeglider was the elected one
Tips for timelines
- Choose an event that has a strong chonological sequence
- Gather research
- Write brief descriptions of the events
- Include occurances leading up to larger, more significant events
- Find images to match the descriptions
My experience with Timeglider – Places where I lived and studied (Firefox)
An alternative to Powerpoint is http://slid.es/
My experience with slid.es – http://slid.es/brandaoida/acessibilidade-online
Infographics is another category of tools introduced in this module, electing easil.ly.
Digital Tools for K-12 MOOC started in 7 October, with the learning outcomes:
- Explore different online tools that can be incorporated in the K-12 classroom
- Examine the uses of the online tools for both teacher-led and student driven activities
- Identify good practices for implementing tools in the classroom
It runs in Canvas LMS – https://learn.canvas.net/courses/96
Twitter – #k12mooc