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Blogger - 0 views

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    This site is one of many blog sites that can be used to see if your participants have an understanding of esential concepts. You could use this blog site to have access your participants by having them blog about how they used the key concepts from your workshop in lessons or daily clasroom activities. This could be a post assessment.
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    o Website where learners can create their own blog to share with teacher, other learners, or the profession at large in the case of teacher training. Learners can provide their in-depth analysis of concepts as well as examples and resources to support the information. Rather than a factual knowledge quiz, blogs provide learners with the opportunity to interpret and develop their own understanding and sense of concepts through cognitive processing. o This is an easy to use with multiple templates already set up for quick blog creation. However, the site still provides ample flexibility for the most adventurous type in search of customization.
jcastanos

Wikispaces - 3 views

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    This website is a hosting service that allows you to create pages, edit pages and collaborate with people. It provides a wonderful opportunity for students to create projects and get feedback from others. Documents, pictures, graphics and videos can be upload to the site. I chose this site because it was very user friendly with some Office features.
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    Wikis/Wikispace is a website that allows groups, individuals, etc. to create web pages on their preferences. Members are invited to groups. Also the web pages can be public or private. Wikispace is a great website because I can create a page to upload a survey/questionnaire to determine the knowledge of the participants. Also A chat session/blog will be created so the learners can receive feedback on their questions.
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    Wikispaces is an excellent platform for providing information to individuals and groups. I have used this resource for many years and prefer the simple layout and navigational tools. Information can be linked, downloaded and posted to provide synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Active discussions, or interactions can also be monitored.
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    Assignment 3 Wikispaces provides sharing and feedback of pre-training requirements. The creation of a wiki for pre-training material promotes essential learning by allowing learners to engage with key elements of the workshop and build retention of fundamental skills. I prefer wikispaces due to the cost effectiveness and technical ease of the software as well as faithful tech support.
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    Allows users to create simple web pages and allow public access and rights to edit pages together. This site is free and easy to use. It does not require participants to have a login to view.
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    Because my workshop is about Using Wikis in Education, the authentic assessment for my workshop participants will be to create a wiki for their professional/classroom use. Wikispaces will be used to house my own presentation so it will serve as an exemplar for what they are expected to produce. By creating their own wikis, participants will demonstrate generative learning because they will need to organize and apply their learning to create their own authentic project utilizing a rubric. I chose this site because it is user friendly and produces an attractive product. Additionally, Wikispaces has excellent video tutorials to demonstrate how to use the site.
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    Wikispaces allows users to create pages for sharing. The user can present to many individuals without having to leave the house. It creates an online setting where users can participate in online learning with each other. Students may work together in teams on pages within the Wiki. It is an effective tool because of the ability to post work in an organized manner.
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    Wikispaces is a free resource that allows you to create online presentations. I like this resource because it is free, easy to use, and it create professional looking presentations in a website form.
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    This website was chosen to demonstrate the usefulness of wikis in the classroom. This website is learner-centered where, "the focus is on using multimedia technology to aid to human cognition." (Mayer, 2009, p. 13) Using this website, workshop participants can see how easy it is to create a wiki page for them and for their students to create. Mayer considers behavioral activity to be hands-on. Since this website will be used for hands -on activity, creating a wikispace, this website should be considered behavioral.
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    Wikispaces is a great way to showcase a student's work in progress or the finished product. Students can insert a link to their completed ActivInspire flipcharts for everyone to see. Free and easy to use.
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    Wikispaces is a great online collaboration tool to use for authentic assessment activities. Wikispaces allows the learner to integrate the material in various ways as Wikispaces will allow embedding of presentations, videos, animations, virtually anything that can be embedded can be put into Wikispaces.
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    Allows users to create a multitude of shared products from lessons to discussion forums with embedded audio or video if desired. Free to use, easy to navigate, ability to produce multiple pages, and can share pages with virtually anyone with Internet access.
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    This site allows users to host free wiki that can be public or private. This is a great service for students and teachers. It is easy to use (compared to other wiki sites) and it allows the publisher to have a lot of control of content, editing and privacy. Students could use this to create a large graphic organizer that they could all participate in editing.
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    I have used a number of different wiki sites but find Wikispaces the most user friendly and intuitive one - great qualities from a user perspective. They also offer timely support if needed. I would highly recommend it.
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    Wikispaces is an online wiki hosting site. Users can collaborate to create a variety of products using a variety of media including text, pictures, links, and videos. Teachers can create teams to collaborate on authentic projects. The wiki is not what makes the assessment authentic, it is what the teacher and learners do with the wiki that allows it to provide an authentic learning experience. Wikispaces is a great site to create wikis because it is intuitive and easy to use. It tracks each change and allows members to view previous edits, and restore old versions, if needed. Wikispaces can promote generative processing by providing a space and opportunity for learners to integrate the content into an authentic product. It is better than other similar sites because it provides so many options and features for contributors, but it is still user friendly.
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    In wikispaces, users can set up their own pages and work collaboratively with other users. Wikis can hold files, media and can contain links to other areas.
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    Wikispaces allows users to collaborate online. Features include embedding files and videos, invitations to members, and restrictions for access and editing. Wikis support the principles of generative and essential learning. The collaboration that occurs through the use of a wiki creates an engaging learning environment for participants to process the material they are learning. Wikis are easier to use for collaborative efforts.
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    o Wikispaces provides a space where learners can collaborate while developing a final product to demonstrate understanding. Pictures, videos, documents, and just about anything can be added to the site. Cognitive processing is at its best with this tool as learners create knowledge together from the material they have studied. o Extremely easy to use especially with the update where the teacher can create a class code to share with students so they can join the class from any wiki account.
jcastanos

Take screenshots and screencasts for free, with Jing - 1 views

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    * Brief description of Web site: A free tool that allows user the ability to enhance their fast-paced online conversations. Users can create images and videos of what they see on their computer screen, and then share them instantly with others. * Brief explanation of why you found this site to be better than others you found: Besides the fact that this is a free resource, this tool allows for various modes of multimedia, including images/graphics, text, and narration.
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    Jing is a free screen casting software available from Tech Smith. Jing allows users to make up to five-minute screen casts that can be used for tutorials and presentations. Jing is useful in both essential and generative learning process.
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    Jing allows for the recording of screenshots to create images, as well as filming screen casts of actions performed on the user's screen. It also has an added multimedia feature to add audio to screenshots and screen casts. I chose this website because it will allow me to create a screen cast video for my workshop participants to show them how to use different features in creating a glog using Glogster EDU.
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    Jing is a screen capture program that can combine pictures and recorded audio. This is program is like a scaled down Camtasia, and is not as powerful, but also does not involve the cost of Camtasia. The screen capture and voice capture functions do work as advertised. Jing can capture anything displayed on your computer screen, pictures, video being played, movements of the mouse etc, the final product can be saved for further use, shared online, or emailed to others.
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    Jing is an online computer service that provides its users with the capability to capture basic video, animation, and still images, while also being able to share what has been captured on the web with others. Jing can capture anything displayed on the computer screen, including pictures, video, and even movements of the mouse. The final product can be saved for further use, shared online, or emailed to others. Jing is considered a technology-centered program that has the capability to produce learning. The technology-centered approach fails to lean to lasting improvements in education, therefore, the use of jing alone would not warrant effective learning.
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    Jing is an online computer service that provides its users with the capability to capture basic video, animation, and still images, while also being able to share what has been captured on the web with others. Jing can capture anything displayed on the computer screen, including pictures, video, and even movements of the mouse. The final product can be saved for further use, shared online, or emailed to others, but videos are limited to five minutes. Jing is considered a technology-centered program that has the capability to produce learning. The technology-centered approach fails to lean to lasting improvements in education, therefore, the use of Jing alone would not warrant effective learning. This particular screencasting program is one of the best, because it is free and it can be used in a number of ways (from pre-training, to teaching, to presenting).
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    o Jing is a screencast program where users can create a video of their screens while narrating instructions. In addition, users can develop screenshots with notations to create manuals and instructions. Students can demonstrate procedural knowledge through the use of this program and make sense of processes. In addition, teachers can share vast guidance on how online programs and feature work through the creation of screencasts. o The site is free which is pretty incredible considering you can also host your videos and share them via a url which makes emailing large files much easier. The site is easy to use and the quality of the screencasts remarkable.
jcastanos

MindMeister - 0 views

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    This online mind mapping software allows mobile access. Mindmeister allows real-time brainstorming and offline mode. Offline work is synced to online maps when you go back online
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    “Assignment #3 Mindmeister's mind maps can be used in a collaborative environment where ideas can be shared. When two or more users collaborate on the same map in real-time, all changes are replicated in a color-coded format so that everyone can see updates instantaneously. Mindmeister comes with several pricing plans from the basic, free plan to a premium plan with enhanced security.
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    This site also allows you to create mind maps. I like this site because it easily allows you to move ideas around by a simple click. It also allows you to easily add links to the mind map as well as images and attachments. Using this site makes it easy to share mind maps with others and collaborate.
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    I've never used mindmeister, but I love the addition of the larger graphics. Larger graphics offers variety and improves users ability to visually differentiate items. Graphic organizers offer a unique way to introduce topics without overwhelming learners. Interesting graphics and text create visual interest for prelearning. I've only used Freemind for mindmap projects with school, and their graphics are small in relation.
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    Mind Meister is an excellent cloud based tool that creates collaborative mind maps. This tool is excellent for team use because multiple people can create and edit the tool simultaneously. The team can also create project timelines with deadlines sent to their favorite calendaring tools.
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    Explanation: Allows users to create a graphic organizer with a web-based tool requiring no download. Easy-to-use and results are good quality. Reasoning: Since this site is web-based, it makes using it very easy and accessible to anyone regardless of their operating system. In addition, creation of the graphic organizer is straightforward and requires little support. Also, the resulting graphic is embeddable.
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    Mindmeister is one of the first, and still one of the best, online mind-mapping tools. Mindmaps can be used for generative learning as they invite the student to integrate information previously learned in a visual and connected way. Mindmeister is a good tool for this as it is available across iOS and Android. Additionally, it exports web maps into the .mm format which open natively in the free Freemind application for offline viewing and creation.
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    MindMeister is a widely used mind-mapping program that is also linked to its mobile app, for access on the go. I chose this program based on the simplistic design and ease of use. Anyone can access MindMeister and immediately use the program for graphic organization.
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    * MindMeister is an online mind mapping and brainstorming website used to create multiple kinds of graphic organizers. The template library provides many different kinds of examples that provide curriculum activities for essential or generative learning including prioritizing information, extending understanding of important concepts, project planning, drawing conclusions, making connections to other ideas, and making inferences.
    * I found MindMeister to be better than other online graphic organizer websites due to the ease of use, variety of templates available, and it is free to create up to three maps at a time.
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    o Mindmeister is a mind mapping and online collaboration tool that allows learners to organize their thoughts by creating mind maps. A group of learners can collaborate on a single mind map to come up with a final product, and they can do so in real time. They can add text, graphics, links, notes, etc. to fully develop and present their ideas. In addition, learners can save final product in various formats to embed them in their projects. The interaction learners have with the content to organize it into a visual representation (as supported by Mindmeister) is the perfect example of generative processing or using cognitive processes to make sense of the material (Mayer, 2009). For English Language Learners, this tool allows learners to show what they understand even when they may not have enough English to write a paper on a particular concept/topic. o The site is easy to use and creates a clean and organized product. Some mapping programs can yield such complex products that are very hard to follow. In addition, I enjoy the ability to work offline because teachers and students alike might not always have internet handy. Finally, this is one of the few programs available not only for pc, but also for mobile and tablet.
jcastanos

Beautiful web-based timeline software - 2 views

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    What it is: Tiki-Toki provides a free timeline creator that allows users to create original and creative timelines on any subject matter. Why it's better: Tiki-Toki is a web-based software that requires no prior downloading. With a premium subscription, users may collaborate on a single timeline. In addition, the software allows users to insert images, sounds, and/or videos into their timelines. Users can create multiple categories using different color schemes all within the same timeline. Timelines may also be embedded into individual websites for easy access.
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    o Tiki-toki is a website where learners can create interactive timelines. Learners set timing, diving time into periods, and add events. Furthermore, they can embed graphics, videos, links, and information on each timeline item. Generative learning, or as Mayer (2009) described it, is cognitive processing to make sense of the material. This processing is supported by the site as learners can peruse through a time period to identify and demonstrate their understanding of major events. For English Language Learners, this tool allows learners to show what they understand even when they may not have all the language necessary to write an entire essay on a particular time period. o The site is relatively easy to use, but most importantly creates a superb final product. The timelines can be viewed in various ways including even a 3D view which can make history come alive for students.
jcastanos

SurveyMonkey: Free online survey software & questionnaire tool - 0 views

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    The site provides a free service as well as one that can be purchased. For the purpose of classroom or workshop use, the free version is all that is required. By signing up, if the user has a Google account this process is only a matter of linking the two, the user creates a name and password, and can begin creating. There are samples provided and a help center if needed. This site provides the presenter or teacher with speedy feedback to help monitor the lessons. Easy to use and fun, even for students.
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    o SurveyMonkey is a useful site for creating surveys and polls. Responses can be instantly shown in a graph to generate discussion. For pre-training specifically it can allow teacher to get background information on learners, and to get an understanding of what students may or may not know. Identifying gaps in pre-training can help better gear a lesson towards the audience's needs. Thus, from the beginning, this tool can help learners make sense of what they know, and what they need help with to fully comprehend. Presenting pictures to foster generative learning is crucial according to Mayer (2009), and SurveyMonkey can provide data in various graphic formats to help learners visualize and solidify a mental picture of data. o SurveyMonkey provides many features in the free version. Other than customized urls, analysis, and major reports, all else that is needed for polling and surveying can be found in the free version.
jcastanos

Quizlet - 0 views

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    Quizlet is a site that allows learners to create online flashcards. Teachers can create sets to share with their learners, or learners can create their own. Some of the best features of Quizlet are the cost (free), capability of adding images to flashcards, and the fun factor. Quizlet creates games using the flashcards creating by the user, allowing learners study vocabulary in a more engaging manner. It can be used for essential learning by providing learners with key terms prior to the lesson. This knowledge will allow learners to focus their attention and working memory on the content, rather than the new terms. This site is better than other similar sites I have found and used because it is easy to use and provides options that other sites do not have, like uploading images.
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    This site provides a simple way to create learning tools that let you study anything, for free. You can also share what you create or use resources others have shared.
 Lisa Durff

SoundGecko - 1 views

  • Read the web with your ears
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Wikispaces - Wikis for Teachers - 1 views

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    * This is a division of Wikispaces which is especially designed for the use by educators. * This website is free and user-friendly. Since the parents will be using this site to access classroom information these two characteristics are necessary.
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    We took the best parts of Wikispaces and added a newsfeed, realtime assessment, and a beautiful mobile experience. We think you'll love it.
Howard Brent

Edmodo - 0 views

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    What it is: Edmodo is a free learning management system embedded with social networking. Educators can create groups for students and assign assessments for students to submit within the site. It also allows users to create personal learning networks. Why it's better: Edmodo's design and layout has the feel of Facebook which makes it accessible to a larger audience. Very little pre-training is required for new-users as many of the components are familiar.
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    The following link is a social networking site, Edmodo, for teachers and students that can be used to support collaborative learning in the classroom. This web-based artifact is student-centered and supports cognitive activity.
 Lisa Durff

Google Blocks U. of Illinois at Chicago From Emailing Its Own Students - Wired Campus -... - 1 views

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      The dying cockroach ,.,,,,,
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Connecting using social media - 4 views

Time to resurrect Residency hashtag-Use #WUResNatHrbr each time you tweet about Residency at @GaylordNational

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http://the8blog.wordpress.com/ - 1 views

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  • “Heutagogical strategies that instructors can incorporate in their classroom”
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      Oh nothing difficult for conference attendees - where they going? MIT?
Carmen Conley

Holt Interactive Graphic Organizer - 2 views

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    Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers This site has pre-made graphic organizers that students can fill in. There are different organizers for different types of brainstorming. This site would be best for lower elementary school students or for students who need more assistance (EIP or Sp. Ed.) The PDF document is easy to download and add text to the sections of the organizer. This site also allows for printing a hard copy or the ability to save the filled in GO to be shared later.
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    I chose this site because of its ease of use and the ability to type information right into the PDF template. The different organizers could be used by the participants themselves throughout the workshop. Each graphic organizer also provides tips on how to use the organizers in class.
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    Provides downloadable templates to create graphic organizer in a variety of formats. This site was chosen because it has a large variety of templates and they are easy to use.
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    I chose this site because of the number of options that are made available on there and the fact that the templates are in editable pdf format. The templates are categorized by purpose and are accompanied with tutorials and lecture notes. You can actually download them and start typing. Great resource!
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    This site is a source for graphic organizers. It allows students/teaches to visually organize data in ways that make sense to them. This site if better than other because it offer several free organizers.
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    * Brief description of Web site: A free tool that offers various types of graphic organizers in PDF form that can be typed into and printed out. Each graphic organizer includes teaching notes with lessons and tips on how to use the graphic organizers in the classroom. * Brief explanation of why you found this site to be better than others you found: Besides the fact that this is a free resource, it offers an array of graphic organizers for users to use. Users can either type necessary content into the organizer and then print it out, or simply print it out first.
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    * Brief Description: A variety of different graphic organizers that have already been created and are organized by purpose.  The graphic organizers can be downloaded with the feature to add text to enter in your own information to be saved for later use and printed.   * Brief Explanation: The graphic organizers all have a very clean design without extraneous information.   I also really like the feature that you can type directly into the graphic organizers.  
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    With this website, participants can create graphic organizers online with premade PDFs. Graphic organizers can be saved. Participants are able to choose which graphic organizer is best for them.
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    This site shows different graphic organizers and their perspective names that can be used to organize information and how the information can be organized. I especially like this site and how you can actually click on each organizer to use for future use.
Marie Anglin

YouTube - 1 views

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    Youtube is a site that gives the user the opportunities to post videos about almost anything online. It is a video sharing website where users can upload and share videos. I chose this as a resource because it has a large resource of information that can be used for teaching purposes. Youtube makes posting and searching for videos simply because it is very easy to use.
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    Through YouTube you can share with your participants examples of work they they will be creating. YouTube is one of the better choices for watching movies since it has the largest collection of videos online. There are many other video websites available on the Internet, but YouTube is the most popular. Showing videos from YouTube is an example of essential learning since you are showing the participants what is essential to a good digital story.
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    You Tube- This website allows a presenter to create a video or power point and upload it to the Internet for anyone to view. Most videos are simple to upload though uploading power points are a bit more tricky. This video sharing site allows the presentor to share information that is necessary for the course participants to know before the course begins. I like this as a pretraining site because it is easy to access in most locations. However most K-12 educational facilities block this site due to some inappropraite submissions. Course participants must make sure that they are able to access You Tube prior to the beginning of the course.
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    YouTube is a wonderful tool to use in creating presentations. It is also very helpful in finding other presentations, demonstrations, and tutorials. I think teachers would benefit from the many demonstrations and examples of Student Response Systems being used during my workshop. YouTube is very easy to navigate and easy to upload ones own videos.
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    This site is a great tool for uploading and sharing videos. Youtube is industry standard for video sharing. It is reliable, offers multiple formats uploads and offers privacy. I would recommend that teachers use this site to upload final dance video projects or use Just Dance videos on the site to have student analyze other dancers. I would not recommend comments unless the user approved them first.
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    Youtube allows trainers to post pre-training video clips to introduce learners to ideas and information that they need to know before the actual training occurs. The site gives the trainer a location to post videos then allows the trainees to view the information at their own pace.
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    YouTube is a great pre-training tool for learners to do a little research about their upcoming topic. However, it may be best to send out the links to learners in advance so they are not overloaded or misinformed. This site has proven to be a great place for the discerning learner to find valuable "how-to" advice and instructions. I fixed my automatic sliding door on the family minivan for free the other day!
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    YouTube is a multimedia website that houses videos. Videos on this site can be viewed and shared through emailing links or embedding videos into blogs, wikis, or websites. It is extremely easy to navigate and search for videos on any content. Home made videos can also be easily uploaded and shared in minutes. 
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    YouTube is the choice again, but this time for assessment purposes. YouTube is the most popular of the hosting sites and is the one student's are currently most familiar with. After a video has been developed, edited, and stored in a computer, YouTube offers a place to store your video online. Along with this, it automatically delivers an embedding code for the creators to embed into a movie widget of the presentation venue chosen for disclosure which is essential for evaluation. Furthermore, video in these online presentation venues work for generative learning by allowing for comments and more multimedia by connecting to other relevant knowledge.
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    YouTube and TeacherTube both house produced videos ready for embedding into various multimedia venues. They have search options for locating promotion and how-to videos that can certainly be used for essential and generative learning. The primary difference is that TeacherTube is meant for educational professionals. Capabilities are to spark initial interest with promotional video(s) and to complete necessary account logistics for pre-training to practical use. A free account can be set-up by anyone.
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    This website can be used to show examples of what the expectations are in the presentation.
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    What it is: YouTube provides millions of free videos on every topic imaginable. However, in addition to finding videos, YouTubes new video editor allows users to create their own videos as well. Why it's better: YouTube provides a user-friendly interface that most are familiar with. Videos, images, sounds, text, and photos can all be combined to create instant videos that provide prior knowledge to students. All videos under 15 minutes are free. Since YouTube is a part of Google, all items are synced with your Google account. While there are many other free video creation tools available, YouTube truly does provide an easier experience.
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    YouTube offers users the opportunity to compile their work in the form of a video. One feature of YouTube is the capability of adding closed caption. Videos can be used for essential and generative learning because it provides a platform for learners to authentically demonstrate their understanding of the content.
Marie Anglin

VoiceThread - 3 views

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    This website utilizes pictures, video or any type of work that can be uploaded to the site by a teacher or a student. Participants are able to provide written, voice or video comments about the posted artifact. This is a collaborative, student-centered site that promotes cognitive processing of information. This artifact represents what Mayer (2009) calls dual coding, including both textual and visual components. The students have the opportunity to respond in a variety of ways to the instruction which promotes higher level thinking skills. I plan to create my own Voice Thread using our own student writing.
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    VoiceThread incorporates media from a variety of sources and allows the layering of sound and comments from many sources. The application support completely new types of sharing and presentation. We can create multimedia albums in which can insert documents in PDF, Excel, PPT and MCS. VoiceThread is an excellent resource for presentations.
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    Collaborative place for images, video and documents. The doodle feature is an interesting twist.This will be utilized by my participants in giving feedback and sharing of videos.
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    Wow! I encourage you to watch the tutorial video for voicethread. You and others can collaborate on an artifact, draw on it, provide commentary on it (the most accented function).
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    multimedia collaboration software no installation required
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    VoiceThread is a tool for digital storytelling which uses photos and audio and text to share.  The site is centered around the technology, but its use is learner centered. 
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    Voicethread is excellent for generative learning. It presents information through the visual and auditory channels. Its unique ability to integrate voice comments and feedback inline during the presentation sets it apart from others as away to integrate the learning of many students. This ability to collaborate not only includes their website and an iOS application, but is also available through the phone. Each presentation can receive a phone number so students can leave comments in that way if their computer systems do not allow them to otherwise.
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    Voice thread can be used for presentations as well as students work. You can upload media and have your participants leave comments.
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    VoiceThread allows its users to create a slideshow presentation using images and/or video components. Once the presentation has been designed and ready to share, it can be embedded onto any webpage. This allows for easier access to its users and viewers. This particular online presentation program was much easier to use and access than many of the other programs that I viewed. It also allows for collaboration among classmates and instructors, by permitting others to comment on each photo through text, audio, or video.
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    VoiceThread is a collaborative tool that allows users to upload media and engage in dialogue. Users can provide commentary on the media that is presented through typing or voice recording. An additional feature of VoiceThread allows users to draw with a pen as a way of highlighting while they are talking. The administrator has options to block participants' responses from each other before revealing all the comments for viewing. This website supports essential and generative learning because participants are given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to transfer knowledge gained.
Marie Anglin

Prezi - 5 views

shared by Marie Anglin on 13 Dec 09 - Cached
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    Prezi is a web-based presentation tool using a map layout and zooming to show contextual relationships.
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    Although Prezi is advertised as a presentation device, it works really well to graphically present information, so I prefer it as a graphic organizer. Prezi provides a medium to allow words to flow, enabling the user to zoom in to information "hidden" as a subcategory within the main points. This is a very exciting new program, which I have gladly paid a subscription for! There remain some gltiches in publishing, such as to wordpress, or from the desktop application.
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    Prezi allows a user to create a presentation that encompasses many of the same features of programs like PowerPoint. However, the presentation style of the elements follows more of a mind map design rather than a linear slideshow. The presentation tool is housed online, can be access for free, and makes it easy to integrate various forms of multimedia. The tools available at Prezi are advantageous for developing stylish online presentations and for facilitating continued review of materials, non-linear formats for reasoning, and building connections among concepts. Prezi can promote both essential and generative processing by allowing users/viewers to independently explore and develop connections among concepts.
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    *Create slide presenations on the web. *Prezi makes slide sharing much more powerful as you are able to zoom in on specific areas of a slide for emphasis.
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    Create presentations online. Import PPT or Keynote slides. Up to 1G for free
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    This online presentation software allows multiple users a blank canvas to create dynamic presentations. I chose it because you can import slides from a slide show or a PowerPoint presentation and use its animation capabilities to easily create a more visually appealing presentation.
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    Prezi is an online presentation creation site. The site allows you to create presentation that zoom in and out, include imported items, and the show the presentation on or offline. The creative potential is placed in the hands of the learner. This site was chosen over the others because it offers more features.
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    Use Prezi to create professional quality presentations. Create maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, drawings and present in a nonlinear way. Reuse images or the content of entire slides from easy to use galleries. You can access them from any computer and collaborate on a centralized web document.
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    * Brief description of Web site: A free cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides and makes a presentation 'zoom.' *Brief explanation of why you found this site to be better than others you found: Besides the fact that this is a free resource, can create presentations to present online or offline, import various media (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, YouTube videos) into presentations, and collaborate in real time with other users.
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    This is a great presentation tool, allowing user to create and share presentation online and offline. Prezi is one of the pest presentation tools I have found, as it allows the import of various multimedia materials, including PowerPoint slides, images, videos, pdf files. Also, it facilitates the creation of storylines using frames. The site also includes access to millions of prezis created by other users on various topics.
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    Prezi (http://prezi.com/) allows the user to create a dynamic presentation using words, pictures, special relationships and movement to create an interactive presentation. Prezi's can be downloaded or saved on in the users account until the presentation. The user can also allow others to view their presentation or keep them private. Prezi is a free site in which interactive presentations are made possible. Prezi is much more dynamic than a PowerPoint presentation and as long as you have internet access you do not have to worry about the computer you are using having the same version of PowerPoint.
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    This is an interesting take on PowerPoint. Presentations are organized by paths and an hierarchy of the size of the text entered.
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    Unlike most presentation software, Prezi does a good job of organizing and sharing ideas, while drawing a clear connection between content. When explaining production elements it helps to be able to see the whole picture from script to distribution. Prezi offers the ability to focus on each part and zoom out to view the full picture.
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    * Prezi is a web based presentation tool similar to PowerPoint slides, except with a non-linear format that makes it fun to create and present ideas along with making connections between them. Prezi is also a tool for demonstrating new information to enhance the learning process along with providing mobile sharing and collaborative resources.
    * I found Prezi to be better than other presentation websites because it is more effective at creating engaging presentations and works from any device with Internet browsing capabilities, which will enhance the possibilities for teachers in my workshop to utilize different mobile devices during my presentation.
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    What it is: Prezi is an online presentation software that allows collaboration among multiple users to create unique multimedia presentations. Why it's better: Instead of a traditional slide presentation, Prezi provides a platform to create presentations that are as creative as each individual user. Images, sounds, videos, and text can all be mixed together to create the most effective presentation possible.
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    Prezi is a presentation tool that can either be created online or offline. It offers collaboration among users and has zoom features to highlight information. Presentations can be viewed from a desktop, iPad, or iPhone. One way that Prezi can be used for essential learning is to segment a presentation to make it learner-paced. This website offers a better product for keeping learners engaged.
Marie Anglin

Mind42 - 1 views

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    Mind42 is a browser based online mind mapping application. With Mind42 mindmapping tools are no longer needed, you can manage ideas alone, or work collaboratively
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    The mind42 site offers a free online tool for creating graphic organizers / mind maps similar to those created by webspiration. However, mind42 provides excellent file export functionality saving as .jpg, .png, .pdf, and other file formats. Also of interest are collapsible / expandable branches that could facilitate a gradual introduction of topics in a live lesson, as well as the ability to include notes, Web links, and a variety of icons in each node as needed. Of note, however, is the ability to include images directly into the graphic organizer by searching for relevant images online or by providing a direct link to an online image. Some basic formatting options, such as text color and size, are present. However, as all nodes other than the parent or central node are lines, no formatting of shapes is available. The tool does offer a simple approach to creating mind maps and graphic organizers, which may warrant additional investigation and use. In short, the saving functionality, branching without termination nodes (use a line instead), collapsibility, and image inclusion are features that may prove more useful than comparable tools. Considering essential cognitive processing, the tool may assist with selecting and organizing complex material in order to reach a generative processing state. This may be possible by presenting information in a keyed and organized approach, which is a central premise of most mind mapping software.
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    Mind42 is an online mind map that allows users to add images to their brainstorming and collaborate with others. Users have access to a gallery of mind maps and can post comments. This site can be used for essesntial learning based on its multimedia capabilities. Mind42 is a better website than other mind maps that I have reviewd because of the extra support provided through the gallery of mind maps.
Marie Anglin

Bubbl.us - 2 views

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    Brief description of what it allows you to do and how it can be used for essential or generative learning: This site is awesome for creating mindmaps using a software that runs on multiple platforms and is adjustable when viewed. The most notable function is the collaboration function that allows the sharing or co-creating of a mindmap. This organizer can be completed by the audience member pertaining to the presentation material in a manner that makes sense to them. Brief explanation of why you found this site to be better than others you found (e.g., more effective, creates better products, easier to use, and so on): I have used this with my students and received positive feedback. I have even used it for some Walden assignments and feel it is user friendly and designed to promote collaboration.
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    Bubbl.us is a mind-mapping product aimed towards literally anyone who needs help organizing their thoughts or any untidy information. This site promotes generative learning because it helps participants organize ideas for future learning. I selected this site because it makes it easy for you to quickly start planning and sorting out their ideas through the use of linked text bubbles.
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    bubbl.us https://bubbl.us/ With this site the participants as well as the instructor can create a mind map. This will be a good for the generative learning becasue the participants would be actively involved in the process. I like this site becasue the mind maps are very easy to create and they are simple in design. Simplicity for the primary teachers is always a plus, because they like to use the infomation with their students as well.
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    Simple, Flash-based site that lets users create online graphic organizers. The site is at the generative level, providing little in the way of instructional information and focusing on the application. The site is very intuitive to use, although not feature-rich. It does allow for sharing and collaboration with other users. 
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    Bubbl.us - This website allows the user to create graphic organizers that can be saved on the site. The user can have up to three different GOs at t time for free. It is very simple to use and I have used it with my gifted second graders before and they picked up on it quickly. It has the option to change to colors of the "bubbles"and change the font of the text. The completed mind map can be printed or exported to another site to share with others.
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    Bubbl.us is a relatively easy and free online graphic organizer. The site allows the user to create a mindmap, concept map, or other graphic organizer. The user can easily create new parent and child bubbles allow a hierarchical organization to the ideas in the concept map. The advantage of bubbl.us is that it is free.
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    A place for graphic organizer creation with a group or by yourself.
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    Bubbl.us allows users to create mind maps that can then be shared in documents or on the Web. It can be used before a workshop to create a blank or partially filled in graphic organizer for participants to fill in as the workshop progresses, which would help them to pay attention to the content being presented. Personally, I have found this tool easy and fun to use. In fact, I used it to create the graphic organizer for the workshop I am creating.
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    This interactive site allows users to create mindmaps and graphic organizers online that can be shared with others, saved to files, and exported to the web. This site allows users to collaborate with one another on the mind map or graphic organizer. It is fully customizable and very simple to use. The site offers a quick tutorial for users looking for guidance before they get started, but it is so easy to use that many users would not need to use the tutorial before getting started.
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    A free user-friendly mind mapping tool.
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    Bubbl.us is an online graphic organizer that allows one to arrange bubbles in a manner that illustrates relationships. Although it is online, you can export your graphic, print it directly from the application, or save it for future use. As a Flash-based application, Bubbl.us is not necessarily the perfect solution for all computer users, especially Apple users. However, the application overall is quite strong and useful, either as a trainer resource for organizing content, or as a participant resource, used as a means for them to take notes or organize the information they are presented.
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    This site allows you to create up to 3 pages for free of mind maps. The easy to use set-up uses icons to demonstrate its repetitive yet graphic portrayal of content. I have used this site for all of my concept maps at Walden. It is easy to create and export as a jpg to be uploaded onto a web page, blog or wiki. It stores the working model on the site until it is deleted by the user.
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    Explanation: Allows users to create a graphic organizer with a web-based tool requiring no download. Easy-to-use and results are good quality. Reasoning: Since this site is web-based, it makes using it very easy and accessible to anyone regardless of their operating system. In addition, creation of the graphic organizer is straightforward and requires little support. Embeddable into websites.
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    * Brief description of Web site: A free web 2.0 tool that enables users to create mind mapping and brainstorming diagrams online. The application is Flash-based so the latest Flash viewer needs to be installed. * Brief explanation of why you found this site to be better than others you found: Besides the fact that this is a free resource, this tool is easy to use. It offers a Help menu to assist users in getting started with using the tool.
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    Bubbl.us is an online site that allows you to create colorful mind maps.  It is completely free to use and extremely user friendly. The mind maps can be shared in a variety of ways and can also be used in all content areas in most grade levels. 
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    Bubbl.us is a site that allows users to create webs, or mind maps. A hierarchy is created by color-coding the bubbles on each level. The site allows collaboration, as well. Sheets can be shared with other people, who then have the ability to either view or edit the mind map, depending on the permission granted by the creator. Once completed, the mind map can be printed or exported as an image or an outline. This site can help encourage generative learning by providing a medium for learners to visualize connections between key terms and concepts. It is more user friendly that other similar sites. The ease of color coding and outline creation make it better than other sites, as well.
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    This website allows for the creation of mind maps with added features to create, delete, and change the color, text size, format, and location of 'bubbles'. Hyperlinks can also be added to bubbles to link to outside information. These features will be helpful to provide important information outside of the basic connections shown through the graphic organizer. It is easy to use, edit, and share for mind mapping and sharing gained knowledge throughout the workshop.
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    Bubble.us (https://bubbl.us/) is a great site to build graphic organizers in. The site allows the user to download, print, save and share them online with others. The site is easy to use and navigate which means that the user can be creating dynamic graphic organizers in little time. The site is free but does all for upgrades which allow the user more customization options. This site is better than Inspiration because it allows for the online component the user can share the graphic organizer with others and allow them the ability to manipulate or change the organizer or just view depending on the needs of the user.
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    Participants will be given a Bubble graphic organizer with the agenda for the workshop. During the workshop they can refer to the agenda and add comments in the Bubble program. This program is easy to use and will also allow participants to familiarize themselves with a potential classroom tool.
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    Description: Creates mindmaps with color coding and connections, enhancing brainstorming exercises.  Why better: Mindmaps are embeddable and downloadable for sharing.
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    A free, web-based graphic organizer. It is easy to use and share. I am using this as a way to organize the workshop and provide a visual for the teachers to have and understand the goals/timeline of the training.
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    Bubble.us is an online mind map that allows users to collaborate on brainstorming. Users can share their mindmap with others and provide access to read or edit. As content is added the mindmap takes on a new shape and cells can be color coded. Another feature of bubbl.us is for users to import work that has been saved on their computer or embed their mindmap. Bubbl.us can be used for pre-training which supports essential learning. I found this site to be more useful for collaborativebrainstorming .
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