Sunday Jun 20, 2010

Reflecting on a week in it

So... it seems that I have spent the last week waist deep in Web 2.0 research and barely skimmed the surface.  I have viewed at least 100 resources and a plethra of blogs, podcasts, and articles.  I spent some time updating my Google Chrome browser with some fantastic extensions like "Diigo Bookmarker" and "Session Manager."  Diigo has led to my inablity to run my browser without 30 tabs open.  Diigo bookmarks different blogs as well as being a platform for creating your own.  With the bookmarker you can highlight and save anything from the web to your page.  Diigo has fantastic resources for researching Classroom 2.0 tools.  "Session Manager" has saved me much trouble by recording all my open tabs into a saved session that I can reopen the next time I access my browser.   For my Web 2.0 PD that I will be teaching on July 6, 7, 8, I've found edmodo which is a "social learning site where people can share ideas, files, and assignments" on one platform.  Think blackboard meets facebook.  There's live message, preparing assignments, posting comments and pictures, etc.  I'll be using it to coordinate all the tools with the 20 teachers I'll be working with.  It's gonna be interesting but check it out it's a fantastic resource.  The other fun resource I found was from Voki.  You can create your own avatar that has 60 seconds worth of audio that you can record.  It was fun putting mine together.  I think I may start out the school year with the students creating their own and embedding it into their own wiki or blog as an intro to Web 2.0 in the class.

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