Professional Learning Collaboratives

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April 16, 2013
by hugghinss

PLC Day #4 iDevice: Moving Students to Engagement and Content Creation

This session focuses on Web 2.o Tools and social networks as a way of helping students engage with your content, share content they have created, and to add to the classroom dialogue.

Presentation Materials:

PLC Day 4 Presentation on iDevices: Moving Students to Engagement and Content Creation


PearlTrees:  Dynamic site that allows teachers and students to gather and house valuable information in an organized and social setting.  Students and teachers can gather websites into one strand, and then have others comment on each “pearl” before, during or after a presentation.  PearlTrees is also a very effective tool for flipping the classroom since it is a multi-platform tool including apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Evernote:  Note-taking, sharing and organizational tool.  Evernote is used widely in colleges and universities to share handouts, receive feedback, and organize notes and websites.  Evernote offers the ability to include text, photos and audio within the same note.  Notes can be shared in a variety of ways including Twitter and on blogs.

ShowMe: ShowMe can be used as a social network or simply as a creative app.  Students and teachers use the app as a virtual whiteboard that allows one to record a “video” while drawing or writing on the screen.  The finished product can be shared via various social networks, or can be embedded on a blog.

Hootsuite:  This app is a powerhouse for Twitter users.  It allows the user to aggregate data, conduct and store searches, follow/unfollow other users.  The overwhelmingly positive feature of the app is the convenience of looking at important streams in one place.




May 29, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.

Podcasting in WOISD

White Oak ISD is blessed to have an Apple podcast server purchased by the White Oak Education Foundation. This podcast server is VERY easy to post to and even easier to give a professional look if you have a MacBook.

The benefits of using podcasting tools in your classroom are numerous: transparency, parent communication, student publishing (allows students to link to from their ePortfolios), student reflection, project directions with due dates for parents to hear, lectures for absent students, lectures/lessons for students needing remediation, project showcases, and the list goes on. What it boils down to is that for just a few short minutes of work, you can provide hours of useful content for your parents, students, and colleagues that is accessible 24/7/365.

1. You can open your blog and upload videos shot from your camera or your computer.

1st Grade

2. You can post directly to your podcast blog with a nice introduction and outro without editing if you utilize the program Podcast Capture in the Utilities folder in Applications on your MacBook.

6th grade book reviews

podcast capture icon

3. You can shoot video on a Flip cam (or similar) or even using Photobooth on your Mac and upload it to your podcast blog in the same manner. Instead of selecting the type of podcast you want to create, just select Open an Existing File. It will go through the same processing as a video captured using Podcast Capture.

Podcast Capture screen

4. Want something a little more professional and edited? Well, use iMovie to do the editing (green screen, music, transitions, edit bad cuts, etc) and save the video file to your desktop. Then, either log into your podcast blog and post directly, or you can still use Podcast Capture and the Open an Existing File option to have it add the professional looking intro and outro that it does for other podcasts.

5th grade

If you are interested in adding podcasting to your class, just email me a good time to work with you , and I will make sure your account is setup and you have the equipment you need to publish podcasts to the web.

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