"Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text."
I used Tagxedo yesterday for the Names of Jesus. Students were saying things like ..." I LOVE this program!" "This is so cool!" I believe that it helped accomplish my objectives and my all girl class are working on getting their T Shirts! - post by Janice Vogelzang
these are great to use in the classroom, the kids love it - post by charlenehall208
i have been wanting tag clouds that communicate more (e.g. via color and not just size of font) and that are more visually interesting (e.g. orient text in ways other than just a list) but not sure that taking on the shape of a celebrity is actually useful?! - post by janet russell
"We live in a time where the tools and technologies we are afforded have flattened our world. Principals and school leaders now have a vast array of options for learning and connecting with others. I have experienced the very real benefits of time invested in developing my own personal learning network, utilizing the Web and social media tools."
"Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century learning and improve academic performance through content driven collaboration. We engage teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding. We prepare youth for full participation as productive and effective citizens in an increasing global economy."
"Which is… of course why some parents feel compelled to “chip in.” If PRODUCT is “king,” then that becomes what counts, and will always overshadow the PROCESS, or the learning.
Imagine, if you would, the same evening of celebration for students, however, this time, parents watch from the sidelines as students actually create the products, or if the products on display were accompanied by audio/video/journals of what the students learned. The evening could be extended to give the students time to share their learning, but also to teach their families what they learned. Parents could be given short quizzes (created by the students) to give the students feedback on how well they taught the information. Or… after the students teach their parents the information, then the students and parents could build the final product together, all the time consulting reference material, the student’s notes, and discussing the curriculum standards being acquired. These final products could then be shared by publishing pictures of them to the Internet… or not. For the question is: what is the purpose of publication?"
"Ever since I first began to use Twitter I have been thinking about how to harness the potential of microblogging for the benefits of my own students, and have tried out several ideas to exploit it already. Below are my 10 top uses of Twitter for education:"
"Several years ago, my colleagues and I recognized that students and teachers in our school were being done a disservice. In response to changing expectations in a high-accountability landscape, members of the school community were being pressed to work harder without any consideration given towards updating the necessary tools or supporting structures. Pressure to achieve higher test scores stressed individual efforts over overall school environment. By taking the broadest look at the actual roadblocks to success, we articulated the Integrated Studies Program (ISP). "
"Sync.in is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time.
When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate with text documents, useful for meeting notes, brainstorming, project planning, training, and more."
"The online teaching self-assessment survey for experienced online faculty turns theory into practice by assisting the experienced online instructors to self-assess on specific indicators of teaching presence from the COI model and the development of online class community in the design of their own online courses and how they teach them. Faculty are asked to self-assess on 20 specific indicators"
"is one of those social networking sites you should try out and perhaps monitor its development progress. Here’s why:
* It’s just for teachers and students * It’s free * Teachers can set up class sites where they can post announcements as well as assignments along with links and attachments for students in that particular class site. * Students can be added to class rosters, upload files, post entries like a blog, contribute to other group projects, and more. * Like Twitter, there’s even a Ning-like virtual teacher’s lounge where educators can interact. The biggest selling point here is that it’s easy to share documents (lesson plans, ideas, etc) a la Google Docs… something which is still not super simple on Twitter. * It’s in beta testing now (just opened actually) so sign up here if you want to kick the tires on this new social network."