The first staff development session offered in December focused on ways to use your HCPS blog to increase communication and collaboration. If you are interested in using this tool, training is available on demand at this site: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/blogtutorial/
This month, staff dev sessions were offered to help teachers devise ways to increase communication and collaboration in the classroom. Teachers explored the tools wallwisher and Google Docs in these sessions.
Wallwisher is a tool where anyone with the link can share their thoughts on a “wall” (website) for all other collaborators to see. This can be used to brainstorm or to check for understanding, for example. The site is free and teachers can start using this site after completing a free registration.
- Register for wallwisher by selecting sign up on this page or use the google login button on this page
- Create a wall by clicking create a wall
- Add the title and description
- Click Share and copy the link under mobilize. Give this link to students when you are ready for them to post to your wall.
- Or you may use these detailed directions
Google Docs is a free, powerful, and online collaborative tool that can be utilized to help with productivity and to increase implementation of 21st century skills. This post contains information about creating groups of teachers and students in Google Docs, adding yourself as an owner to a Google Doc, organizing your Google Documents, and gathering ideas for using Google Docs in the classroom.
- Quick Start Guide for Henrico Teachers & Students
- Using Google Docs in the Classroom
- Create a Collection and Add a Document
- 30 Minute Intro Lesson Plan for Google Docs
Additional Online Support:
- Introduction to Google Docs
- Sharing, Privacy, Printing & Publishing
- Google Docs for Educators
- Google Apps Education Training Center
- Prepare to be a Google Docs power user!Create contact lists for each of your classes from HCPS Link.
- Create a Collection in Google Docs and Add a Document: You have a ton of documents now in Google Docs. Time to organize!
This week’s training session will focus on using ActivInspire to create interactive flipcharts. ActivInspire can:
Grouping Labeling with captions
Stacking Drag and Drop Actions
Drag a copy Inserting Media
Magic Writing technique Rubber Stamp
Rub and Reveal Inserting Templates
Deleting Desktop Tools
Groups and Pulleys (Restrictors) Desktop Annotate
Design and Presentation Modes Adding Backgrounds
Property Browser Resource Browser
- Directions download (flipchart version)
There are many training resources for ActivInspire available. Please let me know how I can assist you!
In person training:
Monday 11/14 during planning with Joy
- ActivInspire_Webinars (even if you can’t attend, you can register and they will email you a video of the training)
- HCPS ActivInspire training site
- Promethean Planet (register for free) – check out the ActivTips videos (and download pre-made flipcharts too!
- How to connect your slate
To access your own blog:
- Go to the main page http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us
- Type in your email username and password (on right)
- Click login
- Once you have logged in, you will automatically be brought to your Dashboard. This page gives you information about blog activity and a chance to write a quick post. The Dashboard is where you can find your starting locations for writing posts, creating pages, and other useful blog functions.
For additional training materials, please access tutorials here: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/blog-support/
- Be used for pre-scripted questions or questions posed on the fly
- Be used for multiple choice AND free response questions
- Show progress charts for each question instantly
- Import self-paced questions from ExamView tests
I am sure I will sound like an old lady by saying this, but ‘back in my day, we had to fork out hundreds, even thousands of dollars to work with digital images, sound and video’. When working as a recording engineering student at VT, the digital audio editing software I used in the studio cost $70,000 (in the late 90s)!!!! Thanks to the open source software movement and the subsequent spawning of Web 2.0 tools, we now can create, edit and share our multimedia work for FREE. I hope that the following resources maximize your and your students’ creativity and communication efforts.
Video Editor Resources
Movie Masher – http://www.moviemasher.com/
YouTube Editor – http://www.youtube.com/editor?popart=681928
OpenShot Video – http://www.openshotvideo.com/
One True Media – http://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/public_home
Image Editor Resources
Picnik – http://www.picnik.com/
Photoshop Express – http://www.photoshop.com/
Pixlr – http://pixlr.com/
Sumo Paint – http://www.sumopaint.com/home/
Aviary – http://www.aviary.com/
Hamster Free – http://videoconverter.hamstersoft.com/en/
Miro Video Converter – http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/
Videora – http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/
Freemake – http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/
Media Coder HQ – http://www.mediacoderhq.com/
Stock Images and Video
Video Footage – http://www.stockfootageforfree.com/
Internet Archive – http://www.archive.org/
Vimeo Free Footage – http://vimeo.com/groups/freehd/videos
Image Stock – http://www.sxc.hu/
Image Vault – http://www.stockvault.net/
Pics4Learning – http://www.pics4learning.com/
Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/