Friday, October 16, 2009

2 Great New Apps for Teachers

This has been quite a busy week for me.  I have been busy trying to compile a list of the most practical applications for both student and teacher use for my literacy instruction, and stumbled upon a couple of great ones.  The first one is called Wordle, and basically allows you to create wordclouds.  Simple concept right?

Well, the great thing about Wordle is the variety of ways in which it can be used.  For example, you can generate vocabulary lists in order to activate prior knowledge, study synonyms & antonyms, or have students input entire essays to examine over used words and repetition.  The possibilities are truly endless.  I shared one with the class today and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

My 2nd jewel of a find is Screenjelly  I actually discovered this one through one of my Diigo groups centered around educational technology.  When I say the power of social bookmarking for purposes of professional development and personal enrichment is massive, it's an understatement.  I can honestly say that much of my recent learning around technology and instruction has been the result of shared bookmarks and conversations on Diigo and Twitter.  Please take a look at my Screenjelly lesson about how to use Wordle.  This single tool will transform your ability to reach students and other professionals in your network almost seamlessly so enjoy!

Coming next week- pros and cons of animoto and using go animate for digital storytelling.