Thursday, April 7, 2011

Super cool technology

I am at the ACME conference for media literacy - much to share - this session, though, is about how to USE the internet (instead of shield from it, which is also a noble goal).

I'd never heard of Glogger before - it is a "poster" making site that allows people to combine images, voice, video (from internet or home) and text.  I know I'll have fun making a Glog (and posting it here) - I'm sure I'll face challenges knowing how long to let Grace play before it is too much screen time.

I had heard of Voice Threads, because of my brilliant friend Sara, but have never used them.  Can't be sure how they'd be useful but again the chance for fun (where people could call a # and leave a voice comment instead of writing). 

We all love YouTube (although I think it might be blocked @ FSP) but I'd never heard of Quietube - video without distraction - blocks the sound, comments, etc. so a youtube can be playing as part of a presentation

Blipsnips breaks videos into second chunks - can put tags at specific points to be able to easily watch clips or ask students to specifically address particular blips and snips - can enter text to direct attention to particular parts (will post an example someday!)  Universal Subtitles allows you to add captions and subtitles into youtubes.

3 new ways to create videos from our home computers... (xtranormal movie maker (does end up costing $$)  goanimate and stupeflix video maker)

Weebly -a website and blog maker (very easy, according to very tech-savvy presenter)

Tumblr - a combo of blogging and twitter

Can't get my head around this - Google Search Stories - (help see what comes up with google searches)

So much amazing info in just 90 minutes - could learn about this for hours - and if I had time/money, would, at Summercore!


jen mcnally said...

Sounds interesting, Kim!! I've made 2 websites using Weebly, so I am proof that it is indeed very easy!

Leisa Collins said...

You're finding all of the great tools, Kim, how fun!

I recently wrote to and sent an article to Mary Tracey asking about the FSP vision for digital literacy and using technology. I wish I could find it again! It was from a recent Educational Leadership publication, I believe. The theme of the article was that we don't have to set up "two worlds" with our children, where they fluently use technology at home, but have it banned when at school. I was also recently blown away by Salman Khan's TED Talk (found here:, in which he explains how/why he believes that using technology in the classroom can actually MORE humanize teaching/learning! I now understand how this is possible.

Mary's kind reply to me was that this would be a great topic for a parent discussion in the next school year...that there is not currently a "champion" for using technology from within the teacher/administrator community at FSP... I realize that as a community we are really focused on getting through the accreditation process at this time, but after that I'd love for us to take a look at the technology questions/opportunities. I wonder if there is any discussion from a Board of Directors level on it?

I'm feeling pretty strongly that we should develop a collective and purposeful vision for teaching our children how to use technology for learning - I'll bet most of them have a lot of skill at using it for entertainment!

Would love to hear others' thoughts/comments on this too!


Kimberly Simmons said...

Leisa - computer use and technology/media are one area that FSP parents have been truly divided, in fascinating ways. I think a roundtable discussion that let us hear from really different points of view could be useful and also we'd probably find new spaces of agreement. Jane Healey's work really informed my worry about computers for kids at too young an age - I often feel confused and conflicted about them, for me and my kids - would love the chance for a rich conversation.