Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Flixtime & Shakespeare

Flixtime & Shakespeare



The class: Mr. Gustafson's English Honors and AP

The goal: Analyze Shakespeare's sonnets in a creative way that will be longlasting, educational and interesting. Present projects to the class.

The project: In pairs, create a presentation and 2 videos analyzing the assigned sonnet. Each student is responsible for either the octave or sestet. Select music and images that will enhance the sonnet and bring it to life. Present your analyzation to the class.

The tools: Shakespeare's sonnets, Flixtime, PowerPoint We looked at a few options but ultimately settled on PowerPoint for the presentation piece and Flixtime for the video piece (some other options were Prezi and Animoto). We chose PowerPoint because all students were familiar with it and we chose Flixtime because of a few reasons:
  1. Students were able to make free 60 second video clips (as opposed to animoto 30 seconds)
  2. Ease of use
  3. A huge audio library with lyric free music.
The Preparation
Mr. G. and I met several times prior to the actual in class lesson, we emailed back and forth my examples and he created a rubric for the students. I settled on the somber sonnet 146 to create as an example. I chose music that flixtime included and found images online to create my two videos. These videos were what I used as a demonstration for the students. Mr. G gave me a somber sonnet to work on as an example. I must say I learned so much more about Shakespeare than I ever remember. I highly recommend completing a sample for any type of lesson that you assign that uses technology. It gives students an example of what a finish product looks like, it gets them excited about the project, it allows you to test tools and also to encounter some of the problems that students might have regarding bugs, time alottment, etc... If you are interested in completing a similar project, I can create the sample for you.

Sonnet 146, Octave


Sonnet 146, Sestet


The lesson
Students were assigned sonnets by Mr. G. before I got to class. I went into the classroom and showed the students my example, explained to them the process, Mr. G. handed out the rubric, and we answered questions, we then moved into the lab. They were given one 90 minute block and then they had the rest for homework.

The Projects
Below are the flixtime videos that two groups created. I did not include the PowerPoints with them. When the students presented the videos along with their analyzation, it was very powerful. They completely understood their sonnets and conveyed them passionately. They also got a lot out of listening to their peers present. (I'm sorry I can't embed these, I don't have access to the students' accounts, simply follow the links)

Kendra & Katie: Sonnet 18
Danny & Marc: Sonnet 55

The rubric Mr. G created:

Flixtime
0 or 1
2
3
4
Points earned
Missing elements or poor selection of text font, music, images.  Fewer than sixty seconds.

The text font, music, or images fail to convey the meaning of the sonnet.
Selection of text font, music, or images needs improvement.  Sixty seconds.

The text font, music, or images do not connect clearly to the sonnet.
Good selection of text font, music, and images.  Satisfactory.  Sixty seconds.

The text font, music, and images are appropriate for the sonnet.
Outstanding selection of text font, music, and images.  Creative.  Sixty seconds.

The text font, music, and images significantly enhance the meaning of the sonnet.

PowerPoint
0 or 1
2
3
Points earned
Some omissions of information and/or inaccuracies.  Evident need for more preparation.

Minimal, poorly done, or not completed.  Type and slide design show little to no effort.
Satisfactory and accurate explanation of the sonnet.  Could be more thorough or insightful.

Good use of PowerPoint type and slide design.  Shows fair effort with limited creativity.
Thorough, accurate, and insightful explanation of the sonnet.

Excellent use of PowerPoint type and slide design.  Shows outstanding effort with high creativity.

Presentation
0 or 0.5
1
1.5
2
Points earned
Reads from PowerPoint slides all the time.  No eye contact.  Presentation too brief, unclear, vague, limited, or poorly thought out.
Reads from PowerPoint slides quite a bit.  Poor eye contact.  Provides unclear, vague, or poorly thought out explanations.
Reads from PowerPoint slides at times.  Could improve eye contact.  Provides clear and basic explanations but lacks detail.
Does not need to look at PowerPoint slides.  Excellent eye contact.  Elaborates on ideas effectively, thoroughly, and insightfully.

Work Cited
0
0.5
1
Points earned
Unacceptable or incomplete works cited slide.
Works cited slide included but with errors.
Correctly formatted works cited slide.

 Your Comments:
Total points


x 10
Final score




The follow up
All of the student comments were so positive and the finished projects were so excellent that we thought this was an extremely successful project.

"It was a fun project to do and it did help me learn the sonnets."

"I took a lot of time to create the flixtime and choosing the orders of pics and music. I liked using flixtime, it was an enjoyable project. It really brought Shakespeare's sonnets to life and help me understand the tone and meaning of the sonnets."

" I loved flixtime! It was something different that we have never done before. I learned a lot from doing this and from watching others."

"I learned a lot more about Shakespeare! My peers interpretations and analysis of the sonnets helped me greatly."

Thanks for reading! I really enjoyed this project and hope you did too!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

West Boylston rocks Funding Factory!!!

We are so proud of our Technology Coordinator, Steve Pellowe, for his success with receiving over $40,000 in FREE technology through the Funding Factory Program. Congrats to Steve and the entire West Boylston Community for making this happen!

Friday, August 5, 2011

WBMHS Summer Reading Blog (Pay it Forward)

The West Boylston Summer Reading Blog is up
http://wbmhsblog.wordpress.com/

start posting!

WBschools is Tweeting

How great is it to have a superintendent who is actively tweeting. I am so excited for this new development here in the West Boylston Public Schools. Follow our schools @wbschools

Creative Computing 2011 Scratch Workshop



So I thought I was going to be able to blog during our Scratch workshop, but it was so busy that I didn't have a chance to, so I'll condense it into one post below.

Our amazing teachers were Mitch Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT, named by Fast Company as one of the most 100 creative people in business 2011, Mitch launched Scratch with his team in 2008 and they are almost at the 2 million projects created mark. He was also involved in the 'programmable brick' technology that helped to launch Lego Mindstorms! Our other teacher was Karen Brennan who is a PhD student at the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. Together these two blew all of our minds with their knowledge, enthusiasm and love for education and computer programming.

400 educators applied from across the country, but only 40 slots were available. The 3 day workshop, Creative Computing, was funded through a Google CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) Grant.




It was an amazing experience to meet educators from across the country who also have a passion for technology in education. I am so excited to be integrating Scratch into the 4th and 5th grade curriculum for the 2011-2012 school year. I believe that Scratch will give students great experience into developing high order level thinking, computational thinking and problem solving skills as well as giving them an opportunity to create and design and become architects of games, stories and art.

I will also be looking for opportunities to integrate Scratch into some of the classrooms.

If you are interested in downloading Scratch, its free! More to come abut Scratch this year.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blogging from the Scratch Creative Computing Workshop July 27-30

I know its summer, but over the next few days I am at MIT at a 4 day workshop for Scratch...



What is Scratch?
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.

We are incorporating Scatch into the elementary technology curriculum this year, so you will all hear a lot about it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2011 Summer Reading Programs Grades K-6

2011 Summer Reading Programs Grades K-6

Monday, May 9, 2011

Using Video in the Foreign Language Classroom

Guest Blogger: Mrs. Marie Caruso, MHS Foreign Language

I asked Mrs. Caruso to write up a little summary of how the Foreign Language Department has been using the Flip Video Camera in their classes this year. This is what she had to say...

"One way the Foreign Language Department is motivating students to speak French and Spanish this year is by using Flip Cameras in our classes. They are incredibly easy to use and the quality is HD! If you have not seen a Flip Camera, it is a video camera with a built in microphone that is maybe twice the size of an ipod and charges off of your computer. The picture and sound quality are excellent. Once you take a video, you can show it to the class right away on your computer or through a projector. We are using the Flip Cam to record individual speakers talking in French or Spanish about a variety of topics that we are covering in our classes, as well as group videos for dialogues, class projects, skits, etc. Because it is still a somewhat new piece of technology, the kids love it at all levels and because it is so simple to use (similar to ipods), the kids can record themselves and each other, which frees up the teacher to focus on what is being recorded. We can give instant feedback on pronunciation or grammatical errors when we watch the video with the students. We can easily delete any videos that we don't want to keep and reshoot any that we want the students to improve on.

Sarah is working with our department to show us how to set up folders for each grade level so that we can save the videos on our P drives. We envision that we will be able to keep video portfolios for all of our students and add to them each year that they study foreign language, showing growth and fluency over time. We were awarded a West Best grant to purchase a Flip Camera for the department. Thank you West Best!

I first heard about Flip Cam's from a 3rd grade teacher in a school system where they use them for young readers who have no one to read to outside of class. Students use the Flip Cam's to video each other reading as a motivational tool. The uses are endless, and Sarah can help you save and access your class videos."

Thanks Mrs. Caruso.

Just a note: You don't have to use a flip video, many high school students have video cameras on their phones or have video cameras they can use from home.

If you would like to see how you can use video in your classroom, please contact me at sarahkyriazis @ wbschools .com

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Extreme Couponing for Teachers?

Tonight, Wednesday, May 4, The WBMHS Business Club is sponsoring an extreme couponing event with guest couponer Kathy Spencer.

We all know that being educators, we spend a lot of our own money on classroom supplies...so, I thought I would find some free stuff for teachers... it was hard to find actual current coupons that were educationally based, but I found some free stuff by mail, free clip art sites and free resources... I think the Free Zippered Case and Eyeball Bookmarks are pretty cool for a high school anatomy teacher.


Free Teacher Tools
Free Stuff for Teachers Sites
(did anyone ever buy those Free Stuff for Kids books when they were younger and there were lists of all sorts of things you could send away for? Well there are tons of websites kind of like those free books...you need to go through these individually, some things you have to sign up for to get it free)

Free Teacher/Educational Stuff by Mail...
Free Clipart Sites
Check the Staples website, every summer they have a Teacher Appreciation Day when they give away free stuff...

A link to your MTA Benefits...

My Education Discount has teacher discounts organized by store.

Don't forget when getting your educational supplies for next year that Walmart now price-matches, so scour the internet for the best deals and then shop right at the Walmart in West Boylson.

Printable Coupon Sites, sometimes you can find office supplies at these sites.

If you have a favorite site or store where they offer teacher discounts or free educational stuff, please share and I will add to this post.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Happy National Teacher Day!


May 3, 2011

History of National Teacher Day
The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.
Happy Teacher Day!

 
NEA Video to all Teachers

Using Technology in an English Classroom: A Teacher's Experience

Guest Blogger: Mrs. Marianna Montuori, English Teacher WBMHS

This post was written by Mrs. Montuori. I asked her to write down her reflections of allowing students to choose between a traditional written response, making a silent movie with the video cameras on their cellphones, goanimate.com or a poster, this is what she had to say...

Thanks Mrs. Montuori! I hope this will inspire more of you.

_______________

Junior honors English students read "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street," by Herman Melville, and after discussing the basics, such as plot, characterization, symbolism, students were asked to explain the last line of the story, which is "Ah Bartleby! Ah Humanity!" Usually, I have students generate a 250+-word written response but wanted to try something different (plus, it was due the Friday before April vacation...), so I gave the kids four options. These were:
  • traditional written response
  • silent movie (made with cellphones)
  • visual interpretation / poster
  • goanimate.com cartoons
One student completed a traditional written response; two worked together on a silent movie; three worked together on a visual interpretation / poster; and then three groups (three students/group) generated goanimate.com cartoons. The assignment was the same for all: Explain the last line of the story. The evaluation was the same for all as well: creativity, insight/depth of thought, and effort. I loved the final products--funny, clever, thought-provoking, very entertaining--and I think the kids enjoyed having choices. I highly recommend goanimate.com--good stuff!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

iRubric

Guest Blogger - Tina Avery
I am quite impressed with this rubric creating site I recently ran across called iRubric.  Individual educators and students can create a free account.  “Build, Assess, Share and Collaborate” with your rubrics! iRubric is a comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool. It is designed to be easy to use. 
 


Two of my favorite features –
1. The Public Gallery where you can search through existing rubrics by Grade Level, Type and Subject.  There are a myriad of choices!
2. The collection of how-to videos for creating your own rubrics.  I am not that good at coming up with my own rubrics so this is a real boon in my opinion. 


Here is what iRubric has to say about their scoring features:  

Click. Click. Done. Scoring rubrics cannot be made any easier. Just pull up a rubric from the gradebook, click, click, and you're done. Rubric scores are automatically adjusted to the coursework grading scale and posted on the gradebook. All you have to do next is to press [save]. Students get a copy of the scored rubric securely... no more paperwork, no more calculations and no more confusion.
Sign up for your free iRubric account today andspend more time teaching and less time grading”!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Word Clouds: Tagxedo and Wordle

Ok, so Tina Avery introduced me to Wordle and Tagxedo and I was finally able to use them the other day and I can say that I love these free web 2.0 tools, especially tagxedo and more importantly, so do the students.

Let me explain... Monday, the first day of the new quarter, I had a brand new group of 28, 6 graders and the printer was out for service in the lab. They were supposed to be creating name tags in Publisher and I usually have them put 5-10 images of things they like to do, it takes up pretty much the entire rest of the period after we go over class expectations, it also gives me a way to assess how comfortable they are with the computer.

So, plan B...I had the kids write their names on paper and on the back of their name tent, they had to list their 5 favorite things to do with technology. I wanted to see what were the most popular types of technology uses without polling them, so I opened up Wordle and had the kids say outloud their 5 favorite things. I quickly typed everything they said in.

This was the result... (click to view clear) as you can see youtube is the most popular use of technology.

Wordle: 6 Grade Computer Interests


When I projected this, I got oohs and aahs, they were amazed by how it turned out so I thought that since this kept their attention, they could create their own. They got in groups and came up with a question, all I told them was that it had to be about technology, any type they like computers, mp3 players, ipads, games etc... They were then to poll their classmates throughout the day and the next day they created tagxedos.

Here are a few samples...

What kind of phone do you have? http://www.tagxedo.com/artful/41f8795760ed4e06

What types of technology do you have? http://www.tagxedo.com/artful/d4447b6d2da74199

What do you do? http://www.tagxedo.com/artful/bef57e62199e4c39


I love tagxedo, the kids were so engaged and they were really amazed by all of the different shapes you could make. Now my brain is thinking about all of the other possibilities for tagxedo... I created one about all of the things we learn in the class and included it on a handout, this would be great for class expectations or a syllabus... there are so many uses for it and luckily its creator created a blog post called "101 Ways to Use Tagxedo". Be patient, it takes time to load, but the results are amazing. There is something for everyone at all grade levels. If you have used this in your classroom, please leave a comment with a link to your tagxedo.

As always, if you would like to try this in your classroom and need help, please email me sarahkyriazis@wbschools.com

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Flash Cards Online

Check out this great this great web application that allows you to create flash cards online.  You can then use them for studying solo or collaboratively with your friends (CoBo Cards is short for Collaboration Cards).  The cards are interactive and can include images.  They are also printable.  This app is available for the iphone and droid so you can study on the go, too!  If you need them, there are detailed tutorials to get you started, plus tips, possible uses and a FAQ section.

CoBo Cards has gotten good reviews.  Notable among these reviews are three from Tech –Ed bloggers Adam Pash at lifehacker, Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers (You should be following this blog!) and Jane Hart at C4LPT (Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies).
Here is an video introduction: 

Free Tools from Microsoft

From a guest : Steve Pellowe, WBPS Technology Coordinator

Microsoft research has made available its WorldWide Telescope at no charge. WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx


Microsoft has just introduced a free math teaching tool. We can download and install anywhere, students can download it at home. At first glance it appears to be aimed at pre-algebra to calculus but it may have some useful features for grades 4 and 5.

Here is the link to the site:

http://www.microsoft.com/education/products/student/math/default.aspx?qstr=CR_CC=&CR_ID=#overview


Thank You Steve! If anyone needs help with any of these, please contact me. sarahkyriazis@wbschools.com

Monday, April 4, 2011

6 Grade Computer Wordle

I asked this question of 25 6 graders.
"What top 5 things do you do with the computer"
This was the results.

Wordle: 6 Grade Computer Interests

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Popplet!

Guest blogger - Tina Avery

 
This past Monday I was in charge of sharing the Best Practice in our Department meeting.  I decided to introduce my fellow department members to a product called Popplet - sort of a combo of collaborative mind map and sticky notes.  I learned about popplet from a blog I follow called Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne. (Richard is a Google certified teacher; his blog has won numerous awards and is read daily by over 30,000 people).  Actually, truth be told, I follow Richard on Twitter @rmbyrne as he frequently tweets about very useful and educational material, such as – you guessed it - popplet.  What?  You aren’t using twitter for educational purposes?  For a personal learning network?  I can see I have another TechShop to create for you.  No one wants to read tweets about what movie anyone is seeing or about a vacation.  Twitter has far better uses.  But I digress.  Popplet is our topic.
 So I read Richard’s tweet about reviewing popplet and I was very intrigued.  I decided to give it a try.  And now I am hooked!!  I am having a lot of fun with this tool and can see a variety of applications in a school setting.  Here is one I have started on.


and the link:  http://popplet.com/app/#/8882

My popplet (be very careful when typing this that you don't add an extra o) depicts our next High School trip abroad to Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  Under each country are the cities and some of the sites we will visit.  I plan to add the students going on the trip as collaborators to the site.  Before each trip the students pick one or two cities and places on which to do a brief presentation to the rest of us (plus their parents).  I am thinking that I will ask them to include all of that information here in the popplet along with illustrations.  When we return from the trip, they can add in some actual photos from the places we visited.  Then the whole affair can be added to the school's website.
I shared popplet a couple of weeks ago with the librarian at Wachusett RHS.  She used it to make her library newsletter.  She even embedded a video about popplet and it turned out great.  I also like the idea of using popplet to create a gallery rather than actually connecting anything in particular.  It’s very versatile!

I found Popplet fairly straightforward to use and I am looking forward to exploring it more!  Give it a try!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Edwards Edline Training

Introduction to Edline Classroom PagesSarah Kyriazis, Instructional Technologist, sarahkyriazis@wbschools.com

Technology PD Day follow up

The HS teachers had a great 1/2 day of professional development on Monday focused on technology. Edwards and the MS were not able to have such a day so I have include links to all of the resources that were taught.

Web 2.0 with Tina Avery
Digital Media with Lynne Pelto
CPS/Clickers/Interwrite/MOBI with Sarah Kyriazis
We got some great feedback, glad everyone enjoyed their tech day. If you need follow up help email me!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

High School Technology PD

Monday, March 14 we have an early release and the high school teachers will have a technology day! So excited. Here are the three choices.



1. Digital Media, 402 with Lynne PeltoLearn how to integrate digital media into your curriculum to engage students. We will be covering digital photography, (if you have your own camera, bring it and the download cord, school cameras will also be available), flip video camera, editing digital photos with picnik.com, scanners and google earth.

2. Web 2.0 Tools, 401 (VHS Lab) with Tina Avery
Learn how to create a blog for a classroom or a topic. Explore wordle, tagxedo (word clouds), glogster (online poster), youtube/teachertube and more! Discover how web 2.0 tools can be used as teaching tools or for student projects. You will leave the class having created your own blog and/or glog.
3. Clickers/Interwrite/MOBI (Lab 1, Library) and Edline with Sarah Kyriazis
Bring your class list and a list of 10 questions (quiz or assignment) and start creating your first clicker lesson. Learn how to use and get comfortable with the MOBI tablet. Discover what you can do with the Interwrite Software that is on everybody's desktop. If time allows, we will also learn about some advanced Edline features.

I will be posting the handouts on the blog for all of the district teachers to have. I hope to have more of these types of technology days in the future!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Assigning a Video Project

Since I have been sharing so many videos made by teachers, I thought I would show you some student examples. Creating video projects for school is not a new concept. My high school English teacher allowed us to submit a video project in 1993 (18 years ago-yikes). A group of us dressed up and acted out a few scenes from Great Expectations and submitted it on a VHS tape I remember how much fun we had and I will never forget that book. Technology has come a long way and most students who own a cell phone have a video camera on it. They are comfortable using video.

Allowing your students to submit a video project might open up a new level of interest in the subject for them. They become active participants in their own learning. To create a video a great amount of research, planning and scripting needs to be done. Students do the research, write the script and then act it out or sing it. I guarantee if they make a video for a particular subject, they will NEVER forget it.

Consider allowing your students to submit a video instead of a paper. Have them submit their bibliography and script so you can see the work that they put into it.

Create expectations and a rubric here are some samples http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/videorubric.html

http://ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/earthquakes/videorubric.htm

Colleges and Universities are encouraging professors to have their students create multimedia presentations and videos for projects.

WPI has a webpage for different types of video projects.
http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/Idea/mm-video.html

Dartmouth has a great website that can be used as a resource for assigning guidelines http://www.dartmouth.edu/~videoprojects/evaluate.html

Here are a few sample student videos…


Science Project, High School students



This is called a lip dub. A lot of high schools and colleges are doing this to promote unity or market the school. Here is one from Sharon, MA



This video is long, but it is a good representation of what students can do for a math video. There must have been so much planning and writing in this before they created it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Music Videos for Science

Here is a list of music videos for science! This channel is by Tom McFadden he creates music videos for science







And here are is a list from Wired of their top 10 scientific music videos:

Wired Top 10: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/07/sciencemusic/

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

History for Music Lovers

Ok, since I love history and I love music, I am obsessed with this youtube channel. It has inspired me to have my 6 grade computer class create their own lyrics to popular songs (but about online safety). I showed them some of these to get them inspired and they kept wanting to see more and more. These history teachers took popular music and created music videos to explain different historical concepts and events. Genius! And don't forget one of my earlier posts about Math Raps...






How can this youtube channel be used in the classroom? To introduce a lesson, to reinforce a concept. As inspiration for a project.

Note: Could be useful for English as well.



I just found this channel too, Horrible Histories from the BBC. There are a few good videos in here. I particularly like this Wife Swap episode below...

Pixton in the Classroom - Follow Up

Mike Carter's HS class used Pixton to create Boss Tweed Cartoons. I wanted to share one with you as a follow up. I was in the lab when the students created these and they were highly engaged. Mr. Carter said that the students did very well on their Boss Tweed essays and he thinks it may be due to the time they spent researching their cartoons.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Virtual Museums

A teacher came to me with an idea, she wanted to take student work and put it into a virtual museum, but didn't know the best tool. The students replicated sculptures of ancient Egyptian artifacts and wrote about them. The virtual museum would showcase these. I did some research and this is what I came up with.

Make Your Own Virtual Museum
  • Museum Box, http://museumbox.e2bn.org/ Using Museum Box, students can have their own accounts and add in their images and reports, their 'virtual museum' turns like a cube. They can also add audio, video, links and more. (I have requested a free school account)
  • PowerPoint, use premade templates in PowerPoint (which you all have on your computer) to create a virtual museum of artifacts, add images, links and text. Tutorials and templates can be found here, http://christykeeler.com/EducationalVirtualMuseums.html
  • Photo! 3D Album, http://pho.to/album3d/ This is a software, but it is a free download. Very easy to use, simple download, then select the template you want to use and insert your images. Then you can upload to their website or save as an executable file to share with others. The drawback is that you can only add images, no text videos etc... the benefits are that it becomes a virtual 3D tour.
  • Web Page, sign up for a free website and give each student a page. Place all of the images on the homepage and link to each individual page. Some suggestions for free web pages are: Wix, Weebly 
  • Wiki, wikispaces, create a teacher account and give each student a login. Each student can contribute to one wiki. (example: http://elementsofcivilization.wikispaces.com/)
  • Blog, http://www.blogger.com/, kidblog,  Create a blog entry for each student's art and report. Either the teacher can create an account or each student can create an account and contribute to one blog.
I will be posting the virtual museum we create with the class when it is finished. If you are interested in doing this with your students, please contact me. It can be done at any grade starting with pre-school.

sarahkyriazis @ wbschools .com