Oct 14, 2007


Blabberize.com allows you to take a picture and make it talk. You can make up to 2 minute audio recordings.

How can you use this for my course:
1. Make introductions for your assignments.
2. Replace a portion of your project.
3. Combine with other programs to create a full project.
4. Any other way you can think of.

Oct 10, 2007

Motivating Student Creativity Article

I've written an article that will be posted in the Techlearning E-Zine in the spring. It's a short piece with 2 central themes. The first theme is the idea of options. It's important that teachers provide students with options for completing assignments. Of course this isn't practical for all assignments since we are often trying to teach them something with the method of assessment. However, most assignments in secondary education are essays and traditional objective based assessments. Communication and information in the beloved 'real world' isn't based on those methods anymore. Essays certainly play a role but not the central role in communicating ideas in the Web 2.0 world that our kids occupy. Which is my segue to the 2nd theme, using Web 2.0 tools in my courses. In other words, allowing students to use project based tools that are valid to the world they live in will promote creativity, motivation, and 21st century literacy.http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dhsgv8zv_15sdkhcm

Oct 9, 2007

Flickr Photo Essay = Photos + A Dash of Writing

So you need to create a project for one of my courses. You are creative, like pictures, and are a little bored with doing the same old type of essay in Microsoft Word. I have the solution for you. Your words + your pictures = a flickr photo essay.

Click on the link and when the picture pops up hover your mouse over the boxes. http://flickr.com/photos/mrmosesdotorg/1514900489/

Any ideas how you could use this in your courses?

Oct 1, 2007

Sketchcast= Drawing + Audio

Sketchcast is an online program that allows you to create sketches mixed with your voice. This could be fantastic for someone who is at all artistically creative. I'm not, so don't laugh too much at my example below. I've shared tools with you before for completing your projects using just your voice, or your voice and photos. This one allows you to still do audio projects but puts in an extra twist, a drawing pencil in the form of a mouse.
Also, if you have a blog and you want to just embed your sketchcast right into the blog to give your assignment some more flare, that would be awesome for your grade.