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EdmodoCon is an online global event where educators from around the world connect with each other to share how they are using Edmodo and other digital tools to personalize learning. EdmodoCon will help you collaborate with other teachers, discover valuable new resources, and harness the power of edtech in your classroom. Continue reading

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ThingLink Challenge e-Store and Showcase

In this post, I try to collect all the resources shared by Susan Oxnevad or suggested by other colleagues, and the products created by participants during the ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014. This makes it easier for me to reach and reuse later. 

Tools for Creating Interactive Images:

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Can ThingLink Flip Bloom’s Taxonomy Upside Down?

http://thinglinkblog.com/I had the opportunity to participate in

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Glogster Summit August 28, 2013

Retrieved Aug. 9, 2013
Glogster EDU is a social network that allows users to create free interactive posters, or Glogs. A “Glog”, short for “graphics blog”, is an interactive multimedia image. It looks like a poster, but readers can interact with the content. Glogster EDU provides an online environment to design interactive posters. The user inserts text, images, photos, audio files, videos, special effects and other elements into their glogs to generate a multimedia online creation. Posters can be shared with other users on the site, embedded in external wikis or blogs, and shared via many social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Glogs can also be exported and saved to computer-compatible formats (see more here). To hear more stories about how to use this tool effectively in your classrooms, please register for Glogster Educational Technology Summit: Tech, Tools, and Teaching. This summit will focus on the fully functional Mobile glog editor. VIP support program, Glog assessment, PD Trainings and many more things.

When: 
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM (EST)
  • Check this summit in your own Time Zone here

Where:

  • Online – Just click this link to register.
P.S:

  • If you want to be a speaker, please send a resume, a session title and synopsis to bogomil.shopov@glogster.com.

Make Your Images Interactive

Retrieved July 23, 2013 from here
It is a free and userfriendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. It enables you to create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. You can include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. You can easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website. ThingLink is a truly amazing tool that allows users to pack a lot of content into a small space (Susan Oxnevad, 2012). To create your own interactive images, here is a great tutorial shared by our instructors in the GE4L MOOC:
Clara Cordero’s Thinglinks (ABC Phonics, My Farm, and Solar System) inspired me to create an activity for my high school students. Two years ago, my students launched a wiki called Welcome Back Egypt to help their country after the 25th January Revolution. They wrote many articles, and created videos, PPT presentations, and Glogs about the most beautiful sites in Egypt. I think that ThingLink helps students to collect all their products in just an image enabling them to leave comments, share, and extend interaction.
Tools Needed:
Steps:
  1. I ask the students to work into groups of three.
  2. I tell them to use any search engine to find some images of the most famous sites in Egypt.
  3. After downloading the images and saving them in a folder, they use Autocollage software to create a collage merging all the images collected.
  4. Using ThingLink, they upload their collage and start tagging and adding videos, audios, and links to more information.
  5. Once they finish, I ask them to embed their interactive images into the class wiki page created for this activity.
  6. Students, then, invite their friends from all over the world to view their work, ask questions, and share ideas.
Here is my first interactive image example that helps my students to get started. Please, click here to see the larger size:
 

Become a Digital Storyteller!

Retrieved June 12, 2013 from here

Glogster EDU is a social network that allows users to create free interactive posters, or Glogs. A “Glog”, short for “graphics blog”, is an interactive multimedia image. It looks like a poster, but readers can interact with the content. Glogster EDU provides an online environment to design interactive posters. The user inserts text, images, photos, audio files, videos, special effects and other elements into their glogs to generate a multimedia online creation. Posters can be shared with other users on the site, embedded in external wikis or blogs, and shared via many social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Glogs can also be exported and saved to computer-compatible formats (see more here). 

Glogster EDU provides a series of webinars to share the potential of this web 2.0 tool among teachers and students. One of them is “Digital Storytelling with Faculty Edition“. You can join one of the 2 webinars; Become a Digital Storyteller, bring your story to life, and share it with your students.

Webinar 1                           Webinar 2
Check these webinars in your own Time Zone:

Here is some information about it:

Digital storytelling:
 
Digital storytelling allow us to take a linear series of events and bring them to life in a multidimensional experience; to communicate, collaborate, and infuse all types of living media into the process. In the world of digital storytelling, no single tool is more powerful, more engaging, or more FUN than Glogster EDU
Glogster EDU:
Glogster EDU is a powerful online poster creation platform with an easy drag-and-drop interface, that enables users to create interactive, attractive, and media-rich posters.

Faculty License:

Glogster EDU Faculty Edition is a group license, connecting 10 teachers, and 250 shared students. The Faculty Edition provides a powerful administrative dashboard to manage all accounts in the license, bringing the power of Glogster EDU to a shared, collaborative environment, enhancing your curriculum and the teaching and learning experience.
 

As thanks in advance for sharing, the team offers a FREE access to Glogster EDU’s latest Ebook: Connect to the Revolution.

Webinar 1 Recording

Webinar 2 Recording

Week 8: Online Tools Make A Revolution In My Classrooms!

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Week 8 was the most exciting and valuable for me. We were introduced to many online tools by which I can create my own world. I spent more time and effort exploring these tools, trying them out, and creating some resources that can make a revolution in my classrooms. I think that my students are lucky to have such array of exercises. They can use them anytime and anywhere according to their pace of learning. They can also create their own exercises so that they can be more autonomous and creative. 

Through exploring these tools, I’ve found myself more able to manage everything in my job of teaching. I can provide students with all circumstances that lead to more enjoyable learning. I can create a new environment in which I and my students enjoy practicing our new roles as autonomous learners. 

During this week, I’ve created a collection of exercises using some of the tools provided by Deborah. You can share this collection with me on our wiki page: https://sites.google.com/site/webskillssu2010/hot-potatoes-and-other-exercises. Among tools I’ve used during this week are: Word Search Maker http://www.toolsforeducators.com/wordsearch/, Xword Puzzle Generator http://www.edict.com.hk/xword/generator/, Easy Test Maker http://www.easytestmaker.com/default.aspx, Certificate Maker http://www.printwithmypic.com/certificates/ and Hot Potatoes Program. I liked Hot Potatoes program very much as it includes many potentials in one place. 

All these tools will not just make a change but a revolution in my classrooms. I think, they will save my time and effort to accomplish all the loads of teaching. Also, they will add some pleasure and creativity inside students while learning. They worth a try. Even I have some problems in using them at the beginning, step by step I will be an expert teacher. To create materials that are available anytime and anywhere for me, other teachers and students is a very great victory. 

Thanks so much my dear instructor Deborah for providing me with such precious tools that can help me to be a creative teacher.