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Maker Space In Education Series… 20 Reasons Your Students Should Be Making

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It’s  still summer time in the States and I couldn’t help but think of the idea of play, and that of course made me think of Maker Space. I have long  encourage Making in the classroom. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that this idea is now a movement and one that I suggest all 21st century educators Make some room for. I hope you enjoy this series and I encourage you to send me information and resources, as I am also Making time to learn.  First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your new school year needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. My summer is fully booked but it is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill! Remember that I have limited dates since I also still provide PD for my own district. Please contact me soon. – Mike

Maker Space In Education Series… 20 Reasons Your Students Should Be Making – Michael Gorman (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Take a moment to contemplate what it would be like if every school had a Maker Space and it was part of the school curriculum. You may wish to dream of the possibilities for essential 21st century skill development and significant content skill alignment. Think about the aura of engagement, flow, grit, perseverance, problem solving, revision, reflection, and satisfaction in that amazing space. Contemplate parents asking the question, “What did you make in school today?” Now sit back and imagine the answer, and further conversations it would bring!

As you are probably already aware, there is a growing Maker Movement across the nation. In fact, you can see Maker Spaces finding room to serve the surging Maker population in both small and large towns alike. I know there is one in my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I looked in on another while conducting a PBL workshop deep in the southwest…  in Tucson, Arizona. On a recent visit to the PBS Network Studios to work with Digital Innovators I saw a large Makers Space on the first floor of the Arlington, Virginia building.

The idea behind the Makers Movement includes allowing people to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. The idea of making is really not a new concept. In fact,the art of making is at the root and mixed into to the very fabric of our culture. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced  consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make.

It is encouraging to see that Education Maker Spaces are making space in numerous schools including elementary, middle, and high school. This was evident at the 2014 ISTE Convention in Atlanta with over 16,000 attendees and space for Maker vendors, Maker presentations, Maker playgrounds, and Maker possibilities. After all, childhood has long been a time that allows young minds to play and make. It is important to understand that allowing kids to be Makers opens the doors to personalized and authentic learning. Let me share a list that I feel are positive qualities that schools can Make as take away ideas from the Makers Movement.

  • Allow for student intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning
  • Support students in a natural connection toward the facilitation of the 4 C’s
  • Engage students in significant content by allowing for connections to curriculum
  • Immerse students in experiences that promote the idea of flow
  • Provide students opportunities that allow then to fail in order to succeed
  • Emphasize to students and teachers the importance of process over outcome
  • Amplify or introduce to students the components of a school STEM disciplines
  • Provide for student opportunities to enhance Project, Problem, Design, Inquiry, and Challenge Based Learning
  • Promote student literacy through writing, reflecting, and journal writing while Making in specific subject areas
  • Engage students in relevance and connections through a authentic learning experience
  • Promote service student learning by identify and inventing solutions to local and world problems
  • Allow students to see the importance and value of the arts
  • Allow students to be a part of partnerships between school, home, and community
  • Create opportunities for students to be producers of content and products
  • Facilitate to students the idea of entrepreneurship through innovation
  • Provide students an opportunity to connect with college and career opportunities
  • Allow for student mentorship between students and also between community and students
  • Give students the opportunity to learn through kinesetic opportunities
  • Introduce students to the iterative process for problem solving
  • Support student inquiry by relaying the importance of good questions and continued questioning

I started this post out with dreams and imagination of what can be. Some schools are already making it happen. Perhaps your school and students are next? It might just begin with some Maker time in your own classroom… or even after school. It really is time  for you  to… Make it happen. If you already are… please share with me via email. I would like to highlight what you are doing.

I invite you to continue to follow this series as I learn and share more about the Maker Movement and education. I have already started to collect some amazing links to share in this series. I am sure you can see that allowing kids to be Makers promotes so many aspects of what 21st century learning and technology is all about. I really do hope this Makes your week… and of course those weeks still waiting to be Made!

I hope you found this information is something you can use in your school and share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy Making! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Get ready for more links and resources on this series covering the Maker Movement in K12 Education and also a collection on the connections between PBL, STEM and Technology Integration… first make some time to sign up and follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). –  Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. My summer is fully booked but it is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill! Remember that I have limited dates since I also still provide PD for my own district. Please contact me soon. – Mike

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Part 5: Forty…Now Fifty…Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

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It’s summer time and you really didn’t think I would stop at 4o sites… especially when I can make it one half of a hundred!  I have really enjoyed sharing these websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox! I have now have fifty… maybe more someday (Chapter 2?). This is post number five… remember I am picking these from thousands.  It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your new school year needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. My summer is fully booked but it is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill! Remember that I have limited dates since I also still provide PD for my own district. Please contact me soon. – Mike

 Part 5: Forty… Now Fifty… Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

Get ready for a series on Maker Movement in K12 Education… first make some time to sign up and follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). –  Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

EasyBib

  • Generate free MLA citations
  • Autocite or Manual Entry to learn process
  • Citation Guides assist in locating information  from various types of source
  • Fee based  services remove ads or generate APA, Chicago and others

PrintFriendly

  • Generate printouts of web pages without ads and navigational clutter
  • Easily add the Bookmarklet to your browser
  • Add the Button to your webpage
  • Print, email, or save PDF file

Curriculet

  • Enables teachers to deliver customized, Common Core aligned learning and digitally
  • Create and share their curriculum and lesson materials
  • Embed a layer of questions, quizzes, and rich media annotations into any reading assignment
  • Track mastery of literacy skills and Common Core standards in real-time

EdPuzzle

  • Use only what you need from any video.  Search for videos from Youtube, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, Crash Course, etc.
  • Insert audio notes or record over a video with your voice
  • Add questions along the video to give your students immediate feedback and track their understanding.
  • You can also upload your own videos to EDpuzzle and make them perfect for your class.

Quizlet

  • Tailor Quizlet study sessions to your students’ different learning styles and goals
  • Millions of students use Quizlet at home, to study everything from languages to science to history
  • Generate self-grading practice quizzes or print handouts for your students
  • Liven up your classroom with study games that your students will love to play

Geddit

  • Know how every student is doing at any moment… A free app that works on any web-enabled device in the 1:1 classroom
  • Students give instant feedback about their understanding in private and in real-time
  • Check for evidence of understanding with multiple choice or short answer responses
  • Student driven: Differentiation made easy while students learn skills of metacognition

Citelighter

  • 21st Century Critical Thinking Platform
  • Bringing research, organization, and writing to one place
  • Highlight and save from anywhere … Export to a file or send via email
  • Bibliography in APA or MLA

Research Ready

  • Evaluate a website for research
  • Use critical thinking skills to examine a site
  • Online form with evaluation questions
  • Email finished form of evaluated website

ProConIt

  • Allow for students to look at the opposite views of a subject
  • Created polls and forums
  • Encourage discussion
  • Get feedback

Paper Rater

  • Formative tool for evaluating writing
  • Checks writing, spelling, vocabulary, composition, structure
  • Gives a report style feedback with even a grade
  • Differentiates on different styles of writing

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after these 50 in a future series! Remember that many of these are Web 2.0 tools so be sure to check their Terms of Use, Privacy, and your own district AUP.  I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Get ready for a series on Maker Movement in K12 Education… first make some time to sign up and follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). –  Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. It is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

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Part 4: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

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Summer is wonderful and  its already July! We actually have time to relax, enjoy, and even discover a new website! It is so much fun to be sharing these websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox! I have forty… actually 50… because I found ten more and  I am sending out these ten new ones in the next post. This is post number four… remember I am picking these from thousands.  It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. My summer is booked but it is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

 Part 4: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

 Brainscape

  • Multimedia “flashcards” to simplify learning
  • Teachers can create flashcards for their subjects for free
  • Class license for Premium Subjects available for a fee
  • Web and iOS platform

Quozio

  • Turn “beautiful words into meaningful images in seconds”
  • Bookmarklet – immediate creation of highlighted text from webpage – be mindful of copyright
  • Account (free) required only  to save or upload

Realtime Board

  • Visual whiteboards with media files for brainstorming and organizing
  • Get feedback from students and discuss in real time
  • Works with Google Drive

Zunal

  • Create interactive webquests quickly with no HTML code
  • Free account with 100 templates
  • Add unlimited files and pictures or
  • embed video
  • Explore thousands of user shared webquests

National Archives Digital Vault

  • Click on a record to launch images for investigation
  • Add images to a collection tray
  • Create posters, movies and Pathways Challenges

NuSkool

  • Created for students in grades 6 -12
  • Search for lessons by grade, subject, genre
  • Teach core subjects using popular culture
  • Engage students by relating to things they know and care about

PixiClip

  • Whiteboard canvas for communicating your message
  • Upload and mark up images or draw them
  • Add media via webcam and mic
  • Share or embed your PixiClip

QR Voice

  • Use your voice to record a message
  • Generate the QR code
  • Scan with device using QR scanner to hear message
  • Save/Share/Print/Embed

QR Code Generator

  • Generate codes that link to information you want to share
  • Print or digitally share the code
  • Use your imagination!

ePubBud

  • Create and publish an eBook readable on iPad, nook, and other devices
  • Upload a document you want to share and it will be converted to ePub format
  • Browse and import shared
  • ebooks  to your iPad

 

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. It is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

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Part 3: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

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We are getting already in the first week of July! I am still  sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox! I have forty… maybe more… and I am sending out ten new ones in each post. This is post number three… remember I am picking these from thousands.  It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. My summer is fully booked but it is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

 Part 3: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

 Open Library

  • Borrow books from the Internet Archive and other libraries
  • View BookReader editions instantly online in a browser
  • Access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books
  • Records help locate copies that may be borrowed through local libraries

International Children’s Library

  • Search for books by genre, age level, length, keyword, by collection, and more
  • Many books in multiple languages
  • Open and read book  – no download
  • Create an account to set up a bookshelf if desired

GeoStories

  • Multimedia slideshow tours of places and topics
  • Dynamic maps show viewers where story takes place
  • Embed GeoStories in your website
  • Visit partner sites for more stories

Google Lit Trips

  • Connect with literary characters journeys via GoogleEarth
  • Pop up windows display media, links, and discussion starters
  • K-Higher Ed and new Special Projects

Your Next Read

  • Enter a title, author, or genre you like – get reader suggestions for others like it
  • Thumbs up or down to Agree/Disagree with reader recommendations
  • Contribute your recommendations
  • Suggested lists for children by age  groups

Weebly

  • Easily create a quality website
  • Drag and drop elements and easy text editor
  • Great for teacher websites – link to LMS
  • Easy for students to build sites

Kid Blog

  • Safe – teacher controls accounts in controlled community
  • Practice digital citizenship; create e-portfolios
  • Add digital media to blog posts
  • Check out Book Blabs

WolframAlpha

  • Computational search engine
  • Answers from internal peer reviewed knowledge base – not links to other sites
  • Factual data about topics, places, people,

Educlipper

  • Find user contributed teaching resources or share yours
  • Create groups/classes for collaboration or differentiation
  • Create assignments, portfolios and presentations

Kahoot

  • Game-based learning through asking and answering questions as competition
  • Easily create quizzes, discussions and surveys with the drag and drop editor
  • Project and have students join with any device
  • Game on!

 

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. It is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

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Part 2: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

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It is still summer time and I am sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox! I have forty… maybe more… and I am sending out ten new ones in each post. This is post number two… remember I am picking these from thousands.  It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. My summer is fully booked but it is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

Part 2: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

Gooru

  • K-12 library of Standards-aligned content collections
  • Videos, games, digital texts, and questions
  • Create your own or customize existing collections
  • Vetted by educators

TedEd

  • Library of Lessons – curated videos that amplify great lesson ideas
  • Filter searches by content, grade range and length of video
  • TED-Ed platform allows users to create lessons from TED and
  • You-Tube educational videos.

Hemingway

  • App analyzes writing samples
  • Analyzes readability level
  • Color coding of hard to read sentences, voice, parts of speech
  • Currently app only

Timer

  • Simple timer (10 seconds to 5 hours) with alert sounds
  • Clock displays real time (as set on computer)
  • Display clock and timer together

Remind

  • One-way messages to students and/or parents
  • Sender/Receiver phone numbers remain private
  • Broadcast special reminders, encouragement, schedule changes
  • Easily schedule messages to be sent later

Creative Commons Search

  • Custom gateway to materials that may be used, shared, or remixed
  • Includes images, media, music and video
  • User should still verify Creative Commons License
  • Add CC Search to browser toolbar

SweetSearch

  • Provides search results from 35,000 sites evaluated by research experts
  • Mission: to help educators “teach students how to use the Internet effectively, safely, and responsibly.”
  • Aims to help students locate credible resources faster

Open Ed

  • K-12 resource catalog of Common Core materials
  • Includes games, videos, assessments and courses
  • Integrates with popular learning management systems and offers its own

OER Commons

  • Curates digital learning materials to enrich teaching and learning
  • Browse by material type, grade, subject, or by collection provider
  • OpenAuthor lets teachers create their own open licensed education resources

MindMup

  • Organize thoughts with mind maps
  • Use multiple maps to tell a story
  • Export slideshow PDF for offline viewing
  • Extension through Google Drive allows real time collaboration

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. It is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

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Part 1: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

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Welcome to a post and the summer of 2014… at least in the USA. I have a real treat for you in the next two weeks. I will be sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox! I have forty… maybe more… and I am sending out ten new ones in each post. Remember I am picking these from thousands.  It is my way of saying happy summer!   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. My summer is fully booked but it is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

Part 1: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

Educanon

  • Create or find content video
  • Customize with questions
  • Interactive video for flipped or blended learning
  • Great for Formative Assessment and Differentiation

PBS Learning Media

  • Great library of videos and interactives
  • Search by grade, subject, or standards
  • Extensive PD Collection including:  Literacy…  STEM…  Get Your Tech On

Wordle

Tagxedo

Jing

  • Record short video tutorials (up to 5 minutes)
  • Share online via LMS and more
  • Great for flipped and blended learning

ClassTools

  • Create custom games, quizzes and activities
  • Great interactive online versions of some old standards  (Fishbone Diagram, Sandwich Organizer)
  • Can be posted to LMS or website

Read Write Think Interactives

  • Help students organize, summarize, and analyze, and write
  • Includes multi-level lesson plans that integrate each interactive
  • Students may save or print partial or completed interactive
  • Check out this write up on these interactives.

Socrative

  • Online student response system using laptops, tablets, smartphones
  • Multiple choice, T/F, open-ended quiz questions
  • Exit tickets
  • Results export to Excel

Answer Garden

  • Creative brainstorming or Classroom feedback
  • Modes allow for one or multiple answers
  • Teacher friendly information for moderating/monitoring
  • Export to Wordle or Tagxedo

ReadWorks

  • Comprehension lessons and units
  • Novel Study units in multiple genres and grade levels
  • Leveled reading passages with question sets
  • Aligned to CCSS and standards of all 50 states

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea website I should include… please let me know. It might be part of what follows after 40! I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. It is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

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Ten Pointers Promoting Academics In Online Discussions.. Digital Citizenship Series

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Welcome to a post I am certain will help you, and many others, as you facilitate online discussion forums to promote real learning.   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

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Ten Pointers Promoting Academics In Online Discussions.. Digital Citizenship Series

By Michael Gorman at  (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)

In the last post we discussed how online discussions can incorporate many ideas that enrich a blended classroom. You may wish to explore these ten ideas in the last post. In this week’s post I would like to emphasize how you might want to emphasize that needed academic emphasis in student online discussions. Remember that an online discussion is a powerful extension of learning that can go beyond the walls of your classroom.

When using online discussions with student be sure to keep your point of emphasis aimed at the content standards, 21st century skills, while moving up Blooms higher levels. Questions can be convergent for formative purposes, but also divergent to promote inquiry. Remember that the use of multimedia can promote academic standards while facilitating real and meaningful discussion. The teacher should model proper digital citizenship, constantly monitor student communication, and also provide responses  to various discussion threads. Equally important, the teacher should be aware and follow the District AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) and any website terms of use.

When first joining the world of student online discussions it can be often noted that the student conversation is not always highly academic and sometimes lacks rigorous thought. After all,  students have already learned to digitally communicate using social media and they transfer this past practice to the academic classroom. It is important that teachers facilitate proper online communication while promoting digital citizenship. Through proper guidance and digital education any classroom can discover the rich and meaningful opportunities that an online discussion can provide. Please feel free to use these ten ideas below and share with others.

1. Keep discussions to Bloom’s higher level topics including creating, evaluating, and synthesizing.

2. Use discussion as a formative assessment for checking both individual and group understanding. This does not mean it always has to be graded for accuracy… but more as a way for the teacher to plan. Many times in this method, the question maybe lower on Blooms Scale to show remembering and understanding.

3. A discussion can be graded, although it maybe best to grade for participation. In this manner the teacher may post and then ask students to reply to teacher post with a requirement of so many sentences. There could also be a requirement to comment to stated number of  other student posts. When grading be specific on requirements.

4. A class discussion is not a emulation of social media, it is an academic forum. This should be stated in the discussion question until it becomes acceptable classroom practice. and culture. Some things to keep in mind are the following.

  • Proper English grammar
  • Complete sentences
  • No use of text lingo (example; LOL”
  • Any copy and pasted resources or reference should be at least cited by name and link
  • Topic should be adhered to, no outside or side bar conversation
  • Proper spelling of words
  • Thoughts and ideas should be concise and to the point (do not ramble)
  • When stating positives and agreements be specific as to reasoning… keep away from Yearbook type comments
  • Exercise proper Digital Citizenship (see below)

5. Students should practice proper digital citizenship

  • Empathy for others should be practiced with an understanding of  an individual’s writing before commenting
  • No use of text lingo (example; LOL)
  • Proper peer critique should be emphasized with an emphasis on caring (example… do not be critical, instead use I wonder statements)
  • All comments should be academic (See above)
  • Do not use personal identifying information
  • No plagiarizing… give credit
  • There should be no bullying or put downs

6. Mix up media in discussions… do not always have them text based. Use documents, PDF files, movies, music, sound files, Power Points, website links, and images to promote the standards and concepts.

7. Keep on topic… try to provide discussions that will support the standards and 21st skills that you wish to emphasize and that will be assessed.

8. Use a rubric if providing a discussion for understanding. Make sure your students are aware and use the rubric when making any comments or replies. Possibly include the 21st century skills of Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Creativity. Do not try to include all, and break these skills down to individual components. Example… instead of Creativity use one component such as divergent thinking.

9. As a teacher be sure to model by practicing what is required, while also commenting on what students write.

10. Encourage students to create their own discussions so they begin to own the process.

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea involoving online discussions that you feel is important, please leave a comment or pass it on to me in an email. I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Discussion! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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10 Tools To Engage Students In Academic Discussion Forums … Digital Citizenship Series

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Last month I began a series on Digital Citizenship.  I wish to continue this line of thought with some posts on the Academic Discussion Forum. In this series you will find ways to use discussion forums in useful way, set expectations, and even assess. I know these ideas on digital citizenship involving proper online forums and  communication will help you facilitate rich and meaningful academic discussions using the internet. First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

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Promote Digital Citizenship… Your Academic Discussion Forum can be 10 Different Tools

By Michael Gorman at  (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)

You are perhaps aware that more and more classrooms are opening their doors to student discussion online. This happens in the virtual online classroom, but also in the blended classroom. As you might know, the blended classroom is one where students and teacher meet in a traditional school but use the internet to open the classroom walls to the community, region, country, and world. There are many services that provide student discussion forums that can facilitate student online interaction.  Some well known ones include, Edmodo, My Big Campus, and Moodle.

A discussion forum does not have to be question and answer. In fact ,there are countless ways to use them. I want to share with you ten that I came up with. Please share with me others you might have, and I will add for a future list. One point to remember is to be sure to keep your point of emphasis aimed at the content standards, 21st century skills, while moving up Blooms higher levels. Here are some ways I have found that you can bring your discussion forums up to a new level. Please enjoy and let me know what you think and ways you have found that a discussion forum can be a engaging tool!

1. A formative tool – As a way to check  understanding from class that day. This might be a temperature check and drive teacher facilitation and instruction the next day. Some times students will see others not understanding and give their own explanation.  Many times we can all learn from the crowd.

2. A divergent tool – Students do not reply with answers… but new questions. The rule states that no one is allowed to answer a question… just pose new questions. What might the class do with this the next day?

3. A reflection tool  -Students reply not giving a statement of content or material… but a reflective thought to show application & connection. Allowing for important meta-cognition can be powerful while engaging learning. Take a step up on Blooms!

4. A launch and inquiry tool – No explanation or instruction… students are posed with a question or video that will cause thinking/questions that will be used the next day.  Perhaps students just need to come with thoughts, questions, and ideas that they first express online and will relate to higher learning activities in class.

5.  A connection tool – Students watch a video or do a reading that emphasizes what happened in class and they then make connections in their reply. It is important that the students be required to show the connection. A video might be used that demonstrates the math they learned in real life. How might students show that connection?

6. A mentor tool – An online expert could be a guest forum host to answer questions for student on a topic. This is a perfect opportunity to open the classroom up to real world connections and possibilities. Any mentors should be interviewed and approved by teacher and front office while following school guidelines.

7. A simulation tool – Thoughts and ideas could be posted on line by a famous person or character in a book. Students would reply showing content  knowledge and application. Teachers will get insight on student understanding of important concepts.

8.  A role play tool – Students are given characters in a book or history and interact in a discussion using their character role. Imagine the conversations that will happen and how a teacher can assess understanding at the same time.

9. A research tool – Students are asked to find one or two research links to share with each other. They give reasoning for the link they selected.  A collection of student links or a Google Custom Search Engine for the class is built for everyone to use.

10. Student centered tool – Why not put students in charge of a forum? It might fit into their PBL project or promote content in the classroom. Having students in charge can give ownership and stress the importance of an academic forum and the scholarly ways they should be used.

Next Post: 10 Ideas To Facilitate The Culture Of Scholarly Academic Discussion Forums…. Please join me!

Thank you for joining me and if you have an idea on how a discussion tool can be an educational and academic tool leave a comment or pass it on to me in an email. I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.   To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL,Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Discussion! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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170 Ways To Use Word Clouds In Every Classroom

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Welcome to a post I always have  fun writing. Last year I attempted finding ways to use Word Clouds (Wordle) in education. When I concluded writing that post I was at 108 possible ways. More than a half year went by, and I  was up to  125 ways to use Word Clouds in the classroom. I am so proud that this post now includes 170 ways.  I was able to put together this list  because of you and a lot of reflection.  I would like to get the number close to 200, so if you have any ideas… please let me know. Leave a comment or send me an email at mjgormans@gmail.com To ensure you do not miss any upcoming valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Thanks – Mike

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170 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom – by Michael Gorman at (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Once again, I am amazed every time I talk to groups and find out so many educators have not used word clouds with their students. In fact, I am so sure that you will enjoy this topic I have now up to 170  ways to use word clouds in the classroom. I have tried to include almost every subject. These are a collection of ideas shared with me, various readings, and a lot of my own brainstorming.

This is an update I promised from my previous 125 ways to use word clouds. I know this will be an article you wish to share with others. In order to better understand some of the advanced uses I suggest you may wish to read a past posts entitled, 12 Valuable Wordle Tips You Must Read. I am certain you will find at least one new idea… and again please give a retweet.  Please note that if you wish two words to stay together in a word cloud using Wordle, just put a tilde between them. (Example (ice~cream~cone)By the way… have an idea I have not listed? Then just take a moment and leave a comment or email me at mjgormans@gmail.com . I thank you in advance. Now, let’s explore those word clouds!

All Subjects

  1. Put your lesson plan into a word cloud to create a word cloud of what you will be learning about. This could also be part of your entire course outline used at the beginning of a course.
  2. Paste a reading from your text into a word cloud. You may wish to turn off common words.
  3. Copy and paste a reading from the web into a word cloud. You may wish to turn off common words.
  4. Put vocabulary words into a word cloud.
  5. Use a word cloud to create a discussion either in class or posted on the web for a discussion forum. Try to create it so that a question of inquiry can be used.
  6. Create a group word cloud of the entire class or sub groups in the class. This could be in reaction to a discussion, an idea, a reading, or video. Students work in groups to come up with 20-30 descriptive words and then make a word cloud. Using advanced tools they could rank them or color code them.
  7. Each student creates a word cloud in reflection from a discussion, an idea, a reading, or video. Individual comes up with 20-30 descriptive words and then makes a word cloud. Using advanced tools they could rank them or color code them.
  8. Entire class creates a word cloud in reaction to a topic. In order to capture student word have them digitally input them using the Web 2.0 tools Write with Me or Google Forms.
  9. Have students create word clouds that generate understanding of a concept, standards or vocabulary word.
  10. Illustrate classroom thoughts or views using a word cloud to survey students. Favorite university, pro team, singer, etc.
  11. Create a class word cloud that highlights class expectation. This can be done by students. Have students use phases to enter needs to know for upcoming learning, or reflections on what they have learned. These can be collected using Google Forms or Write with Me.
  12. Post students first names to create a class or group word cloud.
  13. Have students discover ways they could use a word cloud to convey a concept or idea they leaned in class.
  14. Post a word cloud from an online class discussion response and discuss what it reveals in class.
  15. Encourage students to create a word cloud to brainstorm an ideas by putting articles of interest in to word cloud and capturing ideas and words from it. Great for research!

Science

  1. When classifying objects… make a word cloud for each classification. Remember you can make the classification heading bigger.
  2. Make word molecules and compounds by putting in the elements by relative numbers of atoms in each compound into a word cloud. Use advanced number feature.
  3. Create word clouds for animals in a biome. Remember you can make the classification heading bigger.
  4. Create a simple food chain showing representing each population of animal by word size. In fact create a whole food web of an area or biome. Use advanced number feature.
  5. Create word clouds to illustrate the elements and all of the uses for each specific element. Each element could be its own word cloud.
  6. Have students compare sizes of different planetary objects and make a word cloud that can scaled for each.  Make each planet a different color.
  7. Show different climates of different cities showing the scale of city size using average temperature, or rainfall, or snowfall, or your idea.
  8. Create a word cloud of different geographical/climate occurrences showing size relationship. Example: Famous Earthquake Magnitudes or places of occurrences.
  9. Put both the word and short definitions into a word cloud. Have students find a way to connect the words and definitions. This could be redoing the word cloud with a tilde between words so the go together. It could be color coding the words using the advanced edit feature. Perhaps they just draw lines between them. Could be used to classify items (example: type of rock under its classification) or used as labels to words (Such as label for an element and element).
  10. Students create a word cloud of famous scientists or events in science history.
  11. Have students make predictions and form a hypothesis. They then shorten them to a phrase and are put into a class word cloud. This allows for a class discussion and students then write their own hypothesis with reasoning and create their own individual word cloud.
  12. Have students read a science nonfiction article. Have them create a paragraph or short story using these terms and words in science fiction.  With their story they should then create two word clouds. One of the articles that was science fact and the other science fiction. Can members of the class tell the difference?
  13. Make a word cloud of different using descriptors for concepts.
  14. Make word clouds of a food chain/web allowing the font size of animals/plants to be determined by where they are in  pyramid.
  15. Make a word cloud to represent different eras in scientific history
  16. Create separate word clouds for each decade of inventions through out history and put them on a timeline
  17. Make a word cloud for the chapter of a book that allows pre-discussion
  18. Have students create word clouds of a lab report and compare results. Are there differences… Why?
  19. Post a word cloud of a scientific idea… or two on your website and have students comment with a reflection
  20. Have students make word clouds or different categories of  items such as body organs, simple machines, planets, systems, etc.
  21. Give students a reading of nonfiction content so they can jigsaw and explain to the class. Have them use a word cloud with their explanation as a prop.
  22. Create a word cloud of famous engineering examples with all but the name. Have students research using key words to determine what each structure is.
  23. Have students create a word cloud to illustrate a progressive change over time, example: pollution, global warming,  resource depletion, etc. How can word size help?
  24. Put students hypothesis all into a word cloud and see what the crowd might say. How might it defer from their own.
  25. Create an online not googleable question that asks for a solution. Take all of the answers and create a word cloud. Ask students to use it in collaborative groups to find a new solution.

Language Arts

  1. When classify parts of speech… make a word cloud for each classification. Remember you can make the classification heading bigger.
  2. Make a word cloud to illustrate a student writing. Remember to not put personal information that can identify students into word cloud generator.
  3. Have a students analyze their frequency of word usage in a writing
  4. Compare and contrast persuasive writing using word clouds. This could include student writings or those found in editorials and papers.
  5. Create descriptive word clouds to cover descriptions of themes found in a reading or novel. This could include characterization, setting, voice, and plot.
  6. Create a word cloud and have students create a story from what they see in the cloud. They can then make a word cloud of their own story.
  7. Have students write different poetry such as haiku, free verse, ballads, etc. Have them then create a word cloud for that poem. This could be neat to incorporate shapes using Tagul or Tagxedo.
  8. Have students write a book review and put it into a word cloud. Find write ups of books and create word clouds to promote a book.
  9. Copy and paste various author and writers styles to see what can be learned. Identify parts of speech to see amount of adverbs, adjectives, etc. How do author and writer styles differ?
  10. Have students predict what might happen in a portion of text that is coming next. This can also be used to have students pick out possible important words and meaning of something they just read.
  11. Put words in a word cloud that will be part of spelling tests and vocabulary investigations.
  12. Have students analyze a selection from various online encyclopedias on a given subject.
  13. Have students create a word cloud of a current event from different countries or sources and describe differences.
  14. Have students create word clouds for characters in a reading and then discuss, compare, and contrast.
  15. Compare/ contrast word clouds made from fiction and non fiction. Have students identify word clouds with out fiction or non being labeled on the word cloud.
  16. Using topics that students may have to search for… have them list search terms and put in a word cloud. Make terms that might be more reliable for a search in a larger font.
  17. Put a search term in a search engine. Copy and paste results and make a word cloud. Analyze the results. Come up with some analysis as to why certain words are larger in the word cloud. Were there any  unexpected outcomes in the word cloud?
  18. Have students put words in a word cloud from a reading in order to determine pre-search words before researching.
  19. Have  students compare different themes of reading with a word cloud.
  20. Have students compare different authors writings using a word cloud. Do some authors use different kinds of words more then others?
  21. How might a word cloud differ between a fiction and non fiction reading. How about comparing a newspaper , novel, or a magazine
  22. How might a Wikipedia article placed in a word cloud aid in research?
  23. Have students work in collaborative groups to create an easy to hard list of spelling words. Once they have this list have them make a word cloud to show easiest to hardest that they can then study from. Let them use their imagination.
  24. Have students write a story from a word cloud you give them. Have them then word cloud their own story and post it next to the original.
  25. Have students answer a word cloud image question on line.

Social Studies

  1. Use a word cloud to compare, contrast, discuss, and analyze two presidential speeches. Remember that you can use a word count to analyze and even graph use of popular words.
  2. Use a word cloud to compare, contrast, discuss, and analyze two state or country constitutions. Remember that you can use a word count to analyze and even graph use of popular words.
  3. Use a word cloud to compare, contrast, discuss, and analyze persuasive speeches in history. Remember that you can use a word count to analyze and even graph use of popular words.
  4. Using statistical information from a place such as CIA World Fact Book create word clouds that illustrate country statistics such as resources, ethnic groups, religions, languages, etc.  You may wish to use advanced number feature to illustrate prominence of each.
  5. Create a word cloud to illustrate how countries of the world (or states in a country) rank with related themes such as oil production, GDP, industries, languages, etc.  The heading would be the resource and countries would be in the word cloud showing their rank by size.  There could be other variations. Use advanced number feature.
  6. Have students create a word cloud that represents geographic ideas such as: oceans of the world or continents of the world.
  7. Show a word cloud of different geographic features in their size relationship. Example: Famous Volcanoes.
  8. Create a word cloud of famous documents and treaties in history. Have students analyze and discuss.
  9. Have students create a word cloud of biographies of famous people in history.
  10. Remember that you can use a word count to analyze and even graph use of popular words.
  11. Create word clouds to illustrate a period of time or events on a timeline.
  12. Make word clouds of a newspaper or magazine article for a current event. A transcript from a radio, television, internet interview, podcast, etc, could also be useful for a class discussion or individual analysis.
  13. Make a word cloud for different sections of a document such as the Constitution or Bill of Rights. Can students identify the segment from a given word cloud?
  14. Make a word cloud of two famous contrasting speeches or writings. Compare/contract the two. Next, put both into one word cloud. Does the combined new word cloud give a new message?
  15. Find readings from two different countries on the same subject. Example: “american revolution”… UK/US, “space race” … RU?US … “stature of liberty FR/US. Make  a word cloud of each and compare/contrast.
  16. Have students create word clouds of two contrasting political parties or campaigns showing importance by size of words.
  17. Post a word cloud that has to do with history online in a forum and have students discuss.
  18. Have each make a word cloud of a current event issue and then have them write about what each one might be.
  19. Have students plan how they could create a word cloud of an article to assist in further research
  20. Have students compare and contrast an article on the same current event from different news sources.

Math

  1. Make a word cloud of a math story problem
  2. Have students show ratios, proportion, and scale using a word cloud. Use advanced number feature.
  3. Have students work out ways to illustrate statistics in a word cloud. Have them work with both advanced numbers and colors.
  4. Create word clouds using geometric shapes with vocabulary words to fit in those shapes. Since Wordle cannot do this you will need to use Tagul or Tagxedo.
  5. Show units of measurement in a word cloud. Try to scale it by proportion… to some extent where possible. Put each type of measurement such as volume, linear, mass in its own color. Be creative and use both the advanced number and color tool.
  6. Create a word cloud that shows a pattern and have students discuss via classroom, groups, or online forum.
  7. Have students either spell out or use number values to show relative size of numbers along a number line or place value within the metric system.
  8. Create word clouds that display fractions. Example: A word cloud with three different insects, two mammals, four fish, and five birds. Ask for fractions of each animal type.
  9. Have students find mathematical papers written by famous mathematicians and create a word cloud of some of their writing. See what words have high occurrence and see what they might mean.
  10. Have students analyze a writing and give statistical information using percentages, proportions, and numbers of used words. Remember that you can use a word count to analyze and even popular words. What kinds of graphs might be able to be used to illustrate better?
  11. Create a word cloud of standards to be used in the course.
  12. Have students come up an original way to use a word cloud to tell a mathematical story.
  13. Have students create a word cloud of word fractions showing size of fraction from biggest to smallest
  14. Create word clouds on mathematical themes
  15. Have students take a concepts (example… quadratics) and create a word clouds with as many examples as how it is found in the real world.

Health and PE and Family and Consumer Sciences

  1. Have students keep food journal of what they eat for a week. If they eat French fires three times they record that. They then enter their entire journal entry being sure to give a number value in the advanced more or pasting the word the correct number of times. They should end up with a word cloud of their diet
  2. Same as above only now assign each food a color to represent a food group. Use the advanced color mode to color code each food group.
  3. Students create a word cloud from a recipe.
  4. Students create a word cloud of the ingredients found in a product. Students may even be able to show scale of amount of product or color code nutritional information.
  5. Students create a word cloud of items found in different rooms of a house.
  6. Students study a family budget and create a word cloud making budget items in proportion to the cost applicable to each item.
  7. Students create a word cloud of different occupations to a related field.
  8. Students create a word cloud relating to a specific sport.
  9. Students make a word cloud of the different human body systems. In groups students work individually on a specific system word cloud and then combine with partners for the total of all the systems. Each system should be in its own color. Use advanced tool for colors.
  10. Students make word clouds to represent different diseases, drugs, and medicines.
  11. Students create a word cloud to illustrate their favorite athletic personalities and do not include the name. They then present word cloud to class and students try to guess. Finish by including their word cloud as part of a poster with a picture of athlete, name of athlete, and paragraph about him/her.
  12. Have students come up with a unique way to display a word cloud in regards to fitness and/or diet.
  13. Have students compare and contrast different menu offerings from different restaurants
  14. Have student make a word cloud that compares and contrasts two different lifestyle habits.
  15. Have students create a word cloud of the biography of a famous athlete

Art and Music

  1. Make a word cloud of the lyrics of a song.
  2. Make a word cloud of a famous composer, musician, or artist’s biography.
  3. Gather class, individual, or group input to come up with descriptive words to describe a painting, sculpture, work of art or song. Have a word cloud made of these descriptive words.
  4. Make a word cloud that comes under a certain category. This could include artist, time period,instrument, or genre. Have students create a word cloud of one type of classification.
  5. Have students experiment with word clouds to make their own work of art. They may wish to use Tagul and Tagxedo to make it even more powerful.
  6. Create word clouds for different art projects. They can be CD, DVD covers. Use internet sites to create all sorts of items such as calendars, jigsaw puzzles, etc. at http://bighugelabs.com/. Or think about a t-shirt, mugs, and bags at a place like http://www.zazzle.com/.
  7. Put original lyrics for songs or words for poetry into a word cloud. Superimpose that word cloud over an original picture.
  8. Animate a Wordle using stop motion capability.
  9. Superimpose a Wordle using green screen capability. This could include a bringing in a person that points and talks about some of the words or objects that appear as the words are described.
  10. If a picture paints a thousand words… then why not paint a picture looking at words you have input into a word cloud?
  11. Have students create a word cloud gift. It could be a poster or card for a special holiday for friends and family.
  12. Students create a word cloud to illustrate their favorite artist or musician and do not include the name. They then present word cloud to class and students try to guess. Finish by including their word cloud as part of a poster with a picture of artist/musician, name of artist/musician, and paragraph about him/her.
  13. Have students create a word cloud from a favorite passage and then illustrate it with out words. Hang them up and see if students can match them together from a class.
  14. Have students research and create a word cloud from different music genres. Be sure they emphasize certain words over other and are ready to defend reasoning.
  15. Have students look up different terms of the arts in Wikipedia and then make a word cloud. Why do some words stand out more then others?

Foreign Language

  1. Have students create a word cloud that highlights the country being studied.
  2. Have students create a word cloud of important words to study.
  3. Have students word cloud a foreign newspaper article. What are the common words that are used? You may wish to even use show word count. Do it by showing common words. What are the most common? Also, try it with- out common words. Can students tell what the news article may be about before reading?
  4. Post vocabulary and spelling words in a word cloud.
  5. Put both the English and foreign word into a word cloud. Have students find a way to connect the words. This could be redoing the Wordle with a tilde between words so the go together. It could be color coding the words using the advanced edit feature. Perhaps they just draw lines between them.
  6. Create a word cloud of introductory word for discussion by students in class.
  7. Have students write a one paragraph reflection on a similar topic in a foreign language. Have them create a word cloud. Combine all the student writings into a class word cloud. Have students compare their individual word clouds with the class word cloud. What discussions and further reflections can be made?
  8. Have students write a biography of a famous person from the country studies and include a word cloud of that person.
  9. Have students create a word cloud of food items from this country.
  10. Have students create a word cloud using statistical information from the country. You may want to incorporate scaling of words and identification of groups using both the advanced edit feature that allow for color and word size.
  11. Use Google Translate to translate an American news article into language studied. Make sure it is something very familiar such as movie review, sports story, celebrity, or politics. Create a word cloud and have a class or online discussion of the word cloud. In the end give them the actual article and have them reflect.
  12. Have students create a word cloud in the foreign language of an important place or historical event in the country.
  13. Ask students to create a word cloud on a certain aspect of a country custom or culture.
  14. Have students respond online to an idea the teachers posts online using foreign words in a word cloud that together mean something.
  15. Have students take a famous person from their culture and create a word cloud using foreign words of them. Make sure some words are bigger then others and be ready to explain.

Applied Arts

  1. Students create a word cloud of different architectural and engineering terms.
  2. Make word cloud of technical directions and have students discuss what seems to stand out.
  3. Have students create a word cloud of a famous piece of engineering.
  4. Students find create ways to create word clouds that show units of measure including the use of the advanced edit features allowing for color and scale of words.
  5. Share word clouds of the upcoming chapter or reading and have a class discussion previewing what will be learned.
  6. Students study famous inventors and inventions and create a word clouds.
  7. Search for a patent at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html and copy description and students make a word cloud. Students publishes a  one sheet publication showing their own  picture of patent item, a paragraph on what it is, and their own reflection on usefulness and success.
  8. Make a word cloud of terms used in a software program students must learn.
  9. Using a timeline, have students create word clouds of a significant event or discovery.
  10.  Ask students to come up with terms that might lead to a new product or innovation and put the terms in a word cloud in order to brainstorm a new idea.
  11. Have students name a physical or math/ scientific principal found in engineering and design.  They must then come up with words that are both possibilities and constraints related to the principle. Have them rank the possibilities and constraints and scale them. This should all be put in a word cloud.  Also have students color code between possibility and constraint in the word cloud. Make sure the scientific principle is in the word cloud in larger letters and a different color.
  12. Have students research and make word clouds of the different occupations found in  the applied arts.
  13. Have students take a math or science concept and create a word cloud of how that concepts relates with real life.
  14. Have students create word clouds that refer to important technical vocabulary words.
  15. Have students respond to online posed word clouds by teacher to begin a discussion in a subject area being taught.

Careers

  1. Create a word cloud describing a career.
  2. Create word clouds of a combination of careers. Have size of career font be determined by a relationship between careers such as; need for career, education necessary, earning power.
  3. Create word clouds of different Colleges and Universities. Hang them all up and have students guess each one.
  4. Create word clouds highlighting a career and classes need to take obtain that occupation.
  5. Make word clouds of career clusters.
  6. Have a student create a career word cloud showing their thoughts from least to most interest. Point out need for size of words.
  7. Have students take a area of learning and create a career cluster off of it.
  8. Present a word problem and have students list careers needed to solve it. Have them try to prioritize occupations by size. Ask them to think outside the obvious.
  9. Have students create a word cloud of various job descriptions. What words seem to be used over and over. Have them out some job descriptions together and see results.
  10. Have students create a word cloud comparing jobs of different eras.

Thank you for joining me to explore 170Ways to use Word Clouds. Remember,  I would like to get the number close to 200, so if you have any ideas… please let me know. Leave a comment or send me an email at mjgormans@gmail.com. I hope you found new information for use in your school and to share with other educators.  As always , I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit.  To ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the passing word clouds! – Mike (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

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It’ True!.. I Teach Because I Can’t Do Anything Else: Teacher Appreciation Post

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Happy 2014 Teacher Appreciation Week! I wish to share with you one of my favorite annual  postings that I dedicate to  an amazing world of educators. I hope you find this reflection one that you will continue to enjoy and share with others!   Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and  join me on twitter at mjgormans . I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration, and a continuing series on Professional Learning Communities!  Most of all, thanks for being one of those over 20,000 visitors a month and over 10,000 subscribers.  I would appreciate it if you pass this special post on to others through and email or a retweet!  Also, remember that I can come to your conference or school district and provide engaging authentic and purposeful professional development . See booking info and please contact me anytime at (mjgormans@gmail.com). Thanks so much.  Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. It is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already beginning to fill!

It’ True!: I Teach Because I Can’t Do Anything Else! – Michael Gorman – (21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)

Ok, so it’s true! I have spent nearly thirty-six years teaching and in education because I cannot do anything else! In fact, while I travel around the country providing professional development involving all sorts of exciting educational possibilities I also still work at my school district providing learning experiences for students and educators. The idea of not being able to do anything else actually is something I have recently learned,  something I did not know  when I  presented my very first classroom lesson! I actually  began my undergraduate career in the College of Business with an eye on marketing. In the early stages of my teaching career I became licensed to sell securities with the idea of becoming rich!  Little did I know that because I could only teach, I would find richness beyond monetary wealth! I dedicate this list of reasons to all of those great educators who teach, because they cannot do anything else! Again please retweet and share with all of our colleagues that really can’t do anything else! Most of all enjoy the week and know that you are appreciated! – Mike

The List

I can’t be a banker or work in the financial business because while I might enjoy counting money and financial growth, I would rather count and measure the success of my students.

I can’t be a doctor or dentist because because while I enjoy seeing people smile as they leave and are healed, I get even more satisfaction if I see a smile when they first sit down.

I can’t be a professional athlete because while I do enjoy competition, I get even more satisfaction coaching young people to play each game with honor, integrity, and respect.

I can’t be a computer programmer because while creating new digital applications is exciting, finding ways to integrate technology to inspire real learning is rewarding.

I can’t work in agriculture or landscaping because while supplying food and natural beauty is appreciated by all, I enjoy planting seeds of life-long learning knowing that it will nourish one’s life.

I can’t work as a cook or chef because while I appreciate the art in a great meal, I most enjoy finding just the right ingredients that allow for a child’s success.

I can’t work in sales or marketing because even though I have learned from their great people skills, I would rather sell students on their abilities and possibilities.

I can’t be a pilot even though I appreciate them as I travel to new places, as I would rather facilitate young people as they climb in altitude and arrive at new destinations.

I can’t be an artist despite my appreciation for the beauty they bring, as I have found that my art is the ability to inspire and nurture children as they discover their innate abilities.

I can’t be a scientist or inventor because, while I am aware of the great advances they bring, I wish to create  innovative learning experiences that always end in success.

I could go on and on! As you can see, I really do appreciate all of the other professions and realize there are so many more I can’t do. After all, as teachers we really are preparing students for what they will do best in the world. Possibly in the future those we teach will not be able to do anything else, because we have assisted them them in becoming the very best at what they do!  As I continue my journey I have expanded my teaching horizon and understand that genuine educators, whether they be teachers, administrators, or educational leaders, continue to teach and inspire others, because they really can’t do anything else.

A  big shout out to all  educators in this very special week! . Thanks for joining me on another journey dedicated to learning in the 21st Century! As always I invite you to follow me on Twitter (@mjgormans), I will return the favor and we can teach each other! I also encourage you to sign up for this blog by email or RSS.  I invite you to share this posts with others through email or a retweet!  Thanks for your visit and know that I will keep  sharing, teaching, and facilitating all learners, after all, I can’t do anything else! – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

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