The class is designed to teach students about web applications, digital citizenship, personal network building, and social media responsibility and practice. This blog will be used to share with our readers the tools, websites, and web resources that students are learning about. We hope that you find a tool that you can utilize.

There are so many web applications available on the Internet that students may not even know exist. In this course, students will explore the Internet and take advantage of all that it has to offer. Students will learn that Google is more than just a search engine. They will discover various web applications that will help make their time on the Internet more effective and efficient. The web applications that will be explored include, but are not limited to: sharing buttons, blogs, avatars, RSS, social bookmarking, photo sharing/editing, audio and video, presentation, drawing, collaboration tools, and screencasts. Internet marketing and shopping sites will also be explored. Students will explore applications of which they can utilize to enhance both their learning and social experiences. Students will learn and practice digital literacy and responsibility, collaborate, share, create, socialize, and organize content, while demonstrating internet safety. Upon leaving this course students will be informed digital learner/citizen!


I LOVE LOVE LOVE looking for new tools to share with my students! I explore the web daily in search of new tools. I also gain knowledge from other Social Media blogs/websites who have found resourceful tools. Thank you to all of those experts who share their love for technology with the rest of us!


I also enjoy looking at the students creativity - through their blogs! My students love exploring Social Media! And will walk away with a collection of tools (their own Personal Learning Network) that will enhance their Internet experience both personally, educationally, and professionally.

Becoming Clickable

“Becoming Clickable” refers to increasing the traffic to your website. The more that people interact with your site, the more “clickable” it is. Without question, the majority of bloggers and social network users want to become as clickable as possible.

The best way to “Become Clickable” is to be a great writer, reader, collaborator, critic, and digital citizen!

Piclits

http://www.piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx

Pinnacle Studio for iPad


Excellent Video Editor


"free for a limited time," Pinnacle Studio 
Pinnacle Studio is a video editing app that is free right now although I don't know how long it will be before they start charging.  Grab it now while it's free.

Pinnacle Studio for iPad is a bit like iMovie. It has a more intuitive interface than iMovie. You can apply zoom effects, trim and combine video clips, and add a sound track to a project. The Pinnacle Studio editor works in landscape and portrait mode although I found it easier to use in landscape mode. Your finished Pinnacle Studio project can be exported to YouTube, uploaded to a Box.net account, emailed, saved on your iPad, or sent to your PC if you have Pinnacle Studio for PC (not a free program).

Applications for Education
If you're looking for an intuitive video editing app for your students to use this year, grab Pinnacle Studio for iPad while it's still free.

Graphics Springs


Graphic Springs - Create Simple Logos


Graphic Springs is a free tool for creating your own custom logos.  To create a custom logo just visit Graphic Springs, select an icon, then enter the text that you want to appear with your logo. You can change the size of your logo and font by simply clicking and dragging them to expand or contract. When you're happy with your logo you can download it from Graphic Springs.

One small issue with Graphic Springs is that in order to download you have to Tweet, Like, Digg, or Tumble the site to get the full-size logo image. Otherwise you can grab the smaller version of the logo.

Applications for Education
If you have students creating individual blogs or websites as digital portfolios, let them customize the look of those pages by using Graphic Springs to create a custom logo for it.

Google Docs


Create & Edit Documents in Google Drive for iPad


You can now create and edit Google Documents using the Google Drive app for iPad.  You can create new documents and edit documents using Google Drive on your iPad or iPhone. File management just got easier to because now you can create folders and move files into folders using Google Drive for iOS. And although you cannot create or edit presentations you can now view Google Presentations through the Google Drive iOS app.

Android users aren't left out the exciting updates today. Now you can add comments and reply to comments on documents within your Google Drive for Android app. And as with the iOS app you can now view presentations in the Google Drive for Android app.

Final - Prezi


Using Prezi - Tutorial - Getting Started - Basic Steps

Today you will be utilizing Prezi to create a presentation. It is a very cool web app that allows you to create presentations with a cool twist. Literally. You create a single "page" with multiple pieces of info that you can guide your user to. Prezi is a neat way to show information when you want a change of pace from the standard presentation software. (If you have forgotten how to utilize Prezi, take a quick look at the "Learn" tab.)

Activity: You will be creating a Prezi about a Web 2.0 Tool! You are to create a digital presentation portraying information about a Web 2.0 Tool that you have researched and feel would be important for students to learn about.

You wil need to search for the following media elements to include in your Prezi:
• Video tutorial about your Web 2.0 tool (TeacherTube or YouTube)
• Explanation of the Web 2.0 Tool, tips on using this Tool, etc.
• Examples of the Web 2.0 Tool in use (pictures, etc.)

Be creative and have fun using Prezi!

Vimeo - Example

Thursday

Please take time to complete the following activities:


Activity #1: Create a Claymation Avatar to represent yourself in today's post!

Activity #2: Create a new post for your blog. Reflect upon some of the Web 2.0 tools that you have utilized during this course.  List 3 tools that you feel you would use in the future.

Activity #3:  If you were to create a new Web 2.0 tool:
  • What would you name it?
  • What would it do?
  • Who would you direct or market the use of the tool to?


Consumer Jungle

Consumerjungle

Consumer Jungle is designed to help you navigate your way to becoming a smarter consumer. Take some time and get to know the cool games and fun activities that will make you increasingly aware of potential fraudulent schemes and dangerous opportunities that might separate you from your money! Have some fun navigating through the Jungle on your way to financial success!

Playspent


PLAYSPENT HELPS US UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMICS OF POVERTY


Thursday - May 10

Please visit your classmates blogs and view their online poster they created with Glogster.  Leave a comment on their Glogster post.

While at their blogs - take their quiz that they created on Quizlet.

Wix

Create a free website using Wix!

Mrs. James - practice wix page

Wix tutorial

Google - Remove Content


Removing Content From Google

This tool will guide you through the process of reporting content that you believe warrants removal from Google's services based on applicable laws. Completing this form will help ensure that we have all of the information necessary to investigate your specific inquiry and resolve it as quickly as possible.

If you have a specific legal issue concerning YouTube, please visit this link for further information. Please do not use this tool to report issues that relate to YouTube.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act


Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Federal copyright law protects the author of intellectual works. This copyright ensures that only the author or the author's assignees have the legal authority to copy, distribute, create derivative works, or perform or exhibit protected works. These rights extend to the Internet and were supplemented by additional laws when Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA).

Copyright Violations

You could violate federal copyright law if:
  • Somebody emails copyrighted material to you and, in turn, you forward it to one or more friends.
  • You make an MP3 copy of a song from a CD that you bought (purchasers are expressly permitted to do so) but subsequently make the MP3 file(s) available on the Internet using a file-sharing network.
  • You join a file-sharing network and download unauthorized copies of copyrighted material you want from the computers of other network members.
  • To gain access to copyrighted material on the computers of other network members, you pay a fee to join a file-sharing network that is not authorized to distribute or make copies of the copyrighted material. You then download unauthorized material.
  • You transfer copyrighted material using an instant messaging service.
  • You have a computer with a CD burner that you use to burn copies of music you have downloaded onto writable CDs which you then distribute to your friends.
There is a common misconception that you may duplicate and distribute copies of copyrighted materials so long as you do not sell the duplications. This is untrue. Copying and distributing someone else's work may violate an author's rights even when you are not selling the copies.
Violations to federal copyright law may carry heavy civil and criminal penalties. For example, civil penalties include damages and legal fees. The minimum fine is $750 per downloaded file. Criminal penalties, even for first-time offenders, can be stiff: up to $250,000 in fines and five years in prison.

Google Drive

Google Drive. Keep everything. Share anything.
Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just...there. Ready to go, ready to share. Get started with 5 GB free.

Google Drive is available for:
  • PC and Mac
  • iPhone and iPad (coming soon)
  • Android devices

Store your files in a
safe place.

Things happen. Your phone goes for a swim. Your laptop takes an infinite snooze. No matter what happens to your devices, your files are safely stored in Google Drive

Go beyond storage. Collaborate.

Google Drive lets you do more than just store your files. Share files with exactly who you want and edit them together, from any device.

Google Drive gives you instant access to Google Docs, a suite of editing tools that makes working together better—even when your teammates are miles away.


Glogster

Today's Topic:  Glogster

Express Your Creativity and Ideas! Share with the World!

Glogster  - Interactive Poster for you to express your creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills.  It allows you to create interactive, online posters complete with images, video, decorations and text.

--hyperlinks to other websites, video, images, photographs, and sounds.


Two versions:  Glogster EDU and Glogster

Glog is a kind of poster - fully designed by yourself! Glog is a fancy creation from text, images, music and video.  Your Glog will stand out. It gives you a perfect tool to express yourself.

Click here to see a blog I created for Business Law - Topic Fingerprinting!

Click here - To Kill a Mocking Bird example - video

Click here - Meez Blog - plays music

Explore other examples of glogs
   
Text

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_yTjI4Yr2pP4/TPerE8E_zOI/AAAAAAAAAYM/d5T8FQmpb6w/s1600/Picture+11.png
Tell the others what you think about yourself, about love, friends, school or about the world. Simply write what you have in your mind! Just choose the design you like and write a poem, joke, greeting, a letter or create a presentation.

Images 

Don’t forget to add images! Choose the best of your own pictures or the pics you got from the Internet. Cool celebrities, cartoons, characters, glitters or art. Just add them to your Glog and make it fancy.

Music

Words and pictures isn’t enough? Pump it up with some audio! Show the others what kind of music you are into. Pop, rock, hiphop, electronic, jazz or techno. Just upload your favorite mp3 or listen to the music on other Glogs.

Video

Have your own video? Watch your favorite band’s clips every day? Upload it to your Glog. It is easy: you can use videos from your fav video sites. Make your Glog rock and add a video or even a movie.

TODAY'S ASSIGNMENT

Create an account.

Edit your profile.

Your task is to create an online poster (called a Glogster) on your assigned topic Web Tool .  The purpose of the Glogster is so that others can use your site to learn more about you.

Become a F.A.N.

After everyone’s Glogster pages have been created, you are to visit ALL of them and become a F.A.N. of their page. To become a F.A.N. you must do the following: ►
View the Glogster site ►
Select a student page and scroll down to the comment section of the page ►
Do the following:
Find your Favorite picture on the page and state why it is your favorite

Name your favorite thing (attribute) about the page—be specific!

Create a new post - All About Me Utilizing Glogster

Explain Glogster
Insert the link to your Glogster for others to visit.
You may not have pictures to use - so this may have to be completed at home.
Due - Tuesday before lunch.

You will also create another Glogster on Tuesday - over web tools - so start exploring!
I have created set of flashcards on quizlet.  Please add atleast one flash card.  Collaboration Study Tool




Quizlet

Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 11 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. It's the best place to play educational games, memorize vocabulary and study online.


Assignment 1:


First spend time exploring what others have created.


Choose one of your classes and create a set of flash cards that will help you study for a final.  Minimum of 15 cards.

Web Tool Exploration

We have covered a variety of Web 2.0 tools but there are so many available. Have you used a website that has proven to be helpful? If not, take some time to explore different tools until you find one that you might actually use in the future.

Stykz

Frame-based Animating Done Right

  • Stykz is frame-based, letting you work on individual frames of your animation to make it just right. Onionskins let you see what was in the previous frame so you can make adjustments to your current frame easily. 
  • Stykz is completely free to download and use to create animations that you can show off to others or import into other applications.
  • New frames can be created by clicking on the "Next Frame" button in the Frames palette, or by simply hitting the Enter key... in fact, you can use the Enter key while you're manipulating a figure! It's kind of like taking snapshots of the current frame while you're moving or pivoting segments... this feature makes it very easy to get smooth animation.

Activity:

  • Create a frame-based animation using Stykz. Be creative! Export your final animation to be posted on your blog!

Google Gravity

Google Gravity - another cool feature!!!!

The effect behind the  creation of the Google Gravity is actually javascript with the extension box2d-js. It allow you to play with the element from Google homepage where all the things in the site will simply breaks apart and fall down. And yet you can’t stop searching what you need you know.

Click here to try it now!


8 Tricks of Google Gravity

What kind of tricks you can play with the Google Gravity?
Trick 1. Move Them Around
If you thought that once the elements fall down, that’s the end of the magic – you are wrong, its the beginning. Try holding any piece. To hold a piece click and hold the element and drag then around the screen. You can grab and move all the pieces.
Trick 2. Drop Them 
In addition to the above one, you will see that once you un-grab the elements (by leaving the mouse button) it falls below. Well its like the real world you see, gravity is acting over here.
Trick 3. Hit Them Hard 
Its the fun part. Grab any piece and use it to hit others. Fun. Also the size of the element you are using has effect on the force it generates. Try using the logo or the search-bar.
Trick 4. The Pendulum
Hold the Google logo by one of its sides and hold it up and shake it, It starts to oscillate like a pendulum. Try spinning it around!!!
Trick 5. Shake Effects
Restore the window to a smaller size. Now hold the window and try shaking it around. Didn’t expected the elements to move around that way? ;) Well it does!!!
Trick 6. Enlarge Effect
While the window is still restored to a small size, maximize the window and see the elements jump.
Trick 7. It’s Alive
If you have not realized it already, all the elements in the screen is actually working. All the links, buttons, radio-buttons work exactly in the same way they meant to be. Try typing on the search-bar,,,

Trick 8. Search Still Working
This is the one which very few people actually know. Try typing any query into the search-bar and click the search button (or if you cant find it in the debris hit the enter button). WOW! Right? The results are dumped into the screen as if by some invisible hands. Again these links are actual results and are working.


Stykz


Create animated stick figures.
Stykz is a 3.0MB download and it runs on Windows, Mac OS X
stick figure animation
You can export your creation -  (GIF, PNG, transparent PNG, MOV) than Pivot. You can not add a background graphic.


Instant Audience Feedback - Poll Everywhere 

Create a poll and have your audience (class) answer it using their cell phones or on their computers.  Results are live!



Poll Daddy

Polldaddy
Create surveyspolls, and quizzes in minutes. Collect responses via your website, e-mail, iPad, Facebook, and Twitter. Generate and share easy-to-read reports.

Mystery in Social Media

Mystery in Social Media: It all began on. . .

Make Your Own Poll or Quiz



 
Quibblo online quizzes: Take fun quizzes; create quizzes, fun surveys, polls & personality quizzes. Make your own quiz for your blog or Facebook!




A Scored Quiz can have any number of questions with right and wrong answers, like a test. Create a "Scored Quiz" with at least 5 questions about a topic covered in one of your current classes. Post your quiz to your blog!


A Poll has a single opinion question with no right or wrong answer. Create a "Poll" and post this to your blog.





You can also create a story!  A single author story, a group story, or even a chain story where you pass your book to others to write the next chapter of your book - cook huh!!!






Happy Tuesday to ya!!! April 24

Please go to Pinterest and wait.  Your accounts should be ready to explore!!!


Friday!!!!!! April 20

Please go scroll down to the Pinterest post and read its description.  Please wait!

Today we are going to sign up for a Pinterest account.

Explore and create a poll/quiz on Quibblo and compare the story books on their as well!

Pinterest



Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. "Pinterest lets you organize and share all the things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."

Google Docs - Templates

Create a survey using Google Docs - Forms.  5 - 10 questions.

Click here to take Mrs. James' Quiz

Wednesday, April 18


Social Media - Animating with Kerpoof!

The Kerpoof website is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company. Kerpoof is all about having fun, discovering things and being creative. Although a little elementary, Kerpoof does offer a "Make a Movie" section that allows students to create an animated movie with a timeline, actions, etc.

Activity #1: Kerpoof "Make a Movie" Tutorial
Complete the tutorial for making a movie. You will be asked to set up an account in order to save. Email your finished movie to me at: bizteacherjames@gmail.com

Activity #2: Make a Movie
  • Choose your storyline.
  • Choose your scene.
  • Drag 2-4 characters you want to use into the playback window.
  • Look to see what actions each character can do and add at least three actions (methods).
  • Place your characters where you want them to be when the movie starts.
  • Place "waypoints" in your scene to help the characters find their way to the points where you want them to go.
  • Click-and-drag methods into the timeline to tell your story.
  • Watch your movie.
  • When finished, email your movie to me at: bizteacherjames@gmail.com
Create a post about Google's Search Toolbar - Tips and Tricks.  Knowing these tips and tricks will enhance one's online search experience.  Knowing what to key into the search box will help one find exactly what one is looking for  - save time. 

For all of Googles Tips and Tricks click here!

Google Inside Search






Click here to visit Google - Inside Search


Please go to the website above and wait.

HAPPY MONDAY TO YOU!!!

Bloggif

This website allows you to create a photo collage, animate text, apply effects to photos, create animated GIFs,  to name only a few!  Click here to start creating!


Mounting Bloggif Mounting Bloggif

Google

What all do you know about Google? What all does it have to offer? What tools that Google offers do you take advantage of?

I love Google

Please go to Google.com and wait.

Are you a Googler?

With Google you can: Search, Explore, Communicate, Show and Share.
iGoogle

How do you use Google?

Today we will discuss ways in which students use Google. Search, images, chat, etc. We will browse the other products that Google offers. We will explore the products.

If you are like most people, you use Google's products several times a day to search for information or to check email. Most people don't know, however, how many useful tools Google has to make research and time management much easier.

Activity: Explore different Google tools using the websites listed below. Find at least 3 to explore in more depth and add a post to your blog describing the tools that you chose. (Include pictures!) Some tools, like Google SketchUp, require a free download.

Website that include lists of Google Tools:


You already utilize gmail and blogger and I am sure you use google as one of your search engines.  You have created an iGoogle homepage - however, are you utilizing it still?
Click here to create your iGoogle page!

Google Products - Examples:
igoogle
Blogger
Books
Google Products
Maps
News
Product Search
Web Search Features
Translate

iGoogle
Customize your Google homepage by adding a theme and gadgets. You can switch back and forth from iGoogle to Classic view.

ASSIGNMENT
  • Explore Google Products - create one post called Google Products.  In this post discuss three products.  Explain each product - how do you use it, or how will you utilize this tool - include - pictures, etc.

Compare Anything


Yesterday,  I came across a website where you can key in two items - and it will compare them for you.  I am teaching a renting realty unit in Business Law, so I wanted to compare a Lease vs Rent - see my results below! 







Try it out for yourself!

I compare rent and lease

Hangman Game


I created this game on proprofs! Have fun


April 3 - Good Tuesday to YOU!!!!

Before lunch - Today we are going to revisit the websites from Friday, just to make sure that you were able to explore each one.

Then we are going to look at Google Slam.

Happy Friday to you! March 30

Please have self control and stay off of MEEZ, ehheehheheheehhe - complete the assignments below - have fun!


BEFORE LUNCH

PhotoShow: With this site, you can turn your photos into a dazzling PhotoShow! It's fast, fun, and FREE! You will have to sign up in order to save your photoshow. First, you will need a few pictures so you might want to visit ImageZone! Begin, by clicking the "Get Started Now" button. Then add your pictures and click upload. Next, view your slideshow and have fun trying different styles. You can also add captions, bubbles, stickers, borders, etc. These are really cool! The last step is to share your photoshow with a friend. You can email your show to me at: djames@abileneschools.org

Create a Signature: Use My Live Signature to create a graphical version of your signature you can use on your site or on any electronic document. Once you get to the site, select the link for: Using the signature creation wizard. Take a screen shot of your finished signature! and place it into a blog post.



Share new sites in separate blog posts.  Include links/screen shots, etc.


AFTER LUNCH

Playing games can be a good way for you to study and remember vocabulary words, mathematics facts, and basic trivia-type information. There are hundreds of websites that host game creation tools. Listed below are four free resources for building your own free games.


ClassTools.net is a free service you can use to create your own educational games. Games made on ClassTools.net can be shared via email or embedded into a blog or website. ClassTools.net provides fifteen easy to use templates including an arcade game generator, twister, lights out and others.


Study Stack is one of the better review game creation tools. Study Stack allows you to create flashcards, crossword puzzles, matching games, word searches, and other classic study games for any subject area. Once your data is in your account, you can use that data to create multiple games. All of these games can be shared via email or embedded into your blog or website.

Sharendipity makes it possible for students and teachers to quickly create and share simple video games. Sharendipity's drag and drop creation tools can be used to create a game in as few as four steps. For new users, the tutorials provide clear directions and helpful game ideas. Games created on Sharendipity can be embedded in your blog or website.


ProProfs Brain Games allows you to build interactive crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, word searches, hangman games, and sliding puzzle games. The games you create can be embedded into your blog or shared via email, Twitter, or Facebook.


Activity #1: Search those book bags for a study guide, list of vocabulary words, etc. Using ClassTools.net, create a game for study purposes. Explore some of the templates given and choose one or more! (Embed your "game" in a blog post.)

Activity #2: Explore one of the other sites listed and create an additional game to be used to study content from any of your classes. If you know of another site, feel free to use it instead. (Embed your finished "game" in a blog post.)