Web 2.0 Evaluation Assignment and Blog Post.
- http://www.go2web20.net/site/?a=uTutti : uTutti.
I really liked this website it reminded me a lot of the moodle we use now. You can input all of your student’s data including assignments and grades. There is also a calendar to keep organized for all upcoming activities. The website is great for parents who want to keep up on what their student is doing in the classroom. There is also a page for finances so you know how much money you have to spend on the class and can budget in field trips which are really helpful for elementary teachers. I would use this website mostly for parents to check their students’ progress and if their child missed class I could update them on what they missed or homework they may have. The website is aimed at music teachers but I think it would work for any teacher.
2. http://www.go2web20.net/site/?a=Dipity : Dipity.
Dipity is a website to create free timelines. This would be a perfect website for a history project. I would give my students a famous person and have them plot out the events in their life that were important or interesting events that most people wouldn’t know about. They could then use the timeline they made on the site to give a presentation on their person. This could also be a fun way to make a timeline of student’s life from birth to where they are now. This project would be good for ELL learners because they could talk about their own life. This would be a good first week of school project. I think middle through high school would benefit most from this site. Intended for students.
3. http://www.go2web20.net/site/?a=SlideBoom : SlideBoom.
This is an online presentation maker using PowerPoint. What I really like about this site is that you can share your PowerPoint’s with people all over the world and get feedback from viewers. I think it would be fun to get connected with a school in New York or Hawaii somewhere far away and create PowerPoint’s about your own school, what you do, where you’re from, what the seasons are like etc. Keep an ongoing conversation throughout the year with the school. It would be a great opportunity for students to think outside of their own little community and see a bigger picture. I think late elementary and up could benefit from this site. This website is targeted both to teachers who could share PowerPoint’s with each other and also students who can get help with creating effective PowerPoint’s.
4. http://www.go2web20.net/site/?a=Edmodo Edmodo.
This is my favorite website it reminds me a lot of Facebook but for the classroom. Students sign in and their teachers profile will show up. The teacher can add events create questions for open forums on her page, have quizzes, ask questions that can be voted on, post grades, and give badges for doing work well. This seems like a fun interactive way to get the kids enthused about technology while they are learning information. It seems like it would be a good assessment tool for the teacher without a whole lot of tedious grading. It’s also a great site for teachers to share their stories and ideas and glean great learning techniques or strategies from one another.
5. http://www.go2web20.net/app/?a=elearning4kids : elearning4kids.
This site was super slow and seemed a little organized it didn’t meet my expectations. It seemed that whoever created the site tried to put too much into the site it was more of a quantity over quality job. It is intended to work on the basic skills of students but I don’t think students who would be working on these basic skills would actually be able to maneuver through the website to make it an efficient tool in the classroom.
6. http://bighugelabs.com/map.php :map.
This would be a great tool for ELL learners to be able to pinpoint where they are from. This could also be a fun family tree tool for students to see where their ancestors are from. I think the map could be a little more beneficial if it would zoom in closer more like Google Earth so students could actually see the terrain and not just an outlined map of the world. This app is aimed towards students from elementary to high school. The website was very clear without frills which would be nice when introducing it to the younger students.
7. http://bighugelabs.com/calendar.php :calendar.
I would use this to create my calendars for each month. This would be a great way to stay organized and would be nice to send out to parents in the monthly newsletter so parents can know ahead of time what will be happening in the classroom and when volunteers are needed for field trips or in class activities where extra hands would be helpful. There is the option to upload pictures and other graphics to make the calendar fun and more appealing to the eye. You could also have students fill out the calendars and set goals for example a student could set a goal that in two weeks they will have passed the multiplication 4’s test. This can also keep the students organized and on track. They will love to be able to check off goals that have been accomplished and is a good habit to get into.
8. http://bighugelabs.com/topcameras.php :top cameras.
I think this is a great site for teachers who are looking for a camera for their classroom. It’s a very simple website but has tons of different types of cameras with reviews and prices. Cameras can be very fun to have in the classroom to document the year for not only yourself but for parents to see what is happening in the classroom. With a good camera as a teacher you can just upload the pictures you take onto your website for parents to look at. When you click on the camera names it sends you straight to the place where you can buy the product which is very efficient.
9. http://bighugelabs.com/sunset.php :sunset.
This website would be fun for middle school or high school science it’s a great real life tool when learning about weather and seasons. I think it would also be a nice tool to have if given an assignment to take a trip across America. Students would need to calculate how long it would take them to travel each day and if they needed to be in their campground or motel by sunset they could look at this website to help them be accurate. They can type in any place they would like and it will tell them when the sun is going down and coming up, so they can get the most out of their day. This website is directed more towards students and would be a good tool to use for bigger projects.
10. http://bighugelabs.com/fx.php : fx.
I feel like this isn’t a very educational site it’s basically just learning how to use photoshop. It could be used for a high school technology class if you are giving a lesson in changing pictures. The students would need Flickr to be able to use the site, I’m hoping that Elementary students wouldn’t have Flickr so I would leave this website to high school. I just don’t think it’s very necessary or would be used very often unless just for fun.