quinta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2012

segunda-feira, 10 de setembro de 2012

5 maneiras de utilizar o Google sites na escola

"Over the last two weeks I've had five occasions to work with teachers to either develop new websites or improve existing websites in Google Sites. Over the course of these workshops I've found that there are five ways that Google Sites are commonly being used in schools.

Before you jump to the list, the shameless promotion department at Free Technology for Teachers would like to mention that you should see Google Sites for Teachers if you need help getting started using Google Sites.

5 Ways to Use Google Sites in Schools
1. As a wiki: Google Sites can be used as a wiki if you share your site with others and invite them to be editors. As a teacher you could start a site then add your students as owners or editors on the site. If you add them as owners they will be able to start new pages. If you add them as editors they will only be allowed to edit existing pages. You can also use the new page-level permissions option to allow students to only edit the pages that you grant them access to.

2. As a digital portfolio: Google Sites can be used by students to create digital portfolios featuring their best works and accomplishments. I would encourage high school students to develop a digital portfolio that they can share with university admissions officers. Teachers should also consider developing a digital portfolio of their best lesson plans, credentials, and references to include when they apply for teaching positions.

3. As a digital file cabinet: If you have PDFs, Word files, or other documents that you want your students to be able to easily download, consider using the File Cabinet option in Google Sites. By creating a File Cabinet page you provide a place for those files to be easily accessed. You might also consider putting up a File Cabinet page for forms like permission slips that parents need to access.

4. As a blog: Use the Announcements template to create a blog page within your Google Sites. You can update the blog or make the blog page collaborative and let your students contribute to a class blog.

5. As a website: I left the most obvious option for last. If you need to create a place where parents and students can come to find important information about your course(s) or your school, Google Sites provides all of the tools for that. Incorporate a blog element (see #4 above) for posting updates and use the rest of the pages to house information that doesn't change that often. You can also incorporate a file cabinet (see #3 above) to post forms for parents to download. And if you're using Google Calendar, you can easily add a calendar of events to any page in your Google Site."

Retirado de http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/07/5-ways-to-use-google-sites-in-schools.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29#.UE4YTaBKzwc

Rita Brito

Histórias interativas

"Inkle Writer is a neat tool for writing interactive stories that I learned about from Larry Ferlazzo. Inkle Writer provides a platform on which you can write "choose your own adventure" style stories. On Inkle Writer you write each paragraph (or less) as an independent piece that you can connect to other pieces of your story. You can take the story into many directions then piece them together from your menu of paragraphs.

While trying Inkle Writer it struck me as being a bit like Playfic. The difference between the two is that Inkle Writer has a much more visual interface for constructing stories.

Applications for Education
Inkle Writer could be a good platform for students to use to construct narrative stories that contain many characters and plot lines."

Retirado de http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/07/write-interactive-stories-on-inkle.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29#.UE4XrKBKzwc

Rita Brito

Mind Maple - mind mapping

"“It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.” Rene Descartes

Mind mapping is the visual and easy-to-understand representation of our ideas. It helps us to brainstorm, organize ideas and information visually. They can be used for writing, note taking, to draw connection between ideas, brainstorm in any topic, create visual products, collaborate and grow ideas. All these things lead learning and better comprehension of the concepts.

The idea of using mind maps in education is not a new idea. We, teachers are already using mind maps for decades as they are effective and powerful visual learning tools to develop thinking skills, let the fresh ideas flow and make the learning process easier and more interesting. With the combination of colors, images, drawings, links and words; mind mapping helps kids increase creativity and the flow of ideas. Mind maps support problem solving skill, help to see the big picture with details on one page and encourages group discussions. They also make it easy to refresh ideas and recall information.

Mind maps have become a more powerful tool with the developing technologies. Now the tools that we can create mind maps, are much more appealing with their bright colors, flexibility and the ability to use different multimedia.

As there are dozens of ways to integrate mind mapping into education, meet with MindMaple today to discover how you can boost your students’ learning and engage them more in their own learning."

Retirado de http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org/2012/07/03/grow-a-tree-of-ideas-with-mindmaple/

Rita Brito

Rede social para educação

"Edoome es una nueva red social para educación que permite crear cursos y añadir a los alumnos en los mismos. Tiene algunas similitudes con Edmodo, la red social educativa que más se está utilizando ahora mismo en los centros educativos ( por lo menos los que yo conozco en mi entorno más cercano).
Es un espacio que quiere proporcionar a los centros un entorno de colaboración entre docentes, familias y alumnado.
Para ello, una vez registrado como profesor, ya se puede crear el curso y proporcionar a los alumnos y a los padres el código correspondiente para poder entrar al mismo."

Retirado de http://villaves56.blogspot.pt/2012/06/edoome-red-social-para-educacion.html

Rita Brito