Thanks for the great list, many of which are familiar. However, I haven't seen the VisuWords and WritingFix - I work with all teachers inour district for technology integration support. Both sties are now posted on my Teacher Resource web page... at http://teachers.mapsnet.org/MAPSTechnologyLinks/TeacherResourcesLinks.aspx - Looking forward to passing these on, thanks again
Great uses for Ustream, thanks for sharing. And, I love your list of "tips". We tell teachers to keep the remotes for the cameras (usually there is one - though not always with the lower end webcams) with them at all times so they can turn it off or mute the audio immediately if necessary.
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There have been some great suggestions so far. Has anyone had success with bubbl.us? http://www.bubbl.us/ It was on AASL's list of top 25 best web sites for 2010. I've tried it out a bit, but I'm not proficient yet. I would love to use this or another free site for creating mind maps and webs. Our district purchased a license to use Inspiration, which I love. Unfortunately, we don't have Inspiration on any of the library computers.
I am a big fan of Animoto as well. I've used it with students to create video presentations on world geography, book trailers, and science fair projects. I've also used it as a way to showcase student work and field trips for parents to see on the website. It's very easy to use, students love it and best of all it's free.
Well, for now the projects are not that exciting. Our third graders learn about biographies and choose a famous American to research. It is a lesson on research, taking notes, etc. The research is done with books, and the kids write paper reports. I've been working on the teachers to bring them into the 21st Century by using online resources and publishing them on Glogster or at least creating a PowerPoint presentation. But I will show them the Google feature and see if that's at least a start.
One of my favorite websites for kids is http://mathtrain.tv. This website was created by kids to teach other kids different math concepts. My students loved when I showed them as the mini-lesson in my math class.