Using Web 2.0
I had heard of, used, or seen quite a few of the tools mentioned in the post. I decided to attempt a couple of new ones as ideas for things my students could use in the classroom or I could use to create lessons/activities for them.
My first attempt was with TikaTok, a book creating tool. I thought maybe this would be useful for kids to create simple sentences using a repeated format. They could create color books, concept books, etc. It was easy to join and the book was easy to begin. However, once I began the process of creating pages, I found that their included clipart was bizarre and barely useful for anything and to upload your own photos you had to go through 6 different steps (upload, find folder, find picture, click on picture, click upload). I believe this is too complicated for my students. I did spend the time to create a short example of an application for the tool. In the end, I also realized that the only way to share the work is to purchase the book you created. I do not see this as useful in the class. Here is a link to the very short, very basic book I created. (as a note, I did get to upload this into my Google Drive and share it that way - very exciting!)
My second attempt was with Wordle. I have seen many of these and wondered if I could use them with my students. I tried to make a wordle that had sight words listed multiple times. I could use this to quiz students (touch the word stop), or have them practice reading words. However, I never could get the Wordle to show any word more than 1 time! I looked through the FAQ's and they provided no help. I will continue to play with this tool because I do think it could be a cool resource for my kiddos. Here is my simple
My third tool was Animoto. I LOVED IT!!! It was easy to upload pictures into and extremely easy to navigate. I think it could be used with my students to create short videos to show a sequence of skills, create a task analysis, or even kids could use to put together videos of their schoolday! I am excited about this one. I created a quick video of pictures of me and my husband through the years. Man have we changed!!!
Try our slideshow maker at Animoto.