Online Publishing

Why should you publish online? It is a great way to encourage and excite students to write!

There are many options for online publishing. With some you simply copy and paste your document from word, others require a PDF upload. Some programs are for specific types of writing, like poetry or narrative and others are open to any writing forms. Many of these programs allow for illustrations as well.

www.epubpud.com This is a very cool site that allows you to create books online. You make a cover, add illustrations, and publish your book. You can share your book publicly, and even sell copies. You can also read other people’s work and add them to your bookshelf.

www.issuu.com This is a similar program to the previous site, but with more options. In this program you can make magazines, journals, books, and so much more. It offers public or keep it private. I create one with my student’s persuasive essays: http://issuu.com/nancypenchev/docs/persuasive_writings

http://www.studentpublishing.com/wp-st/Products_FreeInternetStorybook.php This program gives students one free copy of their work and allows parents and others to purchase additional copies. I haven’t used this one, but it appears to be a simple easy to use program. Teachers set up the account, select the method and are given the information for publishing. There is a lot of set up to start, but once you have it going, it should be easy to use.

http://www.epublish4me.com/?gclid=CNyj5Z7f_64CFcKe7QodGksI4A This site has a free 7 day trial, then it becomes a pay site. You can pay $19.99 a month, $29.99 a month, or pay a flat fee of $99. Check the site for all pricing options. There is a 4 step process for uploading your PDF, adding options, adding media, and then publishing.

For more ideas on publishing check out the sites below:

http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3138 National Writers Project provides a collection of online writing opportunities for students

http://www.kidscom.com/create/write/write.html Gives a topic, students can write and vote for other’s work

http://www.myhero.com/go/home.asp  encourages students to write about their personal heroes.

http://www.ciese.org/tutorials/studentpub/resources.htm lists several sites to publish student work

http://www.tangischools.org/Page/12127 this website is from a school district and lists several places to find free student publishing.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech042.shtml more ideas for publishing student work

So now let’s share ideas about how you can use online publishing and why you could use online publishing.

Glogster

Our cool new TECH tool this week is the website www.glogster.com. The education version of this program is edu.glogster.com. Oddly enough, the regular glogster is free, while the educational version costs money….go figure. So what are the benefits of paying for a free account? There are four payment options: 2 for individual teachers and 2 for schools. The teacher options are $29.95 for up to 50 and $99 for up to 200 accounts. The teacher accounts offer management of student accounts, removes ads from the page, and creates portfolios for students. For specific information on the options and benefits of each account go to http://edu.glogster.com/product-information/.

So what is a glog? This is a way to create an online multimedia poster that teachers can use to teach and students can use to show their learning. You can add pictures, words, and videos, as well as clipart to create a poster.

So how can glogster be used in the classroom? Well I brainstormed ideas with my “techspert” student Jonathan and here is how we feel teachers can use it:

Judaics can use for holidays like an entire entrance to a new holiday put fun facts up and videos about customs
Hebrew can use it for teaching like a song she puts the lyrics and images
Math: Create a poster about math ideas: geometric terms, how to find perimeter
Reading: book reports, biographies, parts of speech
Writing: Persuasive posters, Nonfiction reports, Character study
Social Studies: timelines, today in history
Science: what we have learned, introductions

We also discussed how students could use glogster and here are some ideas:
Reports on people and places
Book reports
Showing how Math is all around us
How to divide decimals
Science experiment posters
Poetry shares
Adjectives list and explanations

Here is my first glogster, I made it for my cousin for her birthday! Here is Jonathan’s glogster about his trip. 

The video explanation is at http://youtu.be/mt79wjLUAgY
After you have thought about this new TECH tool, please leave about how you could use it in the classroom!

 

Blabberize

One of the most fun ways to present information is using the website www.blabbebrize.com.

Blabberize takes a photograph, adds a mouth, allows you to record your voice to add to the picture, then show off your creation. You can also search the site for others work that may be applicable to your student’s learning.

SO how and why should you use this site in your classroom?

WHY: It is a simple and funny way for kids to be introduced to a topic of learning. It will attract students interest and keep them motivated to do the work necessary to make their own. It is simple enough for students to create on their own starting about 2nd grade. Earlier ages will need a little help in creation, but will be able to plan and take part in the creation.

HOW: Students who are reading nonfiction and creating a report on their information can use Blabberize to make the report, rather than make a poster or PowerPoint. Blabberize is a great tool for reporting on biographical information. Students each take a President and research their lives and work. Then they use a picture of the President, add the mouth, and have the President give their own life story. This helps students understand point of view and pronouns.Next week in my class we will be studying the French and Indian War, specifically Pontiac’s Rebellion. Students will select one painting of Pontiac and write a speech showing what they think Pontiac would say in a speech to his people during this time frame. Then we will Blabberize the picture.

As with all technology projects, I suggest you find a way to integrate the technology into your lessons, rather than as a separate, stand alone project. I also suggest before you use Blabberize you give students a planning sheet that includes information on the picture, speech, and their purpose. I have also create a step-by-step instruction sheet for teachers. You can also use it with your students.

As always I ask that you leave a comment with an idea for how you can use Blabberize in your classroom!

For the video that shows how to create a blabberize, click here.

Podcasting

Today’s post is broken into many parts. We will be discussing both VIDEO and AUDIO podcasting. Click here if you want to know a complete definition of podcasting, but for our purposes we will call it a way to transmit lessons to your students, while in class or once they leave your classroom. The video for today’s lesson is at http://youtu.be/eIkferu6Cps

We will be looking at VIDEO podcasting:
*where to find them
*how to make your own
*why students should make them
Links discussed in the VIDEO portion:
www.youtube.com
www.teachertube.com
www.khanacademy.org

To find a video podcast, try teachertube, youtube, or simply type the topic in your browser and see what the internet already has available. ALWAYS watch the video and listen to audio COMPLETELY before you share it with students.

To make your own VIDEO podcast I suggest purchasing a flip camera. These cameras are low priced and easy to use for adults and students. Loading videos to your computer are easy as well, as they come equipped with USB ports. Depending on your type of computer you can use Windows Movie Maker, I-movie, or programs you already are familiar with. To distribute videos to students, the easiest method I have found is Youtube. You can create your own channel, load your videos as private or public, and then send out the link to those you want to view the video. I post all the videos I make for this blog to Youtube to make it easier to produce and distribute.

Paper pencil tests get boring and students can’t always show what they know with a traditional assessment. Creating an assessment that utilizes a video podcast is fun and interesting for students. In order to have a successful Video experience, teachers need to create an assignment sheet that outlines the expectations, grading criteria, and timeline.

Opportunities for using podcasts in the classroom include Science, Math, Social Studies, Reading, and more. For Science they can make a video of how to be safe in the lab. For Math they can make videos to teach names for shapes. In Reading students can create a video to share what books they have read, like these my students made recently: Drew, Ziv, and Raquel.

We will be looking at AUDIO podcasting:
*where to find them
*how to make them
*how to use them in the classroom
*how to have your students make them
Links discussed in the AUDIO portion:
www.podcast.com/education
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?i=lame-mp3&s=install
www.ipadio.com

To find audio podcasts you can visit podcast.com for a good search area. Apple has a podcasting storage site that you can search as well. If you scroll all the way down there is a professional development area that may help those of you who use MAC. A quick search online can give you many places and premade podcasts that may be just what you are looking for!

To make AUDIO podcasting, I have been using Audacity with Lame for creating MP3 files. It is an easy download and quick format for learning. Garageband is a recording program for MAC users. There are more available, but for the price (free) and usability (easy)- Audacity is a great choice!

Last year I made an audio recording explaining an at-home project I was assigning, so students couldn’t go home and claim they didn’t know what to do. I even loaded the audio to MovieMaker, added pictures, and produced it as a full video and posted it on my website along with the audio file. Using audio files in class can help students develop their mental movies in Reading by hearing a book read aloud but having to make the pictures in their mind. You can also use audio files to back up and support a writing lesson. While you write students listen to another person talking about what you are writing. It gives students a break from just listening to the teacher.

Students can use podcasting in many ways. A major thought for me was to use Ipadio to record their reading when I am doing my DRA assessments so I can refer to the recording for clarification. Students can read to the phone at home or in class to practice their expression and fluency. In language classes, students can practice their vocabulary, accents, and verb usage using podcasting. Students can also create podcasts to explain solving math problems, giving step-by-step instructions for a Science project, and practice spelling or word study.
Here is an example of one of my students who was reading a Fancy Nancy book. He was working on adding inflection and emotion in his reading. As you will see he still needs to work a little more.

To hear an example of an audio podcast I created for my class at Nova, click compression recording2.