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Webspiration Wednesday: Virtual PLN Hugs

I’ll be honest, yesterday was not a very inspirational Wednesday.  I didn’t get to hold my regular teacher gathering for inspiration because I was in a meeting.  It seemed like everywhere I turned, discouragement was waiting to stare me in the face.  So, what do I do when I am feeling discouraged?  I look to my PLN, of course.  You all are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for me.  From my Twitter friends to my blogging alliance bloggers, they are a constant source of sunshine.  So, for today’s (late) Webspiration Wednesday, I am sharing the blogs that make me smile, and offering you another opportunity to jump into Twitter and join our PLN (personal learning network). This Week in Ed Tech The Book Chook My Integrating Technology Journey Classroom Chronicles Bits and Pieces Place Bits ‘n Bytes Blogging About the Web 2.0 Classroom Bright Ideas EDge21 EdTechSwami Educadores Digitales Education as a Portal EDucation ToGoBox Educational Technology and Life EduNut Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom It’s Elementary! Learning 2.0 Living and Learning Together Miss McMillan’s Blog Notes from McTeach Passport Academy Pilkerriffic! Realizing Your Personal Legend Reeder’s Writings Ed Resources Online Teacher Reboot Camp Teacher Tech Teacher Toys Tech 221 Tech Transformation Tech Tuesday Techno Constructivist Technology Figuring Out How the Pieces Fit Tech for Your Content The Education Technology Blog The Interactive Classroom The Learning Blog The Missouri FCCLA Blog The Nerdy Teacher The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness The Techie Classroom World Languages Technology Consultant This Swiftly Tilting Planet Vanessa Cassie: Sharp’s Audio/Visual What Ed Said ZarcoEnglish- Tool of the Day Education Stormfront Guro Just Pondering Reeled in Research Reading Teachers Online Arsenal Suzanne’s Blog I get a daily dose of inspiration from my Blogging Alliance and Twitter friends, but in the past day they have spoiled me with extra acts of friendship.  After I posted a discouraging tweet, I immediately got several encouraging messages from my PLN friends.  This morning I woke up to more support and encouragement.  @woodenmask sent me this: http://soytuaire.labuat.com/ and a gift song on iTunes The Roses of Success (from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).  @lamoureuxr sent me this: Don’t Stop Believing Kid’s Choir.  @TheNerdyTeacher included me in his tribute to Snick post that made me laugh out loud.  To my PLN, thank you for the smiles and virtual hugs today.  They were felt loud and clear. If you haven’t joined Twitter and started building your PLN yet, let me encourage you to start by following these incredible educators.  Jump in, you won’t regret it!

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Animoto for Education

Posted by admin | Posted in Art, Character Education, Foreign Language, Geography, History, Interactive book, Internet Safety, Language Arts, Math, Middle/High School, Phonics, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Social Studies, Teacher Resources, Video Tutorials, Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 07-08-2008

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What it is: There are some really neat online tools that I find that live in my Google Notebook for a long time (I have upward of 800 links for educational websites yet to post to iLearn Technology…and growing daily!) Some get pushed aside for my newest cool find, and some move to the bottom of the list because, while they may have educational value, they are not intended JUST for education and may have some questionable user created content that I wouldn’t want my students to stumble on. Animoto was one of these sites for me. It is an amazing and COOL tool but wasn’t necessarily geared just toward education. I got a fun email today that Animoto now has an education only site! Animoto for education is a site where students can create compelling and impressive digital content quickly and easily. It is the perfect addition to your classroom’s digital storytelling kit. It is very intuative and easy to use, in no time students have digital videos that they created! This is also an amazing place for you, the teacher, to create a video that will bring your lessons to life. You can post or embed videos on your class site or even, are you ready for this?, download for in class presentations. Animoto for Education makes it simple to mix audio and visual for a dynamic, unique presentation in no time. It is so easy to use that students could create a complete animoto presentation in one computer class.

How to integrate Animoto for Education into the classroom: Animoto for education is a great place for you to teach from. Make any lesson come to life with audio and visual, use at the beginning of the day as a ‘teaser’ for what your students can look forward to learning each day or use to teach complex concepts in history, math, science, or character education. Students will respond to new media in the classroom. Allow your students to display knowledge of a concept using Animoto. Use Animoto for Education for a beginning of the year get to know you activity. Students can each create an Animoto showcasing who they are through pictures and music. Animoto presentations are quicker to create than traditional PowerPoint type presentations making them ideal for digital storytelling in the classroom setting. Because Animoto is completely web-based, students can create videos from school and continue working on them at home. The ability to download videos is outstanding…students could save their work for offline viewing too!

Tips: Children under 13 can’t sign up for their own account. To use Animoto for Education with your students you can register your students with dummy accounts using dummy email addresses. Animoto is private to your school. This means that other people can’t come accross student videos or contact students through the site.

Leave a comment and share how you are using Animoto for Education in your classroom.

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[…] 5. Animoto- The free version of Animoto lets students create 30 second videos that combine images, songs, and text. It combines them all for an impressive presentation without a lot of fuss. […]

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