Classrooms 2.0: Tested Lessons From the Wired Classroom
ISTE 2012, San Diego
We will use this wiki to organize our collective notes. You're welcome to keep personal notes, but every link and example I share will be found here. I also encourage participants to add their examples and ideas here.
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Collaborative Notes for Classrooms 2.0: ISTE 2012


a new way to teach vocabulary...

1. Flickr / Symbolics

Using the "Add Notes" feature in Flickr, students can easily make text/image mash-ups that can be used in a variety of ways.

Flickr used in Calculus from Darren Kuropatwa: A Piece of Cake Shows Trig (math)

Flickr used to create SYMBOLICS: A Piece of Cake Shows How Language Works


  1. Join the B Sides Flickr Group.

  2. Upload an image (either personal or Copyleft) that illustrates a part of your B side.

  3. Use the "Add a Note" feature to put a bit of text with your image.

How can you use Flickr? Add your ideas to our collaborative notes

Explore the use of Flickr in the classroom even further:

Copyleft vs. Copyright

When publishing images online, we must CITE our source and use a COPYLEFT image (a.k.a. "open source" or "creative commons")

CompFight Search Tool: Remember to click the Creative Commons tab until it reads "ON"
Stock Exchange: My favorite copyleft site! I often use it because you can search by theme or by designer. A free account is required.
Advanced Settings in Google Image Search. Click on GEAR in upper right corner; choose "advanced settings"; and scroll down to "usage rights"
The Morgue Files: A morbid name but this site is filled with high-resolution, striking images.
Flickr-The Commons: A great source for photographs that are part of the historical record and acceptable to use.

Royalty-free music: You can't use copyrighted music for your class projects. Use copyleft music instead.

Explore copyleft vs. copyright issues in the classroom even further:

Break #1

2. Google Tools

Google's suite of tools for education are constantly evolving and improving. If you're willing to deal with "beta" issues, you receive a whole host of powerful, flexible options. These are just a few examples of how we use Google.

Google Docs

Google Presentations

Google Spreadsheets

Make your own free YouTube clip compilations at WWW.DRAGONTAPE.COM

How can you use Google Docs, Presentations, and Spreadsheets? Add your ideas to our collaborative notes

Google Books

Google Sites

Google's "Even More" List

How can you use other Google Tools? Add your ideas to our collaborative notes

3. Jing

Jing is a free and easy way to create screencasts, short videos that capture audio and whatever is happening in your computer screen.
Examples of Screencasts created using Jing:


  1. Using Jing create your own 10-30 second screencast on any topic of your choosing.

  2. If you need a topic, find a copyleft image of a food you really love and then explain why you enjoy it.

  3. Add the link to your Jing example in our collaborative notes.

How can you use Jing? Add your ideas to our collaborative notes

Quick Demo: Macros Used To Give Written FeedbackBreak #2

How I use Life Lessons in the classroom

4. Animoto

Animoto for Educators allows you to give students free, full access accounts for around six months. This site is an excellent tool for making video/image/text/audio mash-ups. Setting up accounts for your students requires a bit of work, but nothing you can't manage.

Examples of Animoto in action:
  • Promotional "commercials" for school events (such as the Walk-a-thon example above)
  • Book Trailer and Annotated Bibliography: Marcelo and the Real World
  • Book Trailer and Annotated Bibliography: A Hole in My Life
  • Book Trailer and Annotated Bibliography Assignment Description
  • "Teaser" for an upcoming unit
  • Commercials for various class topics
  • Character sketches
  • Other ideas?

Tip: Although you can add text using Animoto's features, you can also easily create customized text images by using PowerPoint to create the slides you want. When finished, click "Save As" and choose .jpeg file type. This will make images that you can then upload like any other image file. Just be sure you keep text away from the borders of the PowerPoint frame, as images do get cropped.

How can you use Animoto? Add your ideas to our collaborative notes

5. Wikis vs. Blogs vs. Sites


The first example of Wikis that "cracked open" the tool for me: Calculus Solution Manuals
The first Wiki I ever used: IB English
I use Wikis as a place to house any content constructed by a group: American Literature 10

  • Pro: History feature makes it easy to see who added what and when.
  • Pro: Can always revert to previous version of pages, so students can't really lose work.
  • Pro: Allows for organic organization. There's no need to figure out what goes where beforehand. You can organize as you go.
  • Pro: Students take on responsibility for the hierarchy and organization of information.
  • Pro: Very versatile...almost anything can be embedded in one way or the other.
  • Pro: Easy to use. Many people can collaborate with very basic understanding of the technology.
  • Cons: They look pretty basic. Aesthetics are limited.
  • Cons: Only one student may edit a page at a time. Students can "trip over" each other


The most complete example of my use of blogs in the classroom: Creative Writing "Mother Blog"
Another "mother blog" from a senior elective that fused yoga and literature: Zen and the Art of Learning
  • Pro: Easy to use and customize. The look of the blog can be easily modified.
  • Pro: A bigger community of users. More people use blogs than wikis.
  • Pro: Students can take ownership of their writing. A "mother blog" setup (where each student maintains his or her own blog and the teacher's blog organizes and sparks content) creates a more proactive environment for students.
  • Pro: Chronological organization pattern can be liberating. Blogs are a good way to begin using a class site because the choices are simplified.
  • Con: Chronological organization pattern can be limiting. Entries can get "lost" pretty quickly.


Online Textbooks: as an alternative to a final exam (history)
Poetry Projects: scroll to the bottom for the video illustration of one poem
Robin Neal's English Site
  • Pro: Highly customizable. The look and organization of the site is infinite. Aesthetics matter.
  • Pro: Able to set some content "in stone."
  • Pro: Designing a site is a very useful skill for students to have.
  • Con: Takes considerable pre-planning. It's not always easy to change the hierarchy of pages once they are set.
  • Con: Takes just a bit more technical know-how than wikis

Explore wikis, blogs, and sites even further:

Bonus MaterialsExamples and sites we will not use in the workshop, but I still wanted to share them with you.

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