A Play about the American Revolution

 

A Play about the American Revolution

 

 

P.S. I take no credit for the play – just trying to make it more accessible to those who have emailed looking for a copy 🙂 If you are looking for more resources on the American Revolution please check out this blog by Ms.Dignam – https://5j16missdignamblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/teaching-the-american-revolution/

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Web 2.0 Tool – Narrable

 

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Narrable


Narrable is a website which can be used an educational web 2.0 tools in the classroom.

I have heard very good things about Narrable – however, when you log onto narrable.com…………You are greeted with a delightful slideshow of images and text that informs you that narrable.com is currently making big changes and going to create a reliable site for creating stories. This has resulted in the website being closed and updated thus I have very little to hands on experience in regards to narrable.com.


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Not to be deterred I have since read as many reviews and articles as I could about narrable.com.

From what I have gleaned this is what the reviews have told me that narrable.com was an

application allows users to easily create narrated slideshows. For educators who don’t have access to standard video editing software, this is a great resource across multiple subjects for most grade levels. While the site has varied price points for both the general public and educators, it’s free for teachers to create unlimited projects.

(http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/narrable-classroom-activity-ideas.shtml)

I enjoyed noting that Narrable was free to teachers to create an unlimited amount of projects which could mean a motion comic or normal narrables for the classroom.

Additionally, another interesting feature of Narrable which made it very appealing was the simple fact that students and teachers could create comics on either

their computers or mobile devices.

(http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/narrable-classroom-activity-ideas.shtml)

Trying to book computer labs and ensuring students carry out the completed tasks is a bit of a logistical nightmare sometimes; thus computer labs are only used for specific projects or planned events. (Unless each student has a netbook or laptop which is becoming a more and more feature in schools)

By letting students use their mobile devices in class they are learning how to use their mobile devices in an educational way. Also, as it’s on a device they are familiar with – it increases the chances that they will use the device outside of the classroom.

Furthermore

Narrable projects can be shared via email, Facebook, or by embedding them into a blog or wiki.

(http://tanarkepzes.unideb.hu/szaktarnet/kiadvanyok/challenges.pdf#page=171)


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Additionally, narrable ties into the key skills by being literate and creative. Additionally, it’s hands on thus the students are managing their information and thinking how are they going to present this to their peers and others who they are going to show their narrables too.


One other idea I like about narrable.com is that it’s very visual and it brings literacy beyond the classroom. As I mentioned earlier a web 2.0 application that can be encouraged outside fo the classroom is a tool worth using.

This has been highlighted by scholars who have come to recognise the importance of web 2.0 tools such as Narrable

 “Technology and Web 2.0 tools are supportive of knowledge construction, immersion in a foreign language, and interactivity across sites” (Chang, Pearman, and Farha 2012: 52).


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This is one of the tutorials I have found on youtube on how to create your own narrable and set up an account.


If you know anything more about narrable.com or have used it please feel free to send me a message or comment as I would love to know more about it!

thank you

 

 

21classes

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Just finished a presentation on 21classes this week!

Will post our reaction and overall impression of 21classes!

For those curious what 21classes is and the suspense of an updated post is too much. Please feel free to check out the website: https://www.21classes.com/


Recently we were asked to do a presentation on the web 2.0 technology platform 21classes.com.

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Though over 40,000 users are using 21classes (which a huge percentile being for educational purposes) overall the research from our group and using of 21classes has prompted us to think it may be a good blogging platform but there is better out there.


 

That being said there were positives to 21classes.

  • One of the main reasons why people would use 21classes had to be the privacy settings and spam protection which is ideal.
  • Additionally, another huge benefit of 21classes is that your students do not need an email account to sign up. However, these features only become apparent after you have paid the monthly fee. Though it is a small amount at 8.95 a month per class and 33.98 for unlimited amount to one teacher – it does have huge drawbacks.

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  • From researching active 21classes blogs I noticed that I could access student’s works which was a huge benefit if I was a relative or friend who wanted to see what they are doing in class. Also, it would be a reflective way for students to engage with each other and possibly motivate students as to how much work they need to do.
  • Drawback as students can see each other’s work – which could lead to plagiarism – which would be distressing to students who put a huge amount of work into their work and will lose confidence if they feel their own work will not be private and at the scrutiny of their peers.
  • However, one huge benefit of 21classes for the students is that they can upload and personalise the 21classes page to their own liking. Though this is a great feature – this feature is available on other blogs and is more accessible to do.
  • Following the slides below you can see how difficult was to upload. If you have the time and resources 21classes was good.
  • Though 21classes says they offer a blogging community run and controlled by a teacher students can still change the security settings without the teacher noticing which we thought was a huge drawback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roundtable: The Last Thing I Read that Moved Me

Words are as powerful as you want them to be. They can be harsh. They can be kind. They don’t have to be complex. They are what you want it to be!

Great resource to highlight how words can have an impact on you and the people surrounding you. When teaching remember your words can have an influence on the person who you are teaching. Keep passionate about your subject and that will shine through your teaching and work!

The Daily Post

Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or a recent graduate of Blogging 101, chances are you spend quite a bit of time reading. You might be browsing the WordPress.com Reader regularly for new blogs to follow, digging into your favorite author’s latest release, or doing some research for your next post.

Whatever the source, I’m sure we all experience — and savor — those moments when we’re pulled out of the flow of reading by something unexpectedly powerful: a memorable turn of phrase, a heartwarming or gut-wrenching anecdote told particularly well, a story that, for some reason, resonates with us and with what we’re going through at that moment.

There’s a great deal of serendipity involved in those moments; you never know when you might strike gold next. Here are some of our latest finds — we hope you enjoy them (and that you share some of yours, too).

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