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

 

 

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Web 2.0

What is web 2.0?

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Recently, I have been blogging and updating this blog press but I feel I may have lost track as to what is Web 2.o tools and how are they relevant to education?

Thus I am going to back to basics and going to see which Web 2.0 tools I have been using and how are the beneficial to education!


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Why are we using Web 2.0 in regards to a classroom setting?

Web 2.0 tools allows us to communicate with our students and encourages collaborative learning.

We can share and create new knowledge and information with students.


 

What are Web 2.0 tools I may already know and use without realising?

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Many educators use Web 2.0 tools without realising what they are. You are probably already using many Web 2.0 tools in the classroom already. For example – facebook, youtube, RSS feeds, Yahoo, Twitter, Reddit, Goggle, Skype, Flickr, Wordle, slideshare, etc. etc.

The list is never ending and exhausting! Which is great as an educator that you have so much choice and freedom to choose what suits you, your teaching style and method and your classes.


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One point which I feel must be made in regards to many Web 2.0 tools is that they are free for the majority! Yes you can upgrade for a fee but overall most Web 2.o tools are free and easy to use!

Even looking at the above ‘eco-system of Web 2.0 tools’ you can recognise the top Web 2.o Tools – how do they make their money – Advertisements!  Thus I do recommended if you are using your own laptop in the school – install ad blocker! (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en)


 

What leg does Web 2.0 have in a classroom? Why should we use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom?

This is a question that is constant considering the reports from the recent OCED report and Digital Strategy Scheme in Ireland. However, there has been a huge amount of academic journals published in regards to using Web 2.0 in the classroom!

These articles were picked by myself and fellow MA students in regards to looking at the varying opinions and verdicts of Web 2.0 Tools in Education!

  1. Bennett, Sue and others, Implementing Web 2.0 Technologies in Higher Education: A Collective Case Study, 59 vols (2012) <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=75168473&site=ehost-live>
  2. Boyd, Patricia, ‘Blogging in the Classroom: Using Technologies to Promote Learner-Centered Pedagogies’, Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 26 (2013), 85-113 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=94391334&site=ehost-live>
  3. Byrne, Richard, ‘The Effect of Web 2.0 on Teaching and Learning’, Teacher Librarian. Dec. 2009, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p50-53.<http://web.a.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/detail/detail?sid=3b3da761-ddfd-4941-8351-c5130bc51e71%40sessionmgr4005&vid=0&hid=4114&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=47500195&db=a9h>
  4. Capo, Berta Hayes, Orellana, Anymir, ‘Web 2.0 Technologies for Classroom Instruction: High School Teachers’ Perceptions and Adoption Factors’, Quarterly Review of Distance Education. Winter 2011, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p235-253<http://web.a.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=5b9cd87b-71d7-4433-86aa-b24761415072%40sessionmgr4002&vid=0&hid=4114>#
  5. Ebner, Martin, Andreas Holzinger, and Hermann Maurer. “Web 2.0 technology: future interfaces for technology enhanced learning?.” Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, (2007), 559-568. <http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-540-73283-9_62>
  6. Killingsworth, E. ‘Use of technology in Classroom Testing.Nurse Educator,  (2015) Ktsis, Stacy M, “The Facebook Generation: Homework as Social Networking”, The English Journal 98 (2008), 30–36. <http://goo.gl/wXBBjo>
  7. Koh, Caroline, ‘Exploring the use of Web 2.0 Technology to Promote Moral and Psychosocial Development: Can You Tube Work?’, British Journal of Educational Technology,45 (2014), 619-635 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ofm&AN=96558443&site=ehost-live>
  8. Kovalik, Cindy and others, ‘Implementing Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom: Four Teachers’ Accounts’, TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, 58 (2014), 90-94 <http://search.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=97503703&site=ehost-live>
  9. Luther, Frances D. and Justin Pickering, ‘Using Web 2.0 Learning Environments to Address Diversity: A Diversity-Education Example’, Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 81 (2015), 28-34 <http://search.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=101823315&site=ehost-live>
  10. Newland, Barbara and Linda Byles, ‘Changing Academic Teaching with Web 2.0 Technologies’, Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 51 (2014), 315-325 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=95304671&site=ehost-live>