Week 6: 50 Sites in 60 Minutes by David Kapuler

July 16, 2012

This slide here caught my eye because I never knew that they had a website where you could record your own music and mix it up to however you want it to sound.  It’s pretty epic.  I could use myna to record music and have a music lesson to teach the students to count the beats and count the tempo and measure. We could even use it to teach how to use technology, obviously. So, if you’re looking for something that can teach students about making music, this is the place.

 

Yes, isn’t this website ever so “lovely”. It’s a website where people can make more advanced diagrams making it their own. In the past, I had trouble making a timeline because I couldn’t put any creativity into it. But now that I know about lovely charts, I can make my timelines and diagrams more colorful and arrange it anyway I want. I can make timelines for history, diagrams for math, or clusters to make a group. It’s the best diagram website I have ever seen.

 

Kids love animation and sometimes even want to draw them. As teachers, we’re always trying to find ways so that students get a chance to be creative. We even try to get creative with our lessons, but get stuck sometimes. Well, this website certainly has answered that call. Doink is an animation website where people can create their own animated pictures. This could be used for art class. The students would have a fun animation day and learn how to draw and bring their pictures to life. It would also teach them how animators use computers when making movies. I would give them a movie making day. It will get the students engaged in learning.

 

There will always be students who love reading comic books or graphic novels. But this website, Comic Master, allows people to create their own graphic novel(s). They just have to put in grids to so that they can put in the background, words, characters, etc. This would be a great tool for students because it will teach them how to organize their stories giving them a beginning, middle, and end, and also organize their thoughts  of how they want to tell the story. It also gives them a chance to be creative while teaching them how tell stories. They could  use it as a journal as well if they’re not too keen on writing. It would give them a way to express themselves and their feelings.

 

Tagul is almost like wordle except that tangul has more options in shapes and colors. Just type in your words (however many), pick the shape and colors, and apply. This could be used as an icebreaker on the first day of school. The teacher can have the students use computers and direct them to the website. I would just tell them to put in the words that describe their lives (family, friends, etc.) and themselves as people. This would give them a chance to be creative, learn how to use a computer, and open to everyone in the classroom. The teacher could also make an educational poster to print off and hang up on the wall for inspiration. There’s an endless list of possibilities that teachers could do with tagul.

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