Social Networking in the Classroom

Monday, July 19, 2010 3 comments
Can we as teachers allow students to use websites such as Facebook & Twitter in our classrooms? Can we afford not too? Students in this generation are using social networking websites to communication, share ideas, and meet new people. As educators, we must start incorporating these types of resources if we want to connect with our students.

I just recently made a video for a masters class I am taking; it depicts the positives of social networking in the classroom.


Aviary

Sunday, July 11, 2010 1 comments
With summer comes long days outside and away from the computer. I have completely lost track of updating my blog. Today is the day that changes! I want to continue sharing sites that I feel are useful in the educational world.

Today I want to share Aviary.com - it is a suite of online tools that include photo editing, music creation, and screen capturing. All of the tools are free to use and can be accessed with a Google, Facebook, Twitter, or Yahoo account.

Recently Aviary added an education section that allows for private student accounts and an assignment manager.

One of the best features Aviary offers is the tutorial section. Easy, intermediate, and advanced step by step tutorials are available for students to learn with. I even allowed my students to use their own pictures while following along with the tutorials. This allows the students to be creative while learning new techniques!