This 2 hour workshop will overview several Web 2.0 authoring environments.
  • Opening
  • Exploration
  • Experimentation & Development
  • Sharing
  • Closing

IDEA: You can record any thoughts and ideas on our Wall at WallWisher.

Enter your name and indicate what interests you in this Doodle poll:

QUESTIONS to keep in mind while reviewing authoring environments:
While exploring each of the groups of content-creating environments below, answer the following questions:
1. What does this example allow the student to create?
2. What modes of communication could be demonstrated with this product?
3. Why do students find this medium engaging?
4. What ideas do you have for using this authoring environment in your classroom in your role as a teacher?
5. What ideas do you have for students using this authoring environment?

Image from the collection of Superkimbo, Bangkok

Previewing Questions:
1. How has information changed over the past 5-10 years?
2. What can we do with information now that we couldn't do before?
3. This video overview the convergence of hardware, software, access to information, and creation of content. For the family - so what? For the school - so what? For the teacher - so what? For the student - so what?
4. How are relationships impacted/cultivated today?

Media Literacy

Evaluating information
Literacy Mattershas many resources for teachers and students
Seven Faces of Information Literacy(PDF PPT). This is an excellent, researched-based overview of information literacy.
"I now understand that education is about being empowered to learn rather than being dependent on the teacher for acquiring knowledge and skills."

  • How do you use information in your everyday life and work?
  • Remember the details of a time when you used information effectively
  • Think about your picture of an effective information user ( or information literate person)
  • Think about your experience of being ( or trying to be) an information literate person –what do you do? Easily? What do you struggle with?

Copyright and Fair Use: Here are two interactive copyright activities: JISC uses scenarios and is more relevant to post-secondary; Cyberbee uses simple questions and answers. Technology & Learning Magazine has a great article about copyright and a handy chart (PDF).


Use Creative Commons materials with copyright license for use. Did you know? In Firefox, Creative Commons search is one of the toolbar search options.

a. Flickr Search for Creative Commons licensed products
Start a search at Flickr, and then click on the "Advanced Search", scroll and select "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content"
There is even an Images to Teach Languages group where you may find interesting visuals to use. All of the group members have agreed to share their content. Anyone can join the group and then tag an image to be added to the group's content. Explore fd's Flickr Toys Big Huge Labs to add special effects to the photos you have stored at Flickr. Use Dumpr to turn photos into coloring book images, make them look old, turn them into globes, cubes, etc

b. Stock.xchnghas both free and for-purchase images. Registration is required. Note the terms of use of each item. Individuals may upload content to the site and add terms.

Creating with Text

Here is a Wordle created from the text of a letter written by Ralph Waldo Emerson to President Martin VanBuren, addressing the injustices being experienced by the Cherokee nation during the time period around the Trail of Tears. Visit the Cherokee Nation Cultural Site for a wealth of primary sources.

This middle school math classroom is using wordles and more!

Idea - create Wordles of several of the documents and compare the key words and concepts for prereading, postreading, writing prompts, etc.

Alternate sites: Tagul, WordSift


Giving Voice

1. Voki
Vokis in science -students created vokis to review material (this page has the instructions, look at the menu on the left for the links to the vokis)
German example
A teacher of Japanese created this voki

Here is a page with instructions on how to create a voki (without registering for an account) and submitting that informatoin via a form to the teacher for subsequent embedding. This project was for middle school language arts, where students had the avatar speak their poems. Voki can also be useful for English language learners.

2. Blabberize

Blabberizing about planets - the student researched the planet and then narrated from first person
Using blabberize to introduce a research project

3. GoAnimate allows you to animate graphics and create videos

Layering with media

Glogster - create multimedia posters
Costa Rica A different way to do a country report
The Grapes of Wrath

Here are a couple blog posts that overview successful student projects using Glogster
Instructifeature — Digital posters
Historical Timelines with Glogster EDU

Digital Storytelling

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There are many, many tools for digital storytelling, and the environments below are representative of web-based tools.

1. Voicethread enables the use of text, video, and audio comments on each slide.

A voicethread could be as simple as one image:

It can be used to give voice to images, or merge poetry and photography:
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Here is some 5th grade Haiku:

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2. Comic and Cartoon Generators
Make Beliefs Comix


By js09lee | View this Toon at ToonDoo | Create your own Toon

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3. Other storytelling tools
Create books at Tikatok
Storybirdis a collaborative storytelling environment as is StoryMash

Visit Storybird and see the books online.
Collaborative story telling by jannachiang on Storybird

Create timelines at Dipity

Scrapblog takes scrapbooking online.

In addition, there are softwares that may be available to you at your school, such as PhotoStory, the iLife Suite, etc.
Here is a wiki page outlining a senior Language Arts Project using such software tools.

Additional digital storytelling resources:
Edutopia - How to Use Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Key Digital Storytelling Websites


1. animoto
All the broken pieces
The hunger games
Le Petit Prince
Maniac Magee

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

And here is a project description and rubric to create an animoto video based on The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

2. xtranormal

Several examples linked one teacher's experience
Several examples of Aristotle's poetics

xtranormal has a product that can be downloaded to a computer lab, state, and it has character packs such as Napoleon.

Advanced Techies

Microblogging in the classroom

Edmodo is a microblogging environment specifically designed for the K-12 classroom. You can set up a protected environment for students to use microblogging, and updates can be sent as text messages, etc. Here are my bookmarks about Edmodo in the classroom. Edmodo goes beyond Twitter, in that it is easy to share documents, message, and manage multiple groups (classes) with ease, with varying levels of privacy available.