Consider this.

1. E-mail parents to communicate class news and events regularly using a blog. This allows you to archive your communication, add pictures, links, etc. Parents may subscribe to the blog so that they may receive your communication on their phone or on their desktop at work.
2. Create a social bookmarking page through del.icio.us to share websites you have bookmarked while surfing for information to help you teach.
 Allow other teachers in your grade or school to be in your network of bookmarks. When they add a new site, you get it too!
 Place a link to your bookmarks on your webpage for students to access.
3. Taking digital pictures is a great way to remember and celebrate what your community of learners shared. Why not add music and words and make it into a movie/show they will never forget.
o Several programs allow you to do this:
 Photo Story3 for Windows (allows you to add voice commentary to your photos as well as animated text)(How-to video)
 Animoto.com – Upload your pictures and music (mp3 only) and they do the rest of the work (30 sec. video limit)
 Windows Movie Maker (better for video) -Same as Photo story, but for including video too.
4. Create a newsletter and post it to your web site using “Flash paper!”
Visitors to your website might not take the time to download your newsletters, so make it easy for them. Your newsletter can be made in files with .doc, .ppt, .xls or .pdf extensions. Simply use the free software from Scribd.com and your newsletter can then be placed on your webpage without someone having to download them.
5. When students miss class, create a special section on your website for them to get anything they missed. You can load any files you used that day including paper copies (scan them!), Smart Notebook files, and video. You can even record your lesson so they can download what was said in class along with the files.
6. Add a new section to your website and create student pages so that you can display their work digitally. Make sure you password protect their page.
7. While conferencing with students in reading, writing, or math record your conversation with Audacity (sound editing software located on the shared drive) or a digital recorder. Save the file in a folder for their portfolio, send it to their parents, or if they have their own webpage on your site, upload it there. (Make sure your student pages are password protected.)
8. As the school year begins to unfold, many of you are probably starting to collect and organize items for some sort of student portfolio. This can be made pretty manageable using the Notebook software.
* Create a notebook file for each student
* Open a new page every time you collect work or share something as a class that you want to keep with the student. These can be scanned or inserted. This will allow the pages to be date-and -time stamped appropriately throughout the year.
* Student samples or assessments can be further documented by having the student attach an audio file explaining or evaluating their efforts.
9. VoiceThread is a tool that allows you to load photos, videos, animations, etc then have multiple users record reflections, thoughts, and/or show how to do something using audio, video or text.
10. USE YOUR IMAGINATION. SERIOUSLY!
IF YOU CAN THINK IT, WE CAN DO IT!

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