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Wendy Wolfe – “If All My Classes Did This”

I watched Wendy Wolfe’s presentation Classroom 2.0 “If All My Classes Did This” on the K12 online conference. Her presentation displays some internet sites which she uses in her classroom. I had never heard of any of the sites which she has chosen to highlight and found them to be very interesting. ToonDoo is cartoon making site where students can easily create their own cartoons and post them for teachers and other students to look at. Cartoons are created by clicking, dragging and creating a cartoon of the students’ own design. Gliffy creates flowcharts as well as other options including room layouts. Again this is a click and drop program so students can easily create what ever they need to for their assignment. Zoho is kind of like Microsoft’s PowerPoint but does not have all the options that PowerPoint has. Because it is a web based program Zoho is accessible to all students who have access to the internet. With less options than PowerPoint it is easier for students to work with and students can not forget to bring there homework to school because it is accessed through the internet. Gcast allows anyone to create a podcast by using a telephone. Students can call and record anything: oral assignments, interviews with people for assignments, as well as many other options for assignments.

I did not find Wendy’s presentation the most exciting to sit and watch. She narrated while using still shots and sharing of her computer screen for the visuals. But, I enjoyed learning about these tool which could come in handy for me in the future.

Darin

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February 6, 2008 - Posted by | ECMP 355

3 Comments »

  1. Excellent review. Love the links you’ve added so others can easily check out the resources. Also interesting criticism on the presentation style. Any thoughts on how she might have done it better?

    Comment by shareski | February 6, 2008

  2. Wendy did say that this was her first time making a presentation and it is better than anything that I could do. As for how to make it better, I do not know. I think that she got her point across well, but it would be nice if it was more exciting to watch. Maybe if we could see her on the screen and have the images on a smart board behind her. I think that smart boards can be used in such a way, but I do not have any experience with them. This may make the presentation seem more like you are at a conference watching someone in person.
    Darin

    Comment by Darin Janssen | February 6, 2008

  3. Hi Darin –
    I appreciate your comments and glad you found the tools interesting. Zoho has improved a ton since I created the presentation. On making the presentation interesting, I will admit that I did not realize how long finalizing the presentation would take and found it tricky to decide how to make something interesting and informative without making it “fun” and have people say it was too “cutsie” or a waste of time because it was not “on point.” I loved being a part of the K 12 Online conference and hope to continue working with them.
    Best –
    Wendy

    Comment by Wendy Wolfe | February 26, 2008


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