This fast paced workshop is designed to get you up and running with a variety of tech tools and software that you can take right back to your classroom in the fall and/or to use to become more organized. Explore the many faces of Discovery streaming; use to keep track of your favorite websites; find out how atomic learning can help you enhance your tech skills on your own timetable; and, get cozy with "Web 2.0," wikis, blogs and podcasting. Participants will review the options available at the onset of the day and decide the topics to include and the depth for each topic.

Possible Agenda:

am session: WEB 2.0, blogging, tagging, wikis
pm session:
digital storytelling the WEB 2.0 way: Voice thread & Glogster; Discovery Streaming

Web 2.0

according to wikipedia: "Web 2.0 is a trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to facilitate creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies. The term became notable after the first O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004.[2][3] " Go to Web 2.0: very comprehensive list of Web2.0 sites in MANY categories Check under the Web2.0 bundle of tags


The Connected Classroom blogging page

Folksonomy: social bookmarking, tagging and sharing – bookmarking, organizing and sharing your favorite websites is a Web2.0 site ( that allows you to store your favorite websites then access them from any computer as well as allow your students to access tagged websites that you have screened.

Create your account:
  • go to
  • register for an account
  • Safari, Firefox or Flock: drag both of the icons to your bookmarks tool bar so that you can quickly tag websites and access your account. IE: install buttons
  • you are now ready to start finding and "tagging" your favorites - a tag is a descriptor/category that will allow you to group your sites (sort of like a folder)
  • when you find a site you like, just press the "tag" button in the bookmark toolbar; this will open up a window that will allow you to save this website under as many tags/categories as you'd like
  • don't worry if you in a few days or weeks that you want to rename a tag; that can be done under the "tag Options" tool bar on your home page
  • click settings to change your password, e-mail account, rename or delete tags, integrate with your facebook account, etc.</span>

Once you are happy and comfortable with, try DIIGO! DIIGO

AND 47 More! bookmarking sites

TRY: Flickr - to save, tag and share your photos


ideas to get started

Digital Storytelling online


What is Voicethread?

Ultimate how-to:


click here to see sample A VERY Quick Glog!

online collaboration - free and easy
(small limitation - only 8 people can collaborate at once)

atomic learning: online short videos on tech topics; subscription required

Nettrekker: Nettrekker is a very powerful search engine for students and teachers alike. You can log-in from school or at home and access articles, lesson plans, videos and much much more to enhance your curriculum. One of the amazing features of Nettrekker is the "read aloud" feature. This feature enables you or your students to highlight and text and one of three voices will read it aloud at any speed you choose.

As a member of UMASD school district, you not only have access through the student log-in but you can apply for a teacher log-in which will allow you to personalize the site including setting up folders to save your searches. Contact me or your school librarian for student log-in information and/or information on how to apply for your own teacher log-in.

Discovery Streaming:

log-in with your user name and password
Tour of Discovery Streaming


Smart Notebook Software: Use Smart Notebook 10 software to create units of study for your classroom; teach the students to use SNB 10 for tech-integrated projects (as an alternative to PowerPoint)

SmartTech site: locate and modify lessons for your classroom; [[