Have you ever wished there was one location to get the information you need to begin an awesome multimedia project for your students? Well, there is! Moving at the Speed of Creativity is a blog by Dr. Wesley Fryer that includes a page that gives you tips, tools and examples needed to help your students create amazing media products. So what do you want your students to do? Chances are, there’s an easy way to facilitate learning for you and your students.
After you click on the image that looks like the one to the left, Mapping Media to the Common Core, twelve tasks will appear. This post highlights two: visual notetaking and interactive writing.
I don’t require my students to take notes very often but I do ask them to visually record what they have learned. This past year I showed my students different ways to draw graphic organizers. Visual notetaking is another way for them to synthesize their learning. The visual notetaking page on Dr.Fryer’s blog has links to free and fee-based tools. One of the free web-based tools is Popplet, an easy to use graphic organizer. The one you see to the right was created in 15 minutes. A product like this would be easy for my students to create and a great way for me to gauge their level of learning. Looking for additional resources to use Popplet? Check out the Popplet tutorial below to explore its features. Then check out Learning to Use Popplet in the Classroom for some additional activities.
Another task I was interested in learning more about was blogging. Since my school doesn’t have blogging set up for teachers to use with their students, I needed a program that was user friendly. The interactive writing tab in Dr. Fryer’s blog led me to Kidblog. The setup was easy and the site is safe. Within minutes, I was ready to begin blogging. Now all I needed were kids! If you are looking for information on the features of Kidblog, check out the Youtube video below. One of the new features I learned from this video was how to provide students with a code for easy setup. Are you interested in viewing an actual Kidblog? Check out Mr. Brim’s class blog.
This page from Dr. Fryer’s blog has so much to offer! I encourage you to check it out. Who knows? You might see a task you’ve been wanting to try out for the upcoming school year! With Dr. Fryer’s helpful resource page, you have all the information you need in one place! How cool is that?