This has been a great week. While working on the Week 8 Module, I have been introduced to several new tools to use in my classroom. The first is a looking at the options that digital media now offers for classroom use in multiple interactive formats. Also, I was introduced to Prezi, the super cool, interactive presentation software that can be used to upgrade from traditional formats. The presentation above was created with Prezi. At first I wasn't too impressed by Prezi, but the more I play with it the more I am finding it to be easier to use.
This week I also was introduced to SlideShare.net. I found many interesting lesson options already available on SlideShare that I could use immediately in my classroom on various topics. Just to see how to embed with this program, you will find a writing powerpoint that I love to use in my classroom when I am teaching paragraph writing with my students. I love to share my work with other teachers, and I love to use what's already been created if it suits my lesson needs.
Looking Ahead: While I was working on embedding, I also had some storytelling assignments to work on in one of my other classes that I'm taking. I discovered Animoto earlier this semester and it has to be one of the easiest online software programs that I have ever used! For this particular project, I had to tell a story about Me. For weeks I was stumped on how I was going to tackle this project. In the end, I created several versions. I wanted to be able to show my students that just because you finish something, doesn't mean that you are really finished. I want to try and embed my video on here, just to see if it works. What I am going to embed is an early version of my video and a final version. I created my video in Animoto and then downloaded that portion of the project into Movie Maker to complete the narration. Overall, I think it turned out better with the narration. I'm looking forward to the possibilities that this class and my other classes are providing me with. :)