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Making the Most out of Learning with Web 2.0 Technologies - Part 1 (Prezi)
Overview:
Since technology is an excellent tool that can be used to enhance the learning process for all students, I have developed a series of podcasts that will introduce you to four Web 2.0 tools.  When these tools are integrated into the learning environment, the possibilities for collaboration and creativity are endless.  This first podcast will introduce you to Prezi, a new and innovating application editor that allows you to create presentations similar to PowerPoint.


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AVL-SIRS Discoverer
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In the third of the series, this podcast provides a tutorial on how to use the search functions of the SIRS Discoverer database of the Alabama Virtual Library. Items discussed include an overview of the categories within the database, narrowing search results, and using information to create products in the elementary classroom. An example of a project-based assessment is included within the podcast.


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"What Hath God Wrought": A Brief History of Recorded Sound
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This podcast can be used by either technology teachers or Civics teachers.  Technology teachers can use it to teach the use and possibilities of the new technologies.  The civics teacher can use it to open up discussion on laws and regulations involving those same technologies; as well as the history of recorded music up to today.  The podcast uses hip, cutting edge references to the internet and its associated uses, so kids will "get" it, but it also contains information that parents can use to help them understand their child's use of the internet.


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Taking a World Tour with Kids InfoBits
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In this podcast, students research a country of their choosing (however, the teacher may make assignments if deemed appropriate). They will use a sheet designed to record information on the country they research. They will find information about the country's flag, seal, natural resources, population, etc. At the end of the project students will create a poster about the country they have researched. They will also use the "my bookbag" feature to save their search results.


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Using InfoTrac Student Edition
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This podcast gives a brief overview of the features of InfoTrac Student Edition, which is powered by Gale Database. It shows how to move around the database, defines some of the icons and highlights how to do simple searches.


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Kids InfoBits--AVL Basic Search
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In the first of the series, this podcast provides a tutorial on how to use the basic search function in the Kids InfoBits database of the Alabama Virtual Library.  Items discussed include an overview of the categories within the database, narrowing search results, and using information to create products in the elementary classroom.  An example of a project-based assessment is included within the podcast.


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How to Create a Chart in Microsoft Excel
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This podcast shows how to create and edit a chart (graph) using Microsoft Excel 2010. 


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Vodcasting with Camtasia
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This podcast shows the viewer how to create a video podcast using screen capture software.


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Enhancing Your Classroom with 21st Century Tools
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Why should teachers integrate technology in the classroom and how can it be done? If these are questions that you have then this video is for you! This podcast was created to inspire educators to utilize 21st century education to create lifelong learners for the 21st century.


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