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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tool #5: Producing with Web 2.0 Tools

Use at least two of the tools above to create products. Think about your content. Create a “set” for one of your lessons! Or, consider providing the site as a choice for your students to create products. Make a model for a student created product.Then, embed both products in your blog or link to the products from your blog. Describe for your readers how you think each tool can be incorporated into your classroom - how you could see the tool being used by you instructionally and your students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or topic in your classroom.

I worked with two of the tools - Animoto and Google Docs. Animoto was amusing, but I've done the same thing using iMovie and Keynotes, and those offer many more options. My students have created interesting projects with both. I was most interested in Google Docs and created a Powerpoint presentation and a document. I shared the document with three other German teachers in the district. I am in the process of redesigning a German III project, and Google Docs will be an excellent way to carry this out, especially because I can post the instructions and rubric there, and the students can share their completed projects. More about this later . . .

My Animoto Video

My Animoto Video

My Animoto Video

My Animoto Video

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tool #4: Moving Up to the Clouds!

Create at least one document in Google Docs and share it with a few others on your campus or within your department. It could a team member, a department colleague, or another teacher with whom you plan a collaboration. Ask that person to comment or chat and real-time edit the document with you.
Create one form in Google Docs and send it via email to at least two other people and ask them to respond.
Briefly discuss how you can use the tools in Google Apps with your team or department. How can you incorporate Google Apps as a tool in your classroom? Which tools are you excited about using with students?

I took a very intense course from Region IV, with the certificate proving that I completed this course, in which we worked with Google Docs, Wikis, and Moodle instruction techniques. Google Docs and Wikis allow groups to work together in creating and editing a document. Research supports the value of this sort of collaboration.

Tool #3: Finding Online Video and Image Resources

Visit several of the video hosting/streaming sites mentioned above. Share with your readers which sites you found most useful for your content and why. Using any of the video resources mentioned above, find and select two videos that may be useful resources in your classroom. Embed them in your blog. If they do not have embed capabilities, hot link them to your blog. Articulate what you learned about copyright and fair use. What was new to you? Create a Dropbox account and add some files to it  How could you use this tool in your classroom?

My German III class enjoyed the telenovella "Jojo sucht das Glueck", which consisted of 33 three minute episodes. The visual component enhanced their understanding and added an important cultural dimension. [,,13121,00.html]

My German II students are now working with German music videos that were compiled by This site provides dual language texts and also vocabulary and exercises. 

Regarding copyright and fair use policy, it is of utmost importance that all educators practice and model the highest standards of intellectual property rights.

Tool #2: Post in your blog.

  1. Visit at least 5 blogs of fellow educators and comment to one of their posts.
  2. After completing the above, share you thoughts about building and participating in an online community and participating in a PLN. 
  3. Share the url or name of a website or social network that you plan to visit in the future.
Wow! There is a lot to read out there in the blogosphere! A few sites that would be of particular interest to my students and also to me are:
This is a blog by and for fans of German soccer.
Step into German -
This is a blog that posts German music videos, along with the English and German texts and information about the groups and singers. This blog was also created specifically for students of German who like music. (Who doesn't like music?)
Deut(sch)lich - Deutsch lernen macht Spass! -
This blog is by the Sprachzentrum TANDEM Goettingen. It addresses German language and culture and is helpful to both students and teachers.