Interactive Websites Workshop

These links are from a workshop presented at a Montclair Staff Development Workshop on July 10, 2009. It is also posted on the Ning I created for my staff. (I am very protective of the Ning and I am only allowing Montclair Public School Staff to join.) I am posting it here to share with my PLN and get comments and suggestions

I am looking at alternatives to paper handouts and PowerPoint type presentations. I am hoping to create conversations around these topics and allow for playback and feedback.

This posting is on my Ning before the workshop and I am using it the way I would use Google Sites to present. example

Most of the teachers in the workshop tomorrow will be new to the Ning so I may no ask them to sign up until the lunch break so I can walk each person through it.

I created the Ning last summer and over 50 staff members have joined. It has been “resting” most of the year. Now my district is looking at it and teachers are starting to use it unprompted.

I am hoping that by posting my resources on the Ning they will be able to “playback” the information, give feedback to the information and add some of their expertise.

Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Interactive Websites
Interactive websites are sites where users are actively engaged in acquiring information, creating a product, or practicing multiple scenarios.
Most Web 2.0 sites are interactive.
Not all interactive sites are Web 2.0 sites.
They often look like they are playing games.
Questions to ask:
Will I achieve the objective of the lesson?
Are some elements too distracting?
How well does it work?
How interesting is the simulation?
Is is blocked?
What kinds of conversations will the students engage in?
What will the students walk away with?
Let’s take a look at one:
Some good features:
Multiple Responses
Report Upon Completion
Solo or in Cooperative Groups
You walk away with something
Some favorites:
Spelling City
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
KidWings-Owl Pellet Dissection
Human Body
Annenberg Media
A Day in the Life
The Renaissance Connection
Incredible Human Machine
Professor Garfield
My bookmarks for interactive sites:
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