This tutorial has introduced me to so many useful tools that I didn’t know about. My favorite activities were using wordle, finding images on flickr, creating a slideshow with animoto, and using voice thread for my book talk. I know I’ll be using these tools in the future for school as well as personal projects. I’ve also learned a lot of useful imformation about websites and giving credit, which will really help me in college next year. This tutorial has been both educating and fun and I’m glad I had the opportunity to work on it!
I made this slideshow at animoto.com. There’s three steps to creating a video: choosing pictures, the style of your video, and the background music. I love animals so I decided to make the theme wildlife and got the pictures from Flickr. This website could definiteley be useful for school projects or documenting vacations and other memories with family and friends. Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Writing research reports, I’ve learned how important it is to have credible websites to pull information from. The Cornell University Library has a page called “Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages” that highlights the most important things to consider when using a web document. The five criteria are accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage. It’s important to ask yourself questions like who wrote the document, what credentials do they have, and when was the document created or last updated? Visit the Cornell page to learn more about evaluating websites.
Watch my book talk on Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen:
I created this using voicethread.com. In order to record something you have to upload a picture to use as the background. Then you click on “Comment” to record yourself. It plays the recording back for you and you can re-record as many times as you want until you’re satisfied, then save and publish your voice thread.
This is an image I created on ImageChef, a really fun site that has a bunch of options for creating different images. Its perfect for personalizing greeting cards or just creating art without needing the artistic talent.
I made this image on Wordle.net, which is great for making signs and covers. All you have to do is type in a list of words, then play around with the directions and color palette until you get the perfect creation.
This is the first time I’ve used Flickr to find images and the options are so much better than google! All you have to do is type in a keyword and it gives you a variety of great photos. I chose the first image because I love living by the beach and getting to see the beautiful sunset everyday. The second image reminds me of my dog, Rikki, when he was a puppy. 🙂
I created my avatar with Gaia Dream Avatar at tektek.org/dream. Making the avatar was super easy and fun. It gives you different options for skin color, hair style, eyes, and clothes, so I just chose the ones I thought best represented me and I really like the way it turned out! I did have a bit of trouble transferring the avatar to my blog, but eventually figured it out.
To me, being a good digital citizen means leaving a positive mark on the internet. With technology today, anything posted on the internet has the potential to spread much farther than people may intend for it to. Its so important to be aware of your digital footprint and the impact it could have. Once you’ve posted something you don’t have the ability to take it back, so its a choice that should require a lot of responsibility and consideration.
I’m creating this blog to talk about my experience with Teen Learning 2.0. I’ve never been very good with computers, so I’m excited to become an expert at using all the different tech tools and websites.
Hoping to learn a lot!