New Content Alert: Safari 4, Word 2010, iPhoto '09, PixWriter 3, Read:OutLoud 6, more
New and expanded tutorial series
As stated by Apple®: "It’s a browser. It’s a platform. It’s an open invitation to innovate. Safari® continuously redefines the browser, providing the most enjoyable way to experience the Internet."
Microsoft® Word 2010 offers the best of all worlds: enhanced features to create professional-quality documents, easier ways to work together with people and almost-anywhere access to your files. Use this introductory level tutorial series to watch, listen, and learn the basics of how to create high-quality documents that you can be proud of.
PixWriter™ is a talking picture and word processing program designed for beginning and struggling readers and writers. The program combines print, pictures, and speech allowing users to compose written documents even if knowledge of sound-symbol relationships, spelling, and alphabet skills have not been mastered. Teachers can quickly create a customized word bank that includes symbols for students to use for writing.
Read:OutLoud® is a text to speech software program with built in supports for reading comprehension. Version 6 of Read:OutLoud has made it easier to read and navigate every type of file and Web content. There is improved PDF support and NIMAS files don’t require any conversion. In version 6, an outline is automatically formed when students highlight text, simplifying the outline process. Read:OutLoud 6 will instantly open books from Bookshare’s Web site without unpacking.
Tech Integration Projects
Podcast Creation - GarageBand '09
Take poetry to a new level! Users will use an audio application to produce a podcast of themselves narrating a piece of poetry. They will locate or create a music track to accompany their poem, and also import images they have found to add a visual component to the podcast. Finally, they will export their podcast so that it can be shared with others on the Web or as a standalone presentation.
Podcast Creation - Windows Movie Maker 2.6
Similar to the GarageBand project above, this version is for Windows users.
Creating a Photo Book - iPhoto '09
For this project we will be using multimedia software to create a photo book. We’ll begin by importing digital images into a photo editing application and organizing the photos in an album. We’ll choose a theme for the photo book and create the book pages. Images will be added to the book, resized or cropped, and positioned for best effect on the pages. We’ll add and format text for titles and image descriptions. Photo books can be used for simply sharing photos, but can also tell a story about an important event or experience, or provide a way to share information gained through research. Our Wildflowers photo book might be part of a botany or biology presentation. This project can be easily adapted to suit any subject area, just by choosing appropriate images and other content for documenting a specified topic.
Adapting a 21st Century Skills Project to the Classroom
Atomic Learning’s 21st century skills projects provide professional development opportunities and authentic assessment of 21st century skills for teachers. What's more, they are designed to empower educators to infuse 21st century skills into the classroom.
Brad Flickinger, teacher and education futurist, shares his experience in adapting an Atomic Learning 21st century skills project into a classroom. This workshop highlights Brad’s insight, as well as the ease of modifying and adapting a project for classroom integration, and the astonishing results he and his students achieved through the engaging What’s for Breakfast project.