K. C. Testerman's Technology Wiki

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This is a great way to put information on the internet quickly! You can add and subtract information at will on these types of sites. As I present, feel free to join this site. You can email me at the addresses below or follow me on twitter. My email address: shakespearelover28@yahoo.com or testermankc@gmail.com. Feel free to contact me even after this session is over. I'm more than happy to speak with you. Some other wikis I run are about having a paperless classroom and KCTestandTech, the one I use for the MSP grant with the CCIU. http://kctpaperless.wikispaces.com

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How to use Twitter-Follow Fifty Assignment


Why Wiki?

Wikis can really exemplify the idea of the read/write web in that they allow a web space to constantly evolve into an informative and ever-changing educational resource, with contributions from people working together across space and time.
Wiki pages can be a great tool for English teachers. Whether it is used as an online publishing tool, a discussion board, a way to collaborate group work or for other projects, wikis are a fantastic way for a class to communicate, especially outside of the classroom. They can also provide students with a genuine publishing opportunity.

Wikis can be used for:

  • Discussion boards---post a video, a picture, a question, a reading assignment, a web link, etc. then have students participate in a discussion thread. You can easily monitor who participates and how often. Since many schools do not allow blog access, this is a great alternative!
  • Publication opportunities--students can create their own pages and publish work for private or public viewing. You can set the space up so just you, just the students, or the whole world can view their work! Students can also customize their pages with pictures and graphics. Wikis have been referred to as a "safe" myspace, so students eat it up!
  • Group collaboration--A wiki can give students the opportunity to work on a group document from home and in class. You can easily monitor who contributes and watch the project take shape.
  • Online literary circles--as with discussion boards and group collaboration, this is a great way to facilitate a discussion about a novel from home.
  • Peer revision--Students can post drafts of written work, comment, edit, revise and respond via discussion board.
  • Electronic portfolios--Create a class homepage and a page for every student in the class to upload their written assignments. Combine this with all of these activities and students can create, collect and maintain quite a portfolio to show learning and progress throughout the school year.
  • Projects--have students create a wiki for a class project at the end of a unit. For example, students could create a wiki page of a famous author or character in a book (similar to a "myspace" format).
  • Research--what a refreshing twist to the traditional research "paper"! Students can now create their own website on virtually any topic imaginable!!

The list is endless of what you can do with a wiki. Where there is collaboration, there are wikis!

An example of a school who uses wikis to collaborate across the department: Cool Cat Teacher uses wikis for so many things. Check out her blog here about wiki usages.

A132 English Wiki

Problem Based Learning is great with a wiki. Here is an example of one I did with my class. Voyage PBL

Good places to start your own wiki:

Good resources for information:

2007-2008 Collaborations for all Subjects
2008-2009 Collaborations for all Subjects
If you use Moodle in your district, there is a wiki associated with it. It does not have all the bells and whistles of the above sites, but it also doesn't have the ads.
Strategic Plan Wiki-Use a wiki to keep track of documents instead of constantly mailing them with "Draft 1" and "Draft 2" on them!


Blogs are one of the most effective tools to encourage students to write, reflect and respond critically and appropriately. Blogsalso have a wealth of information in them so students need to evaluate the information discriminately. Blogs have been used by educators in many unique ways such as students blogging as a character from literatuer and responding to each other's blogs in character.

This is a list of the best blogs for educators. Check it out...it's worldwide.

Blogs are great tools to "log" information on the web. Cool Cat Teacher has a great one to read here. Another great educator to follow is Eric Sheninger.

How to set up a blog using Blogger

BBC Blogging Article

The Polliwog Journal
Peer Editing with Weblogs

Warwick Blog
Testerman Blog Example


What is Podcasting? Podcasting is a quick way to record information and pass it along to anyone who can hear it. Podcasts are great for "flipping classrooms." Check out Sal Khan's Khan Academy for more information.

Terrific site called Flocabulary!
Podcasting in the Classroom link

Definition of Podcasting
Great podcasts in Education

Examples of Podcasts (English)

Meet the Writers Podcasts
Grammar Girl
Writer’s Almanac (Garrison Keiler)
New Yorker: Fiction
PRI: Selected Shorts
Your Two Words a Day – Vocabulary
Business English
Podcasting in the classroom examples

Examples of Podcasts (Education)

Download and use Itunes to explore podcasts.
Podcast 411
Informational website. Great website for those new to podcasting
Podcast Pickle
Original Podcast Community. (Podcasts and Forums)
Education Podcast Network
Great place to find some really good educational podcasts
Apple Podcasts in Education
Great links to educational podcasts

Podcasting Resources

Learning in Hand
Learn how to find, subscribe, listen, and create
Creating a podcast: directions from Learning in Hand
Enhanced Podcast Overview Using Garage Band
Demonstrates how to use garage band to create a podcast
Podcasting Basics and Other Useful Information
Teaching and Learning with Podcasting
Great planning tool when integrating podcasting into your curriculum

Podcast Hosting


Audacity-Audio Recording Software


Podcasts Rubrics

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Podcasting Planning
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Podcasting Permission Slips
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Fair Use Chart
Copyright Permission

Podcasting Powerpoint

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and my version of this
The regular posting of digital audio files, to which interested others can subscribe and receive automatically, using RSS feeds and a subscription-management service.

PC users could use Audacity & Photostory.
MAC users could use iMovie or Keynote
  • Delicious
  • Diigo
How to convert music to .wav files for audacity is found here