k2.jpgi2.jpgn2.jpgg2.jpg

Stretch Things

Stretch things are optional tasks.
  • Introduction
    • Thing 1 - Review some strategies for Lifelong Learning
      • optional task 1: Read and comment on this paper that discusses Lifelong Learning and Middle School curriculum
    • Thing 2 - Learn a bit about Web 2.0, and Why it matters
      • optional task 1: Review this link about how to use Google Maps and think potential educational uses
      • optional task 2: Although beyond the scope of this course, how will be teach the video game generation. Watch this video and comment about how a virtual world might be used in your subject.

  • Blogging
    • Thing 3 - Set up your blog at Edublogs and write your first posts.
      • optional task 1: Create a more general-purpose website that is not formatted like a wiki or blog (2/3 columns).
      • optional task 2: Explore and add some widgets to your Edublogs wiki
      • optional task 3: For the cutting-edge, check out Ning.
    • Thing 4 - Explore some uses of blogs in education; Consider possibilities for blogging in your professional environment.
      KLHT variation: For PART 2 of the Task, please visit and comment on the blogs of two KLHT participants, listed HERE.
      • optional task 1: Get productive and take a look at these resources

  • RSS and Aggregators
    • Thing 5 - Learn about RSS and set up Google Reader
      • optional task 1: Review another way to handle words by clicking here
    • Thing 6 - Feed your reader: find & subscribe to feeds
      • optional task 1: Create an RSS dashboard at Netvibes.
    • Thing 7 - Begin to build a reading habit (this will continue throughout the course).
      • optional task 1: Proceed to Scribd and find a wealth or information

  • Wikis
    • Thing 8 - What is a wiki? Explore educational uses for Wikis.
      • optional task 1: none
    • Thing 9 - Set up your own page on the K12 Learning 2.0 participant sandbox wiki.
      • optional task 1: Explore the Shelfari website and embed a shelf in your wiki

  • Images & Slideshows
    • Thing 10 - Learn about Creative Commons
      • optional task 1: none
    • Thing 11 - Intro to Photosharing and Tagging; explore Flickr
      • optional task 1: Explore image generators
      • optional task 2: Embed a generated image in your wiki
      • optional task 3: Embed a slide show in your wiki
      • optional task 4: Use images to create a mosaic
    • Thing 12 - Create an online Slideshow using your own or Creative Commons photos
      • optional task 1: Explore document sharing at Scribd
      • optional task 2: Embed a document in your wiki

  • Discover & Reflect
    • Thing 13 - Attend a "21st Century" Conference (in your PJs); Comment on other participant blogs
      • optional task 1: none
    • Thing 14 - Explore one or more tools of choice (Gliffy, Quizlet, Ta-Da List, SketchCast, etc)
      • optional task 1: none
    • Thing7b - Blog about something interesting you've found in your Google Reader
      • optional task 1: none

  • Social Bookmarking & Tagging
    • Thing 15 - Intro to Social Bookmarking; Set up a Del.icio.us account and begin adding and tagging resources
      • optional task 1: Explore an alternative to Delicious that has additional features, such as "post it" notes for webpages
      • optional task 2: Add a widget to your wiki that shows your Delicious links.
      • optional task 3: Make use of your bookmarks to find other websites or users. Try these suggestions using your Delicious bookmarks
      • optional task 4: Add a widget that shows someone else's Delicious bookmarks
      • optional task 5: Add your Delicious bookmarks to Google Reader
      • optional task 6: Check out the Fleck website. How does this compare with Delicions?
      • optional task 7: Add interesting widgets to your blog - how about a cool banner, or small weblink previews
    • Thing 16 - Discover LibraryThing
      • optional task 1: <<task to be announced>>

  • Podcasting & Videosharing
    • Thing 17 - Intro to Podcasting; Explore some educational podcasts
      • optional task 1: Watch this video and help me figure out a way to use Google Sketchup academically
    • Thing 18 - Create a "Bare Bones" podcast using Evoca
      • optional task 1: none
    • Thing 19 - Intro to Video Sharing; Explore YouTube and TeacherTube
      • optional task 1: try and create your own video at Animoto

  • Get Productive
    • Thing 20 - Use Google Docs to create and share collaborative documents, spreadsheets and presentations
      • optional task 1: Review how a teacher uses Google Docs at this webpage
      • optional task 2: Create a spreadsheet with a form and send it to fellow teachers to solicit information.
    • Thing 21 - Create a custom start page using Pageflakes
      • optional task 1: Create a custom search at Google and add it to your Edublog
      • optional task 2: Explore RollYo and comment on how you could use it
    • Thing7c - Blog about something interesting you've found in your Google Reader.
      • optional task 1: none

  • Connect & Reflect
    • Thing 22 - Learn about Social Networking and explore the Classroom 2.0 and other education-related NING Networks
      • optional task 1: Explore award-winning websites from here, here, here or here and introduce a new web2.0 website to your collegues.
      • optional task 2: Explore this seasoned edtech blog and find a new technology for our next class.
    • Thing 23 - Add your reflections to the K12 Learning 2.0 Voicethread; Blog about your experiences and next steps
      • optional task 1: none