Welcome to the Cardinal's Nest.

A wiki to be used for staff development of all techy websites, student engagement aids and anything we can use at our schools!!

Please post any useful technology websites, student engagement websites, or any websites you feel would be good for students to use. We will have them here for others to view and comment on. Please add, take, and visit often!!

What is a Wiki? found this to be a good explanation......

A wiki activity is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Basically, a wiki page is a web page everyone in our school can create together, right in the browser, without needing to know HTML. A wiki starts with one front page. Each author can add other pages to the wiki by simply creating a link to a page that doesn't exist yet.
Wikis get their name from the Hawaiian term "wiki wiki," which means "very fast." A wiki is indeed a fast method for creating content as a group. It's a hugely popular format on the Web for creating documents as a group. There is usually no central editor of a wiki, no single person who has final editorial control. Instead, the community edits and develops its own content. Consensus views emerge from the work of many people on a document.

Lets start with some links to websites to use with students:

Sign Generator
Paste personalized text on well-known images. (Magic 8 Ball, Hollywood Star, Vegas Sign, Alphabet Soup, and much more!)

JayCut movie maker
This site is a movie maker site that is web based. It is pretty basic compared to some others, but the advantage is that students do NOT have to be using a computer with the software loaded on it. That means a student could start a project at school, save it to JayCut, work on it at home, work on it at a friends house and not have to worry about jumpdrives or the correct version of software.

Make fun word clouds using all the vocabulary from a particular topic.

A fun way for students to give a report on a topic. Another way to show what they know.

A way to meet online without having to download Skype, Go to Meeting etc. You can share information, files etc.

This is the Wiki from the 2010 TIES conference. Click on General Sessions to view all that was presented. Clicking on the specific session will sometimes reveal links to other websites. That is where all the above sites came from.

These are different ways wiki could be used in your classroom.

An easy place to start a private classroom website - looks similar to Facebook.

50 sites in 60 minutes. This guy presents at various workshops highlghting student / teacher friendly websites.
For example

An open think pad that can be kept private for students to discuss topics and/or answer questions/blog.

Stream video/lectures.

A free 3D software tool that combines a tool-set with an intelligent drawing system.

Website of the presenter of Teaching "Wired" Learners. Several great ideas and "stuff" on his site!

This site lets you make, self-publish, print and sell print-on-demand books, e- books, photo books and calendars with free book publishing.

A digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create a 3D pop-up book.

A Where yoyu can transform imagination into stories and publish into books to share.

Digital Storytelling- iPad app: Fotobabble. Take a picture and add your own voice text. It;s that simple.

Digital Storytelling- iPad app: Voicethread- Take a picture. You can talk, type and draw right on the screen. Allows you to group pictures and create a video.

Very easy way to set up literature circles in your classroom with a kid friendly blog. It gives the students a chance to make comments, write summaries, insert photos, etc. Incorporates all the various jobs in lit. circles.