Monday, June 25, 2012

My Sample Letterpop

I was not able to save the sample Letterpop I made, so I captured a screenshot of my attempt (cropped it and added it to Google Docs).  This is from my third attempt, so there is no picture.  The web site allowed me to upload a picture during my first attempt, but was forcing me to pay to add my picture during my second and third attempts.  The sample version I was using only had six free pictures, but they were irrelevant to my sample.

I created this sample with telecollaboration in mind.  If the web site was free and/or more cooperative, I would have students create a question, answer the question, and then email their Letterpop to another student (preferably in another country) and have them answer the same question.  This would give students a global perspective on various topics.  It would be a more visual way to interact with the other class, instead of sending email messages back and forth.

ISTE Technology Standards: If students use Letterpop, they will meet standards 1 (creativity and innovation) and 2 (communication and collaboration).  Students will apply prior knowledge of describing pictures and answering questions in an innovative way.  Also, they will be able to communicate with students internationally to learn about different cultures.
I was able to find a blog post from Baltimore County Public Schools that puts in a good word for Letterpop, and explains how they have used it with students.  The post is from 2008, so it is not as current as I would like.  Letterpop may have been a free site at that time. 



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  2. Mollie- I found another site from BCPS that was helpful in regards to Web 2.0 tools. Here's the link BCPS Wiki

    1. Kate, thanks for the link to the BCPS wiki. It looks like a great resource. I saw some web 2.0 tools on their list that I have not seen before. I like how some of the tools include a post about how to use them in the classroom.