Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Project Websites for Students (and Teachers)

I have been teaching EdTech for about 10 years in a K-8 school and am always searching for new and creative ways for my students to present their work.  Originally, it was printed documents, followed by Power Point presentations, and then limited videos. Over the past few years, there has been a boon of new innovations as well as web-based project sites for teachers (and students) to choose from for creative outlet. 

My students' current favorite is Glogster--an interactive web-based virtual poster--to the point that they want to do all their projects on it. They also like PhotoStory 3, whether it is their own video or art, or imported pictures in our predominantly PC lab.  The most recent find has been Museum Box, a great tool for Social Studies where students can collect items (pics, video, text, audio, etc)  and virtually place them into a box to describe an event or person -- it is very cool!

Not Just for Students...
These web based tools also allow my fellow teachers to find new ways for their subject matter to be presented -- and ultimately share with their students. Whether the subject matter is History, ILA, Science, or cross-curricular -- it allows for a fresh take on some old material for everyone -- a win-win!

I recently read a list from Mr. EduHow To's  blog where he compiled his students' "14 Student Favorite Project Websites". I thought I would share his list -- it will also give me a chance to share more options with my students!


  1. Thanks for the tips on the Museum box and the link to the 14 students favorite project websites. I will share those with my teachers. Glogster is great. I also encourage you to share the link of some of their projects here so others can see the fabulous things they are doing! Nice blog. Love the background. I am also tech ed. I have been in this position for 15 years and teach some classes, but we are 1:1 this year in HS and that has taken a lot of my time.

  2. Thanks for the positive comments. As this is a fairly new blog, the next thing I would like to add is a portfolio of my students' work! The 1:1 roll out must be time consuming - good luck with the endeavor.

  3. I must agree with you about the tech tools and the advancement in the past few years available to students and teachers in the world of tech. My students love Glogster - and as they would describe, "good-bye to boring cut and paste poster projects." Photostory is another great tool, but I find that with the arrival of Windows 7 it is no longer compatible. Do you use any other video/picture editing software?

  4. I also use Movie Maker with the PCs or iMovie with our 1 Mac big screen. Every year, I also do a variety of projects using PhotoShop Elements--students learn photo editing and create surreal original artworks of their own. In previous years, I did this project with our Art teacher based on different artists she introduced to the students. It's great fun.