Setting the Stage - presentation

Student-Created Virtual Exhibits

When students become curators and design their own virtual exhibits to demonstrate their knowledge related to a curriculum unit, they have to consider:
- what to include and what not to include
- how to select "artifacts" that demonstrate or "re-present" some aspect of the learning
- how to introduce and orient the user to best understand the artifacts
- how to design a virtual environment that is accessible, engaging, and informative

Wikis like wikispaces (the public version or via wmwikis) are a natural way to create and publish a single author or collaborative exhibit.

Multimedia creation sites like Glogster allow students to create virtual posters around topics related to the curriculum. Similar to the student-created virtual exhibits above, students can use text, images, video, and audio to create one-page mini exhibits. Glogster supports an educational community to focus on the use of Glogster in classrooms.

Timeline creation tools like Toki-Toki, Timeglider, or Dipity might work well for a chronological focus.

  • Holes by Louis Suchar (wikispaces) - site
  • The Moon - site
  • The Lightning Thief - site
  • Aquatic Invertebrates - site
  • Civil War Timeline (dipity) - site

Concept Maps

Concept maps can take a number of different forms including knowledge webs, character trait diagrams, flowcharts, decision trees and more. Inspiration is the most common and probably most powerful concept map software application, although many online versions can be great as well. Be sure to check out the Inspired Learning Community where teachers can share and comment upon Inspiration creations. There you can find many, many examples.

Web-based concept mapping tools:


Podcasts are audio files posted online in a format that allows users to subscribe and listen on the computer and/or mp3 player. The tools required to record and edit podcasts (e.g., Audacity, GarageBand, etc.) are typically free and relatively easy to use. Educational podcasts range from recorded lectures, to review casts, to explaining concepts, to roundtable discussions. The Education category in iTunes and the Learning in Hand are good places to start to find a range of podcasts created both by and for students.

To create a podcast, you'll need to find some way to record audio. On a Windows computer, you can use the built in Sound Recorder application. On a Mac computer, you can use Garage Band. Alternatively, you can download the free, open-source audio recording and editing software, Audacity. You can also use a digital audio recorder or even a smart phone to create a sound file. Then you need a place to host your podcast. I'd suggest starting with something like Blogger or Posterous. Once you create your blog, you create a new post to attach an audio file. Once you have a series of these posts, viola, you have a podcast. Check out the Ed Tech Co-Op podcast as an example of a Posterous blog/podcast.

  • Jamestown Settlement (podcast) - site
  • Math Podcast (SmartBoard recorder) - site
  • Is the U.S. Still in a Recession? - site

Digital Moviemaking

For all things digital moviemaking, check out the Digital Director's Guild. Be sure to check out the rationale and student samples sections, along with the resources page.