Joanna, It's good to see you! To answer your question (which is a good one), the easiest tool for me to use right away is Flickr though I will have to use it at home since our district blocks it. I can save images and bring them into school on a jump drive or my laptop. That would be easy to use for staff training also.
I was also thinking about sharing some of the insights I've gained via the various blogs with the principal, staff & community.
I'm going to work with 5th grade teachers and set up some wikis, so I anticipate using quite a few tools, if the district allows. I am really looking forward to this year, incorporating all this new learning!
I thinking of a library wiki also, where the LIbrary club and others can post book recommendations, but also where students can post their observations of the library-I think I'll start it as a kind of "newspaper guide to the library", with reporters gathering information about the different parts of the library.
i've just joined the group and would love to know if you got your wiki up and running. If possible I'd like to see it, as I haven't really seen one in action and would love to have one for my school library.
This is a great question. I'd really like to use dipity which is a timeliner tool and I think it would be great to use with 5th graders as a way to present author research which they do as part of their language arts class. I could also see it used to create a timeline for a novel, maybe with 4th or 5th grade.
I'm a tech mentor for our school and I'm planning to present an afterschool workshop on web 2.0 tools for teachers. Another way to share in our building is during monthly faculty meetings. We reserve 5 per year for technology related topics. One technology tool per meeting works well for our teachers.
I'm interested in learning about how the wikis are working. Keep us posted. I'd like to try them, too.
I've set up a wikispaces account with the fourth graders at one of my schools. They were interested, but found few of them could remember to use it after school. I've shared it with the teachers, their parents, and the principal. I'm hoping it continues next year, with students adding more information.
We used and loved Wordle for self expression and as a way to create posters for the Dewey Hundreds. We are just beginning our introduction to wikis. We have a library wiki and we will be learning while the kids create artwork and other content for the site. Its at http://parkviewlibrary.pbworks.com. I'll have to let you know how that goes!