Barnett 101 - What You Need to Know

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This page is here to help you become familiar with the things you need to know to be successful in my classes. Since you probably have me for at least two classes, spending some time learning my procedures, methods, and preferences is time well spent. Cool Tools, Cool Tools II, Technology Info

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by jenniferlbarnett What can you expect in history?

Lecture & taking notes. (I will take up notes on test day for 100 points.) Tests only every 2 weeks, always worth 200 points. A variety of class activities: lecture, discussion, short videos, games, webquests, discussion posts on wikispace, mindjogger video review, quizlet, projects, and more.

What can you expect in English?

Reading - a lot. You will discuss what you have read, write about what you read, and create illustrations of your reading. We will read at least seven novels this year, a dozen short stories, and loads of other important literature. Click here for more. Vocabulary and spelling tests on Fridays. Commonly confused and misspelled words will be our focus. Writing of almost every sort and kind. We will write essays, research papers, letters, journal entries, stories, and much more!

Technology as a Tool

You can expect to use a variety of your technology skills as you move through my courses. Mastering wikispaces is a very important place to start. Each student will have his or her own wikispaces which will be used as an online portfolio. (You may use wetpaint for your portfolio if you like, but all classwork will be on this wikispace.) Read and research all of the cool tools below.

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I have found some wonderful tools that are very useful for a variety of tasks. Check out these "cool tools" and let me know what you think. Take the time to learn about these sites. You will be using many of them to learn in both English and history.

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external image readwritethink_l1.gifI really love the great interactive activities on the Read Write Think website. Many of these activities seem geared toward the English classroom, but I find they can apply to most any learning situation. Read Write Think

go2web20.gifThe best directory online of web 2.0 services and applications. There are more than 2,200 different web sites featured on this directory offering a very wide spectrum of unique services for the tech-savvy consumer. It's a must visit - but be sure you have lots of time. There's much to discover here.

ourstory_logo.gifOurStory is a great place for story telling. Record any milestone, event, moment or memory with photos and videos. You have unlimited space to organize it all. You decide who can see each story. Share by email to update family and friends. It's a fun way to reconnect and reminisce. Write once. Live forever. Your stories and media are saved securely and permanently online, in books, and on DVDs.

gliffy_logoheader.gif Gliffy is an insanely fun place to play. Create diagrams, floorplans, flow charts, graphic organizers, flyers, (somewhat)technical drawings, and much more on this easy to use site. Your work can be embedded easily, printed or saved to view online at any time.

Quizlet is a site created by a 15 year old to make learning vocabulary and other materials easier. Join my group, Mrs. Barnett's Wolves, to add quizlets to our practice sets. You'll enjoy practicing test questions on these sets, which should help you improve your scores on tests!
Be sure to use, a social bookmarking website -- the primary use of is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders. You can also use to see the interesting links that your friends and other people bookmark, and share links with them in return. You can even browse and search to discover the cool and useful bookmarks that everyone else has saved -- which is made easy with tags.

docs_spreadsheets.gifIf you've ever struggled to keep track of different versions of spreadsheet or word processor files sent over email, Google Docs & Spreadsheets may be right for you. Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group's homework assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan.

Flickr.gifThis site, Flickr, is a great photo sharing site.

external image sf_logo.pngOne True Media's mission is to empower you to express yourself in new and creative ways with the media that matters to you most - your own - and to share your creations with your most important network - your family and friends. It's very easy to use, embeddable, and fits lots of unique media needs. Go to one true media to see.

external image head_logo.gif A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.

Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone. Voki lives on your blog, social network profile and will soon be integrated in various instant messaging platforms. You will also be able to download it to most video supported phones.

Searching for something? Snap is a very different way of searching, one we suspect will take a bit of getting used to. As you can imagine, we've done a ton of usability testing in developing Snap and here's what we've learned: while Snap isn't complicated, it is a different way of searching in which a little bit of orientation goes a long way to increasing satisfaction.
What a neat place! xcellery is a cool place to create and share excel files. You can collaborate together creating them. Stop emailing and consolidating your spreadsheets! Xcellery lets several people modify the same Excel file at the same time. No installation required. It's free!

The EditGrid site is a place for creating spreadsheets collaboratively. An online spreadsheet service with real-time-update and extensive collaboration features, and a good Web 2.0 counterpart of Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc.

The Wetpaint site is a free wiki service with some interesting tools for creating pages.


The folks at iloggo have decided to create an Internet gate through which each user will be able to easily and quickly access to all his frequently visited sites. Don't be afraid of an unforeseen breakdown and loss of all gathered data. You can access them from any computer hooked up to the Internet.

A terrific office suite is at Zoho. Zoho writer, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show, Zoho Wiki, Zoho Notebook, Zoho Chat, and much more are available here. One user says, "Zoho Writer is by far the best browser based word processing software available (and I've tried them all). It features auto-save, email support and the one no one else has: a spell checker."

external image bs_beta.pngBitstrips is an online comic strip, made by you! Go to to learn how to use this tool.

Even More Tools to use with our wiki that you might like to explore:

When you're done learning about the tools listed above, go to There are thousands of web 2.0 tools there waiting for your discovery and use. Tons of great music, photo, and social tools that young folks love!