Here is a lesson plan for Post-Secondar students. I don't have standards because I'm not really sure where to go to find standards for colleges, but I asked Chris, so hopefully I will be able to put that in later. Feel free to tell me what to improve or add!
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Grade Level – Post Secondary
Subject - Math (lower level)
Given a list of 20 geometric shapes, students will go around campus for one class period taking pictures of each shape they find. Students will post as many pictures as they found during the class period onto Present.ly and comment 3 times on other students’ pictures with Present.ly.
List of Shapes Computer Lab
Digital Camera Present.ly Account
1. Before the beginning of the activity, students should know the following background information:
· Geometric Shapes
· How to use Present.ly
2. When students arrive in class, put the students in pairs.
3. Explain the rules of the scavenger hunt to the students.
· Students will go around campus finding the 20 geometric shapes during the class period provided on the list.
· When finished, students will come back to the classroom and post their pictures on Present.ly
· If a group hasn’t found all 20 shapes by the end of class, they are to report to classroom with 15 minutes left of class to upload what they have found.
· For homework, students will log onto Present.ly and comment on other students pictures explaining why it is a good picture or what is wrong with it.
4. Hand the pairs of students the list.
5. Tell students they are allowed to go and what time they need to be back in order to upload pictures.
· Students will be required to upload the pictures of as many geometric shapes that they found while around campus during the class period to Present.ly.
· Students will comment 3 times on others pictures saying why it is a good picture, or how it could be better.
· Students will have to be prepared to have a discussion the following class about the pictures and their experience finding the objects around campus.
Here is a lesson plan for Secondary School, I also did not include standards because I did not know which ones to use....but I will include later once I figure it out. Also this is supposed to be in the color orange, its not this boring in actuality.
Role Play: Important Figures in US History
Students will work individually and research an important figure in US History which has been discussed in class. They will then prepare a minimum of three clues about their character which they will then post on Present.ly. The other students will try to guess who he is and put their answers in a response to the post.
The students will be using computer with internet access in a computer lab or using a computer at home.
Types of Students
The students will be in secondary school grade 10.
Computers with internet access (lab or personal), present.ly account
1. Each student will first choose an important figure in US History which has been discussed in class and conduct research. Topics to research are:
a. Important achievements in their life
b. Important events
c. Background of the figure
2. Once the student has compiled research on their figure, they will then create a present.ly account and sign up in the class’ group.
3. Then each student will be assigned an order in which they will post their clues on present.ly while the other students try to guess who the figure is. 4. After all the students have given their clues and their characters have been discovered they will type a one page paper about the process of research and using present.ly to present their information.
The students will role play as an important figure from US history using Present.ly. The students will also type a one page paper about their research and the process of using Present.ly.
The students will be graded on historical accuracy, ability to efficiently use Present.ly, and the content of their clues. Evaluated based on the following:
1) Research – 10 points
2) Content and Historical Accuracy- 15pts
3) Use of Present.ly- 15pts
4) 1 page paper- 20 pts
Present.ly can be used for communication within businesses. In this aspect, it connects entire companies by allowing employees and users to post updates, share files, exchange ideas, and more. It makes it able to blog co-workers by sending updating messages, private or not. It differs from similar Web 2.0 sites in that it supports file attachments. Present.ly can work either as a hosted service or installed in a business, behind the corporate firewall. Present.ly also lets users segment out groups, which is useful for filtering the flow of info. Present.ly is free for up to five users in a company. After that, the company charges about $1 per user per month. (it may be different depending on the business’ service plan)
Present.ly was initially started by of ‘Intridea’- a software development firm. This firm was founded by Barg Upender and co-founded by David Naffis, and has released similiar products and services including CrowdSound, Social Spring, etc.
Here is a lesson plan for elementary school students to use present.ly I also did not include any sources or standards, this is a very rough draft of this, we can make it better in class
Objective – Students will read a story in class over a few weeks such as Charlotte’s Web or the Wizard of Oz. After completion of the story, students will then go onto to presently for homework and will have an online discussion about certain main themes from the story and what they think certain things represent. The teacher will provide the question for discussion and then have them make an initial response to the question given and then also make comments on other people’s responses. Once a certain topic feels like it has been exhausted, the teacher will put the next question online for discussion.
Learning – The students will learn all about the main themes of the story and characters and certain things such as plot and anything else the teacher wants them to learn about by having to respond to posed questions and then see what others responded to the same question and make comments on them.
Students – The students for this example will be 4th graders.
Materials – Computer, story book, present.ly account, internet access.
Procedures – 1) Read the story with the students in class over the period of a few weeks
2) Have the students take what they have learned and apply it to answering questions about the story
3) Give a test over the same content that was on the discussion online and see how much they have learned
Evaluation – This deals with the test at the end to see that they have learned the material and that they have learned what was expected of them, and that they correctly used present.ly to express their ideas and comment on others ideas.
This can be a great way to get students to use technology to connect ideas learned from literature into web applications. If done correctly students can use this over and over with other stories and other subjects throughout the year, and it is a fun way for students to learn the material and truly master it through experience.
How to start using Present.ly
To sign up, your company or organization must create a network that is managed by an administrator. They choose the security level. The options they can choose are by invitation only, need an access code, need a certain domain for the email address, or open to anyone. (http://www.presentlyapp.com/accounts/custom)
Relation to other Applications
Present.ly can be accessed through a number of different applications. There are programs that can be downloaded so that Present.ly can be used through Twitter, the Iphone, Gmail, and Microsoft Windows. These applications allow Present.ly to be used more easily and efficiently. They make it possible to follow co-workers no matter where you may be.
· Adobe AIR
This feature allows you to keep Present.ly and see updates while working on other projects on your desktop. It will keep a small window open that you can put in the corner of your monitor for constant work updates.
· Apple Iphone
Stay up to date with your co-workers on your iPhone. The iPhone version of Present.ly is based off of the open-sourced iPhone Twitter application, Natsulion. To download it, just search for it in the App Store
· Google Android
If you have a phone that runs on Google's Android operating system, you can take advantage of Present.ly anywhere you have an Internet connection (http://www.presentlyapp.com/native_apps/android)
You can take Present.ly with you anywhere you go on your BlackBerry device. Enter your e-mail address below and we'll send you a link to download the BlackBerry application on your BlackBerry.
· Windows Mobile
You can download and stay updated if you have a Windows mobile device
· Sharepoint web part
You can update Present.ly through the Microsoft Sharepoint portal (http://www.presentlyapp.com/blog). Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business insight. Additionally, this collaboration and content management server provides IT professionals and developers with the platform and tools they need for server administration, application extensibility, and interoperability. (http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/Pages/Default.aspx)
· RSS Feeds
o You can link RSS feeds to your account so that you can see updates from those feeds within your Present.ly account
Unique ways to use Present.ly
Unique ways to use Present.ly: You can customize the page for your business, putting your company's colors and adding tools to make your company's Present.ly site unique. (http://presentlyapp.com/tour)
Collaborate with your Co-Workers in Real-Time
Present.ly allows individuals to post short, frequent updates that are tracked or "followed" by others. Unlike Twitter, Present.ly provides a secure and private way to share updates among members of a company, without them being visible to the outside world.
We don't pretend to know exactly how you will want to use Present.ly in your business. That's why we give you tools to make Present.ly work the way you want. Present.ly's Twitter-compatible API makes it dead simple to create novel ways to interact with the system. And all the tools built for Twitter can be adapted to Present.ly with just a few small modifications.
Internationally, Present.ly is useful because it provides immediate updates from all those you are following from your company no matter where in the world they are, and can be used from any internet-capable device. It is easy to share media and files with co-workers globally. (http://presentlyapp.com/tour) The multiple applications help companies to become more organized even from far away.
The applications make it amazingly easy however there are no obvious ways to access this website in another language. This may make international business more difficult if it isn't with English speakers. This may become a problem for this website in the future.