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Organize your online resources into Lifestream for quick access! The concept is simple. If you already use the many Web 2.0 tools such as Flickr, Twitter, Picassa Web Albums, Del.icio.us,...more
Organize your online resources into Lifestream for quick access! The concept is simple. If you already use the many Web 2.0 tools such as Flickr, Twitter, Picassa Web Albums, Del.icio.us, YouTube, FaceBook, Google Reader, RSS feeds and more, Lifesteam can be your homepage for viewing and sharing these resources. Lifestream connects to your accounts on over 40 popular Web 2.0 sites(and counting) so you can share your online resources with students and parents. Your activities and links to those accounts appear in a time-stamped daily event format on Lifestream.
In the ClassroomYou must be familiar with have your Web 2.0 accounts already established to copy and paste URL addresses or usernames from these other accounts into the supported Lifestream services. You might want to create accounts on all services using your "classroom teacher" personna, thining of the accounts as being for your Clasroom and therefore only accessing and using services relevant to your teaching activities. A Gmail account for this professional identity would be a simple way to establish all the accounts. Click to "See a lifestream in action" to see how it works. Once logged in, add your existing web 2.0 memberships to your Lifestream.
Lifestream does not provide setting options to share or hide your materials on the other linked sites you select. Be sure to go to each of your selected sites to make appropriate settings to show only what you deem appropriate for your students or have an entirely separate account for your professional/classroom content. Be aware that once students go to your other Web 2.0 sites, there may be easy access to inappropriate content from the general public. We recommend always starting students from your member home pages and avoiding public home pages altogether. Check in advance to be sure all your linked sites will be available for use at school. You may need to request to have a site unblocked. Be sure to rquest the precise URL for YOUR resource (such as YOUR professional del.icio.us account, not the general site). This will assuage nervous technology administrators.
Think of this site as a collection of clickable resources to support your curriculum. Create a set of RSS feeds for blogs, podcasts, bookmarks or specific curriculum topics such as current events, weather or science and make them available for an in-class activity, complete with directions. Add a link to your Lifestream page from your class web page for easy access in and out of class. Send the web address to parents and students so they can check the page for daily updates from home.Parents and students can become "followers" of your site by registering for a Lifestream account.