1. Brief Description- what is the site? What is it supposed to do?
The site is webtools4u2use, and it’s a great website for both teachers and librarians, and probably any parent that homeschools where they can go and learn about web 2.0 tools and when and how they’re being used.
2. What standards (NETS-S or content) could using this site help to achieve?
NET-S standards The ISTE website linked has a list of the standards both students and teachers need to meet, and I thing webtools4u2use could be used to help teachers meet standards such as modeling digital age work and learning, designing and developing digital age learning experiences and assessments, and many others.
3. Prerequisites- what do you need to know before using the site?
Before you use this site you should have a little bit of an idea of what you’re looking for especially as a teacher as there is a lot of good information on this site and you could probably get lost for hours looking at everything else rather than what you actually needed to find on the website.
4. Strengths- good things that the site does (high interest for students, superior technical quality, bias free)
This website seems more high interest for teachers than anything else, it has great information for any kind of website or tool you or your student may need for school.
5. Limitations- perhaps the reading level is too high, maybe user guide is not very clear or organized
It seems to be fairly well organized, but like I said easy to get lost on the website looking at everything.
6. Best guess on age group/grade level the site is intended for.
Again I think this website is geared toward teachers and maybe some older students in high school or college doing some tutoring or volunteering, I also still think it’d be great for anyone homeschooling their kids.
Website 2.0 #2: Anim8or
This site called anim8or is a 3D modeling and character animation program that has many features such as a 3D modeler, various font supports, morph targets, texture support, print images of scenes and models, and many others. This site could meet a lot of standards (linked in Q2 above) such as all of the teacher standards, and many of the students standards like creativity and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making, as well as others. Before using this sight I would suggest having at least a little bit of knowledge when it comes to animation; as I myself don’t know much about the features even listed on this sight. It’s always great though to play around and figure out websites as you go. Some definite strengths for this sight is that it actually has a course you can download that will show you how to step-by-step make models, characters, movies, and all the other things the website can do. I do however think this website could be hard to use or confusing to younger students and maybe even teachers and adults if they don’t know what they’re doing. The age group I would recommend for this is elementary (only if they have adult supervision) and up.
Website 2.0 #3 Sumopaint
The website Sumopaint is actually quite similar to the paint program you get on a PC with a few extra things added in such as some different saving options, you can create shapes and pictures and different kinds of paint and colors. The standards this website could meet are similar or the same as the ones met by anim8or, which are creativity and innocation, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making, it could also help teachers facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. Before using the site you don’t really have to know a whole lot, it’s an easy sight to mess around on and just kind of work your way through all the tools and things that you can use on the site; a cool little bit about the website you should know though is that you can save it to the cloud. The site promotes creativity and freedom by just letting whoever’s using it create whatever they want, whether that’s a picture, drawing, saying, ect. The downside to this site is that it is very similar to paint and if you feel that you need some extra instruction that’s not really available on the site. This website seems compatible with most age groups, probably kindergarten (with some supervision) and up.