Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day 4 - Mural.ly

For today's challenge I would like to share a Web 2.0 tool called Mural.ly. Mural.ly was created originally as a space for collaborating on the design for game development. But as you begin to use it, you will find that it is a great environment to collaborate visually and present visual information in a simple way. Mural.ly provides a large workspace where you can design and create using traditional documents like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint or using media like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition to a flexible workspace, you have the ability to invite collaborators to your project. A collaborative workspace allows others to add content, chat, comment, and edit the workspace.

Your Challenge: Take a few minutes to watch the videos below. The first video shows some of the possibilities for using Mural.ly and the second is a getting started video if you would like some assistance learning how to use Mural.ly. Be sure to go over to http://mural.ly today and sign up for a free account and get started. Leave a comment below with some lesson ideas or project ideas for Mural.ly. Mural.ly is a great classroom tool but can also be great for teachers and staff to use as well. What uses can you imagine?



Getting Started with Mural.ly

41 comments:

  1. I'm really happy to learn more about this tool! My mind is already racing with ideas about how I can use this in my World Cultures class. What immediately comes to mind is having students create a scrapbook-type of thing. As we "visit" various places in class, students can create a memory book of what we've seen and share information about it. I can easily use this in Social Studies too. This would be a fun way to teach broad topics such as Greek and Roman history. Groups could focus in on an aspect of the area of study and basically create the teaching tools for it to share with the rest of the class. So fun!

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  2. This is a great tool. I just recently tried out linoit, but this has many more features. I think I could use this in some of my PD training sessions. It would be a good presentation tool, but also a place to put technology instructions, self-help videos and tutorials.

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  3. My mind is racing with ideas.. but not for my classroom. I see it being a great tool for collaboration among teachers in our subject PLC to plan and brainstorm. Again, it's a matter of time for me to get it all going. Having not used it; to those that have- what ways could it be used in math? I see that it could be used similar to a google doc from a previous post of mine with the students collaborating on Excel spreadsheets for budgets. Ideas are welcome!!!

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    1. I listed one way it could be used in math below. Possibly as a group board they could all add to as the material is taught and then at the end use it as a study guide. Kind of like making flash cards for a test that everyone can use. Universal notes if you will.

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  4. It looks like a giant corkboard. I can see it being great for writing a paper/doing research--bringing resources together, websites, video clips, pictures. Looks good for collaboration--group projects.

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    1. It can be used to brainstorm ideas, like what we call "splash" over at my school.

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    2. Thinking about it some more...students could design a mural.ly for one unit topic we have learned this year. Must include videos, pictures, text, description, uses, applications. Make it a partner activity and require students to present it to the class.

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  5. This instantly makes me think of science fair - instead of doing the traditional project boards, we could make an interactive mural and have parents/students look at research on the student netbooks.

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  6. I am thinking general music class studying specific historical periods. Student groups could put together a mural of period instruments, composers, musical examples. Think I will give it a try during the next musical era.

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  7. My favorite feature in Mural.ly is the presentation feature. I could totally see using this tool to collaboratively design a research presentation and then being able to instantly turn the organization process into a content delivery piece. Students could also use this to storyboard ahead of video projects. I also like the idea that a Mural.ly project could just be a digital playground for learning about a topic. What if you dumped a bunch of diverse resources on a topic in a Mural.ly project and then invited different groups of kids to create their own presentation path to show what they learned by exploring the project space? Lots of possibilities here.

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  8. They just released Google Apps integration as well. My students have been playing around with this a little as a presentation tool. It seems great to collaborate with research and review for my students. It would also be a great tool for teacher to create content on and share out to students. Very fun!

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  9. I love Tim's idea of dumping a bunch of information and having students create their own learning path. I'm going to use this idea in government on the legislative process, or as a way to develop a paper we are going to start on the Roman empire...excited, thanks Jeff.

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  10. This reminds me of Pintrest. It's an idea board, and presentation program in one, from what I can tell. I haven't used it much yet, but I have ideas that it could be used by our Programs committee to plan the next Veteran's day program, or by the PBIS committee to make a road map to present to the faculty. For my students, I could use this to have them compile research we are going to do on composers. I saw that Kara posted that it integrates with Google Apps, so I'm even more likely to use it!

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  11. I am glad they mentioned Prezi because that is exactly what I thought when I first started seeing the video. I will say that the presentation mode seems a bit easier to deal with though than Prezi and I didn't see any of the dizzying presentation moves that Prezi seems to create when students get a hold of it. My thoughts for using this would be to get the students to create concept maps of how to interact with decimals and the different rules that may go along with those. It would work well with any of the core ideas like fractions and integers as well. I especially like the fact that you could add video to the presentation. If they were inclined to do so, students could make mini movies of them solving problems or tutoring someone and add them to the board for others to use when they get stuck. This type of activity would appeal to them more than just studying for the test with a study guide. They could actually build on as a class together as the information was taught and anyone could then use it to study.

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  12. WOW! This is a great thing to put up just now. I am just getting ready to start Romeo and Juliet. This would be a great place for the kids to create visual notes about the play and characters as well as keep track of vocabulary terms and literary terms. The kids could share it with me so I can help direct them when they stray.

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  13. This looks really cool. It could be used for building vocabulary in any foreign language class by using the grid layout, then adding pictures of the things you want the students to know the words for in which ever language it is you teach. I really like the collaborative capabilities. It would make it really easy for all group members of a group project to work together at the same time. Then they could turn their project into a presentation. Then I could leave comments on it to make suggestions or corrections. I really like the visual aspect of it. My first though was a giant cork board like people leave notes on. It could be used to keep students (and parents) informed about what happened in class, when a project is due, and tips for the homework, etc.

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  14. I think this would be a great place to design a online field trip or webquest search. Many times when we read a novel or story in class it is helpful to build some background knowledge first. This would be a great way for me to give the student preferred links/sites, but at the same time allow them to direct their own path of research.

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    1. Love the idea to use Mural.ly as an online field trip!

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    2. Ditto :) Especially with tight budgets.

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  15. I can see Mural.ly as a Prezi, as Jeff mentioned, crossed with Linoit. I can already see great uses for individual and group projects. Rachel Johnson's idea about using the grid layout for vocabulary gives another option. We currently use Great Big Labs to create "successory" style posters of our legal terms. I will definitely incorporate Mural.ly before the end of the semester; it may even be part of my final!

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  16. After watching the video, I have several ideas on how to use this. It would be great to use as a culminating project with novels, or author studies. I also liked some of the comments I read above on using it in math. I recently had my special education students use Glogster to do a poster on Pythagoras, but they struggled, and it is not free. This looks like something they might have more success with.

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  17. Thanks guys for the ideas on how I can use it my math classes. TIME!

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  18. Very interesting! Loved the video! I'm with the others in that my first thought was giant, interactive bulletin board!

    I would love to make a presentation for my third graders so they can do controlled research with links and videos. Maybe it could aid with thematic teaching! If we were studying the Titanic for instance, I'd put a math portion of the board, a Reading section with articles, an art section with related artwork, a science section with challenges or info, etc.

    If they ever were able, they could even design projects. Totally perfect for Evansville history!

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  19. My first thought was Prezi! I think the kids could have a lot of fun using this as we study interior design - they could make presentations of various styles of housing and design styles that they like.
    Also this would be great to create a scrapbook to go along with the FACS unit on individuality and family life.

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  20. I agree, this is very much like Prezi. This is a neat place to post videos, notes, and pictures. I can see students using mural.ly to create timelines and projects for music history.

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  21. This is such an awesome tool. I am so glad that this was posted when it was. My students are in the planning phase of novel presentations for their literature circles. I gave them a list of various projects they could do in order to add visual and multimedia aspects to their projects. Many were planning on using Google Presentation or Power Point, but this would be so much more interesting for them to create and work with.
    I am going to familiarize myself with the site more and then introduce it to my students as soon as possible so they can create a Mural.ly as their visual!

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  22. One idea that comes to mind immediately is whiteboarding. We use whiteboards to have seminar sessions after we complete a lab exercise to represent the main ideas of the lab visually, and this represents a more professional way to do that without students (and their teacher) feeling bad about their drawing skills.

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  23. This idea makes me think of the core experience trips our students take each month. They could work together to use Mural.ly to demonstrate the connections they made on the trip to their learning, show their new learning and thinking, and even include photos and video clips from the trip itself. It would be a great way to share their learning with their peers, the rest of the school, parents, and the community.

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  24. My students are working on the creation of Expert Informational Materials. This would be a great tool for them to come together and brainstorm their ideas, then begin putting information in a structured format!

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  25. I could also see it used to create interactive concept maps. Each of the "concepts" could be a collection of links, videos, notes that flesh out what that concept is about. It could also be random at first and then, like some have mentioned, the students arrange to make sense of the ideas linking to each other.

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  26. Love it! I use research based learning in my classrooms and we need a new presentation tool! I like the layout look and all of the options for students to integrate media. I will need more time to experiment with the site because new technology takes me awhile to figure out, but will definitely use this in my classrooms. Most of the time I offer an option to the students and they surpass my knowledge for the tools, which is fine!

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  27. Pinterest meets Prezi with a little Google Docs collaboration thrown in. This could be used for any subject where students have to collaborate on a multi-media project. This might be something for me and my co-teaching partner to use as we develop new units of study. We could "pin" interesting things we find to support the standard we are teaching and then continue to collaborate to make a dynamic unit of instruction. Putting this on the list of possibilities for the future.

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  28. I agree with most of the other bloggers using it like a big interactive board to place post it notes on. I like the fact that you can add video to it. I can see using this in Science class and having the students make a reflection about each of our kits. It would give them an easy visual representation of the kits and they could see how they are related. I also like the idea of using as a new age Science Fair.

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  29. Seems like a combination between Prezi and Glogster. I especially enjoyed the first video and the idea of delivering projects through this medium instead of writing out instructions in a traditional way. This could incorporate resources, samples, and allow for collaboration, comments, even additional resources to be added.

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  30. Just tried this in class today, my 8th graders are using it to create a presentation on what their holiday traditions/customs look like! They can add recipes, family pics, food clipart, quotes, etc. Many of them were having fun with it. We had a few issues logging on b/c on their netbooks, parts were blocked at first - most of that was resolved if I had them log on through Google Chrome. At times the site seems to freeze up - if you are trying to drag pics and rearrange them.. maybe I was doing something wrong, but it was doing that on both my computer and the students' netbooks. All in all, I believe this is one I will def. continue to use!

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  31. This looks like a fun program to try. I can definitely see a lot of positives things in this program for a classroom. I am excited to get started this weekend and experiment with it.

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  32. This seems like a great tool. I think it could be used for brainstorming new projects. Teachers and staff could use it to brainstorm ideas or projects and then share it with others to get feedback or others could add their suggestions. It also could be a great tool to use for group work. Having students from a group find things on the internet that they like or are interested in then group them by individuals and see the similarities. It could also be used as a getting to know you tool where students share pictures or information about themselves and share it out to others.

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  33. I agree with others here when I say that it looks like a combination of Prezi, Glogster, but I would also add Wallwisher.
    I have a few wonderings after watching the videos...
    I wonder if more than one student can edit at the same time?
    I wonder if I can embed a working mural.ly onto my Weebly pages to have students access it and add to it that way?
    Since Kara noted that it is compatible with Google, do students need to be logged into their Google Accounts to edit?

    This would fit perfectly into a flipped learning environment, as students could add their notes, connections, and questions at home after watching a video...

    I will definitely be spending some time with this tool to see how I can use it with my 4th graders. Right now we are studying "sensory images" in reading and this tool would lend itself well to this unit of study. Very cool!

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  34. I'm working backwards through the 30-day challenge because I was late getting started. I really wish I could go through and 'like' some of your comments - they were really amazing and helpful. Also, thanks so much to Jeff for taking the time to make such a nice screencast of how to get started.

    I really liked Tim's idea, and Christina's ideas. I'm looking forward to setting up a webquest using this tool.

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  35. Love love love the collaborative corkboard idea. A great way for students with attendance issues to still be part of a project. They can add without changing. I am always looking for a new presentation tool for students to create their products. So far I've used Prezi, PhotoStory, Voki, Wix, Glogster, Wordle, Tagxedo...next up, Thingify and Mural.ly!

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