Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 7 Protopage



     Protopage is your own personal page that can be accessed from any computer or mobile phone.  I like to compare it to Diigo and Wallwisher - a combination of the two.  Teachers can share important links with students or peers.  Other items that can be shared with Protopage:  fun applications, documents, calendar events, etc.  Individual make tabs to organize information by subjects/topics, etc.  This page can be made to share with others for easy access to information you wish to share.




From the homepage for Protopage (www.protopage.com) you will register for your own account:



Once you have registered then you will begin creating your page.  You can personalize your page with colors and themes:



Add widgets:




There are many, many additional widgets to find by clicking on Explore the Widget Showcase:

You can also personalize your tabs:  change the color, change the layout of the tab page (different number of columns), and create additional tabs (quite similar to the tabs in LiveBinders).

Think of Protopage as your own personal bookmarking and organizational tool.  Once you have created your Protopage - share it with others.  In order to do this you have to make your page public by clicking on the tab settings option:


You then get another box of options:

You can:
  • Share the entire page
  • Share a specific tab 

Protopage is a fun way to share information with your peers and students.  YOUR CHALLENGE - how would you use Protopage in a classroom setting or for your PLC?


23 comments:

  1. The first use of Protopage that came to mind was as product for an individual or group student project. Second semester in the junior block of the Shepard Academy, teams of students will become "experts" on a social and an ethnic group. Protopage could be one of their products, a great way for them to share research and current information about their groups with their classmates. I see some similarities of use with Mural.ly featured last week.

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  2. This would be a great organizational tool for my students to use as their homepage. They are always trying to find the best tool to keep them organized and this would be a great resource for them. I love that there are a variety of colors and themes to choose from--as this seems very important to middle schoolers! ;)

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  3. This would be a great tool for my middle schoolers who are working on collaborative projects. This would also be a fun way for them to engage in the world, selecting different topics and compiling those things of interest into one place. I definitely see the similarities to Mural.ly mentioned above--my first thought was that my students could also use this for our informational materials projects!

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  4. It reminds me a lot of mural.ly, but with more organization. It would be useful in the same ways. With the organization quality, it reminds me of symbaloo. I like being able to organize different websites. I tried creating a symbaloo of various math websites, so students would have a place to go if they want to play math games or get extra help. I can see Protopage as something similar, but a bit more user friendly than symbaloo.

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  5. I agree with Beth that it reminds me of Symbalo quite a bit. I have made several symbaloo pages to bookmark various content in mathematics for me to use and to share. (search for me (leah.simon) at symbaloo.com). I see this as a culminating tool for my business math project, so I will have news to share aboutit in May!

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  6. This may be a tool I could use for my Honors class. Some of my students get confused if they put materials in too many different places. I will offer this as an option for students who like to try new tools.

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  7. I agree with Karla that this would be would be great for researching several places and having all that info in one spot. This would fit nicely into World Cultures, specifically a unit on something broad like Latin America or Africa. I like the widget options. I can see the calendar feature coming in handy as well as having an inbox on the page. This could save time toggling back and forth between programs and help my 6th graders get more organized.

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  8. I think this could make a cool webpage for classes. I could use the main page as the base, and each tab could be for each specific class I am teaching. Both students and parents could access the page to see what is going on in the classes. I could also add resources for any projects we might be working on. As others have already said, it could also be used by students for a variety of projects.

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  9. I agree that it could be a class website. I could post new threads, pictures, and website links for my students. My students could use it for projects as well.

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  10. I could see how this would be a place for a class website as others have mentioned and also a student's own website. Not sure that this would go on the top of my "to do" list as there are other sites like symbaloo and mural.ly that do similar things. I need to master those before I jump in to something else.
    PLCs could have their own page and everyone could contribute to it. We are not there yet!

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  11. I think this would be a useful tool in following current events. Students could design a protopage full of various news sources and easily read snippets of news from each of them quickly. This would also be a useful tool for group research and collaboration.

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  12. I'm thinking I would use this in our PLCs at school. Not sure if I would use it with my third graders. For the PLCs, I would love to keep pertinent documents related to our POP and LCP. Perhaps, I'd add links to documents, files, related to the topic. I love the feature of the calendar and would like to keep track of data collection and review dates within our PLC.

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  13. Started three classes on mural.ly yesterday, I can see this being used for some of the same types of projects - however I can REALLY see me using a page like this to organize myself! For example, I could put the nutrition websites that I like to have the students use, along with current "food news" such as food recalls, the latest health tidbit, or articles on fast food, etc. I am having the students learn mural.ly along with me, I think this one looks more detailed, there seems to be more to do with it - I am going to work on creating my own first and then maybe have students work on this one next semester.

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  14. I think when I have a few extra minutes, I am definitely going to look into this program. It would be fun to have my students design a page.

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  15. I think this would be a great way to communicate with parents about what is going on in the classroom. There could be a different tab for each subject area. Parents could find more information about the standards we are covering and resources we are using. This is especially useful for us since we don't use textbooks.

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  16. I can see teaching my middle schoolers how to use this for their own personal oraganization tool. They would love it because their are so many ways they can personalize it.

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  17. I can see my students using this in their Science groups to keep a record of each FOSS kit that we use. I provide many websites, videos, etc. that they can use with the kit and this would be a great place to organize it all into one place. I am getting ready to do an IN Social Studies project on the different regions of IN and another on the various Native American Indian Tribes. This would be a great way for them to organize all of their information about it. I like that it looks more user friendly than Symbaloo.

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  18. What an interesting site. I am not a big fan of Diigo, but Protopage offers more options and things to choose from. I could see this being used for literature circles or various group research projects in my classroom. Students would be able to share information, save links to webpages, and organize presentations and papers.
    I could also see this being a great tool for my PLC team. The 45 minutes that we have a day to plan together are never nearly enough with covering four grade levels. Protopage could be a place where we save links to all of the pieces we incorporate into our lessons or other things we would like to share with each other. This would make it much easier to plan with each other outside of school.

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  19. I am always looking for a good homepage for myself. I have my website that I use to teach from, but for myself when I start up my computer, I would like a page that would give me my daily calendar, and maybe twitter, facebook, or other PLC connections. I am going to make a page to use for my homepage at school, and see if it fits my needs.

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  20. I must admit that my students know more about this tool than I do. That's pretty cool, actually!

    Our technology teacher, Fran Riley, uses this tool with ALL our classes at Oak Hill, so everyone stays organized.

    When I take my students to the computer lab, they know exactly what to do to get the computers ready for the next class: they know how to pull up the Kindergarten Protopage.

    This tool provides an opportunity to get us organized, and you can't go wrong there. I will definitely give a try.

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  21. Sorry I am so late on this one. I have been very hectic. I agree with the statements above. I love the organization aspect of this for my students. I have several who are horrible at organizing themselves and this could really help out with that. Many of them don't want to write things out, but would be happy to type it out.

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  22. This would be a great way to keep our PLC organized. We can have a tab for each different unit with appropriate links. It seems to be a great way to organize links for projects - for teachers or for students. I'm late to the party - but if anyone who uses protopage wouldn't mind posting a link, I think that would be fun and interesting to see.

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  23. Wouldn't it be nice if the "Pages" function of My Big Campus worked like this? I'm all about the streamlining of all of our different tools...

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