Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
Google Hangouts can be a superb alternative to Skype, enabling disparate groups to communicate, and collaborate, together.
Record your hangout to enable replay, or non time dependent interaction.
If you were to enable editing of a document on Google Drive, at the same time as talking via a Hangout, you’ve started some real interaction, whether your collaborators are near or far.
Many users of web tools, in schools, are possibly already familiar with Google Drive, which enables collaborative editing, through Google Docs, alongside anybody else who has a free Google account. We must make sure we don’t let it slip, and work, collaboratively, on interactive resources. “All your files, ready where you are”. You might also try GoogleDrive Mobile, a place to create, share, collaborate and keep your stuff, accessible on all your devices. Work together, while you’re on the go. (Works on Android and iOS)
Yammer is a private social network. Work in groups, share files, co-edit content, even with their free, basic plan. As there is the chance to narrow down those contributing, but you can share thoughts, and ideas, you could think of Yammer as a much more private version of Facebook. Well worth investigating.
educanon is a useful tool, especially if you are planning to use a flipped learning element in your curriculum. Embed questions into a video and receive feedback… and more.
EduCanon requires a free sign up.
Deliver video like you teach! This free tool enables you to embed dynamic questions into online video and track student understanding.
Through the eduCanon analytics, you can know who watched the video, where misconceptions arose, and what material needs to be retaught. eduCanon’s interface is simple ~ Build your first lesson in less than 15 minutes … like building a worksheet, except now each question is time-linked to a moment in your video. Add tables, images, audio clips, links, and even embed coded, as the question-editor behaves like a Word document
iVersity provides open courses, empowering you to learn for free with peers from all over the globe.
You can participate, watch the instructional videos and follow a course for free. Take interactive quizzes during your study. Discussion boards help you to learn from professors. Everyone is in it together ~ no need to be shy!
“When you were young, was the world really in black and white?”
Colorized History is a fascinating glimpse in to the age of black and white photographs, but now in colour.
Capturing some of those glorious moments, and bringing them alive. An intriguing, , revealingand powerful, experience.
In this picture, for example, look back to when there was no air-con. Licking blocks of ice during a heat wave in 1912!
Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application, created by the government of New Zealand. It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other. Mahara also features interoperability with moodle.
Vittle is an interesting, an potentially useful, tool. Like “explain everything”, Vittle gives the chance to record, and present, any fascinating facts.
Turn you iPad in to a video whiteboard.
Vittle lets you narrate and annotate your photos and slides to create highly engaging videos.
Your iPad is now your broadcast studio.
Import a PDF from Keynote, PowerPoint, or elsewhere into Vittle. Drop in photos from your camera roll. Hit record, and start talking. It’s that easy.
SimpleMind is a “Mind mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device”. Rather than just making spreading nodes, it is also possible to make links between multiple ideas. There are some limitations in the free version of SimpleMind, but it is worth investigating. (Also available on Android devices).
Not one for everyone this, but if you are wanting to follow, or set up, and lead, an online course, then OpenLearning might be what you need.
OpenLearning: a “student centred online learning platform”. It’s flexible, easy to setup & allows anyone to run a course.
OpenLearning supports student grading, automatically marked quizzes/tests and content distribution all based around a proprietary OpenLearning wiki and comment system, which includes subtle features to keep students motivated. You might be interested in one of the courses available throughout the year, or run on of your own. Largely free ~ worth a try.