Skype is an application that turns a personal computer into a telephone. Skype uses voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology, which converts voice signals into data streams that are sent over the Internet and converted back to audio by the recipient’s computer
Imagine – dozens, hundreds, thousands, or millions of people who know something (or think they do) building a website together. The parallels with how people learn are obvious to the Constructivists among us, as this can be an example of people “constructing knowledge” together. If you add some facilitation and coaching to a wiki world, it starts to look like some classrooms I’ve seen
ePals is the leading provider of safe collaborative technology for schools to connect and learn in a protected, project-based learning network. With classrooms in 200 countries and territories, ePals makes it easy to connect learners locally, nationally or internationally.
Global SchoolNet's main purpose is to help teachers find collaborative learning partners and appropriate projects. Project-based learning opportunities are diverse, challenging and innovative -- ranging from understanding terrorism, the mathematics of music, exploring innovative waste management solutions, to creative story telling, online safety and studying global warming. There are learning projects for every age and to support every subject area. To get started using our content, tools and resources, we recommend that you explore the following features on our website:
• Online social bookmarking destination where users can save bookmarked sites on a personal Bookmarking Website http://Del.icio.us
What you can do with del.icio.us:• Save and access your bookmarks from any computer• Share your bookmarks and access other people’s bookmarks• Search del.icio.us to find other people who are interested in the same topic and check out their research
Diigo• Bookmark website• Index them with tags• Annotate web pages with highlights, comments, and sticky notes
• Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus.• With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways.• Teachers and parents can also benefit from Skype in the classroom• http://education.skype.com/
Getting up and Running with Skype• Hardware/software required: – downloaded skype software, – higher bandwidth connection – web camera – desktop microphone and earphones, or headset – Interactive white board for display or a white wall, and data projector if videoconferencing with a class.
Blogging – What is it?• A blog (short for weblog) is a web-based journal that is typically updated frequently and open for anyone to read.• Entries are created in journal style and usually displayed in reverse chronological order• Blogs can be hosted by dedicated blog hosting services or they can be run using blog software
How could a Blog benefit your course?• Personal Introductions• Study guides and online learning and teaching (OLT) sites for each course unit.• A download facility where students can access PowerPoint lecture slides, WWW links, solutions to problems, past examination papers• Students make contributions based on the subject matter they students are studying• Dissemination of Important Classroom Information beyond the Classroom
Blogs in Education• Easily Updatable Content• RSS Feed (Bloglines) • Tools• Podcasting – No Downloads – Easy to Update• Vodcasting – Easy to Navigate• Screencasting – Easy Linking – Simple Design• Homework• Announcements
Wiki• Similar to a blog; however, ownership of the wiki is distributed to numerous individuals who collectively add and edit web-accessible content.
• A webpage that you can edit, is easy to use and is perfect for collaborative learning.
Wiki in the Classroom• Use Wiki’s as a tool to enhance learning.• Don’t use in isolation.• Make it relevant to what is being taught in class.• They are a great motivator.• Easy to monitor.• Allows for creativity and innovation.• Encourages participation.• Promotes communication between students.• A new, interesting way to learn.
Personal Learning Network• Twitter is a social networking and micro- blogging site that enables users to send short, concise messages to each other• It is a means of disseminating information quickly to a large amount of people; it allows people to express their thoughts and have their opinions heard quickly – Follow Hashtags
Benefits of Using Twitter in the Classroom• Twitter is a way to record thoughts and ideas that you search – it’s a history• Twitter connects you to a larger world outside of the classroom and even the country• Students can follow people who do what they want to do or who they admire and get a sense for their job and life• Twitter can improve writing and punctuation
Step 1: In your web browser address bar, type in http://twitter.comStep 2: Since you are a new user, you will need to create a’new account. Click the button on the screen labeled “Sign up now”
• Help teachers find collaborative learning partners and appropriate projects
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