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Synchronous Learning Tools Heidi Petit & Jamie Cologne
Chatrooms Online tool that benefits people with a common interest and allows them to communicate in real time Classroom Usage:
Chatrooms could be a great way to include guest speakers into the
classroom. Students could come up with questions before to ask the speaker. It would allow students to improve literacy skills.
Students could debate controversial issues with each other in a
Avatars A character that represents an online user. Avatars are becoming increasing popular in classroom settings. Classroom Usage: Avatars can be used for professional development, giving virtual tours, in blogs and forums, and role playing exercises. They can also be used as teacher assistants in elementary schools to give positive feedback to students. Students are creating their own avatars which they can take with them as they explore websites and virtual reality games online. This allows students to be hands-on learners instead of passive learners.
Classroom usage: Students can customize their Voki to look like them, or take the identity of other characters. They can also use their own voice with the aid of a microphone. Vokis can be used in language classes to help students with pronunciation, grammar, and conversation. Students can create a voki avatar that resembles a character from a story or a figure in history.
An online virtual world which allows “Residents” to
interact with each other through avatars. Classroom usage: Students can use second life in role playing scenarios, simulations, games, or IM and chat. It can also be used in collaborative learning, team building, problem solving, and critical thinking. Sloodle: integrates the multi-user virtual environment of Second Life with the Moodle learning -management system -Quiz tool and 3D Drop Box. Assess in Second Life – grades in Moodle.
Classroom Usage: Students can do projects or study with students from other classes. Teachers, Volunteers, Parents could read books to the younger students in real time since they cannot be at school everyday. It would make give parents that extra time with their children.
Video Calls: Webcamera to see and speak to one person
Group Video Calling: Webcamera to speak and see a group
Other: Voicemail, Call forwarding, Call Transfer
Classroom Usage: Teachers can implement lessons that can include real life characters of the community. These professionals can be “skyped” during the lesson to share their knowledge or experiences with the students.
Other: Connect News, Online Events, White Papers
Classroom Usage: This program seems to be more adequate for older students. However, teachers could use the eLearning or Webinars to teach other classes at the same time or professional development could be held from one school to the next and no one has to leave their base school.
Classroom usage: Moodle can be used to post homework assignments, guidelines for projects, rubrics, and other helpful items within the forums. Using email and blogging, teachers can provide homework help for their students in real time. Moodle can also be used in the classroom to grade assignments and quizzes, and to provide immediate feedback to the teacher.