8 Technology Assessments

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8 Technology Assessments

  1. 1. 8 Technology Assessments Lisa Taitano ED 451 November 22, 2009
  2. 2. Moodle <ul><li>http://gaughin.thinkingdistance.org </li></ul><ul><li>The Moodle site has been such an extremely helpful site for us students and I think also the teacher. The week to week schedule helps keep the students organized and aware of what the lessons will be about it. An online schedule on the Moodle is a good way of going green because we or the teacher does not need to print out a schedule for every single student on paper. The Moodle also contains a chat room where we could meet with the whole class and chat together. I thought it was neat that next to each name contains a buzzer if we want to catch an attention of another classmate. The only thing I would change about the Moodle is the layout and design. It is too simple and not that appealing to the users. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Delicious List <ul><li>http://delicious.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>The delicious site is a bookmarking site that helps you keep your favorite sites organized. Before being introduced to this tool, I always just saved my favorite sites onto the Add to Favorites tab on my computer. Whenever I wanted to refer back to a site, I would have a hard time finding it because there were so many favorite sites, it became cluttered on my computer. On delicious.com, one can tag their sites and put a description to describe the sites. With the bundle feature, you can put the similar sites together so that it would be organized for example all the education related sites would be categorized into one bundle. I also love the fact that I can network with other people like classmates and colleagues to share what our favorite sites and tools are. I will definitely use this tool for my teaching career and personal life in the future. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Firefox Browser <ul><li>http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ie.html </li></ul><ul><li>The Firefox browser is a user-friendly browser. Tabs are easily seen and able to use when surfing other sites. With this browser, one is also able to add any add-ons. For example, I added an add-on that translates sentences in English to other languages over 20. I also like it because I am able to change the theme of the browser. Unlike Internet Explorer, the browser is really plain. There is also a clipmark add-on where you can clip certain parts on a web page instead of the whole page. Personally, I prefer Google Chrome. The layout of the browser looks more modern and is simple enough to understand. I prefer the Chrome better because once I go into Chrome, it shows a record of all the sites that I go to like my Moodle page. Because of that, it is very convenient for me because than I do not have to type in the address in the address bar. I simply just need to click on the link. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Google Suite Applications <ul><li>http://www.google.com/apps/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>When we did the in class activity using the Google Suite Apps, I was amazed at how technology has advanced over the years growing up. It is sort of like a web-conferencing tool without audio or video access. However, a group of people are able to exchange ideas in a document. They are able to edit a document simultaneously. On this, we are also able to share folders to others who have a Gmail account. A Power point presentation is also another file one can share and edit with others. I think that this program is very useful in that there is no need to download or install anything. The only con I could think of about the sharing and editing documents is that during the activity I did not know who was typing what. With Google Apps, one could also easily create their own website. With this tool, one can also keep an organized calendar. Most of all, I like the fact that teachers can easily create quizzes online and send them to students. There are different formats that a teacher can select from which I find very convenient. Overall, I think that this tool is excellent for all users including students and teachers. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Prezi <ul><li>http://prezi.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>When I saw a Prezi presentation for the first time in class, I was in awe of the visual graphics and of how it was able to zoom into particular elements like the words and pictures. This Prezi presentation did captivate all of my classmates. With Prezi, one is also able to zoom out and look at the path for a general idea of the topic. With this presentation maker, one is able to make a creative path of slides. The paths helps the audience see the relationships of the ideas presented. I like the Prezi site also because they give a lot of technical support such as tutorial videos on how to create a Prezi presentation. The tutorial videos are very helpful and caters to the visual and audio learners. I think that this site is also user-friendly. There is no need to download anything. One only needs to register to use it. </li></ul><ul><li>I think that this is a fascinating tool a teacher could use to draw their students’ attention. With the Prezi, students could create an interesting timeline when writing about someone’s biography. I also used this tool for my assure lesson in creating an online ocean food web presentation. It is a perfect tool for this kind of activity. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Media Fire <ul><li>http://www.mediafire.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Before I was introduced to any online storage tools, I bought and carried several thumb drives. I find Media Fire very convenient because I can assess my files anywhere that has internet without carrying a thumb drive. The layout of the site is appealing yet simple enough to get around easily. With the free account, one can upload as many files and can easily share the files with anyone else by embedding the URL into a site or simply copying and pasting the code into an e-mail, chat, Facebook and etc. I also like it that I can upload many files at one time instead of having to wait to do it one by one. I know that as a future educator, I will have many files. The site also allows the users to easily manage the files into folders. I will definitely use this site to store files for like lesson plans and is a good tool for teachers to use. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Read the Words <ul><li>http://www.readthewords.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>This online tool has really amazed me in that one can convert text into audio. It can be used for everyone at all ages from pre-school and up. A teacher can easily use this tool in his/her classroom for students with low reading skills, vision impairments and much more. This site could also be used for ESL students to help them learn how to speak and pronounce words. With this tool, it is also possible to convert the audio files into a pod cast. With this, students could use it to listen to review stuff for tests. With this tool, one can also download the browser toolbars to use to convert text into audio while surfing online. Students who have difficulty reading can easily follow along with his/her peers. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Scrapblog <ul><li>http://www.scrapblog.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>This site is an online multimedia scrapbook maker with hundreds of pre-made themes a user can select from. I really like this site because it is easy to register and there is no download or installation needed. Most features are free with the exception of some stickers and themes that one must pay for. It is very simple to use in that the site is easy to navigate. One can also insert sounds and videos into the scrapbooks. A lot of the text, backgrounds, stickers and etc are all really beautiful and make scrapbooking a fun and exciting experience. This can be used to make scrapbooks to keep memories of fun times in schools such as Christmas programs and etc. This site can also be used to make presentations. The only down side about this site is that one of my files got corrupted and I was unable to edit it. If I didn’t have that problem, I would give this site five stars. I also like it that the scrabblog can easily be shared by pasting the URL into e-mail or other sites. </li></ul>

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