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Get Your Head in the Cloud! Cloud Computing and Open Source Tools for Teachers


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Get Your Head in the Cloud! Cloud Computing and Open Source Tools for Teachers

  1. 1. Get Your Head in the Cloud! Cloud Computing and Open Source Tools for Teachers Presented by Kevin Pitts and Jennifer Peters-Lise Teaching and Learning with Technology Day March 1, 2010 | Markham Campus
  2. 2. Cloud Computing and Open Source? Cloud = Internet Computing = applications you would use on a computer: Office software, Web pages, Quizzes, Video creating/editing  It's like moving your computer software and storage online. No downloading, updating/upgrading - you just visit a website to create and save. Open Source = computer software for which the source code is freely available  programmers will often modify and build upon
  3. 3. Jafari, McGee, Carmean (2006)
  4. 4. Cloud Computing - yea! Increased collaboration - can even edit together in real time Increased sharing - anyone can access or just users you identify Files are hosted online for you - you don't have to worry about finding server space Portable - don't have to save your work onto a flash drive just sign in to the website and it's there In many applications you can revert to a previous version if there are any issues
  5. 5. Cloud Computing - boo! Software can be clunky and pared down Some providers are unreliable (lost files) Work is stored on someone else's server which could cause issues (e.g. The Patriot Act) Editing a document with others could be risky how much can you trust them?
  6. 6. Open Source - yea! it's free can be as good or better than proprietary software less restrictions (EULA, DRM) - you can use the software in any way enable "unlimited tuning and improvement of a software product" (source)
  7. 7. Open Source - boo! might be a bit tricky for novice users (installing, updating, lack of help documentation, etc.) might be buggy (but anything can be buggy, remember  Windows Vista?) no tech support to call software might be clunky and pared down
  8. 8. Google forms Wordpress SeneMA How we used cloud and open source tools for Tech Day
  9. 9. Some popular tools... Google SlideShare Google Docs post your slides online Word processing, Slides, Spreadsheets, Forms (for Flickr, Photobucket quizzes, surveys, post your photos online invitations, etc) SeneMa,YouTube, Vimeo, Gmail, Calendar TeacherTube, etc. Maps, Earth post your videos online Sky VoiceThread, Yahoo Media OpenOffice Word processing Player, etc. Slides post your voice online Spreadsheets Skype Wordpress communicate online webpage PBWorks website wikis, collaborative sites e-portfolio
  10. 10. More tools... Moodle UStream course management system broadcast live (like Blackboard but open Animoto source) create a video in 5 min Audacity SchoolForge voice recording and editing links to many open source Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, tools for teachers CamStudio, Blogger screencasts - create a demo create a class blog or from your computer webpage Project Gutenberg, Google Books free ebooks
  11. 11. Tools for Teaching Group Collaboration Web Conferencing Wiggio WiZiQ Ning Yugma Facebook Blogging/Micro-Blogging ePortfolio Wordpress Mahara Blogger Content/Learning Objects Twitter Merlot CMS Google/Google Books Moodle Project Gutenberg Sakai Google Books Video Open Courseware YouTube/TeacherTube Academic Earth SeneMA Wikipedia TED CLEA