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Synchronous learning tools

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Synchronous learning tools

  1. 1. Synchronous Learning Tools<br />Tricia Corbin<br />
  2. 2. Vokis<br />www.voki.com<br />Vokis are web-linked speaking avators that combine characters and speech.<br />Possible classroom use:<br />Teachers can engage students at beginning of lesson.<br />Vokis can explain lesson objectives or new material introductions.<br />Students can create them to create mini presentations. <br />
  3. 3. Second Life<br />www.secondlife.com<br />Second Life allows users to create 3D virtual worlds.<br />Many students love video games, so this could create great interest in the classroom.<br />Possible classroom uses:<br />Students could create worlds relating to unit material. For example, in my English class, worlds could be created relating to novels/stories read in class where students can role-play ideas and plots. This could be like a virtual RAFT literacy strategy. <br />
  4. 4. Wimba<br />www.wimba.com<br />Wimba integrates with Blackboard or Moodle for collaboration tools.<br />Schools/classrooms using wimba can utilize collaboration through chat, videos, sharing, and even online whiteboards. <br />Wimba could be a very useful tool in 21st century classrooms; however my parish does not allow tools where students have access to blogging/sharing functions. <br />
  5. 5. Google<br />www.google.com<br />Google tools can be very useful to teachers. My parish has all google tools blocked so students do not have access to them. <br />Google Docs can allow teachers to keep track of lesson planning material.<br />Google Pages can also be useful for webquests or other class projects. <br />Google Maps can be included in classroom discussions for students to visualize new places mentioned in lessons. <br />Google Chat could be very useful for teachers for conferencing, but again this is blocked in Terrebonne Parish. <br />
  6. 6. Skype<br />www.skype.com<br />Skype allows video calling or conferencing.<br />Possible school use:<br />Parent/teacher conferencing<br />Classroom-to-classroom conferencing for unit discussions.<br />School classrooms could “meet” other classrooms around the country or world to foster global communication about curriculum materials. <br />
  7. 7. Adobe Connect<br />Adobe Connect is a complex software package for webinars, conferencing, and educational use.<br />This product has many useful tools (at a cost) for virtual communication (chat, conferencing, whiteboards)<br />This could be very useful to a school district, but I don’t see my parish implementing this any time soon.<br />
  8. 8. Moodle<br />Moodle is course management software that teachers can use for free to create safe, online communities for their classrooms.<br />I actually used this in my Honors English I class this year. (I purchased my own webpage and had it installed because I thought it was an awesome package. I have since learned this is not allowed in Terrebonne Parish – oops!) My students had to create and respond to discussion board posts about novels discussed in class. <br />Students enjoyed the communication features and even used the site when we didn’t even have assignments.<br />With specific directions/instructions, I had no issues with classes with Moodle. <br />I wish Terrebonne Parish would jump on the bandwagon and use Moodle district wide!<br />

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