Free Web Tools to Spice Up Your Class


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Free Web Tools to Spice Up Your Class

  1. 1. Free Web Tools to Spice Up Your Class<br />Honória Balogh<br />Instructional Designer, Iowa Valley Community College District<br />Iowa English Round Table 2010<br />Image credit (CC):<br />
  2. 2. Why this topic?<br />Currently teaching hybrid developmental English using an LMS.<br />Working as instructional designer with various instructors teaching OL courses. <br />Trying to get organized and failing… So what can I expect from my students?<br />
  3. 3. It’s my job to entertain students!<br />Image credit (CC):<br />
  4. 4. PLE?<br />Image credit (CC):*cKcsmBJ57Dh718dJXHY5I2R23jR*5qlU-vjCm3dpufD*fmMqjUOIh4y5fCUUMEZt14sJQdpa5KIqHtkpE*/networked.jpg<br />
  5. 5. Web 2.0<br />Image credit (CC):<br />
  6. 6. According to Wikipedia, …<br />The term "Web 2.0" (2004–present) is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate <br />interactive information sharing, <br />interoperability, <br />user-centered design,<br />and collaboration on the World Wide Web. <br />
  7. 7. Examples of Web 2.0<br />web-based communities<br />hosted services<br />web applications<br />social-networking sites<br />video-sharing sites<br />wikis <br />blogs<br />mashups<br />folksonomies <br />
  8. 8. Examples of Web 2.0<br />web-based communities<br />hosted services<br />web applications<br />social-networking sites<br />video-sharing sites<br />wikis <br />blogs<br />mashups<br />folksonomies <br />What do you use<br />?<br />
  9. 9. Encyclopedia Britannica Online vs. Wikipedia <br />Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0<br />Expert-created static articles released periodically in publications vs. user-created and critiqued content which is constantly changing<br />
  10. 10. Wikipedia in my classroom <br />Used for topic generation<br />Used for directing further research (info to be supported/refuted)<br />Used as a source of additional research (replacing keyword entry in search engine)<br />Used to develop critical thinking skills<br />Collaborative projects?<br />Others?<br />Image credit (CC):<br />
  11. 11. Creative Commons<br />License launched in 2002<br />Used as the legal and technical standard for OER (Open Educational Resources)<br />Creative Commons opens up educational resources so that they are accessible, as well as adaptable, interoperable, and discoverable.<br /><br />
  12. 12. Who uses Creative Commons?<br />MITOpenCourseWare<br />Connexions Repository<br />P2PU – Peer 2 Peer University<br />Search Engines (Bing, Google, Yahoo…)<br />Flickr<br />… and others<br />Image credit (CC):<br />
  13. 13. OER – Wikibooks?<br />Free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit<br />Movement toward no more traditional textbooks in class? E-books? Free books?<br />Example:<br />Grammar, syntax, parts of speech, etc.<br />
  14. 14. Mind Maps<br />Brainstorming and organizing information<br /><br />and many more…<br />
  15. 15. ToonDoo<br />
  16. 16. ToonDoo<br />Image credit (CC):<br />
  17. 17. Audacity<br />
  18. 18. Google Docs<br />
  19. 19. Social Bookmarking<br />From<br />Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. <br />With emphasis on the power of the community, Delicious greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet. <br /><ul><li>Bookmark any site on the Internet, and get to it from anywhere
  20. 20. Share your bookmarks, and get bookmarks in return
  21. 21. Discover the most useful and interesting bookmarks on the web</li></ul>Image credit (CC):<br />
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  23. 23. Jing! <br />Screen capture<br />Handout:<br />
  24. 24. SlideShare.Net<br />
  25. 25. Questions?<br /><br />