Exploring Technology Tools


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Exploring Technology Tools

By: Hazel Q. Reyes
Dr. Cyrus

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Exploring Technology Tools

  1. 1. This technology course has offered so much learning for me. It has introduced me tomany tools I can use in the classroom and for my personal use. Though I found sometools easy to use, others took time to explore. I am still learning how to be an efficienttechnology user.I assessed eight technology tools in which I listed some features of what each tool hasto offer. Also included is a brief description of my experiences exploring with these tools.I rated the following technology tools using a scale from 1 to 5, five being excellent. ~~~~~~~~~ Communication with instructors and classmates is easily done via email or using the Moodle messaging system. Variety of content from instructors are provided: audio and video lectures, files such as pictures, presentations and links to other websites. Able to have discussion forums with classmates. Can upload and submit assignments. Includes a grade book to check your progress at anytime.This tool provided numerous features to help keep me updated in the classesI was taking in the university. When changes are made to assignments orclass schedules, the Moodle is the best way to get the information. The onlything you need is a computer and internet connection.Moodle Rating: 5 http://campus.uogdistance.com/login/index.php~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  2. 2. Free web browser Advanced security Browsing is easy and efficient Browse multiple sites at once, each new site appears as a new tab (not a new window) Features include spell check, private browsing, tabbed browsing, one- click bookmarking and many more Has a Firefox Support Site if you need assistanceI have used web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome andI recently tried Safari a few times. It was only the latter part of last year that Istarted using Mozilla Firefox. The big difference and probably the mostimportant for me is the speed. Through experience, Firefox has been fast,safe and secure.Firefox Rating: 5 http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  3. 3. Can create documents, calendars, presentations and spreadsheets Share your online documents Contains blog searches Contains image searches For business use: online office tools for any size of business For educational purposes: tools for educators and students at all levels For personal use: gmail, calendars and moreThis is one of my favorite tools! I say this because since I enrolled into thistechnology class, I have had the opportunity to learn about this amazing tooland all the extra things it had to offer. I only recently opened a gmail accountbecause it was a requirement for this class. One of my favorite features ofGoogle Apps is the shared document. It took me awhile to learn how to createa document, so when I began sharing documents with my group members, Ifelt a bit of accomplishment. The shared documents proved to be helpful whendoing group projects.Google Apps Rating: 5 http://www.google.com/apps/index1.html~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Organize resources in a binder Organize binder by tabs and subtabs Can edit binders anytime View links like pages in a book instead of URLs on a page Saves time and is paperless FREELivebinders is a great tool for teachers to put their resources together in oneplace. This tool holds important information that can be edited at anytime. Oneof my first assignments in technology class was to create a livebinder, being anon-technology person I had a difficult time with this assignment. I had tospend extra time learning how to use this tool.LiveBinders Rating: 4 http://www.livebinders.com/welcome/learn_more
  4. 4. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Video chat room Group video up to 12 people Video call recording Send video messages Instant messages Screen sharing Send files Available on desktop and mobile Some services are free, other services have a feeOovoo is a web conferencing tool that allows people to video chat and sendinstant messages at the same time. My group members and I used the Oovootool to communicate when we were not able to meet face to face. We wereable to complete our assignment with the help of Oovoo. On the negativeside, we did have connection problems at times. The picture and sound weresometimes unclear. Oovoo offers many features but some premium servicesrequire a fee.ooVoo Rating: 3 http://www.oovoo.com/FeaturesList.aspx~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  5. 5. Animation Effective language tool Website offers lesson plan ideas Use as a motivation for learning Create and customize your own character Provides fun in learningThe Voki tool lets you create an avatar character using colorful animation andvarious sounds. Your Voki character can be posted to any blog, website,profile and be used in class presentations. This effective learning tool canmotivate students to participate and help them develop language skills andcomprehension in a fun way. Though Voki includes text to speech in over 25languages, there are some words and names that are pronounced incorrectly.Features for the Voki classroom management system for educators include a15 day free trial.Voki Rating: 4 http://www.voki.com/create.php~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Easy to use Easy to import videos and photos Easy to share with collaborators and friends Smooth transitions from slide to slide Free
  6. 6. Slide Rocket is an online presentation tool that allows you to do great classpresentations.Though I have not yet used this tool in any of my projects, I did spend sometime exploring this tool. Like any other tool I explored, it took me awhile tolearn what the rocket can do. Automatic saving of work done is a plus. On thedownside, I did have some difficulty when I wanted to undo a certain slide. Illbe exploring more about this tool because I am considering to use this for anupcoming presentation at my workplace. Another great feature is its free!Slide Rocket Rating: 3.5 http://www.sliderocket.com/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Website builder Includes a variety of creative designs and templates Customizable (style, color, text, background) Drop and drag editor User-friendly Free, secure and reliableWix is a website builder and another great tool for doing presentations.Creating a Wix account is easy if you just follow the given simple steps. Thistool provides a variety of creative designs and templates to choose from. Iwas able to use this free tool for my group presentation. I was able to edit mywork and make changes with little difficulty. The steps to add tabs and imageswere also easy, a user-friendly tool.
  7. 7. Wix Rating: 5 http://www.wix.com/