You download the Google Earth software to your desktop or laptop. This is memory intensive software, so if your system is older, check out the minimum requirements to run it first.
All this, and ePal will match you with a class of students in China, Australia, India, Iraq, Bolivia, Kenya, or even across town -- 200 countries and territories. The email and blogs use translation software in six languages, so don't let lack of proficiency in the other class's language hold you back. And if you're learning a foreign language, I think this is THE place to go to practice it.
ThinkFree Office 3 combines wordprocessing, spreadsheet and presentation software into a free software and webware combination. It's compatible with older and newer versions of Microsoft Office and has the look and feel of MS Office.
In addition to its other features, OpenOffice contains a Draw module that makes it easier to create graphics, organizers, flowcharts, etc. Another module, Math, helps you to create math equations using symbols, then embed the equations in Write, the wordprocessing module.
Flickr is a website where you share and edit your photos. Flickr handles the organization and sharing, and its partner, Picnik, provides the photo editing features. You can create private groups of students and teachers to share and view photos. Flickr has integrated itself well into established online applications and services, such as blogs and Facebook. You also have Picasa , for your desktop photo management. Try it.
Adobe has created a free webware version of their best-selling photo editing software, Photoshop Express. They offer a free membership that includes 2GB of file storage, the ability to organize and share photos, and many of the most frequently used editing features. To guide you through all of these features, Adobe provides a series of How-to Videos inside the Help link. Photobucket or Picasa account to edit share and download photos on those sites.
This webware eases the task of collaboration on a presentation, as each member of a team can work online on the presentation at the same time. The feature set and effects go far beyond what is available in PowerPoint. Your presentation can include video as well as the usual spreadsheet documents, pictures and text.
Using VoiceThread, you combine pictures, documents and videos to create a personal narrative around your theme. Highlight or mark points you want to make about the images as you discuss them. Then invite other students or teachers to look at your presentation and make comments There are teacher and school options for VoiceThread that charge a small fee. This gives all students a unique secure access to the site under their teacher's email account.
Open source educational technologies for teaching and learning
Open Source Educational Technologies for Teaching & LearningSponsored by Google Potential Online Educational Resources : Robert Mugonza 1
Key terms ∗ Open Source Tools : Programs that perform a very specific task, in which the source code is openlySponsored by Google published for use and/or modification from its original design, free of charge. ∗ Educational Technologies : Are tools that might prove helpful in advancing student learning and may be measured on the impact they cause in individuals. ∗ Web Based Learning: is associated with learning materials delivered in a Web browser, via the world wide web. 2
Why these technologies?? ∗ Don Knezek, the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, compares education withoutSponsored by Google technology to the medical profession without technology. “If in 1970 you had knee surgery, you got a huge scar,” she says. “Now, if you have knee surgery you have two little dots.” ∗ Technology is helping teachers to expand beyond linear, text- based learning and to engage students who learn best in other ways. Its role in schools has evolved from a contained “computer class” into a versatile learning tool that could change how we demonstrate concepts, assign projects and assess progress. ∗ However, in the slides to follow, technology has shown its potential for improving education. 3
Better Simulations and ModelsSponsored by Google 4
E-booksSponsored by E-books hold an unimaginable potential for innovating education, though as some schools have already discovered, not all of that potential has been realized yet.Google “A digital textbook that is merely a PDF on a tablet that students can carry around might be missing out on huge possibilities like models and simulations or visualizations,” And so many as per this website: http://mashable.com/2010/11/22/technology-in-education/ 7
Tools role in teaching & Learning • In an on-line multimedia learning environment, tools avail an environment where:Sponsored by Google – teaching & learning is ‘one-to-one’ (individual) – more interactivity (in normal classroom, it varies with the class size). – learner-centered. – Learner monitoring & grading system, – And so many others. 8
Free web tools for teaching & Learning ∗ There is a rich variety of free web tools that helps students, teachers, and homeschool parent- teachers share their learning with other students,Sponsored by teachers... even the world. ∗ My focus in this presentation is on webware -Google freeware - that can be used in any subject area. ∗ This is a sampler of the different kinds of web tools available to kids and educators. There are more than 300 and more of free web tools listed on www.LearningReviews.com . 9
#1 Google Earth ∗ A global view across the curriculum ∗ Did you see that one coming? Most of us have seen Google Earth in action on CNN News as they zoom in on someSponsored by Google disaster. But GEs uses for learning are limited only by the imagination of students and teachers. ∗ If youre studying Earth Science, I cant imagine doing it without a volcano or mountain tour like those you can download from Mountains and Volcanos. History teachers can help students explore Ancient Rome in 3D. ∗ Be sure to take a look at the Google Earth for Educators for lessons, tutorials and tips, and a teachers forum. 11
#2 ePals Connect with other students worldwide to learn For a global view from a different perspective, try out ePals. Many of you may have heard of itsSponsored by Google usefulness in foreign language learning as a secure means that a class in one country can communicate with classes in other countries. But it is so much more than that. It combines secure e-mail and blogging features. The collaboration features make it useful for virtually any subject area and grade level. You can create your own project, or choose from several available on the website. ePals is completely Internet-based and nothing needs to be installed on your desktop or laptop 12
#3 ThinkFree Online Office MS Office-compatible freeware ∗ How about a free substitute for Microsoft Office?Sponsored by Google ∗ You can opt to work completely online, or download the desktop version. If you opt to download the desktop version, you can work on documents online from anywhere, and synchronize them with your home or office computer when you return to it. ∗ Visit : http://member.thinkfree.com/member/goAboutService.action?page=o 13
#4 OpenOffice word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, Microsoft compatible ∗ If youll be working just from your desktop or laptop, consider using Sun Microsystems OpenOffice. This productivity suite has a wordSponsored by Google processor, spreadsheet, database and presentation package that all look very similar to MS Office. ∗ Aside from these features, OpenOffice.org provides forums where users can resolve problems, study tutorials, and share templates. Altogether, this highly rated open source software provides lots functionality for teachers, students and parents. 14
#6 Many Eyes Data visualization and collaboration ∗ IBMs Many Eyes is a visualization andSponsored by Google collaboration tool that puts a whole new twist on your data and charts. Its simple. You upload a data set, then pick a visualization tool. ∗ Among the visualization tools are maps, graphs, bar charts, histograms, scatterplots, pie charts, tree maps, word trees, and tag clouds. 16
#7 Wikispaces for Educators Collaborate in a private, ad-free online environment ∗ Teachers and students can now create their own Wikipedia-like space for collaborating on andSponsored by Google communicating what theyre learning. ∗ You can learn more about it at their Wikispace blog. Theres also an excellent collaborative wiki for teachers, Classroom 2.0, with some great ideas for classroom uses of wikis. ∗ Create your own "Wikipedia" of classroom learning. 17
#8 Audacity Create digital music for multimedia presentations ∗ Audacity is a downloadableSponsored by Google software sound editor. This award-winning sound editor helps students and teachers personalize their projects. ∗ The digital recordings can then be used in combination with presentation software or video software. ∗ Convert your favorite old records and tapes to digital recordings 18
#9 Flickr and Picnik Edit and share your photos ∗ Flickr is a website where you share and edit your photos. Flickr handlesSponsored by Google the organization and sharing, and its partner, Picnik, provides the photo editing features. ∗ You can create private groups of students and teachers to share and view photos. ∗ Flickr has integrated itself well into established online applications and services, such as blogs and Facebook. ∗ You also have Picasa, for your desktop photo management. Try it. 19
#10 Photoshop Express Upload, edit, & share photos with freeware version of Photoshop ∗ Adobe has created a free webware version of their best-selling photo editingSponsored by Google software, Photoshop Express. ∗ They offer a free membership that includes 2GB of file storage, the ability to organize and share photos, and many of the most frequently used editing features. 20
#11 Slide Rocket Presentations with a twist This webware eases the task of collaboration on a presentation, as each member of a team canSponsored by Google work online on the presentation at the same time. The feature set and effects go far beyond what is available in PowerPoint. Your presentation can include video as well as the usual spreadsheet documents, pictures and text. 21
#12 VoiceThread Using VoiceThread, you combine pictures, documents and videos to create a personal narrative around your theme.Sponsored by Google Then invite other students or teachers to look at your presentation and make comments This gives all students a unique secure access to the site under their teachers email account. 22
Open source e-learning applications A variety at a glance. EfrontSponsored by Google Moodle Dokeos Caroline Ailas Sakai Olat 23
Open source software: eFront It is an open source eLearning platform to assist with the creation of online learning communities while offering various opportunities forSponsored by Google collaboration and interaction through an icon-based user interface. The platform offers tools for content creation, tests building, assignments management, reporting, internal messaging, forum, chat, surveys etc. 24
Open source software: Moodle Open source software: Moodle Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) is a free source e-learning software platform and modular design allowing anySponsored by Google developer to create additional modules and features. Many universities and colleges use it in their daily teaching and learning. It is a free source software (ie) the developer can make modification based on their needs. 25
Open source software: Dokeos Dokeos is an open source online learning software.Sponsored by Google It provides all the features needed for e- learning and blended learning management : From Authoring to Reporting. 26
Open source software: Claroline Claroline is an open source of elearning and eWorking platformSponsored by Google allowing teachers to build effective online courses and to manage learning and collaborative activities on the web. Special type for MUST. 27
Open source software: ILIAS ILIAS is a powerful Open Source Learning Management System for developing andSponsored by Google realizing web-based e-learning. The software was developed to reduce the cost of new media in education and further training and to ensure the maximum level of customer influence in the implementation of the software. 28
Open source software: SAKAI project Open source software: SAKAI project The Sakai CLE is a free, community source, educational software platform distributed under theSponsored by Google Educational Community License (a type of open source license). The Sakai CLE is used for teaching, research and collaboration. 29
Open source software: OLAT OLAT is free software and is open source Learning Management SystemSponsored by Google that supports any kind of online learning, teaching, and tutoring with few educational restrictions. 30
Way forward : Teaching aids will changeSponsored by Google 31
OTHER OPEN SOURCE RESOURCES & OTHER TOOLS FOR YOU. # Google Docs – Google.Sponsored by Google # Live@Edu – Microsoft. # etc… 32
References Awesome Web 2.0 Technology-in-education Tools for Teachers and http://mashable.com/2010/ Students By LravidSponsored by Google Learner founder : And thank you for now www.LearningReviews.com Edutechwiki : http://edutechwiki.unig e.ch/en/Educational_tec ;);) hnology . 33