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  1. 1. Fantastic Freeware e-learning advisor Rochelle Jensen Uni. of Waikato [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>By the end of today… </li></ul><ul><li>Be familiar with a few handy questions and frameworks that can be used to assist in selecting software. </li></ul><ul><li>Have increased your personal knowledge and understanding of ‘top tools for teaching and learning,’ why you might use them and how they can be integrated into your classroom programme/department. </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarised yourself with some key sites to assist in meeting your individual software needs and staying abreast with software developments. </li></ul><ul><li>Have gained ideas on how to scaffold learning with new software </li></ul>learning goals
  3. 3. <ul><li>  </li></ul>PL + ICT = EPL Poor Learning + ICT = Expensive Poor Learning the most important bits Trevor Bond:
  4. 4. the most important bits <ul><li>Why Would You? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it the preferred method? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it complement? </li></ul><ul><li>What educational problem or challenge are you trying to address with this? </li></ul><ul><li>How are the networks working together? </li></ul><ul><li>Murray Brown – MOE- 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>What thinking does this experience aim to facilitate? </li></ul>Digital Blooms Andrew Churches
  5. 5. <ul><li>Instant messenger - Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking tool - Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>RSS reader - Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Office suite - Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Mind mapping tool - FreeMind </li></ul><ul><li>Start page tool - iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging tool – edublogs/blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki tool – wikispaces/skrbl </li></ul><ul><li>Photo hosting and sharing tool - Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation hosting and sharing tool - Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>Video hosting and sharing tool - YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative presentation tool - Voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting tool - Audacity   </li></ul><ul><li>Screen capture/ casting tool - Jing </li></ul><ul><li>Polling and survey tool – Survey Monkey + PollDaddy </li></ul>top tools for teaching and learning -quick fix 2008 – Top 100 Tools – c4lpt
  6. 6. best 4 social bookmarking <ul><li>Your bookmarks are available on any machine </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging feature allows for websites to be summarised for future reference </li></ul><ul><li>Install delicious badges for easy access to your account. – Saves being distracted by other websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what others are booking by adding them to your network </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates Firefox Favourites </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation of bookmarks needs to be thought through and may require revisiting. </li></ul><ul><li>Lacks visual display of bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Special interest groups such as reading groups have their own delicious account and/or tagging </li></ul><ul><li>words. </li></ul><ul><li>You can link from your blog to your bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas include: PD for staff , subject links... </li></ul>Web-based bookmarking, this means you can access your bookmarks from any computer and tag them accordingly.
  7. 7. <ul><li>WikiSpaces is a user-friendly free wiki host providing space, visual page editing, and discussion </li></ul><ul><li>areas. Educators can create advertising free wikis. A great tool for collaborative projects and staff </li></ul><ul><li>sharing. </li></ul>Wiki best 4 wikis NZ Examples : <ul><li>Educators get advertising-free wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Quick and easy to setup and use </li></ul><ul><li>Options re management of space are easily modified </li></ul><ul><li>Students can be assigned individual usernames and passwords without needing to </li></ul><ul><li>register with an email address </li></ul><ul><li>Does not allow for simultaneous editing </li></ul><ul><li>Same privileges re access applies to whole wiki- individual pages cannot be locked </li></ul>Blogs Wikis <ul><li>Online diaries </li></ul><ul><li>Some people can make main entries (posts), anyone can comment. (This depends on how you set it up!) </li></ul><ul><li>Greater degree of control by the administrator. </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to keep tidy. </li></ul><ul><li>Editable webpages </li></ul><ul><li>Some people can make changes to any part of the page. (This depends on how you set it up!) </li></ul><ul><li>Greater potential for participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Greater flexibility in layout and organisation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Voice Thread best 4 project collaboration “ It is a way of sharing photos but also a way of having people collaborate using the photos by adding comments to the photos. It is a sort of mix between slideshows and podcasting”. (Suzie Vesper) <ul><li>Unique </li></ul><ul><li>Free and very easy to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Free ordinary accounts for educators still exist. There is a one time, $10 verification fee to join the ED.VoiceThread community. </li></ul><ul><li>This has added security benefits for classroom use. </li></ul><ul><li>Link to Ideas and Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Voice threads can take a while to load </li></ul><ul><li>Students may need to be added as identities by the teacher so that they do not need to setup individual accounts. </li></ul><ul><li>You can only contribute to a voicethread if you are a registered user or have a voice thread identity. </li></ul>
  9. 9. best 4 creating games Quia An easy to use quiz/game creator that offers over 15 different templates. 30 day free trial available: <ul><li>Suits all ages </li></ul><ul><li>Range of games and complexity - Hangman to Jeopardy. </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based so games can be widely shared </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use so the focus is on the thinking re content rather than the use of ‘quia’ </li></ul><ul><li>All games are created using a similar format </li></ul><ul><li>Own media can be used </li></ul><ul><li>Not free </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of teacher directed / traditional material on quia </li></ul><ul><li>Students create games to demonstrate understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Share learning with whanau </li></ul>
  10. 10. best 4 video conferencing Make calls from your computer, free to other people on Skype, cheap to phones and mobiles across the world. Other skype features include: instant messaging, file transfer, short message service and video conferencing . Skype <ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Can video conference with multiple people </li></ul><ul><li>Great for getting experts into your classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Skyping those too unwell to come to school </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping in touch with buddy classes/schools </li></ul><ul><li>Use with collaborative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Using some of Skype's collaborative tools and features can be problematic depending on their OS and skype version. </li></ul><ul><li>Reliability is only as good as your internet connection/PC stability. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Google Desktop Search best 4 admin. This quick download allows you to search your computer as easily as you search the web with google. It also works with your emails. <ul><li>Helps save time searching for that missing file! </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of search options i.e. desktop, programs/files </li></ul><ul><li>Shortcut to start – Hit Ctrl twice </li></ul><ul><li>Provides in-depth email search </li></ul><ul><li>Slows machine down </li></ul><ul><li>Could discourage effective filing. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>This free windows download is a simple application that allows you to </li></ul><ul><li>very quickly create a multi-media presentation using still images , music and text. </li></ul>Photo-story best 4 photo slideshows <ul><li>Suitable for YO-Y13 </li></ul><ul><li>Wizard based </li></ul><ul><li>Saves as wmv </li></ul><ul><li>Can be embedded into Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Basic editing and effects functions </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Story Telling : Display a process, tell a story, demonstrate a concept.. </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving / Publishing Work :Art. Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Part of immersion of an inquiry – collection of images to spark thinking </li></ul><ul><li>PC Only </li></ul><ul><li>Web images often distort </li></ul>
  13. 13. glogster bighugelabs other favs wordle for interactive posters that can be embedded. for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. for creating lots of cool things from digital photos . Maps, puzzles, posters and more.
  14. 14. <ul><li>These two seem to be the most popular blogging tools used by classroom </li></ul><ul><li>teachers . </li></ul>Blogger Edublogs best 4 blogging NZ Examples : Teacher and Group communication Personalising Student Learning Dialogue Generation Learning Portfolios <ul><li>Easy to add bling to your blog </li></ul><ul><li>No html required </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently being improved and updated </li></ul><ul><li>Clear management re internet safety is necessary . </li></ul>Blogs Wikis <ul><li>Online diaries </li></ul><ul><li>Some people can make main entries (posts), anyone can comment. (This depends on how you set it up!) </li></ul><ul><li>Greater degree of control by the administrator. </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to keep tidy. </li></ul><ul><li>Editable webpages </li></ul><ul><li>Some people can make changes to any part of the page. (This depends on how you set it up!) </li></ul><ul><li>Greater potential for participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Greater flexibility in layout and organisation. </li></ul>
  15. 15. best 4 office applications Google Google Docs, an online word processor, presentation, spreadsheet, and database manager. To use it you need: 1.) A Google Account 2.) Internet Access <ul><li>Quick access to your documents anywhere in the world Easy to use once you learn where everything is Has a few &quot;collaborative&quot; features such as file sharing, simultaneously working on the same files and doesn't need to be installed on your computer to use them. </li></ul><ul><li>New feature allows you to access your documents when there is no internet connection. Requires installation of Google gears </li></ul><ul><li>Limited feature set compared to MS word/excel </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Social Bookmarking : delicious: </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis : wikispaces : </li></ul><ul><li>whiteboard : </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Games : quia: </li></ul><ul><li>Admin Tasks : google desktop search : </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Slideshows: download photostory : </li></ul><ul><li>Project Collaboration: voicethread : </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging: Blogger: </li></ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing: Skype : </li></ul><ul><li>Office Applications: Google Docs: </li></ul>Links for Getting Started
  17. 17. <ul><li>Which software appeals? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you use it? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we facilitate the experience? </li></ul><ul><li>How do students learn /‘nut out’ a piece of software ? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we model ‘good use’? High standards? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they know what the software is capable of? </li></ul><ul><li>What is good use? </li></ul>student use of software
  18. 18. great software reference sites Educational Software and Web 2 Suzie Vesper E-Learning Pick of the Day Jane Hart Educational Software Adrian Bruce Software for Learning MOE NZ
  19. 19. Helpful sites for professional learning http ://
  20. 20. <ul><li>Have you registered for digistore? </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft innovative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs to follow? </li></ul><ul><li>Interface Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>BOP E-Learning List Serv </li></ul><ul><li>What else? </li></ul>extra bits