The 3240 Media Enhanced learning course has opened my eyes to the plethora of Web 2.0 tools available for teaching. My fellow online classmates have researched and posted on the discussion forum many Web 2.0 sites available for educational use. For example below is a Slide Share that compiles a list of the top 100, so many to chose from!
<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”//www.slideshare.net/janehart/top-100-tools-for-learning-2014″ title=”Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014″ target=”_blank”>Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”//www.slideshare.net/janehart” target=”_blank”>Jane Hart</a></strong> </div>
Three of my favourites that I will be using in the near future for my teaching are:
1. Google Drive- Create documents and collaborate with others with this free online tool with many format options (word, spreadsheets, presentations etc.). It is a great way to work on a group assignment without having to physically be in the same place, safe and secure storage provided for free as well. https://www.google.com/drive/using-drive/
2. Edmondo- Collaboration and sharing site specifically for educators and students, similar to Twitter in a way. There is an option to use what they call Snapshot, real time student interaction software to promote engagement. This site allows the teacher to access analytics on student performance. .https://www.edmodo.com
3. You Tube- This may seem like a strange choice, but there are so many fantastic educational videos on You Tube! Here is a link to an article that outlines tips on how best to implement You Tube videos in the classroom. It recommends using shorter videos, searching the You Tube educational channel option, and actively engaging students while they watch. http://www.teachthought.com/technology/teaching-with-video-9-tips-teaching-youtube/
Gallano, M. (Nov 13, 2014). 9 Tips for Smarter Teaching with You Tube. Te@ch Thought [Web log]. Retrieved November 15, 2014 from: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/teaching-with-video-9-tips-teaching-youtube/
Hart, J. (n.d.). Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014: Results of the 8th Annual Survey of Learning Tools [Web log]. Retrieved November 15, 2014 from: http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/