Thursday, October 1, 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
I love the notion of Web 2.0 tools. These tools allow my students, family and friends to produce all types of creative artifacts. You can create digital timelines which include video and photographs, you can document the family tree on geneaological sites or you can create a multimedia presentations on a long dead personality or artist. Web 2 tools have allowed us to create and then share these artifacts using social networking sites, wikis or even our own website. We can use Web 2 tools to voice an opinion or debate an issue, we can buy or even review products we have bought online on an e-commerce site, and for the most part these things are free. Sometimes learning is part of the interactive process that occurs.
- improve the learning of our students
- create engaging learning spaces
- allow students ownership of text and ideas
- create work of increasing complexity and
- reach an authentic audience.
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So the next time that your favourite Web 2 tool moves to pay-to-use, find an alternative, test out it's limitations, list it's advantages, get your students to see how they can mash it with other Web 2 tools and then share it with the rest of us.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
This is a great use of Twitter in education. This web tool allows you to type in any #hashtag and receive a bundle of stats of the tweets that used the tag. This is excellent for collecting information around a specific topic or issue. Your students can see the top words, top url's that are feeding the tweets and even which users are using the tag the most. Click on any of the boxes and a detailed pop-up appears with a comprehsive break down of all the statistics for that category - very cool!
These stats would also be good to use in conjunction with a study of issues from traditional media sources.
Who gets the scoop first?
Who has the bigger reach?
Who generates the most traffic?
The added bonus is that it also shows you all the most recent tweet traffic below the stats. Not only is this a great tool but it is beautifully presented as an inforgraphic. The information is easily read, deciphered and therefore understood by your students. Have a play with your faviourite #hashtags.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Jane Hart has been surveying and compiling this Top Tools for Learning list for 14 years. It is one of the best lists for teachers to use to investigate online tools for use in their classrooms. The crowdsourced nature of the results ensures others have found the tools useful and beneficial to their students learning. It’s like the old adage - “The cream rises to the top.”
I find in useful to cross reference with those tools that I continue to use just to see if people have found better alternatives. It also allows me to make sure I have not missed one of the new tools that may offer improved features or do something completely new.
Spend some time on the C4LPT site to really investigate some of these Web 2.0 tools. Also check out the Graphic Analysis of the results in the different categories.