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Archive for May, 2011

Alison Free Learning Course-2011

ALISON provides nearly 200 free interactive multimedia courses through the course categories listed below. ALISON invite you to explore the list and discover new learning opportunities. Whether you wish to up-skill, or simply improve your employment or promotion prospects, we provide interesting free learning opportunities for everyone. Course topics range from IT and Business Skills, Health, Photography, to English language and literature.

Digital Literacy & IT Skills
Digital Literacy & IT Skills
Touch Typing Skills
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Access
Microsoft PowerPoint
Windows Internet Explorer
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Office Word 2007 تدريب باللغة العربية
Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Using GMAIL
ALISON ABC IT – Computer Training Suite
Microsoft Digital Literacy – Computer Basics
Using Whiteboards (1): SMART Technologies
Microsoft Digital Literacy – The Internet and the World Wide Web
Microsoft Digital Literacy – Computer Security and Privacy
Microsoft Digital Literacy – Productivity Programs
Microsoft Digital Literacy – Digital Lifestyles
Microsoft Office 2003
Microsoft Digital Literacy – IT Basics, Internet & Productivity Programs
Microsoft Digital Literacy (Arabic) – Module 1 – الجزء الاول من منهج مايكروسوفت – أساسيات الكمبيوتر
Microsoft Digital Literacy (Arabic) – Module 2 – الجزء الثاني من منهج مايكروسوفت – الانترنت و شبكة ويب العالمية
Introduction to Information Technology
Microsoft Digital Literacy (Arabic) – Module 3 – الجزء الثالث من منهج مايكروسوفت – برامج الانتاج
Fundamentals of AJAX
Microsoft Digital Literacy (Arabic) – Module 4 – منهج مايكروسوفت – أمان وخصوصية جهاز الكمبيوتر
Microsoft Digital Literacy (Arabic) – Module 5 – الجزء الخامس من منهج مايكروسوفت – أنماط الحياة الرقمية
How to Create Your First Website
شهادة المهارات اللازمة لتشغيل الكمبيوتر – مايكروسوفت
Web Page Development
Director MX 2004
Adobe Photoshop
How to Communicate using Skype
How to use YouTube for Video Sharing
Adobe Flash CS3
Podcasting
Microsoft – Notions de Base en Informatique
Screen Capture Tools
Adobe After Effects
Video Editing and Publishing
iTunes – How to Download Podcasts
XTimeline – Creating Timelines on the Web
WordPress – Blogging on the Web
Mind Mapping Tool – Organizing Your Ideas Using Bubbl.us
Using Twitter for Social Networking
PBWorks for Wikis
JING: Applications in Education and Training
Google Webmaster
Multimedia Web Applications for Teachers and Trainers
Internet y World Wide Web (Spanish Version)
Google Blogger
Diploma Courses
Diploma Courses
Diploma in Web Development
Diploma in Multimedia Development
Diploma in Psychology
Diploma in Business Management & Entrepreneurship
Diploma in General Science
Diploma in Mathematics
Diploma in Legal Studies
Diploma in Health Studies
Diploma in Business and Legal Studies
Diploma in Outdoor and Physical Education Studies
Diploma in Project Management
Diploma in English Language and Literature
Diploma in Social Media Marketing
Business and Enterprise Skills
Business and Enterprise Skills
Country Forums for Volunteers
Fundamentals of Corporate Management
Fundamentals of Operations Management
Fundamentals of Project Management
Fundamentals of Human Resources
Starting a Business or Social Enterprise – The Stone Soup Way
21 Steps to Building a Web Business
Social Networking and Viral Marketing Using Facebook
Financial & Economic Literacy
Financial & Economic Literacy
Financial Literacy
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Fundamentals of Accounting
Fundamentals of Economics
Government Economic Policy
Health & Safety & Compliance
Health & Safety & Compliance
Drug-Free Workplace
Behavior-Based-Safety
Back Safety
Workstation Ergonomics
Managing Safety and Health in Schools (International)
Health & Safety (Irish Legislation Only)
Health & Safety (Irish Legislation Only)
An Introduction to Managing Safety and Health in Schools
Safety and Health in the Science Laboratory for Teachers
Get Safe – Work Safe – Safety and Health for Senior Cycle Students
Safety and Health in the Technology Classroom for Teachers
Safety and Health in Construction
Health Literacy
Health Literacy
HIV/AIDS – Awareness & Prevention
Human Health – Diet and Nutrition
Human Health – Health and Human Development
Human Health – Global Health Issues
Healthy Living
English Language Skills
English Language Skills
Business English Test (LT-E)
British Council Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 1
British Council Online English Suite – Intermediate 1
British Council Online English Suite – Intermediate 2
British Council Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 1
British Council Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 2
British Council Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 2
British Council Online English Suite – FCE Exam Skills
Fundamentals of English Grammar
Shakespeare – His Life and Work
English Writing Skills
Speaking and Writing English Effectively
English Literature Analysis
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 1)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 2)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 3)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 4)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 5)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 6)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 1)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 2)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 3)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 4)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 5)
BC Online English Suite – Pre-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 6)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 1 (UNIT 1)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 1 (UNIT 2)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 1 (UNIT 3)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 1 (UNIT 4)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 1 (UNIT 5)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 1 (UNIT 6)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 2 (UNIT 1)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 2 (UNIT 2)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 2 (UNIT 3)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 2 (UNIT 4)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 2 (UNIT 5)
BC Online English Suite – Intermediate 2 (UNIT 6)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 1)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 2)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 3)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 4)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 5)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 1 (UNIT 6)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 1)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 2)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 3)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 4)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 5)
BC Online English Suite – Upper-Intermediate 2 (UNIT 6)
Personal Development & Soft Skills
Personal Development & Soft Skills
Psychometric Tests
U.S. Citizenship Test Preparation
Basic Study Skills
Digital Photography
Graphic Design – Visual and Graphic Design
Design – Applying Design Principles
Legal Studies – Laws and the Judicial System
Legal Studies – The Adversary Trial System
Physical Education – Fitness Training Principles and Methods
Physical Education – Coaching Styles and Techniques
Research Methods in Psychology
Memory and Cognition in Psychology
Biology and Behaviour in Psychology
Schools Curriculum
Schools Curriculum
Fundamentals of Biology
Fractions in Mathematics
Algebra in Mathematics
Fundamentals of General Science
Advanced Mathematics 1
Probability and Chance in Mathematics
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Geometry in Mathematics
Advanced Mathematics 2
Advanced Biology 1
Advanced Biology 2
Advanced Chemistry 1
Advanced Chemistry 2
Statistics, Correlation and Regression in Mathematics
Sequences, Series and Equations in Mathematics
Environmental Awareness in Geography
Understanding our Environment in Geography
Differentiation and Functions in Mathematics
Mathematics Upper-Secondary 4 – Distributions and Integration
Outdoor Education – Adventure
Outdoor Education – Outdoor Recreation and Land Management
Advanced Physics 1
Advanced Physics 2

21st Century Skills

The use of ICTs help prepare individuals for the workplace of future. EnGauge of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (U.S.) has identified what it calls “21st Century Skills,”which includes digital age literacy (consisting of functional literacy,visual literacy, scientific literacy, technological literacy, information literacy, cultural literacy,and global awareness), inventive thinking, higher-order thinking and sound reasoning, effective communi-
cation, and high productivity.                                             Source :http://www.apdip.net/publications/iespprimers/eprimer-edu.pdf

The 21st Century Learner By Kim Confino

Information & Digital Literacy: Life Long Learning (LLL)

Click on the following image for ‘Framework for 21st Century Learning’

Critical Thinking:

The Foundation for Critical Thinking   http://www.criticalthinking.org/index.cfm    aims to improve education in every subject at every level.For those beginning or seeking to strengthen their understanding of critical thinking.

OpenCourseWare on critical thinking, logic, and creativity:

This educational web site provides over 100 free online tutorials on critical thinking, logic, scientific reasoning, creativity, and other aspects of thinking skills. Our online tutorials have been used by universities, community colleges, and high schools across the world. Click on following image to go to resource.

Communication Skill:

Click on following image to acess free resources of Communication Skill from Vocational Information Centre.

Big6 for Information or ICT Literacy:

You can do BIG things with Big6 Skills! Big6 is a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information. Some call it information literacy, information communication, or ICT skills.( Click on following image to go to Big6 Resource)

Media Literacy: Centre for Media Literacy

The Center for Media Literacy (CML) is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture (Click on Following to go to this Resource)

Technology Literacy:

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of

Beyond Google, Wikipedia and other generic reference sites, the Internet boasts a multitude of search engines, dictionaries, reference desks & databases that have organized and archived information for quick and easy searches. In this list, we’ve compiled just 100 of our favorites, for teachers, students, hypochondriacs, procrastinators, bookworms, sports nuts and more.

Dictionaries and More

When you need a quick definition or want more specialized results that display synonyms, rhyming words and slang, turn to this list that is perfect for students or writers.

  1. OneLook: This no-frills online dictionary lets you look up basic definitions, related words, phrases and more. You can even customize your experience with different searches.
  2. RhymeZone: Type in a word to find rhyming words, synonyms, definitions, Shakespeare references and more.
  3. Strange and Unusual References: Head to this site to look up all-vowel words, magic words, magic archetypes, how to identify unicorns and other odd material.
  4. freedict.com: This online translator can find words in Dutch, Afrikaans, Russian, Portugese, Swedish, Japanese, Hungarian and more.
  5. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: Search through topics like technology, American history, literature in English, proverbs and more to become a more “active citizen in our multicultural democracy.”
  6. Word Spy: Search for a specific word to bring up funny quotations and a definition, or you can browse categories and sub categories like aging and death, hacking and hackers, entrepreneurs, jargon and buzzwords, art and design, drugs, euphemisms, sleeping or cell phones.
  7. Slang Site: Look up Web words, slang and even made up but often used words here.
  8. Behind the Names: Find out the history of your name or search names by categories like English, Spanish, mythology, Biblical names, African and more.
  9. Directory of Occupational Titles: If you’ve ever wanted to know the official name of your job, look it up here.
  10. Glossary of Real Estate Abbreviations, Terms and Phrases: Get through your next home signing by doing some extra research on this site.

Teacher References

Teaching guides like these will help you double-check facts, look for relevant quotes, find different careers in education, and get ideas for lesson plans.

  1. Twain Quotations A to Z: Inspire (or confuse) your students by throwing out a Mark Twain quote every once in a while. You can search by subject matter.
  2. Math Glossary: Look up words and concepts like abacus, Thales’ theorem, obtuse triangle and a lot more in this special site.
  3. Biology Website References for Students and Teachers: Learn about evolution, cell chemistry, anatomy and genetics from this list of reference sites.
  4. Children’s Literature Web Guide: Look for award-winning children’s books, readers’ theatre sites, stories published online and more on this site.
  5. Charles Dickens Gad’s Hill Place: Use this quote page to search by topic, title, or phrase, or pull from The Daily Dose of Dickens book.
  6. Encyclopedia Mythica: Search for text, quotes and history of mythology, folklore and religon. Categories include Greek people, Celtic mythology and Roman mythology.
  7. American Memory: The Library of Congress’ American culture and history reference site features topics like environment and conservation, immigration, women’s history, Presidents, religion, maps, literature, African American history and others.
  8. ASL Browser: Look up American Sign Language signs here.
  9. Ditto: Search the web for all kinds of beautiful images on this site.
  10. Learning and Performance Glossary: From accelerated learning to guidance package to meta skills, this glossary is full of education terms for teachers.

Librarian References

Librarians will benefit from these great reference sites, some of which were designed just for or by librarians.

  1. A Glossary of the Humanities: Click on a letter to look up words, phrases and concepts that use references from Foucault, Burke, Frye and others as definitions.
  2. Library of Congress Online Catalogs: We’re pretty sure most librarians have heard of this site, but it’s seriously one of the best reference sites on the Web.
  3. Historical Text Archives: This site boasts nearly 687 articles and 70 books about history, especially American history.
  4. KidsClick!: This educational search engine was created by librarians and teachers and is organized by topics like society and government, machines and transportation, health and family, facts and reference, and a lot more.
  5. Library Spot: This great reference site has links to encyclopedias, Top 10 lists, business references, public libraries and a LOT more.

Instead of Googling your symptoms, use these authoritative reference sites to get drug information, find a hospital and research a disease or condition.

  1. Medline Plus: Look up anything to do with health care on this site from, prescription drugs to local resources to symptoms and diseases.
  2. RxList: RxList is “the Internet drug index,” and you search by prescriptions dispensed, names searched or just by letter.
  3. Google Directory – Health and Medicine: Categories and individual web pages are listed on this Google reference site. Browse topics like health news, history of medicine, medical dictionaries or patient education.
  4. Patient Care: Columbia University Medical Center lists a number of patient resources, including tools for finding a doctor, dentist and hospital.
  5. MediLexicon: At MediLexicon, you can use the medical dictionary search, hospital search, medical abbreviations search or read all the latest medical news.
  6. InteliHealth: This reference site has an Ask the Expert section, as well as a database full of information for diseases and conditions, from asthma to digestive issues to weight management to STDs.
  7. Healthfinder: This government site features a Drug Interaction Checker, a Health Library and consumer guides.
  8. The Merck Manual: Search this online medical library for diseases and conditions and drug products.
  9. Bristol Biomedical Image Archive: Browse thousands of biomedical images on this site.
  10. Online Medical Dictionary: This simple search tool lets you browse by letter or subject area.

References for Students

From homework help to art definitions to almanacs, students at traditional or online colleges will find reference material here.

  1. Online Music Theory Helper: Order flash cards or look up different theory lessons on this site.
  2. ArtLex: Browse this art terms dictionary for historical context information, definitions and more.
  3. The Works of the Bard: Use the Shakespeare search engine or browse plays by category to get references and text of Shakespeare’s works.
  4. Factmonster Reference Desk: Here, you’ll find an almanac, homework center, atlas, dictionary and encyclopedia for younger students.
  5. Little Explorers Picture Dictionary: Students learning to read will find pictures to go along with their definition results.
  6. Distance Education Glossary: If you’ve recently enrolled in a distance ed course or program, use this glossary to help you navigate your new education portal.
  7. HyperHistory Online: There are over 2,000 files on this site, on all kinds of world history topics like politics, religion, culture, science and special events.
  8. Style Guides and Resources: This reference list will help you out when you need to write a paper using APA, MLA, and other special citation systems.
  9. Statistical Resources on the Web: Find updated statistics on everything from agriculture to business to labor to housing to the military.
  10. RefDesk: Check your facts quickly and easily at the RefDesk, which features a site of the day, thought of the day, and plenty of multi-search tools.

Niche Sites

When you need to look up highly specialized materials and facts, look to these niche sites for help with online conversions, transportation and military acronyms, legal help, career help and more.

  1. Dictionary of Metal Terminology: Search online or order the hard copy version to find metal-related words.
  2. Online Conversion: Convert “just about anything” on this site, which understands over 5,000 different units for date, time, density, energy, acceleration, angles and a lot more.
  3. Transportation and Logistics Acronyms: Find acronyms for the U.S. government and military, supply chain systems, transportation, trucking, freight and more.
  4. Harry Potter Glossary: If you’re behind in your Harry Potter reading, use this extensive glossary to help you sort out all of the characters and unique vocabulary.
  5. Videoconferencing Glossary: Even non-techies can understand the fundamentals of videoconferencing thanks to this website, which lists definitions for words like analog signals, camera presets, bps, continuos presence and others.
  6. Everybody’s Legal Glossary: Nolo’s legal glossary is designed for everyday people who need help understanding traffic tickets, real estate forms, and “hundreds of legal terms, from the common to the bizarre.”
  7. All About Jewels: Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry: Find a picture of each gem or jewelry and learn about its minerals, fashion history, gravity and colors.
  8. Dictionary of English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions: ESL students and curious native speakers can search this dictionary to find idioms like “part and parcel,” or “gnaw your vitals.”
  9. WestNet IT Glossary: Search results for IT words bring up definitions, a list of related words, animations and graphics.
  10. Travel Industry Dictionary: Look up words and acronyms like gay friendly, day rate, WAPTT, recall commission statement and more on this site.

Search Engines

Search engines are unique Internet reference guides. Read this list to find lots of search engines besides Google.

  1. Giga Blast: Giga Blast is still in beta form, but you can search websites, images and video.
  2. MsFreckles.com: Cute little Ms. Freckles gives you all the tools to conduct a meta search here.
  3. Kart00: Here, you have the option of only searching English pages or the entire web.
  4. Gimpsy: Gimspy specializes in “active sites for active people.” You can search by verb or action, by filling in the sentence “I want to…”
  5. CustomSearchEngine.com: This site is a link directory for Google’s custom search engine.
  6. Rollyo: This highly customizable search engine lets you enter a keyword or phrase and then select specific categories to search, like travel and hotels, health, celebrity gossip and more.
  7. Ms. Dewey: Your off-the-wall host Ms. Dewey flirts, sings and offers silly trivia or analysis while you search.
  8. Ulyssek Search Engine: You can view your results organized into categories on this site.
  9. Cha Cha: This creative search engine makes you feel like you’re sending a text from your cell phone when you search.
  10. FactBites: FactBites is “where results make sense” and is touted as a search engine crossed with an encyclopedia.

Open Source Sites

For open source materials that also serve as reference guides, use this list.

  1. DataParkSearch Engine: Use this open source search engine to find multilingual sites, pull up “fuzzy searching based on acronyms and abbreviations” and find text files, mp3s and .gif files.
  2. Wiktionary: Wikipedia’s free dictionary is a collaborative, multilingual resource.
  3. Open Library: This user-generated book catalog has over 13 million books in its library.
  4. dmoz: dmoz is an open directory project, where you can search for or edit topics and results for kids and teens, reference materials, business, health, arts and more.

Internet and Computer Reference

Non-techies and experienced web workers may want to brush up on Internet and computer terms by searching these sites and glossaries.

  1. CNET Glossary: Use this glossary to look up network terms.
  2. Glossary of Internet Terms: From ADN to Meta Tag to SDSL to cgi-bin, find definitions of Internet terms here.
  3. Chat Stuff: This short dictionary has translations for popular chat acronyms like AFK, BAK, and BCNU.
  4. McAfee Virus Glossary: Learn about online threats and computer security by browsing this authoritative glossary.
  5. Tech Encyclopedia: Look up a specific word or click to get a random definition each day.
  6. What Is? IT Dictionary: Browse categories like personal computing, call centers, cheat sheets, authentication, network hardware, compliance, Linux, storage management, Telecom, robotics and a whole lot more for tech definitions.

List prepared by http://www.teachingtips.com/blog/

50 Useful Blogging Tools for Teachers

Blogging is becoming more and more popular in the classroom. Teachers can blog to stay in touch with parents and students or they can incorporate blogs from all of the students as a learning tool. The beauty of the student blog is that children from Kindergarten to high school can blog. No matter how you use blogs in your classroom, these tools will help you get started, enhance your experience, or bring the students into the fun.

Where to Create Your Blog

Creating a blog is the first step. The following resources all offer blog publishing. Some of these are aimed specifically at school blogs while others are available for anyone.

  1. Class Blogmeister. Created as a blogging platform specifically for educators, this free service will get you and your students blogging in no time. An added bonus to this service is that it is rarely blocked by school filters due to it’s specific safety features.
  2. Edublogs. Another blogging platform made just for educators, this service is based on WordPress, so comes with all the features of WordPress. Another benefit of Edublogs is the short and simple URLs for the blogs that make it easy to share with parents.
  3. WordPress. Get a free blog with WordPress and you will also have access to plenty of tools such as spellcheck, integrated stats tracker, and spam protection. This is one of the more popular blogging platforms.
  4. Blogger. Another popular blogging publisher, Blogger is teamed up with Google and offers lots of tools to make your blogging experience easier. You will need a Google account to create a blog with these folks.
  5. TypePad. TypePad lets you select from thousands of designs and has lots of widgets, custom banners, and more. However, this service is not free. You can take advantage of a free trial before you decide to pay the low monthly fee or annual subscription, though.
  6. LiveJournal. In addition to providing a blog, LiveJournal also makes it easy to create a social network through the blogs. This might work great for your class if all the students will have their own blog as well.
  7. Moveable Type. Another free blog publisher, Moveable Type offers many of the same features as the others with a spam blocker, templates, and more.
  8. Tumblr. Not really a full-fledged blogging platform, Tumblr is designed for smaller posts and a much more personalized experience. If you aren’t ready to go the way of the blog, this might be a good way to get your feet wet.
  9. Windows Live Writer. Get a Space in Windows Live and download Live Writer to start blogging with this publisher. You can connect with others, post video, and more with Live Writer.
  10. Thingamablog. All you need to get started with this blog platform is FTP, SFTP, or access to a server. The setup wizard will guide you through the steps of getting your blog in place.

Blogging Tools and Help for Teachers

The following tools and articles are all focused on helping teachers blog or provide free access for teachers to blogging tools that would normally cost money.

  1. Smilebox. Create scrapbooks, slide shows, postcards, and more to post on your blog with this tool. While it’s not specifically designed for educators, teachers can receive the premium subscription for free.
  2. Using Del.icio.us for Blogging. This article describes how you can incorporate the popular bookmarking site, Del.icio.us, into your blogging program.
  3. avatars. Let your students design their own personal avatars with one of these free tools. Using an avatar lets the students personalize while also keeping their identity private.
  4. VoiceThread. Create an online presentation with audio and text. You can incorporate PowerPoint, Flickr, Word, PDF, and more. Teachers get a free account.
  5. Teacher Training Videos. While this site is not specifically for blogging, it is directed at teaching educators how to use technology in the classroom. There are some blogging videos that will help get you started.
  6. A Vision for Classroom Blogging. Read about reasons to blog in your classroom as well as how to go about doing it in this article written by an experienced teacher and blogger. She also includes links at the end of the article for even more information.
  7. Classroom 2.0. Read blog discussions between teachers with blogging experience ranging from newbie to veteran blogger. You can find helpful advice as well as resources in these blog posts.

General Blog Tools

From adding fun photos to maps showing where your blog readers live, these tools will help you and your students create fun and educational blogs.

  1. Spellery. Type in the URL to your blog and find out if you have any spelling mistakes. This simple tool is invaluable for ensuring your posts are in top shape.
  2. Jiglu. This tool creates tags within your blog that allows readers to find more information from your previous blog posts. You can manually assign tags or let Jiglu assign the tags automatically.
  3. Wufoo. If you would like to create an online form for your blog, use this tool to do it for you. It’s easy to use and you’ll be creating polls, invitations, and more right on your blog.
  4. AddThis. With this simple tool, you can add a button on your blog that allows readers to easily bookmark and share your website. Having this button will allow parents and other teachers easier access to your site.
  5. Buttonator. If you need to create buttons for your blog, this easy tool will help you with the task. Choose the style, font, color, and more.
  6. Bananr. Want to put those photos from the class field trip or talent show on your blog? This tool allows you to enter your Flickr user id or photoset id and easily add the photos to your blog.
  7. Gickr. Add photos to your blog and put them in motion with this tool. Create fun slide shows and more without using difficult software.
  8. Website Ribbon Generator. Create a ribbon for your favorite cause or use an originally designed ribbon to tie all your students’ blogs together with this simple tool.
  9. FeedBlitz. Add this tool to your blog so readers can have your blog posts sent directly to their email. FeedBlitz also offers widgets to add to your blog such as a blogroll.
  10. ClustrMaps. When visitors click on your blog, this tool logs their location on a map. Watch as over the life of your blog, the map fills with information on your visitors’ locations. This tool can also serve as a geography lesson.
  11. MakeBeliefsComix.com. Choose your characters and add word or thought bubbles complete with your own text to create your very own comic strip. This is a fun activity for students to incorporate in their blogs, too.
  12. TagCrowd. Create a cloud of words from your blog with this tool. Once you have created the cloud, the tool will provide the HTML code so you can put it on your blog.
  13. widgetbox. Add any imaginable widget to your blog with this tool. Let your students run wild to allow their individuality to shine with these widgets that range from clocks to animals to word searches.
  14. LabPixies. Add any number of fun widgets like Google maps, games, calendars, and more on your blog. There are some great learning opportunities among these.
  15. gabcast. Record using your phone and post audio on your blog with gabcast. This tool can also be used to host conference calls, which would be helpful with parent-teacher conferences.
  16. BlogRolling. With this tool, you can add a blogroll to your blog to show readers what other blogs you find interesting. The is great for localizing a whole class worth of blogs in one spot.

Blogging and Internet Safety

As a teacher, you are already well aware that keeping your students safe is a priority. Introducing blogs in the classroom is undeniably a powerful learning tool, but it also brings about an opportunity for the teacher to reexamine student safety. The following resources will help you protect your students from harm.

  1. Google Analytics. Keep a close eye on your blog traffic and find out who is visiting your website. This tool breaks down the visitor information in several ways, including plotting a map of where the visitors are located.
  2. Keeping students cybersafe!. This blog post, written by an educator, offers suggestions on how you can protect your students while enjoying student blogs.
  3. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. This law explains how a child’s privacy is protected online. Working with children and blogs, this is a must-read item.
  4. Copyright and Fair Use. This simple primer gives the basics on copyright and fair use laws as it pertains to the Internet. Any teacher posting on the Internet should take the time to read this.
  5. A Teacher’s Guide to Fair Use and Copyright. Another helpful guide to fair use and copyright, this one is specifically designed for teachers. It also includes a chart for fair use to post in your classroom.
  6. Responsible blogging. Taken from a 10th grade class, these guidelines for safe and responsible blogging are not just teacher-generated, but also come from the students themselves.
  7. Blogger’s Contract. This contract between the teacher and student is a great way to remind the student of the safety and responsibility required when blogging. Use this contract as a model for one you can create for your class.
  8. Consent for Your Child to Participate in Online Collaborations. This teacher has drawn up a consent form for parents explaining how technology will be used in the classroom and asking for parental consent. Click on the link at the beginning of this letter for the actual consent form.
  9. Blogging Rules. This list of rules was compiled by a teacher for his classroom. You may find this helpful for setting the rules in your class before you begin blogging.
  10. Discovery Blogging Rules. Another set of rules for classroom blogging, this one is a bit more extensive and also includes clearly defined consequences to breaking the rules. This list can serve as a model for the rules in your classroom.

Getting Students in on the Action

Don’t keep all the fun to yourself–let your students blog too. These resources offer suggestions and tools for getting students into blogging.

  1. 21Classes. Set up classroom homepages and host and manage blogs for your students with this free service. Students can customize their pages and insert photos and videos.
  2. Reflections on Student Blogging. This article written by a teacher working with middle and high school students describes how she implemented a student blogging project. She also offers more generalized helpful tips on blogging with students.
  3. Blogging Basics: Creating Student Journals on the Web. This tutorial covers all the basics for getting your students set up to blog in the classroom. There are even some links to school blogs.
  4. Students 2.0. This blog is run by students and allows them a chance to raise their voice on the topic of education. Not only does this blog serve as an example of what student blogs can be, it is also a great tool to share with your older students.
  5. Student Tools–Let them fly!. Compiled by an educator, this list offers the top tech tools for students. Many of these tools can be used in student blogs or help students set up blogs.
  6. iLearn Technology: Dipity. This educational blog reviews Dipity, a time line generator that students can use to create time lines on any topic. Students can use Dipity in conjunction with their blogs to create personal timelines.
  7. Making it Interesting: What would you add to this classroom. This is a fun little visual to suggest various technology tools to get students excited about learning. Think about what you would add for your students.Blogging is becoming more and more popular in the classroom. Teachers can blog to stay in touch with parents and students or they can incorporate blogs from all of the students as a learning tool. The beauty of the student blog is that children from Kindergarten to high school can blog. No matter how you use blogs in your classroom, these tools will help you get started, enhance your experience, or bring the students into the fun.

    Where to Create Your Blog

    Creating a blog is the first step. The following resources all offer blog publishing. Some of these are aimed specifically at school blogs while others are available for anyone.

    1. Class Blogmeister. Created as a blogging platform specifically for educators, this free service will get you and your students blogging in no time. An added bonus to this service is that it is rarely blocked by school filters due to it’s specific safety features.
    2. Edublogs. Another blogging platform made just for educators, this service is based on WordPress, so comes with all the features of WordPress. Another benefit of Edublogs is the short and simple URLs for the blogs that make it easy to share with parents.
    3. WordPress. Get a free blog with WordPress and you will also have access to plenty of tools such as spellcheck, integrated stats tracker, and spam protection. This is one of the more popular blogging platforms.
    4. Blogger. Another popular blogging publisher, Blogger is teamed up with Google and offers lots of tools to make your blogging experience easier. You will need a Google account to create a blog with these folks.
    5. TypePad. TypePad lets you select from thousands of designs and has lots of widgets, custom banners, and more. However, this service is not free. You can take advantage of a free trial before you decide to pay the low monthly fee or annual subscription, though.
    6. LiveJournal. In addition to providing a blog, LiveJournal also makes it easy to create a social network through the blogs. This might work great for your class if all the students will have their own blog as well.
    7. Moveable Type. Another free blog publisher, Moveable Type offers many of the same features as the others with a spam blocker, templates, and more.
    8. Tumblr. Not really a full-fledged blogging platform, Tumblr is designed for smaller posts and a much more personalized experience. If you aren’t ready to go the way of the blog, this might be a good way to get your feet wet.
    9. Windows Live Writer. Get a Space in Windows Live and download Live Writer to start blogging with this publisher. You can connect with others, post video, and more with Live Writer.
    10. Thingamablog. All you need to get started with this blog platform is FTP, SFTP, or access to a server. The setup wizard will guide you through the steps of getting your blog in place.

    Blogging Tools and Help for Teachers

    The following tools and articles are all focused on helping teachers blog or provide free access for teachers to blogging tools that would normally cost money.

    1. Smilebox. Create scrapbooks, slide shows, postcards, and more to post on your blog with this tool. While it’s not specifically designed for educators, teachers can receive the premium subscription for free.
    2. Using Del.icio.us for Blogging. This article describes how you can incorporate the popular bookmarking site, Del.icio.us, into your blogging program.
    3. avatars. Let your students design their own personal avatars with one of these free tools. Using an avatar lets the students personalize while also keeping their identity private.
    4. VoiceThread. Create an online presentation with audio and text. You can incorporate PowerPoint, Flickr, Word, PDF, and more. Teachers get a free account.
    5. Teacher Training Videos. While this site is not specifically for blogging, it is directed at teaching educators how to use technology in the classroom. There are some blogging videos that will help get you started.
    6. A Vision for Classroom Blogging. Read about reasons to blog in your classroom as well as how to go about doing it in this article written by an experienced teacher and blogger. She also includes links at the end of the article for even more information.
    7. Classroom 2.0. Read blog discussions between teachers with blogging experience ranging from newbie to veteran blogger. You can find helpful advice as well as resources in these blog posts.

    General Blog Tools

    From adding fun photos to maps showing where your blog readers live, these tools will help you and your students create fun and educational blogs.

    1. Spellery. Type in the URL to your blog and find out if you have any spelling mistakes. This simple tool is invaluable for ensuring your posts are in top shape.
    2. Jiglu. This tool creates tags within your blog that allows readers to find more information from your previous blog posts. You can manually assign tags or let Jiglu assign the tags automatically.
    3. Wufoo. If you would like to create an online form for your blog, use this tool to do it for you. It’s easy to use and you’ll be creating polls, invitations, and more right on your blog.
    4. AddThis. With this simple tool, you can add a button on your blog that allows readers to easily bookmark and share your website. Having this button will allow parents and other teachers easier access to your site.
    5. Buttonator. If you need to create buttons for your blog, this easy tool will help you with the task. Choose the style, font, color, and more.
    6. Bananr. Want to put those photos from the class field trip or talent show on your blog? This tool allows you to enter your Flickr user id or photoset id and easily add the photos to your blog.
    7. Gickr. Add photos to your blog and put them in motion with this tool. Create fun slide shows and more without using difficult software.
    8. Website Ribbon Generator. Create a ribbon for your favorite cause or use an originally designed ribbon to tie all your students’ blogs together with this simple tool.
    9. FeedBlitz. Add this tool to your blog so readers can have your blog posts sent directly to their email. FeedBlitz also offers widgets to add to your blog such as a blogroll.
    10. ClustrMaps. When visitors click on your blog, this tool logs their location on a map. Watch as over the life of your blog, the map fills with information on your visitors’ locations. This tool can also serve as a geography lesson.
    11. MakeBeliefsComix.com. Choose your characters and add word or thought bubbles complete with your own text to create your very own comic strip. This is a fun activity for students to incorporate in their blogs, too.
    12. TagCrowd. Create a cloud of words from your blog with this tool. Once you have created the cloud, the tool will provide the HTML code so you can put it on your blog.
    13. widgetbox. Add any imaginable widget to your blog with this tool. Let your students run wild to allow their individuality to shine with these widgets that range from clocks to animals to word searches.
    14. LabPixies. Add any number of fun widgets like Google maps, games, calendars, and more on your blog. There are some great learning opportunities among these.
    15. gabcast. Record using your phone and post audio on your blog with gabcast. This tool can also be used to host conference calls, which would be helpful with parent-teacher conferences.
    16. BlogRolling. With this tool, you can add a blogroll to your blog to show readers what other blogs you find interesting. The is great for localizing a whole class worth of blogs in one spot.

    Blogging and Internet Safety

    As a teacher, you are already well aware that keeping your students safe is a priority. Introducing blogs in the classroom is undeniably a powerful learning tool, but it also brings about an opportunity for the teacher to reexamine student safety. The following resources will help you protect your students from harm.

    1. Google Analytics. Keep a close eye on your blog traffic and find out who is visiting your website. This tool breaks down the visitor information in several ways, including plotting a map of where the visitors are located.
    2. Keeping students cybersafe!. This blog post, written by an educator, offers suggestions on how you can protect your students while enjoying student blogs.
    3. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. This law explains how a child’s privacy is protected online. Working with children and blogs, this is a must-read item.
    4. Copyright and Fair Use. This simple primer gives the basics on copyright and fair use laws as it pertains to the Internet. Any teacher posting on the Internet should take the time to read this.
    5. A Teacher’s Guide to Fair Use and Copyright. Another helpful guide to fair use and copyright, this one is specifically designed for teachers. It also includes a chart for fair use to post in your classroom.
    6. Responsible blogging. Taken from a 10th grade class, these guidelines for safe and responsible blogging are not just teacher-generated, but also come from the students themselves.
    7. Blogger’s Contract. This contract between the teacher and student is a great way to remind the student of the safety and responsibility required when blogging. Use this contract as a model for one you can create for your class.
    8. Consent for Your Child to Participate in Online Collaborations. This teacher has drawn up a consent form for parents explaining how technology will be used in the classroom and asking for parental consent. Click on the link at the beginning of this letter for the actual consent form.
    9. Blogging Rules. This list of rules was compiled by a teacher for his classroom. You may find this helpful for setting the rules in your class before you begin blogging.
    10. Discovery Blogging Rules. Another set of rules for classroom blogging, this one is a bit more extensive and also includes clearly defined consequences to breaking the rules. This list can serve as a model for the rules in your classroom.

    Getting Students in on the Action

    Don’t keep all the fun to yourself–let your students blog too. These resources offer suggestions and tools for getting students into blogging.

    1. 21Classes. Set up classroom homepages and host and manage blogs for your students with this free service. Students can customize their pages and insert photos and videos.
    2. Reflections on Student Blogging. This article written by a teacher working with middle and high school students describes how she implemented a student blogging project. She also offers more generalized helpful tips on blogging with students.
    3. Blogging Basics: Creating Student Journals on the Web. This tutorial covers all the basics for getting your students set up to blog in the classroom. There are even some links to school blogs.
    4. Students 2.0. This blog is run by students and allows them a chance to raise their voice on the topic of education. Not only does this blog serve as an example of what student blogs can be, it is also a great tool to share with your older students.
    5. Student Tools–Let them fly!. Compiled by an educator, this list offers the top tech tools for students. Many of these tools can be used in student blogs or help students set up blogs.
    6. iLearn Technology: Dipity. This educational blog reviews Dipity, a time line generator that students can use to create time lines on any topic. Students can use Dipity in conjunction with their blogs to create personal timelines.
    7. Making it Interesting: What would you add to this classroom. This is a fun little visual to suggest various technology tools to get students excited about learning. Think about what you would add for your students.

List prepared by http://www.teachingtips.com/

Great 100 Education Blogs

Education blogs are becoming a means for educators, students,academician and education administrators to interact more effectively than ever before. Technorati currently tracks 63.1 million blogs. Over 5,000 of them are about education.

Blog Topics

College | E-Learning | Education News | Education Policy | Internet Culture | Learning | Library and Research | Specialty | Teaching | Technology

College

These blogs provide tips for current College v2

 

E-Learning

Technology-assisted learning and online learning are topics discussed in these blogs.

  1. Clive on Learning
  2. Connectivism
  3. Digital Chalkie
  4. Internet Time Blog
  5. elearnspace
  6. E-Learning Queen
  7. Learning and Technology
  8. Moving at the Speed of Creativity
  9. Stephen’s Web
  10. The Knowledge Tree
  11. XplanaZine

Education News

These two blogs are good starting points to read more about the latest news in the world of education.

  1. Eduwonk
  2. This Week in Education

Education Policy

These are blogs written by activists who are looking to reform our school system or just education in general.

  1. Change Agency
  2. D-Ed Reckoning
  3. Education in Texas
  4. Education Intelligence Agency
  5. Jenny D.
  6. Practical Theory
  7. Schools Matter

Internet Culture

Internet applications, such as RSS and blogs, and how they can be applied in a teaching/learning environment are discussed in these blogs.

  1. absolutely intercultural
  2. Adventures in Educational Blogging
  3. BionicTeacher
  4. Digital Writing, Digital Teaching
  5. Full Circle Online Interaction Blog
  6. Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech
  7. Infinite Thinking Machine
  8. learning.now
  9. Learn Online

Learning

The focus of these blogs is on learning theory, informal learning, and knowledge.

  1. 2 Cents Worth
  2. abject learning
  3. Informal Learning Blog
  4. Learning Curves
  5. Learnlets
  6. McGee’s Musings
  7. Random Walk in Learning
  8. The Stingy Scholar

Library and Research

These are research-based blogs, some of which are library-based or written by librarians.

  1. David Lee King
  2. Deep Thinking
  3. Dissertation Research
  4. Free Range Librarian
  5. heyjude
  6. ideant
  7. Information Wants To Be Free
  8. InfoSciPhi
  9. librarian.net
  10. librariesinteract.info
  11. LibraryBytes
  12. Library Stuff
  13. LSJ Editors’ Blog
  14. Panlibus
  15. Rambling Librarian
  16. Research Buzz
  17. Resource Shelf
  18. STLQ
  19. Tasty Research

Specialty

Music, history, science, and law are discussed at these blogs, respectively.

  1. Catalysts & Connections
  2. History Is Elementary
  3. Polar Science 2006
  4. WisBlawg

Teaching

The following blogs deal with issues facing teachers, including teaching methods, lesson plans, aids, and tools.

  1. A Difference
  2. Are We Doing Anything Today?
  3. Artichoke
  4. blog of proximal development
  5. Borderland
  6. Bud the Teacher
  7. Christopher D. Sessums Blog
  8. Cool Cat Teacher Blog
  9. FunnyMonkey
  10. Infocult: Information, Culture, Policy, Education
  11. NYC Educator
  12. Teachers Teaching Teachers
  13. Teaching Hacks.com
  14. Teaching Generation Z
  15. teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk
  16. The Open Classroom

Technology

Bringing technology to the classroom and using technology to learn and teach are topics discussed within these blogs.

  1. A Teacher’s Life
  2. Around the Corner v2
  3. Beth’s Thoughts on Technology in the Classroom
  4. bgblogging
  5. Bionic Teaching
  6. Blogging IT and EDucation
  7. CogDogBlog
  8. Dangerously Irrelevant
  9. Derek’s Blog
  10. Ed-Tech Insider
  11. EdCompBlog
  12. edtechNOT.com Blog
  13. EdTechPost
  14. EduBlog Insights
  15. Education/Technology
  16. Infomancy
  17. Remote Access
  18. Teach42
  19. Techlearning Blog
  20. The Tech Savvy Educator
  21. The Thinking Stick
  22. Weblogg-ed

Courtsy by http://oedb.org/library/features/top-100-education-blogs

Connectivism

Connectivism is a learning theory based on premise that knowledge exist in the world rather than head in the head of individual. Connectivism is the use of a network with nodes and connections as a central metaphor for learning.n this metaphor, a node is anything that can be connected to another node within a network such as an organization: information, data, feelings, images. Connectivism sees learning as the process of creating connections and developing a network.

Tutorial on Connectivism from University of Manitoba (click on following image)

Connectivism is a learning theory for 21st Century’ Learner. It emphasis on Networked Learning and Social Learning.

Connectivism Glossary

Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2011

Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is an open online course that over 12 weeks explores the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning. Participation is open to everyone and there are no fees or subscriptions required.

The course will outline a connectivist understanding of educational systems of the future. It will help participants make sense of the transformative impact of technology in teaching and learning over the last decade. The voices calling for reform do so from many perspectives, with some suggesting ‘new learners’ require different learning models, others suggesting reform is needed due to globalization and increased competition, and still others suggesting technology is the salvation for the shortfalls evident in the system today. While each of these views tell us about the need for change, they overlook the primary reasons why change is required.

For a quick introduction to connectivist courses and how they work, please view the videos below.

Click on the following image for course registration and detail.

Further Resources

(1) Connectivism-perspective and reflection

(2) Role of Educator

(3) More online course on Connectivism

Using e-Learning to facilitate 21st Century Learning

Presentation Transcript:

Using e-Learning To Facilitate 21st Century Learning – Presentation Transcript

1. Using
E-Learning
To
Facilitate
21st
Century
Learning
Zaid Ali Alsagoff
2. WARNING!
Learning Overload!
Image Source: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/03/31/business/31short.600.jpg
3. Web 2.0 … The Machine is Using UsThe evolution of knowledge creation, management and sharing.URL: http://youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g
4. CONTENTS
Learning
Future?
21st
Century
21st
Century
Thinking
1
2
5
4
3
E-Learning
OER
Tools
*OER – Open Educational Resources
5.
6. LEARNING
“Some people study all their life and at their death they havelearned everything except to THINK”
– Francois Domergue
1
7. Bloom’s Taxonomy
Does ‘it’ have a value
Evaluation
How does ‘it’ relate
Higher-Level
Thinking
Synthesis
how is ‘it’ structured
Analysis
Application
using ‘it’
what does ‘It’ mean
Lower-level
Thinking
Comprehension
Remember ‘it’
Knowledge
© 2006 Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR)
8. Bloom’s Taxonomy (Revised)
Higher-Level
Thinking
Generating new ideas, products, processes, or ways of viewing things.
Create
Evaluate
Analyze
Apply
Understand
Remember
Lower-level
Thinking
Adapted from: http://www.apa.org/ed/new_blooms.html
9. Route 21
* Critical Thinking
* Problem Solving
* Creativity
* Innovation
* Communication
* Collaboration
A Roadmap For 21st Century Learning
URL: http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/route21/
10. Five Minds for the Future
Howard Gardner
Video: http://forum.wgbh.org/wgbh/forum.php?lecture_id=3560
Book: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Minds-Future-Howard-Gardner/dp/1591399122
Image Source: http://isaiahlim.files.wordpress.com/2006/10/5minds.gif
11. A Whole New Mind
Symphony
Empathy
Design
Meaning
Story
Play
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Whole_New_Mind
12. Nurturing students for the…?
Bits
Genes
IT
Bio
Innovation
Economy
Nano
Neuro
Atoms
Neurons
“The Innovation economy is coming. It will bring sweeping global change that affects everyone…Those who embrace innovation and adapt quickly will win…The Innovation economy is a revolution in how individuals use ideas, knowledge, and conduct commerce.” – James Canton
Qubits
Photons
13. E-LEARNING
"640K ought to be
enough for anybody."- Bill Gates, 1981
2
14. e-Learning Definition
Electronic learning(or E-Learning or eLearning) is a term for all types of technology-enhanced learning (TEL), where technology is used to support the learning process.
“Pedagogy empowered by digital technology"
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-learning
15. The Guiding Principle
e-learning should always be driven by
PEDAGOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS
and not the demands of the technologies themselves.
16. Connectivism
“…a form of knowledge and a pedagogy based on the idea that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections and that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks. “
George Siemens
Source: http://www.elearnspace.org/media/ProfessionalDevelopment/player.html
17. How Does a 21st Century Student Learn?
A Networked Student

18. Learning Using A Network of Diverse Technologies
Source: http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=668
19. LEARNING
TOOLS
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
– Albert Einstein
3
20. E-LEARNING 2010
UMIS
E-mail
iDrive
AIR
MOFA
Q-Bank
E-Library
IMULP
Learning Tools
Content
Assessment
Asynchronous
Synchronous
i-Lectures
Lecture Notes
Podcasts
Glossary
Simulations
Games
OER/OCW
Quiz
Portfolio
Assignment
Case Summary
Forum
Blogging
Micro-blogging
Bookmarking
Wiki
RSS
Chat
Video Conferencing
Web Conferencing
3D Virtual Spaces
21. Course Management System
Moodle is a user-friendly open source and free application that is designed to help educators create online courses with opportunities for rich interaction and collaboration. Besides uploading and managing online resources, one can add forums, quizzes, assignments, glossary polls, wikis, blogs, etc.
http://moodle.org/
22. Social Learning Environments
‘Inter-Disciplinary Learning Clusters’
Elgg empowers individuals, groups and institutions to create their own fully-featured social learning environments.
http://elgg.org/
23. Learning Activity Management System
LAMS is a great tool for designing, managing and delivering online collaborative learning activities. It provides teachers with a highly intuitive visual authoring environment for creating sequences of learning activities.
http://www.lamsinternational.com/
24. Web Conferencing
Virtual Classroom
Real-Time
Cost-Savings
Student
Accessibility
Student
Leverage
Convenience
Quality
Record
Flexibility
Students
Lecturer
http://www.dimdim.com/
http://www.wiziq.com/
25. i-Lectures
26. 3D Virtual Learning Spaces

27. 112.8
Million Blogs
As of June 2008, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than…..
28. Blogs

29. Definition of Blog
Blog (short of Weblog):
Is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
"Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
30. http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/science_blog/index.html
31. Blogging Tools?
https://www.blogger.com/
http://wordpress.com/
http://www.edublogs.org/
32. Blogging as an Educational Tool?…
Post latest Industrial-related trends and news
Post materials and resources
Host online discussions
Build a class newsletter
Group projects to co-produce content
Reflect your teaching and learning experiences
*List adapted from “Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms” by Will Richardson
Book: http://books.google.com.my/books?id=6PFjF9BQe2AC
33. Micro-Blogging
A form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates (usually 140 characters) and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user.
http://twitter.com/
34. BarackObama on Twitter
(10th August, 2009)
1,900,000+ Followers
http://twitter.com/BarackObama
35. Twitter as an Educational Tool?…
Share ideas, experiences, news and links
Follow experts, subjects or learning domains
Follow trends (#hashtags)
Build learning communities
Chunked perfectly for mobile learning
Conversational learning beyond the classroom
Twitter Tutorial: http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/handbook/twitter.html
36. Picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:HNL_Wiki_Wiki_Bus.jpg
Wiki Wiki Shuttle at Honolulu International Airport
37. Picture: http://ourfounder.typepad.com/leblog/WindowsLiveWriter/Menu.jpg
38. Wiki

39. Definition of Wiki
A website created by a group; rather than by an individual.
In Hawaiian, Wiki means “quick”
What IKnow Is… (descriptive of the process of collaborative content development.)
Wikis are websites that we
can build together!
40. Welcome to The Anatomy Wiki
http://anatowiki.wetpaint.com/?t=anon
41. Wiki Tools?
http://www.wikispaces.com/
http://www.wetpaint.com/
http://pbwiki.com/
http://sites.google.com/
42. Why Use Wikis in Education?
Information Sharing
Collaborative Learning
Group Projects
Communication
Participation
Engagement
Content Development
43. Do You ReadNewspapers?
44. RSS in Plain English

45. What is RSS?
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.
A web page with a .xml file type that can be subscribed to and read by a newsreader (aggregator). The aggregator will find the new content and display it when it becomes available.
In essence, it is content that comes to you, instead of having to search for it. It will save you an infinite amount of time.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS
46. Ways RSS is being used:
RSS
Newsfeeds
Blogs
Wikis
Podcasts
47. Google Reader
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSPZ2Uu_X3Y
48. “My” Google Reader
http://www.google.com/reader
49. Personal Learning Spaces
http://www.pageflakes.com/
http://www.netvibes.com/
http://www.google.com/ig
50. Social Bookmarking

51. Social Bookmarking
Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata (tags).
Folksonomy (from folk + taxonomy) is the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_bookmarking
52. My” Delicious Bookmarks
http://delicious.com/zaidlearn
53. Social Bookmarking Tips
Great for groups researching a topic together or an instructor that wants to share great websites they have found.
Others can subscribe to your bookmarks or individual tags and receive them whenever the publisher adds a new bookmark.
Create working bibliographies for projects by ensuring they share a common tag.
Build lists of resources with fellow students/ teachers (decide on common tags first).
Create a network with friends or fellow club members with whom you share an interest.
Spend a few minutes planning how you’ll tag so that your tags are consistent (remember – no spaces within tags!)
Plural vs singular
Teacher’s names / course names
Clean up your tags periodically using the delete and rename tag functions.
Adapted from: http://www.slideshare.net/leonardstern/rss-in-education/
54. Content Authoring?
http://www.exelearning.org/
http://courselab.com/
55. Plagiarism? Use Plagium!
http://www.plagium.com/
56. Record Audio?
Audacity is a sound editor and recorder suitable for creating audio clips and podcasts.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
57. Voice Synthesizer
Text-To-Speech
http://vozme.com/
58. Create Animated Cartoons?
http://goanimate.com/
59. Share Slides?
http://www.slideboom.com/
http://www.slideshare.net/
http://www.authorstream.com/
60. Broadcast Live?
http://www.ustream.tv/
61. Wolfram|Alpha…
Is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone.
http://www.wolframalpha.com/
62. Wordle
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
http://wordle.net/
63. 150+ JuicyLearning Tools
Free!
ZaidLearn
http://p8g.tw/?9jI
64. Open
Educational
Resources
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.“ – Albert Einstein
4
65. Free Learning Content?
MERLOT
RDN
Harvey Project
ICONEX
UT OCW
SciQ
MIT OCW
JHSPH OCW
eGranary Digital Library
Wikipedia
CLOE
ARIADNE
Fathom Archive
WOW!
W3Schools
Gutenberg Project
Stanford on iTunes
PEOI
DLORN
CAREO
CORE
SOFIA
OAISTER
e-Lee
Connexions
OLI
USU OCW
Tufts OCW
OOPS
Open Yale Courses
Lydia Global Repository
WebJunction
© 2005 UNITAR All Rights Reserved
66. Open Educational Resources?
“…are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.”
More definitions: http://learn.creativecommons.org/resources/faq/
67. To Spice Up Your…
Unlearn
Learning
CoursesTraining
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Core
68. But, Remember to Check Your Rights…
http://creativecommons.org/
Image source: http://www.masternewmedia.org/
69. Starting Points?
http://www.oerrecommender.org/
http://ocwfinder.com/
http://www.oercommons.org/
http://iberry.com/
http://www.ocwconsortium.org/
http://www.wikieducator.org/
70. Medical Slides World
Amazing!
Enables you to search more than 7 million presentations on medical related content.
http://www.slideworld.org/
71. YouTube EDU
http://www.youtube.com/edu
72. Academic Earth
http://academicearth.org/
73. Johns Hopkins University
http://ocw.jhsph.edu/
Image Library
http://www.johnshopkins.edu/podcasts/
http://ocw.jhsph.edu/imageLibrary/
74. TED Talks
Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers.
http://www.ted.com/
75. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
http://ocw.mit.edu/
http://mitworld.mit.edu/
http://youtube.com/mit
http://techtv.mit.edu/
76. 3D Human Anatomy
http://www.visiblebody.com/
77. Human Body and Mind (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/
78. EduGames = Fun + Challenge =
Problem Solving + Assessment
Effective
Learning?
79. Blood Typing
http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/medicine/landsteiner/index.html
80. Virtual Hip Surgery: Total Hip Replacement Surgery
http://edheads.org/activities/hip/
81. Virtual Knee Surgery:Total Knee Replacement
http://edheads.org/activities/knee/
82. Re-Mission
Understand cancer better and develop a positive attitude toward defeating it.
http://www.re-mission.net/site/game/index.php
83. The Ear Pages
Sound is caused by changes of pressure in the air that is transformed into nerve impulses in the inner ear.
http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/medicine/ear/index.html
84. The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective
There has been a mysterious outbreak of unhealthy habits among kids, and we need to solve these cases. All junior food detectives will get secret training on how to eat right and exercise.
http://members.kaiserpermanente.org/redirects/landingpages/afd/
85. The Food Detectives Fight BAC!
http://www.fooddetectives.com/
86. Immune Attack
An educational video game that introduces basic concepts of human immunology to high school and entry-level college students. It aims to excite students about the subject, while also illuminating general principles and detailed concepts of immunology.
http://fas.org/immuneattack/
87. Create Flash Games?
http://classtools.net/
88. FreeRice
http://www.freerice.com/
89. AIDtoCHILDREN
http://www.aidtochildren.com/
90. …TIP OF THE ICE BERG ONLY!
250+ OER
http://p8g.tw/?dji
88 Free EduGames
http://p8g.tw/?hz1
91. What Does All This Mean?
My Learning Time is NOT Free!
92. Future?
5
"I am still learning."
– Michelangelo
93. Challenge I
Finding the RIGHT algorithm(s)
Learning
Tools
Content
Assessment
Learning
Outcomes
Requirements
Needs
94. YOUR ALGORITHM? …NOW? …FUTURE?
95. Challenge II
Mindset Change!
Semester II
Semester I
Semester III
96. Challenge III
Sharing & Reusing Content
Time Table
Course Outline
97. Challenge IV
Online Interactivity
Chat
Forums
Quizzes
i-Lectures
3D Virtual Spaces
Wikis
Web Conferencing
Games
Blogs
Video Conferencing
Assignments
98. Challenge V
Strong
ICT Support Team
Innovative
E-Learning Team
Inspired Educators
99. The Learning Innovation Lab (LIL)
Indexes
Articles
Experts
Q&A Forums
Training
Links
Tutorials
Best Practices
Research
Communities
Search
Stories
Tips
Guidelines
FAQs
News
Support
Workshops
Facilitators
Quick-Refs
Case-Studies
100. Relevant
Engaging
Fun
Interactive
Collaborative
Strive toNurturee-Learning That Is…
101. A Brave New World-Wide Web
Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwM4ieFOotA
102. E-LEARNING 2010?
AHA!
Music!
Electrifying
&
Sizzling!
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