Posts Tagged online tools
Wordle is so cool!
I have seen these before, but never knew how people made them. Cheers Darcy :)
One of the tools I didn’t get up to in the Online Pedagogy workshop at ETA conference was podcasting.
For those after some information:
- A podcast is an audio (sometimes also video) recording that can be downloaded, ‘streamed’ and subscribed to by users.
- The word originally was a blend of the words ‘iPod’ and ‘Broadcast’, but they can actually be used anywhere (not just iPods!), so now the word stands for ‘Personal On Demand broadCAST’
- I use Audacity to record my podcasts. It is free, and very easy to use – you just need a microphone plugged into your computer.
- And I use PodBean (www.podbean.com) to put my podcasts up on the web. It is like a blog, but for your podcasts.
I also heard that podOmatic is a good site for podcasting. It looks like you can record straight on to the podOmatic website, cutting out the need to use Audacity. Persoanlly, I like to use Audacity first, so that I have the sounds file saved on my own computer. This means it is backed up, I can use it without being online, and if you wanted to you could even get the files put up on your school website or intranet (one day I plan to actually do this!)
Barriers to getting involved:
- Access issues – power in rural and remote areas
- Equity issues – not all students are digitally literate
- Equipment access – access to computer labs, laptops, broadband
- Home access – students with no computers or internet access at home
- Behaviour management – ICT TOO EXCITING!
Please add any ideas you have for overcoming these barriers…
In today’s conference workshop I will be exploring four important issues relating to learning and teaching strategies for using online tools:
- How the purpose of your site relates to its form
- The intended teacher-student dynamic online
- Students and internet safety
- Getting students involved and monitoring contributions
Please respond with comments to this post if you have any questions, information or anecdotes from your own teaching context.
(from the ETA Annual Conference @ UNSW )
There are some great ideas here – I especially like the entry on Externalising Ourselves. I am going to use a quote from this in my ETA Conference presentation on Saturday about Online Learning and Pedagogy:
The ability to connect concepts and ideas and to understand and be understood by others requires that we render our thoughts in some type of format that permits communication. The development of symbols, language, and writing permits externalization of thought and thereby the capacity to create and network concepts and ideas.
The same wiki page also has a link to a very interesting document about Connectivism as a Learning Theory. I had to laugh at the title, as it sums up so many arguments discussions I have had with people about using online tools, for teaching or otherwise: ‘Connectivism: Learning Theory, or Pastime of the Self-Amused’!
click, click, click…
After reading my blog comments I clicked through to Lee Mowbray’s Twitter account, then through to her shared blog Stepping Stones for teachers, and from there I found a link to a wikispace called Cool Tools for Schools.
The Cool tools for schools wiki stores information about a wide range of useful web-based tools, sorted by category (video tools, writing tools, image tools, quiz and poll tools etc.)
I love expanding my professional learning network! Thanks Lee :)