Tuesday, January 29, 2013

More new tools


So begins week one of the EDC course. I'm in the middle of designing a short presentation to other Digital Immigrants about Integrating digital and web technology into their traditional classrooms. I need to read the Week 1 course notes on Utopia and Dystopia and start reflecting... but first I am going back to the dictionary, except it's peak hour online time where I live and my internet connection keeps dropping out because I'm in a no-where land stuck in a gap between the towns that have the new national highspeed broadband and the the towns that have not. I `have not' and I'm using a Telstra 4G wireless. It's fantastic when it works, but at this time of night I may as well be in Mali.
I did manage to try out Storify today, another ap that I have fallen instantly in love with.
EDC MOOC takes over http://sfy.co/iE2s #storify #edcmooc #en4709

Here's my current take on Tools for a digitally integrated classroom:

WHAT IS IT?
HOW COULD I USE IT?
VIDEO


Free online hosting service for short video clips

Source reference material
Repository for your videos.
As above
As above



COLLABORATIVE SPACES


Online storage for files that you can allow others to share.Dropbox creates a folder on your computer that automatically updates via the web.

Repository for collaborative documents, course notes, images, readings etc.
As above – slightly more complicated to use thandropbox as you have to go to the website.

As above.
Interactive Webpages – allows for collaborative input & discussion

People are using this to build whole courses!
Free internet phone calls
Limited conference calls – video calls – bring guest speakers into the classroom from anywhere



CREATIVITY & PRODUCTIVITY


Digital stickies used for marking up Acrobat docs
Highlighting and adding addendum to Adobe Acrobat documents

Interactive tool for compiling stories by gathering information in the public space on the internet
Builds great material on anything that is online in the public domain – eg Politics, Construction Management, Scientific research; Fashion!

A website that allows you to create interactive digital images & embed them on other sites.

You’ll `get’ this immediately!
Create lovely visual aids for your case-studies, topic outlines, projects.
Digital image creation
Purely beautiful creative images! Visual Journaling

Web space for collating things that you find on the internet.

Topic research, Discussion starters,
e-publisher for creating books to viewed on iPad
Dress up your notes! Add Video, Audio, Graphics, questionnaires etc.

Update current course notes.
SOCIAL


Social networking page – you can keep it private or open it up.
Material is threaded on a timeline, rather than by category

Can be difficult to manage for course interaction, however is good for marketing & promotions.
Like a personal set of webpages that you can create for a number of purposes. Features communities’, `hangouts’ & the ability to set up discussions and categories.

Create a `community’ around the topic you are delivering.
More social than Wikispaces, more organised than Facebook.
This definitely comes from the world of the `me’ generation!
Used as a tool to scan for information on any topic, or to carry large informal discussions on a topic. Used by self-promoters who like to do the `Look at Me, Look at Me!’ thing.

Social networking for professionals
Has many interest groups that you could suggest students join to extend professional knowledge.

A website that allows you to put out an open invitation to like-minded people to set up f2f meetings.
It is public, so I am not sure what controls there are on who sees the information there.

Fairly new resource – use to set up meetings for course activities such as a city walk to view construction project.



On pre-reading the course convenors notes for the end of the week, I am dismayed to find that they will have the live online Google Hangout launch at the equivalent of 4am Saturday, Melbourne time. One of the `dystopias' of live e-learning.