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Some of my favourite online learning tools...

Some of my favourite online learning tools...

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Okay, here's a brief list of some of the ones that I'm playing around with at the moment: Prezi - great little slideshow software completely web-based. xTranormal - great fun text-to-speech application. Again, completely web based, though you do have to sign in. Dropbox - allows submission of work online! And I can't go past Google Docs, either. Great for collaborative writing. I tried to include some links, but it triggered the spam filter. Should be easy enough to find by doing a search, anyway.

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Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi Susan,
Have you used the BBC typing site when working with your kids? How did you find it?

I also notice that you are homeschooling. I guess in that context, online learning tools are even more important than in the classroom. What are your thoughts on that? Looking forward to hearing more from you,

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CEO Enterthegroup.com

Susan, those are great resources. You asked about Project Based Learning tools, I would recommend http://Enterthegroup.com a free tool for students to learn PBL and manage group work online. It also enables teachers to create virtual classrooms and private networks.

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Susan Gauvin
Canadian, parent, homeschooling, raised in public education

Looks like a great idea! Will there be a data base of classes available for the public to subscribe to? ...is that a goal for the future? or will it be a privatly available tool to be used by schools and businesses only? Perhaps both. I like the sharing format allowing each individual to learn and to teach. Apparently Skype is able to deliver online classes...don't know much about it ...but will these be catalogued as well?...WoW...so many things happening so quickly ^_^. How will young people manouver all of this things O_o...

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Susan Gauvin
Canadian, parent, homeschooling, raised in public education

..YES...online is essential for me. Finding BBC Dance Mat Typing, Khan Academy, are a God send to me...freeing up much needed time for other daily tasks ^_^. I would still like to find more on "prodject based learning"...some applications for that online would be helpful. I really enjoyed using www.joy2learn.org . I just tried the first lesson in drama and figured out I could use it at home by getting my daughter to rehearse a line, make a mask, and prepare for me to film her presentation with our camera at home. Trying to incorporate ways for her to begin to "research" and "think/communicate" for herself. I'm using as a guideline eTap.org to keep me organized and supplimenting with borrowed novels(tryed online novels...at this time it is my childs preferance to tuck away somewhere quite with a real book in her hand), enchanted learning worksheets have some good supplimental worksheets for book reports etc...(BBC, PBS, Discovery all have great video available as well; also some of the childrens games on PBS are wonderful as well; Martha Speaks for vocabulary; etc...great supplimental fun. Also searching for programs online that provide feedback. The badge system with Khan Academy is great but for writing, science, songwriting, poetry, maybe even acting...wouldn't it be great to get feedback. Looking at schoolastics book report forum for kids...etc... Found a great science mentoring site for girls out of Canada but it is for 11yrs and up. Very exciting developments!

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[quote]I found good ideas about social media in classroom here: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/05/100-inspiring-ways-to-use... Einztein has good resources or can inspire one: http://www.einztein.com/[/quote]

Interesting page. I like the idea of students choosing a mentor who matches their aspirations a follow their accomplishment. Great source of inspiration!

Jocelyne, take a look at www.languagecomics.com
It is a website I am starting to help learners of French and Spanish entertain themselves as they expand their vocabulary.


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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Anyone using GoAnimate? (http://goanimate.com/). Basically lets you create really fun animated movies - can see real applications for English and Drama.

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Hey I tried this one with one of my students, now that I provide after class assistance to college students and some high school, and is great! Is interesting.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

I've been working with some of my high school students trying to get them to consider the way that they reference and catalogue information. I've stumbled across a couple of useful tools - Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com/) and Zotero (http://www.zotero.org/).

Anyone used these?

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