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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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Johnny Hamilton
Ed Tech Consultant, SMART Board Trainer, Author of Online CEU Courses

A great place to not only get ideas, but to earn inservice and CEU course credit is www.2ites.com. There are 5 accredited online courses in 4 subject areas including English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The courses cover skills and curricular integration and feature hours of video and 1 on 1 moderation.

A place to to get some more ideas for free is www.2itEducationSolutions.com. There, you can find a lot of videos that show how you can integrate SMART boards with other tools such as document cameras, MS Word and more into 8 curricular areas.

Good luck!

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Chad Armstrong
Elementary Technology Resource Teacher, Virginia

Animoto is a great resource. It allows you to create polished videos using short clips, images, and text. Simply load your files, add text, add music, and organize. Animoto finalizes the video for you. Great way to present content in a snapshot to "hook" a lesson or so on.

www.animoto.com

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

Okay, might have been a little slow on the uptake here, but I stumbled across this fantastic site via the twitterverse today. It plots out famous literary journeys from history on Google Earth, via handily downloadable .kmz files.

Brilliant. It's called Google Lit Trips. I had a look, and there's everything from the Aenid to Macbeth to Of Mice and Men. Lots of fun.

Here's the link:

http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Home.html

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Jim McAndrew
Middle School Science teacher from Upstate NY

Hi everyone,
I have been teaching online course through NY Institute of Technology for several years now and I am enjoying this website. I am a middle school teacher in upstate NY and have been teaching for 26 years.

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Jim McAndrew
Middle School Science teacher from Upstate NY

Has anyone tried Moodle for online courses?

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Leah MacVie
Instructional Designer | Canisius College

[quote]Has anyone tried Moodle for online courses?[/quote]

I've tried it in a few capacities. The cool things are: Moodle is nearly free (I'll explain in a minute) and it can be used in multiple capacities. You can install it on your own server/host (I use GoDaddy) and deliver your own online/hybrid course. Or, schools and organizations can actually customize it for multiple delivery use. It was be synchronized with student profile information systems, like Banner, or users can register their own information. It's definitely worth a try!

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

Hi Jim,
There's been lots of discussion about Moodle on the online learning forum - some people are very much in favour, others not quite so much. Have a look around - I'm sure you'll find someone who can answer all your questions!

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
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Anyone out there using Glogster in their classrooms? It's pretty cool. It's a way of creating online posters, using images, text, film and so on. Even better, students can comment on each others work!

See it here:http://edu.glogster.com/

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

Just started using Edmodo with my students. It's billed as 'facebook for teachers' but it's a bit like a cross between twitter and facebook. The great thing is that you can limit who can join each group.

Let me give you an example: I create a group for my Year 8 English class, and it provided me with a code that the students needed to enter to join that group - and that was the only group they could join, so I didn't have to worry about them being safe online.

Then I placed their writing assignment as a file on the site, they all downloaded it, then uploaded their finished work, and Edmodo told me who had and hadn't submitted it.

Here's the link: http://www.edmodo.com/

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

And I forgot to mention - it comes as an iPod Touch/ iPhone app, too!

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