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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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Nicky Guidry's picture

I've just recently begun using Wordle and Glogster with my kids- they love both web applications. Next I'll introduce them to VoiceThread- we have truly become a web 2.0 classroom with the use of these tools to demonstrate understanding of a concept.

Nicky Guidry's picture

We've just recently begun using Wordle and Glogster. My students love equally as much. Watching their creativity bloom is so great. We will next move on to VoiceThread. We have become a web 2.0 classroom using our new tools to demonstrate understanding of key concepts.

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

Hi Nicky,
Never heard of Glogster - looks fantastic. Here's the link if anyone else wants to look at it http://www.glogster.com/

How do you use Wordle? I've seen it, but never really thought about the ways that it would work in a classroom. Maybe you could share some ideas?

Keith

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Sarah Erickson
9th Grade English & World Geography, 10th -12th Creative Writing Teacher

Answers.com - They pull information from almost 100 different credible sources so that one search generates the work of much more. Only downside - they use Wikipedia too.

CIA World Factbook - It's updated EVERY DAY! The amount of information is incredible, and it's one way to get students interested in other countries.

Poetry 180 - Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate for the US, started this as a way to help kids get into poetry in a way that's FUN!

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know - Self explanatory. I am constantly having to define my vocabulary to my students. The company behind this site has additional lists that are also helpful.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for those - I like the 100 words website, although I must admit, there were a few there that tested me out. Jejune, anyone?

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

If you're like me, you're constantly finding or being emailed or tweeted things that you want to read, but can't afford to devote the time to at precisely that moment. It's pretty frustrating, and I often don't want to clutter up my delicious account with things that I might only read once - that's where read it later comes in. This is little app that syncs between your computers and mobile devices a list of bookmarks that you might want to look at later - all very handy. You can even download them for offline reading. Very impressed.

Have a look here: http://readitlaterlist.com/

Let me know what you think.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

A colleague of mine showed me this little site: lots of opportunities for photoediting and artwork creation - and it is all online. There is a free and a pay section. The free section does require you to register.

http://www.befunky.com/

Keith.

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