iTunes apps, Podcasts and WebQuests

by frances 8. April 2010 10:39

I'm at the Australian Computers in Education Conference [ACEC2010 in Melbourne] after presenting yesterday on WebQuests and Problem-Based Learning. It has been great to catch up with colleagues and to be stimulated with all the new and exciting technologies presented. 

One of the presentations was about iTunes apps - there are SO many that can be used within WebQuests!!! And most of them are free.

This is wonderful news for teachers and students alike!

Go and have a look at the Podcasts from Universities around the world that you can use as part of the "Background Information" within the Introduction to a WebQuest or within each of the roles - mine you this would be only for students in Years 9 - 12 [and beyond].

There are also unbelievable apps like Tripit (free) that can be used on an iPhone [yes well it does require this expensive product or a tablet] but that said, it has some very interesting applications for all those boring Travel "WebQuests" [who also need to have a messy, complex problem at their heart as well]!

Currently rated 5.0 by 1 people

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags:

Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Diigo and WebQuests

by frances 5. April 2010 17:48

Recently, one of my students evaluated this tool - Diigo. It was listed 22nd out of the top 100 Web 2.0 Tools for 2009 by Jane Hart.

This free tool would make an excellent addition to a WebQuest as you can have an Educator's package which allows teachers to have their class isolated and sharing content with each other. The point of this social networking tool is sharing of information. Students can come into a site and use the highlight or sticky note about the information on this website. Other students researching the same issue/website can then read what another student has thought.

A great way to learn collaboratively!

 

Be the first to rate this post

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: , ,

Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Animoto & WebQuests

by frances 4. April 2010 17:45

When you are creating a WebQuest, you need to incorporate ICT (Information Communication Technologies) into it to enhance student learning and to introduce them to new ways of communicating.

This Web 2.0 Tool, Animoto [Education], encourages the creative aspect of students by allowing them to create a video about the issue they are exploring - a great way to present in a WebQuest!

This tool is free but limited to only a certain amount of time - 30 secs of video - but that is enough for the students (and great for those studying media and advertising). You can buy the premium level with unlimited time and other added features.

Just be careful of the music you use behind the videos and make sure it is NOT copyrighted - get the students to create their own music!

 

 

Be the first to rate this post

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: ,

Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Mind Meister, Mind42 and WebQuests

by frances 2. April 2010 17:40

Yesterday I brought to you a listing of 100 different Web 2.0 Tools that could be used in the classroom for all learning styles - AVK.

Mind Meister is a powerful mind mapping tool that allows students to put all their ideas and thoughts down while they are researching or when they are coming to a conclusion about an issue in WebQuesting.

The 100 Tools for VAK learners suggested that another program - Mind42 "For Two" would be a great tool to allow students to collaborate on their mind mapping. This would be an excellent tool for students undertaking a WebQuest. In their roles, students could map out their ideas and see the thoughts of their partner. This tool would also be useful in summarising for debates or presentations.

Be the first to rate this post

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: ,

Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Learning Styles and ICT Tools

by frances 1. April 2010 16:38

While researching for Web 2.0 Tools that can be used in the classroom for the different AVK Learners (Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic), I came across a good site "100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner".

This article lists 100 tools divided up into the appropriateness of each tool to AVK learners.

This site explores different tools for Visual Learners - 34 in fact - divided into 3 categories: Mind Mapping; Charting & Diagrams; and, Videos and Photos.

For Audio Learners, there are 31 tools divided into the following categories: Podcasts; Presentation Tools; Audio Tools; Text Readers; and, Audio Books.

For Kinesthetic Learners, there are 34 tools listed in the categories: Note Taking Tools; Bookmarking; Interaction; and, Collaboration.

This collection of tools offers teachers a range of tools that can be incorporated into the classroom even if you are not using WebQuests. They are there to be investigated and will enhance any lesson.

I can see their great application to WebQuests. These tools will enable the teacher to create WebQuests that will cater for all their students covering all the AVKs.

Currently rated 1.0 by 1 people

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: ,

Article Review | In the Classroom | Tips on how to improve a WebQuest | Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Taking Part in the Learning Process

by frances 6. March 2010 12:14

Recently I read the following blog comment....

"Students become better citizens [Ed. after talking about what to have included in the American History Curriculum] by taking part in the learning process and by improving their personal skills on filtering information, synthesizing data, formulating a good argument, and by presenting their own thoughts, arguments, and beliefs clearly and effectively. These skills are not embedded in technology but technology is embedded in these skills. The real problem is that we have too many teachers who are jam packed with knowledge and content and not enough skills themselves to teach these overarching learning skills." (Source: Tech&Learning: TL Advisor Blog: Scott Meech)

Whoopee!!!

Yes - this is what WebQuesting is all about! Getting students to construct meaning and learning with the content present rather than just being "filled" with content to have it "regurgiated" at exam time!

Be the first to rate this post

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: ,

Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Web 2.0 Tools

by frances 5. March 2010 16:45

Recently, I came across a Tech&Learning TL Advisor Blog - 100 Web Tools to Enhance Collaboration (Part 1) by Ozge Karaoglu. [Although only 20 Web Tools were cited! - maybe the other 80 will be in the next part(s)]

Karaoglu describes the following Web 2.0 Tools that would be of interest to teachers:

  • CoSketch - CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images.
      
  • Stixy - an online bulletin board - Free
     
  • Grou.ps - "This is an online community site creator - you can have talks, wiki, blogs, calendar, video, files, photos, links, groups, map, chat, music, games, funds, contact & ask." (Source: website) It is free. 
      
  • ImaginationCubed - is a multi user drawing tool.
     
  • GroupTweet - "GroupTweet turns a standard Twitter account into a group communication hub where members can post updates to everyone in the group using direct messages. When the group account receives a direct message from a group member, GroupTweet converts it into a tweet that all followers can see." (Source: website)

      
  • Ning
      
  • Wallwisher - an online noticeboard maker 
      
  • PageFlakes - is a social personalised homepage. You can add Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, photos, music, videos, calendar, to-do list, message board, RSS feed. (Source: Techlearning)
      
  • WriteBoard - Writeboards are sharable, web-based text documents that let you save every edit, roll back to any version, and easily compare changes. It is free. (Source: website)
     
  • Wiggio - Wiggio.com is a free, online toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups.

      
  • WeToku - is a free tool that allows you to record an interview and insert it into your blog. All you need is a webcam.

  • Webnote  - a tool for making notes on your computer and you can share this with others.
      
  • PalBee - Free web video conference, meetings & video chat rooms. "You can also use PalBee to record your own presentations and store them online." (Source: website)
      
  • Phuser - Personal message boards and private shared discussions for groups, teams, friends. It's free and you can create 5 Phuses." (Source: website)
     
  • WikiDot - For site creators, with Wikidot.com you can create your own web projects in minutes. You use a mix of forums, wiki pages, templates, modules, custom themes, add-in packages, and reusable site templates to create almost any collaborative web project imaginable.

  • Creately - allows you to create professional looking online diagrams. Free for 3 collaborators otherwise small payment.
     
  • DoingText - doingText is a web based text editor for collaborative writing. 30 day free trial otherwise a small payment depending on the number within a group.
      
  • SpringNote - Springnote allows you to create pages, to work on them together with your friends, and to share files. It is free.
      
  • MeBeam - create your chat room

Great names aren't they!!!

Let me know if you have used these Web 2.0 Tools within the classroom.

I could see how they could be used within discussions and collaboration in a WebQuest.

 

Be the first to rate this post

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags:

Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Social Networking Tools & WebQuests

by frances 23. February 2010 15:28

I have come across (via Jane Hart's wonderful Pick of the Day), a great tool allowing you as a teacher or if your students are presenting in PowerPoint, a way of allowing the audience to interact with the presentation.

"The twitter tools allow presenters to see and react to tweets in real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a ticker or refreshable comment page.

There are currently eight tools – you can easily cut and paste them into your own PowerPoint decks:

  • PowerPoint Twitter feedback slides
  • PowerPoint AutoTweet
  • PowerPoint Twitter voting — bar charts and pie chart
  • PowerPoint Twitter ticker bar
  • PowerPoint Mood meter
  • PowerPoint Crowd meter
  • PowerPoint Zoom text
  • PowerPoint Twitter update bar" (Source: Free PPT Twitter Tools)

The use of these tools will allow your WebQuest or your students' PPTs to become interactive in real time. Much learning can happen from these additions especially when your students are giving their presentations. You will need to have agreed protocols for this feedback but as the students are involved this challenge can be easily overcome.

Be the first to rate this post

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags:

Tips on how to improve a WebQuest | Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Prezi - a new presentation tool

by frances 25. November 2009 15:22

I just came across this presentation tool http://prezi.com/ the other day! It is fabulous!!!

If you want to give any sort of presentation a lift - then I highly recommend this tool. It was placed 28th best of 2009 e-Learning Tools at Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

This would be a wonderful tool to give to students to create their presentations at the end of their WebQuests.

Currently rated 5.0 by 1 people

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags:

Web Tools to improve a WebQuest

Calendar

<<  September 2014  >>
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
25262728293031
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293012345

View posts in large calendar

Other WebQuest & Educational Blogs

As I come across other WebQuest Blogs (& Educational ones), I will list them here.

Jane Hart's Blog (Jane is a Social Technologies Guru in UK)

Scot Aldred's Blog (Colleague at Central Queensland University and guru on Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

The Innovative Educator

Digital Education Blog

Blogging Corner Carnival

eLearn Magazine Blog

Dr. Lisa Neal Gualtieri, Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine

Primary School.com.au Blog

Charlie Sullivan - Charlie does a fantastic job collating websites for Primary schools.

De Tools Blog

This blog by and for online educators and features free web based tools applications and resources. Author: John Goldsmith.

Bright Ideas: a blog by the School Library Association of Victoria

The Book Whisperer

This blog is written by Donalyn Miller, a 6th Grade teacher in Texas, who is reknown for encouraging students to read!

 

Clustr Map

Created WebQuests

Champions of Justice
Federator
Gold Force
Community Shopping Centre Planner
Can you get the party started?
Reminders of our moral conscience
The Petrov Affair
Careers
My Business Rules
Pluto's planetary status