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Erin Gray

Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online - 21 views

  • his is the tool that helps a widely dispersed group of students and faculty become a learning community.
  • We have learned to quantify what it means to "be present." The "best o
  • e" faculty -- according to students -- are faculty who show their presence multiple times a week, and at best daily. Setting clear expectations at the beginning of a course with course policies is very helpful, however and can reduce the need for daily presence if that is not your particular style. Setting regular times when you can meet in a virtual classroom, and thus be available -- almost in real time similar to office hours, can be invaluable.
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  • Set up small groups where students can assume responsibility for supportive mentoring of fellow students and summarizing key points of a class assignment.
  • Encourage use of a general open student forum for students to post and request help and assistance
  • Set up problem-solving forums
  • faculty identify the core concepts to be learned in a course -- the performance goals -- and then mentor learners through a set of increasingly complex and even customized projects applying these core concepts.
  • This best practice cannot be overemphasized
  • variety of activities and experiences
  • few hints for discussion postings
  • www.designingforlearning.info/services/writing/ecoach/index.htm.
  • Launch the class with a personal introduction posting
  • about week 3, ask for informal feedback on "How is the course going?" and "Do you have any suggestions?
  • Combine core concept learning with customized and personalized learning
    • Liz Franklin
       
      This may be very subjective according to the type of course taught. Stricking the right balance between core content and personal learning makes r breaks a course.
  • Liberal use of a faculty's use of communication tools such as announcements, discussion board postings, and forums communicate to the students that the faculty member cares about who they are, cares about their questions and concerns, and is generally "present" to do the mentoring and challenging that teaching is all about.
  • A good strategy for developing a supportive online course community is to design a course with a balanced set of dialogues. This means designing a course so that the three dialogues of faculty to student, student to student and student to resource are about equal. In most online courses, the dialogue of faculty to student is provided with (1) mini-lectures in text or video or audio podcasts, (2) weekly coaching and reminder announcements and (3) explanations/interactions with the students.
  • Include on your course site a set of expectations for how students communicate and dialogue online and how they communicate with you.
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    Ten practices that contribute to an effective, efficient and satisfying teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students.
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    This is an excellent resource for someone setting up an online course or working to make a current course even better. It provides in depth discussions of the ten best practices of online teaching, also offering additional links to other sources.
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    I'm starting to be able to relate to this, and this seems like a very nice summary of Best Practices. Thanks
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    Extremely informative and to the point! The links to the other sources are also very helpful.
jacksonl3281

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds - 13 views

  • ordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
  • prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with yo
    • Julie Kling
       
      Program covers, good for creative writing covers,
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    • Kait Sanford
       
      This resource is great for visual learners and great to reinforce vocabulary and key words for a unit or lesson. I can see using this as one of the options for a choice board activity.
    • Dan Kovach
       
      I like how Wordle adds a special perspective to collaborative efforts. It allows the group to focus on the big topics while still seeing the whole picture. Informative, creative, and fun.
    • Margret P
       
      I see these all over our building - they are great conversation starters and very visually pleasing.  Fun!
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    This is really a great site for vocabulary building at all levels. Try it yourself and see what you can do with it.
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    I heard a great idea for using Wordle this week. Copy and paste the text of a student's paper. Check to see which words are most predominant. Too many pronouns, unspecific vocabulary ("stuff") or overuse of the same transition words? They should pop right out from the rest of the graphic! Another idea - copy and paste the text of a famous speech - great way to get at the main concepts of the language used.
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    Wordle is a tool for generating "word clouds" from text or list of words that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can edit your clouds by adding different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. This is a great tool for priming learning or a before reading activity. It is a great way to introduce vocabulary and teach students the importance of using context clues to decipher word meanings.
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    I have used this very fun activity with my French students. I make a "word cloud" with French adjectives and have students find the antonyms.
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    "Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."
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    I used this tool with my 8th graders after writing a personal narrative. They pasted it in, along with their name, cut and pasted a bunch of times to make it more prominent in the printed out version. What a great end-of-unit culmination! Very eye-catching display.
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    This tool is a great way to engage students at the start of the class. When a text is a difficult read, contains many terms and specialized concepts, I have my students shout out the different terms or words they found important when pre-reading the materials. This gets them thinking about the content, and they hear terms they did not notice within the text or have not heard before which gets them intriqued to find out what they missed. I have found this activity a valuable tool to start a class as it also raises the instructor's authority in front of the class (because of use of modern technology and out-of-box ideas)
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    Word Clouds are graphically interesting and evoke creative ideas. Here's a blog post detailing 8 different systems, including Wordle: http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2011/09/8-word-cloud-makers-for-teachers/
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    Had fun with this tool last evening. Used it to create program covers for event. Added title of event, date, etc. then created a personalized cover for each attendee by adding his/her name. I was able to save the cover by taking a screenshot using Jing and then could do final sizing.
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    "Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."
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    Wordle generates striking word clouds.
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    I could use Wordle to create a word cloud about "Immigration" and "Ellis Island" to use in education programs. I also envision writing an activity that utilzes wordle in the classroom.
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    I've used Wordle in the business world for title pages in Powerpoint, as notes from a brainstorming session and a creative way to cover resource binder. Best of all it's fun to use. I can see using this with my children as a fun way to work on spelling words. What's more fun than making pictures out of words.
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    Critical and collaborative thinking tool
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    I use Wordle to create "word clouds" when teaching vocabulary, especially to middle and high school students. I am able to create my own text or use text from our reading to enhance the vocabulary lesson. Students then create their own Wordles. Very interactive!
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    "Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."
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    Looks interesting especially for generating tags based on most frequently used words.
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    This looks great for a vocabulary introduction to a unit.
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    Yes, Wordle is fun! I have made everything from greeting cards to graphics for webpages with it. It seems there is no end to how creative one can get with it as I have seen some really great clouds out there! And I'm getting so many more ideas from the comments here. Thanks all!
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    I've actually used this tool and am happy to be reminded of how useful it is! I used it in a review for a final exam by creating a word cloud of topics/terms that would be in the exam. The students were divided into 2 teams and I wouldn't show them the word cloud until I read the questions. One person was the runner for each group. Once the question was read, the first runner to find the correct answer (term or topic) got 1 point. The students (vocational college students) loved this. This semester I need to add to the cloud because the students beg for more!
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    Create word clouds.
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    Fun tool for capture impressions of students on the first day of a class.
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    Make word clouds with text.  Nice to emphase new words / making cover sheets etc.  Nice to think about using bilingually.  For example, in Grade 2 math we could have fun reviewing core vocabulary in two langauges.
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    Wordle can provide a fun way for my learners to make connections between reading and writing.  I would like to try using it as a pre-writing activity to prepare for a summary.  
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    App for generating "word clouds".
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    As a student presentation tool, this is great. My students enjoy a more 'polished' presentation when they can produce it.
Patricia Christian

What is Authentic Assessment? (Authentic Assessment Toolbox) - 17 views

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    E Learning Assessment
Carol Kubota

Web 2.0 in the Classroom: "Eat Like a Bird, Poop Like an Elephant" and 9 more Aha! mome... - 17 views

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    Have you had any "aha" moments? Check this post out and see if you can relate to it. Let me know if you can.
Maggie Rouman

Creating Assignments That Work for Digital Learning Environments -- THE Journal - 18 views

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    Teachers who spend time actually thinking through assignments that align with the learning outcomes of a course are the most effective at assessing the learning that has taken place. Now, however, even the most creative teachers are being stretched like never before in regards to creating assignments that work in technology-rich learning environments. While evaluating learning in the purest sense might never really be possible given the scope of variables, new technologies are making it more achievable than ever before.
Michele W.

Group Work-Assessing - 8 views

Thanks for the article reference, Stacey! I had disregarded group projects in online learning....students dislike them, workload is always uneven, assessments are not fair, etc; but the article did...

e-learning assessment

John Porterfield

E-Learning Certificate Program: Where and How to Find Online Teaching Jobs - 19 views

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    I try to keep our students informed of new jobs as I find them. However,  when I search I find thousands of online teaching jobs.  I can't republish them all on my E-Learning and Online Teaching Jobs Blog. Instead, I want to show you where you can find those job leads for yourself.  (Don't miss the RSS feeds highlighting e-jobs found in the right hand column of this blog.)
Dennis OConnor

Using Online Icebreakers to Promote Student/Teacher Interaction - 15 views

  • In an online environment, human interaction does not just happen naturally. Your online students need a way to get to know you, the instructor, and others. There are several ways to encourage your students to interact with each other. The idea is to be creative and set several guidelines for students to follow in order to stimulate asynchronous discussions.
Libby Hilsendager

Google Custom Search - Podcasting in Online Learning - 10 views

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    The use of podcasting in online education.
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    Great resources. Found some interesting information about using Skype to create podcasts with hosts located in different parts of the world. Thanks Libby.
Dennis OConnor

E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it Moodle News - 18 views

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    Here are all of the Moodle Articles I've tagged on my new Digital Magazine dedicated to E-Learning and Online Teaching.  I'm especially intrigued by the 'Compact Design' work of Jen Hegna who demonstrates how to change the Moodle Big homepage into a more conventional flow of work.
Debra Kane

Internet effect on the brain - 7 views

  • Noted science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov predicted that one day, we'd "have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference materials, be something you're interested in knowing, from an early age, however silly it might seem to someone else," and with this appliance, be able to truly enjoy learning instead of being forced to learn mundane facts and figures. His insight has proven to be amazingly accurate, as we now live in a world with the Internet, where nearly the entire wealth of human knowledge can live at our fingertips or even in our pockets. Such an amazing feat, of course, doesn't happen without impacting our lives, and scientists have begun to note that the Internet has not only served to fulfill our brains' curiosities, but also rewired them. So what exactly is the Internet doing to our brains? Read on to find out.
  • t's up to us as readers and consumers of information to determine what's relevant and reliable, and with so much practice, our brains are getting better at this task every day.
    • Kathleen Ellis
       
      This is still a skill that has to be taught.
    • Alexander Ogundele
       
      I think the way technology is moving fast will make way for one system of governance, one system of education, and control of economy globally as everything is getting links from one country to another. We just have to be careful in controlling its extent.
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    Very interesting commentary on how technology effects our physiology. I am struck by the analogy of internet use and addictive bebaviors. There was feature on NPR this morning about how the brains of those that develop addictions differ from those who do not. Perhaps the internet feeds that part of the brain that is prone to addiction. I was also struck by the comment that we rarely give full attention to what we are currently doing.
Eric Beckman

Moodle Tutorials jonfila - YouTube - 10 views

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    Short tutorial videos by an online teacher
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    These videos deal with Moodle 2. At present our UW-Stout Moodle is still under 1.9. Regardless this is a great resource. Thanks for sharing.
anonymous

Create timelines, share them on the web | Timetoast timelines - 14 views

  • Create timelines, share them on the web.
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    Create your own timelines on the web.
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    Have you used this with students? I haven't joined yet, but I am wondering if there is a widget to embed it in other tools such as a wiki or blog. That would be useful.
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    Create timelines, share them on the web. Timetoast is a great way to share your past, or even your future... Creating a timeline takes minutes, it's as simple as can be. Suggested by Carolyn Jenkins.
Eric Beckman

Why Looks Matter - 10 views

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    A short article with links to several resources on designing attractive e-learning courses.
carolyndcox

Prezi - Presentation Software - 30 views

  • "Coolest online presentation tool I have ever seen"
    • Dave Kunkle
       
      A super cool alternative to PowerPoint. Gives students the opportunity to collaborate on a presentation, rather than having to email it back and forth to work on it. This is an excellent presentation tool.
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      I love Prezi. It is engaging and it allows an individual to upload pictures and videos without worrying about whether or not they will run. Students love that it is not PowerPoint, too!
    • Patricia Priske
       
      Some of our students love using this tool. The end product is fun to watch; occasionally produces motion sickness.
  • Pan and ZoomVisualize your ideas. Pan Left, Move Right, Zoom-in on a detail, or Zoom-out to show the big picture.Import MediaInsert images, videos, YouTube videos, PDFs, or other media to make your prezi highly visual.
  • Present online or download and show your prezi anytime, anywhere
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  • With Prezi Meeting, you can collaborate on your prezis in real time
  • Work Together Collaborate in real-time, across the room or across time zones.
  • Pan and ZoomZoom around the prezi canvas to visualize your ideas.
  • Lead your audience on a visual journey.
  • Prezi makes sharing ideas more fun and engaging
    • Kristin Lavorato
       
      While this is a great source for presentations, it is also a way for students to find presentations out there to gather information as well. There might be an issue, of course, with credibility of information found though as anyone can make and share.
    • Kristin Lavorato
       
      While this is a great source for presentations, it is also a way for students to find presentations out there to gather information as well. There might be an issue, of course, with credibility of information found though as anyone can make and share.
    • David Craft
       
      Prezi is a great tool for students that is similar to powerpoint. Unlike powerpoint students can work on a presentation together in different locations. Students can also access the presentation from prezi without using the same computer the presentation was made on or having to save it to a USB. However, the other computer will need to have a internet connection. When creating a presentation, you can create it on the same computer online or off which is nice. A great tool for students to use in group presentation projects!
  • To inspire change, change your presentation tool Zoom outside the slide and bring your ideas to life.
  • To inspire change, change your presentation tool
  • Createonline or off
  • Collaborateacross the room or across time zones
  • Presentfrom anywhere to everywhere
  • engaging and memorable
    • tunstallmath678
       
      Students would not be able to access prezi for school presentations as our ET has restricted its use.  Prezi requires personal identifying information from students who choose to use this tool.
  • Visually explain how new ideas relate to each other
  • Get started with professionally designed templates
  • cloud-based
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      The convenience of a cloud based application allows for using multiple browsers and devices, mobile included, to continue working and viewing your presentation and then having the ability to sync the devices.  
  • Captivate your audience by zooming through your story
  • Build presentations with coworkers wherever, whenever
  • Use images and videos to enhance your presentation
  • Get started with professionally designed templates
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      You have the option to start from a blank canvas or choose among a large assortment of visually pleasing templates.
  • inspiration
  • Prezi is cloud-based, meaning you can present from your browser, desktop, iPad, or iPhone and always have the latest version of your work at your fingertips. Create or edit on the go, then auto-sync across all your devices with ease
  • Get help and support from Prezi experts 24/7
  • Present anywhere, anytime
  • present from your browser, desktop, iPad, or iPhone and always have the latest version of your work at your fingertips.
  • over 50 million people
    • alisonwisconsin
       
      This would be a great tool to use for presentations at the health department. It would also be useful in presenting information to the community when doing grant work. Also accessible anywhere. I like that it is different than PowerPoint. Cloud-based: Information is stored and retrieved on many different social media platforms. For students: This would be an excellent way to gain practice and experience in a fun and educational way and prepare them for the workforce.
  • using Prezi
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    Allows presentation to show whole picture and zoom in rather than slide after slide.
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    Prezi is PowerPoint on steroids. I used it to present at a state conference last November. Check out David Warlick's newest Prezi on literacy.
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    Create presentations on the Web. Free version available as well as Student / Educator versions.
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    This is a new way to present information - it seems to be more active on the screen than power point. The nice thing about prezi is that it is free for educators and students and you can create your prezi offline. Prezi's can even be embedded into blogs.
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    Awesome tool for designing presentations. Offers a large canvas that you can design, animate, and add multimedia.
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    A colleague built a course introduction for students in this and I can see that it has lots of potential.
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    This is a great presentation tool that zooms in and out and really helps the audience see the connection between ideas and the 'big picture'. I have yet to use it myself but I've enjoyed watching TED talks that use it.
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    I'm going to have fun with this - thanks Kris!
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    Prezi now has a PreziViewer tool for the iPad. This should be fun!
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    A good tool to use to improve one's public presentations.  This seems to be especially needed for today's teenagers in schools.
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    Visualize your ideas. Pan Left, Move Right, Zoom-in on a detail, or Zoom-out to show the big picture. Insert images, videos, YouTube videos, PDFs, or other media to make your prezi highly visual. Choose from our collection of templates and themes to personalize your prezi. Present online or download and show your prezi anytime, anywhere.
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    A really cool twist on boring old presentations!
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    I can't wait to substitute my "original" note format with Prezi! I think this will work outstanding with my Smart Board!
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    Great tool to zoom in on specifics or create a second path of detail. Also allows students to work on presentations from wherever they are located.
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    Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.
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    This is very cool. I wonder how long it would take to learn. If it is reasonable, it would be well worth it.
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    Have a colleague who uses this to teach nursing pharmacology. Great for visual presentation of process and decision making.
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    I've seen others use this, but want to learn more
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    I can see art, photography and design students enjoying this tool. It seems easy to manipulate and customize with their own work.
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    This looks like an interesting tool to explore. I wonder about the difficult level for untrained ESL students.
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    A collaborative presentation tool that is much more engaging that PowerPoint and that allows students to create presentations online or offline, interact with other students in their own classroom or around the world, and present from anywhere to everyone.  
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    Prezi is similar to powerpoint but with more editing tools and capabilities. It's a nice tool for students because unlike PowerPoint, students can work on a presentation together from any location. The ability to access the presentation from any computer connected to the internet gives it capabilities PowerPoint doesn't have. You could also save the presentation on a laptop or USB. Students can also work on the presentation offline which is helpful if a student doesn't have access to the internet for several days.
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    I use this for presentations in my class all the time! The students love it because it is something different besides just using powerpoint slides.
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    Great alternative to powerpoint; coworker uses and really likes it
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    This can be used instead of powerpoint.  Can be viewed as public and created by anyone with internet.
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    I would use this presentation tool to design lessons that are engaging and interactive; especially time-on-task activities that require focus and application.
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    Prezi is a presentation tool that has to ability to mesmerize K-12 students. I have used it to show the steps students need to complete for projects. This tool can also be used to show relationships between math concepts such as fractions and proportions.
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    A tool I've seen and have wanted to try - now here it is! I hope to use it to create engaging presentations for my new smartboard that can be differentiatied according to the student or group I'm teaching.
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    This can be a great presentation tool. Some of the animations should be used sparingly as they can be very jarring!
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    I was introduced to Prezi last summer and had an opportunity to create a presentation that was used to introduce our PE curriculum to parents on Open House night. Our department received incredibly positive feedback from the parents as the presentation allowed for greater engagement than PowerPoint and I found it relatively easy to embed pictures and video.
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    A cloud based presentation application.  
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    This is a bit of a cheat since I've already been using Prezi. It's a great tool and very intuitive if you've used PowerPoint in the past. The audio narration is easy to add with Audible (also free), and there are many templates provided.
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    Prezi - looks like an interesting tool to try for presentations. Recommended by my son who used in college.
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    Takes presentations to a new level.  Particularly suited to complex topics that involve recursive processes.  Would work well as a means of helping my students better understand the writing process and the research process in our class.
Dennis OConnor

Top 10 Ice Breakers for Adults - 16 views

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    Ice breakers are the best way to help your students get to know each other, to break the ice on the awkward first day of school. If your students are adults, it's even more important to choose an ice breaker that won't backfire on you. Most adults don't want to play silly games. Choose one of the top ten and you'll be a hit on the first day of school. Remember that ice breakers are also a great way to energize your classroom when the doldrums set in, or to introduce a new topic. Be creative!
Dennis OConnor

Checklist for online instructors - 12 views

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    New from UW-Stout Online Professional Development: Checklist for Online Instructors. PDF format: This is a detailed checklist for online instructors that details instructor best practices for each stage of an online class.
Alexander Ogundele

E-learning Examples - Interactive Graphics, Visual Journalism and Multimedia Storytelling - 16 views

  • Good to Know Good to Know Google’s tips for staying safe and protecting data online.
  • Concordia: How the disaster unfolded Concordia: How the disaster unfolded Interactive timeline shows the key events of Costa Concordia cruise disaster.
  • Top 50 multimedia packages of 2011 Top 50 multimedia packages of 2011 A great roundup of the year’s best multimedia
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  • [Before & After] Bondi – then and now The changing face of Bondi View the interactive before and after images
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    "[Before & After] Bondi - then and now The changing face of Bondi View the interactive before and after images"
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    Alexander, the Google Good to Know You site is terrific. I've never seen it before. I like the short videos that explain technical terms and concepts like IP addresses and cookies. I recommend this site to all! It's a good way too understand the concepts of Internet safety and data security. It will also help build our technical vocabulary!
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