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Skype | Free calls to friends and family - 0 views

shared by mcgillicutty on 08 Feb 16 - No Cached
    This is the Skype website. This is great for video calls, free phone calls on the computer, sending files, and pictures.

Animoto - Create Educational Videos Using Animoto | Apply Now! - 0 views

    Animoto is awesome to use. It lets students put music with pictures to make videos.

eLearning Tutorials - SoftChalk - 1 views

    Within Minutes You Can Master SoftChalk By Viewing Our Step-By-Step QuickTour Video Tutorials: eLearning Tutorials
    Tons of videos for "how to" for Soft Chalk!
Barbara Day

Favorite Moodle Uses | Megan Hayes-Golding - 0 views

  • If you hear Moodle is ugly remember most folks are comparing it to commercial tools like Schoology. Those tools draw you in with a Facebook-like appearance but the tradeoff of less functionality kills it for me.
  • I’ve embedded Google Calendars, YouTube videos, and Dropbox files into Moodle pages
  • In its basic mode, Moodle lets you post files for kids to download, post links, and host your PowerPoint notes.
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  • Where Moodle really stands out is with the question bank and quiz/test  options.
    Article about Moodle uses
renaudr - 0 views

    This website has been SOOOO helpful!  It is a very detailed tutorial for Moodle users.  It has everything from the most basic Moodle tips to setting up the most complex and intimidating features Moodle has to offer. This will be really nice once the class is over and I still have questions!
Rob Brookhart

Free Clip Art site - 1 views

    If you like classic black and white artwork, this site has a lot of great free options and have several things that are education related. At the bottom of the page there is additional links. I especially like the Presentation ETC link. It has some nice resources for powerpoint
Joan Fredrickson

Will - 1 views

    Will Richardson
Marcia Jensen

Moodle Mayhem - 0 views

    Moodle Mayhem wiki, a site dedicated to sharing what is going on with Moodle in K-12.
Marcia Jensen

Moodle Course Design - 0 views

    An article and slideshow in Joyce Seitzinger's blog about basic course design in Moodle.
Deb Henkes

How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC] - 1 views

    • Deb Henkes
      This info graphic really shows how online learning is changing and challenging our traditional mode of educating.
    • Andrea Accola-Sabin
      Our school offered a blended class through APEX learning. I was in charge of the Algebra II class and the students loved working at their own pace and when they wanted to work. There were time lines for assignments and test, but students could work ahead. If they had questions I was available for them. I don't think that they could do the course completely by themselves. I think that this was a great learning opportunity for the students, to see what is ahead of them in the learning system.
  • How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC]
  • Check out this infographic from about how the world of online learning has changed and grown over the years.
    Impressive graphic....reinforces the need for classes such as the ones through OLLIE.
    Ollie Iowa
Drinda Williams

How Students Develop Online Learning Skills (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE - 1 views

  • How Students Develop Online Learning SkillsHow Students Develop Online Learning SkillsGood IdeasHow Students Develop Online Learning SkillsSuccessful online students share their secrets for getting the most from online classes, focusing on time management, active participation, and practiceBy Alan R. RoperMore and more, adult learners are finding the convenience and flexibility of online learning a match for their learning goals and busy lifestyles. Online degree programs, courses, and virtual universities targeting adult learners have proliferated in the past decade. Although students can easily locate an online course or degree program that's both convenient and accessible, they may face significant challenges in developing a new set of skills for this type of instruction.Educators have speculated on the development of student skills necessary to succeed in online learning, but relatively few publications cover the topic from the perspective of successful online students. I developed the study summarized here to provide this perspective and to identify useful strategies that instructors can promote in their online courses.MethodologyThe study began with the development of a set of questions that emerged from a group of online course designers, faculty, and administrators I consulted for ideas. The question set was reviewed and edited by a larger group of faculty and administrators, and an online survey instrument was developed.Participants for this study were selected from a list of graduates who had earned their degrees by taking 80 percent or more of their courses exclusively online. Students achieving a 3.50 cumulative grade point average or better were invited to participate in the study. Of the 93 students invited to participate, 59 did so. Survey answers were open-ended, allowing respondents to describe online learning techniques they found useful and to tell the stories of their experiences as online students.1Successful Online Students Identify Seven TipsStudents responding to the survey agreed on a number of practical steps that helped them succeed in their online courses:1. Develop a time-managemen
  • Setting and staying to specific study days was one factor that worked for me
  • specific times to read, complete written assignments, and post dialogue to other students proved helpful.
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  • I found that doing a little bit here and there avoided trying to do too much all at once.
  • logging in to their course portal every day and checking for new postings or updates helped prevent them from falling behind
  • . Other students (36.8 percent) commented that weekly assignments from the instructor kept them on a regular schedule in the course
  • online discussions
  • As much as possible, I would post a response, question, or comment to another student's posting. This built up an online relationship
  • don't always interact with the same few classmates. Look for something to say with various students
  • ake sure you have something meaningful to add
  • "Weekly discussions were best when the teacher encouraged it, especially by having pro versus con discussion, or asking 'why' or 'how' questions
  • Instructors who establish clear expectations as to how threaded discussions are used or who ask specific questions in response to student postings can expect to encourage richer online dialogue.
  • finding a way to apply the concepts helped them retain the information.
  • One way to apply these concepts goes back to the use of the online threaded discussion. Concepts can be interpreted and restated in each student's own words in an active dialogue with others
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  • ing a way to apply those concepts to a current or past experience
  • asking questions is integral to learning. By asking questions, fellow students and instructors would go deeper into the subject. Going deeper made the subject matter more understandable
  • Students also can take the time to craft questions that may go beyond what they would ask in an in-person course, probing the subject with greater specificity.
  • keeping your eye on the prize" is always helpful. Another student commented, "The main motivator was envisioning myself in cap and gown,
  • getting a good grade (21 percent) and in setting personal goals
  • work with other online students
  • "I liked instructors who logged in often and asked a lot of questions. Not only did this help to increase understanding of the subject, but it gave people the opportunity for class participation.
  • He posted the initial question for discussion, and then asked us individual questions based on our answers.
  • One student mentioned that making a friend (connected with online) helped. Being part of a community of learners is helpful in courses that are taught in-person, and the same holds true for online classes (15.8 percent). One student explained that "it made a huge difference when you had good students in the class.
  • Students in the online class may get to know one another more from recognizing the writing style and expression of thoughts and ideas rather than by physical attributes. Many students develop meaningful connections with their online classmates that can translate into career networking opportunities later.
Peggy Christensen

Moodle Tutorials ::: Educating Educators - 3 views

    This page contains a variety of Moodle tutorials that you can visit for assistance with Moodle.
Pam Buysman

Teaching on the Web - Exploring the Meanings of Silence - 1 views

    • ksteingr
      Issues to confront - 1. designing learning that will engage students 2. choosing material that is suitable for the web 3. pedagogy in the online environment
    • Pam Buysman
      Teaching an online class for the first time would be much like teaching your first group of students F2F.. In Iowa we provide mentors for new teachers. It only makes sense to provide a mentor or some kind of support system for "newbie" online facilitators as well. At the AEA, we do a support system of sorts in place. We have enough AEA people trained that can offer support to one another.
  • There are numerous major educational issues to confront and resolve when delivering learning material on the Web -- like designing learning tasks that will engage students, and choosing material which is suitable for delivery via the Web. However, these are not the subjects of this brief discussion. I want to deal with a substantive issue that is too easily ignored or trivialised -- pedagogy in the online environment.
  • The need for support of teachers and academics in these early days of online delivery cannot be underestimated. Early adopters of new technologies can easily find themselves isolated, ignored and problem solving in an intellectual vacuum.
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  • establish relaxed, free-flowing and open communication within the class.
    • ksteingr
      Use threaded discussion facility - not finding success.
  • There’s just this awful, sort of silence.
    • ksteingr
      Discussion breaking down.
  • One of the hardest things to orient to in online teaching is the radically different tempo of communication.
    • ksteingr
      The change?
  • How long do you wait for a response in an online threaded discussion?
    • ksteingr
      Key question!
    • Pam Buysman
      As I'm reading this article, I'm wondering if the facilitaor has established any kind of guidelines like we currently have. The initial post is due by Friday and two reponses are expected by Sunday. I really think a timetable needs to be established, because otherwise I do think you might wait forever for some students to respond. Without the timely response, it really isn't possible to create any conversations. Without the conversations, I think learning will be compromised. Of course if a student doesn't respond, you need to try to contact them. Yet if they don't respond to you, I see no alternate but adhering to the guidelines you've established for your threaded discussions. So, I guess I'm saying, you don't wait. You have expectations and you make allowances if necessary, but at some point in time, you need to look at class expectations.
  • What replaces them?
    • ksteingr
      What does replace the brief encounters?
    • Pam Buysman
      You use available technology applications or resources. It is possible to email the student, call, skype, or create a chat room. Any or all of these can be used to create some kind of personal contact with the student. It seems as if we are looking at adult learners. At some point, learners need to take some responsibility for their own learning. Again, without structure there will be no conversation and much learning will be lost.
  • The online teacher can and does know if a particular student has logged on, when they do and which pages in the online subject they visit. But it doesn't feel that way to the student user. It will only become apparent to them later, when or if the teacher e-mails them asking if they are having difficulties.
    • ksteingr
      How do we let students know we are aware of their patterns online?
    • Pam Buysman
      We ask questions in the forum. We email students sharing that we have noticed that they have not logged on. We gently remind them about expectations. We can try calling. In short, we use whatever means we have to communicate with them.
  • ‘get to know each other sessions’
  • If you expect students to use CMC, rather than private e-mail, as the primary mode of communication with you, you have to tell them so.
  • If you expect the students to check their bulletin boards regularly, you have to let them know how often. If your expectations are not being fulfilled you have to follow up with e-mails or phone calls. Communication is critical. It is the strength of the online mode, as opposed to broadcast media like print, radio and video. The rule is, actively avoid isolation.
    • ksteingr
      the key!
    • Pam Buysman
      I agree. You need to tell your students what you expect!
  • o 'community'.
  • Because the general tempo of interaction is slower online, it may take longer.
  • E started telling her students about relevant upcoming public lectures, TV programs, useful or just plain entertaining Web sites she had come across, and so on.
  • But what sort of ‘character’ do you want to convey online, and how will you convey it with a keyboard?
  • ‘I do think that having a sort of classroom rapport, a very sensitive style, which I think I've got in some ways in the classroom, is very important online. But getting it across is ... well, it’s very hard.’
    • ksteingr
      having a sense of online style is one thing - making that clear is quite another!
  • There isn’t any right way to do it, just as there isn’t any one teacher’s ‘character’. You do have to define your own online persona and then think quite carefully on various occasions about how to convey it.
    • Pam Buysman
      I couldn't highlight this because it already was. However, I like this and would have highlighted this text if possible.
  • One of the great advantages of the threaded discussion is the time it allows for reflection, and the possibility for editing/refinement of one’s remarks.
    • ksteingr
      I had not thought about editing, but it is important.
  • This may mean that, for some students anyway, threaded discussions are not conducive to thinking out loud, to tossing out ideas for testing, to speculation.
  • The casual conversation with a student after class, the brief encounter in the corridor, the snippet of social conversation in a workshop or tutorial -- these do not exist in the same way online.
  • What 'right' does EM have to force a timetable on to them?
    • Pam Buysman
      The teacher has every right to force a timetable. Learning will not occur without structure.
  • The visual, audio and tactile cues we take for granted in our everyday teaching, and which we rely on as guides to our action, are utterly absent in the online environment.
  • The teacher in this scenario is at the behest of her students' actions (or lack of them). The centre of control has moved markedly away from the teacher, to the students.
  • Yet the establishment of a sense of community is often one of the chief objectives of a teacher with any class. The achievement of it is a milestone in the progress of a given class in the mind of the teacher.
  • It is almost embarrassing to say so, but there are other things to ‘talk’ to students about than the course material.
  • Others may find that the time they get to reflect and compose their comments invests them with a power they don't ordinarily feel in face-to-face communication.
  • Failure to respond promptly to a student request or other communication could be catastrophic. It is disarming, even alarming, to invest the time to post a message and then get no response.
  • strong conscious effort, planning, forethought, time
    like designing learning tasks that will engage students, and choosing material which is suitable for delivery via the Web.
    like designing learning tasks that will engage students, and choosing material which is suitable for delivery via the Web.
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