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Dipity offers the opportunity to create an interactive timeline where students can display events and organize activities. Students can import videos and pictures to display moments in time or plans for the future.
Presentation created at DOTS II North
This is a terrific tutorial to learn the use and application of VoiceThread. Follow the link to see rubric, for tips to get started, and to find out all the options VoiceThread can provide for the user.
This is an outline of a Moodle presentation that was prepared and delivered at the VTCite Summer Institute (2008) by Maria Germano, Bryant Pless and Joanne Finnegan. There is a link to a YouTube video that explains what Moodle is, ideas for using Moodle and includes links to resources for using and teaching with Moodle. Warning: Some of the links go to a private moodle site and will not work!
Here is a presentation (in .pdf format) on how to use YouTube, as well as possible uses and implications in education.
Software and probes for measuring all kinds of things for science classrooms are available. Having students do EKG's and heart rate measurements on each other or measuring muscle function adds relevancy to Anatomy & Physiology lessons. Measuring probes can be plugged into devices that can be used without computers (LabQuests) or they can be plugged into computers via "Go-links" which are special connectors that attach to the probes.
This site provides free downloads to create an art electronic portfolio. The free downloads help to advertise the sale of software to create a book of your artwork that is publishable. The products look great and the cost doesn’t appear to be too high.
This tool could motivate students to actually publish beautiful art filled books that may direct them into a lifelong career.
Blip TV is an alternative to YouTube and is also a web based resource where students can create their own "show" on the web. It can host movies as well as video podcasts. It is easy to use and works great! I have used it for two years.
Edu 2.0 is located at www.edu20.org
Edu 2.0 is a unique site founded in 2006 by Graham Glass. It is a free online service where you can host an entire class, enroll in public classes, share resources or have a dialogue in an online community.
How was the technology integrated into the assessment environment?
Edu 2.0 is a simplified version of Moodle, Blackboard, etc. It is completely web-based. An educator can privately enroll students and then host a diverse group of assessment tools including quizzes, wiki's, blogs, forums, chats, debates, and feeds. A gradebook, calendar and other tools are also available.
-What method (observation, selected response, written response, personal communication, performance, student reflection) of assessments were implemented using the technology? (Questions, see Stuart chapter ?)
Most, if not all, of these assessments could be implemented using this technology.
Was this a technology that replaced a current method of assessment or does it provide assessment opportunities previously not available without the advent of this technology. (For an in depth discussion of this, refer to the NAP article)
This technology could potentially replace move many traditional assessments online which would save an enormous amount of time for educators.
In your opinion, what were some of the benefits of the tool?
The benefits of this technology are numerous, but among other things it's free! It is also very easy to learn and use, I created a mock class in about 5 minutes. The other incredible part of Edu 2.0 is sharing resources, any lesson you submit is archived and usable by the other thousands of educators on the site. What an incredible way to create an online community of professionals sharing work?
In your opinion, what are the limitations of the tool?
So far I haven't found many. The quiz generator takes a while to write a quiz, but the payback for the educator is in the grading time. I also noticed that I can't "preview" the actual pages that students would be using. For example the only way that I've found to preview a quiz that I've written is to create a fake name and enroll in my own class. Anyone who has given written directions to a teenager knows that the format in which they're delivered is very important. I'm not so sure how easy it would be for a traditional classroom student to adjust to a complete online class.
Do you see this as a tool that could be used in your educational setting?
I've got plans to use it next year, assuming that there is sufficient hardware in the classroom, the school, and the home to give students equitable access to their schoolwork.
Where did you learn about the tool (formal evaluation reports, vender case studies, etc.)?
I learned about the tool from our school's technology PLC group.