I know it is only the middle of March and I am thinking about summer already. It will be here before you know it. If you are like me, I always think I will get so much done over the summer. Then it’s gone and I am left wondering where it went!
So, let’s make a plan.
Think about the following:
- What have you tried in your online courses that may not have worked as well as you had hoped?
- What have you wanted to try but just weren’t sure how to go about it?
- Is there a technology tool that would help you accomplish your goals as well as meet the course objectives?
- Is there a Web 2.0 tool that you just haven’t had time to look at, try out, or integrate into your online course yet?
So, here’s the challenge: Answer the questions above and try something new. But the catch is that it must fit in with the overall goals of the course–think of course objectives/outcomes first and then find the technology tool that matches up (if there is one). There’s no rush–you’ve got all summer. 🙂
How can you learn to use that new tool?
There are lots of websites that provide information about the Web 2.0 tools and usually the website of a tool has all sorts of tutorials and help-guides.
How do you choose a tool?
I usually find a tool based on the blogs I read regularly. There are many educational blogs that provide ideas, lesson plans, etc. for using various online tools. It is up to me to figure out if they would work in an online environment and how to make it easy for my students to use. Usually students don’t mind trying something new if they understand why they are using–the value added.
Where can I find Web 2.0 Tools with ideas?
There are tons of websites with all sorts of tools and corresponding ideas. You can find them easily by doing a search using your favorite search engine. If you follow any blogs, a list may show up on one or more. If you are a Twitter user you may find ideas from the tweets you follow. The following links may get you started but remember, you may have to make some adaptations for using them in an online teaching environment:
- 101 Web 2.0 Tools Teachers Should Know About
- The 35 Best Web 2.o Classroom Tools Chosen By You
- Web 2.0 Teaching Tools
- Cool_Tools_For_Teaching_Online (pdf)
- Top 20 Web Must Haves for Every 21st Century Classroom
- Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators
- 100 Essential Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
- Web 2.0 Teaching Tool Links
- Web 2.0 Tools
- Web 2.0 Tools for Math Educators
I would love to hear back from you and find out what you tried. Let’s talk soon!
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