Sunday, May 28, 2006

Which tool should I use for e-learning
This week, I have been reading a number of items that are making me think about which tools are best for e-learning.

Sean Fitzgerald has posted about the most appropriate tool to support the new network focused on Web 2.0 technology. His points to a wide range of tools that could be used for establishing a learning community.

Two of the best tools around are blogs and wikis. Vicki Davis posted about her students' views about the simmilarities diferences between blogs and wikis, best summarised by "They see wikis as a place to share information and they see blogs as a place to share opinions and discuss".

Another perspective on the way tools are being used (and therefore the tools themselves) was a post by Tony Karrer, who argues there is a shift away from pure courseware to reference hybrids. This arises from making use of tools such as Captivate.

Tagging has some potential uses when trying to condut an e-learning program. Tagging to organise content provides a number of suggestions for using tags. Bill Ives provides some views on the when to use tagging and when to use searching. Tony Karrer resonds to Bill's posting and there are a number of interesting comments as well.

Finally, we all know that Email forms a critical component of communication in any learning group. Seth Gottlieb has posted discussing the issue of managing Email attachments. A number of comments challenge his idealistic view of the world.

For all of the posts I have read this week go to: http://del.icio.us/peterlec.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The usefulness of Tagging
This weblog post by Bill Ives discusses the advantages of tagging and looks at when to use tagging and when to serach. It is best summarised by: "If I want to search on a key word, I will still go to Google as the most efficient way. If I have the time to go exploring through multiple links and see the interrelations between key words, I might go to del.icio.us. However, if I want to set up a way to store and share links on a particular topic, I will use del.icio.us which I have done already in co-authoring an article." There are also some very useful comments so scroll down and have a read.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Collaborative Learning
This wiki site was created to support a six week course on Web 2.0 technologies, which was conducted by Tony Karrer. "The purpose of this course is to give you an opportunity to learn about collaborative learning by participating in collaborative learning. This course is designed to teach how to design and build collaborative learning experiences using Web 2.0 / eLearning 2.0 approaches."
A good resource as well as a illustration of how to use wikis in delivering a course.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Google Notebook
Another tool from Google to help you when surfing the Internet. It allows you to clip content and links and store them in a file (a notebook). You can publish the notebooks so that others can access the notebook.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Protopage - creating a start page
This website allows you to set up a page with weblinks, feeds and photos. Google and Yahoo offer a similar service (I have sometimes used Yahoo) but they tend to be very plain and not very interesting. This tool allows you to create boxes and move them around on the page. Certainly, a lot more interesting then my plain web page that I currently use as my start page. You can also select if your page will be public (so anyone can see) or private (only you can see). Only you can change it. Here is my protopage that I have just created. Thanks to Stephan Ridgway for his tip about protopage that appeared in his last Casting the Net podcast.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Is Voice Online for you?
This webpage was created by Michael Coghlan from South Australia and provides a good introduction to voice tools, including Virtual Classrooms, Instant Messengers, Audio Blogging, Voice Boards, Voice Email, Text to Speech and Digital Story Telling.

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