April 18, 2011

Module #4 Final Reflection – Sychronous Tools

Posted in Module #4, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:39 am by marylan2

A new idea I gained from this unit was voicethread.  I have heard of it but never used it.  It wasn’t too bad figuring it out.  Of course, and thankfully, one of my classmates recorded video and audio so I had to do that too.  From this experience, I see that to create a quality product, you may want to have a script and know what you want to say before production.

What I would like to explore further: I really like voicethread.  I would like to use it as a review tool for concepts in my computer classes.  I need to figure out how I could incorporate that into my classes.  We shall see… 

My number one concern with using synchronous tools: Of course, the main concern is finding a time that works for all parties.  From my perspective, all participants should be sure their installed software and equipment is functioning before the scheduled event.

Module #4 Discussion Question: Use Voicethread and talk about a synchronous tool you have used.

Posted in Module #4, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:30 am by marylan2

 For this activity I used the Voice thread option.  I spoke about a tool we use here called Dabbleboard.  This tool has a whiteboard and a chat area and with the add-on you actually have video chat with the instructor.  One of our instructors use it for his online office hours. He created a session and posted the session number, just like we used to post to the voicethread, and the students login there to communicate with the instructor.

Our tutoring department asked for a tool to provide online tutoring and demonstrated Dabbleboard for that purpose. 

We had to get our network people to give us access through the college firewall to use Dabbleboard.  We also had to make sure everyone had the appropriate equipment to use this tool.  But, it works like a charm.

If you are interested, you may want to check out Dabbleboard at: http://www.dabbleboard.com.

I think I forgot to mention that this is a free tool.  Let me know what you think.

Module #4 Reflection Synchronous Communication

Posted in Module #4, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:09 am by marylan2

Synchronout Tools:  I attended a sessions of the TCC Conference: Developing 21st Century Skills.  Two of the tools the instructors use are Elluminate and Skype. 

I use Skype for my department meetings.  My co-worker and supervisor are located at another campus nine miles away.  Instead of me driving there and using gas and time, we just meet through Skype.  It works very well and efficiently.

I have used Elluminate in the past.  Where?  Through previous TCC Conferences.  It is an easy to learn tool.  I like the clean look of the tool.   It contains many possible ways to communicate.  You can verbalize, chat, use a whiteboard, have pollings, and narrate while showing a  slide show.  

Here in Michigan, funding is tight.  Smaller schools, like my community college, can’t afford Elluminate.  It does have a free version that allows for three participants.  It would be great for online office hours or tutoring.