May 12, 2011

Module #8: My Scrapbook

Posted in Module #8, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 12:15 am by marylan2

My Scrapbook is located at:

  • social networking/media

On March 24-29 I posted my opinion of Twitter. To me, the easiest social networking tool to manage and get started is Twitter. Within Twitter, the people and entities you follow provide you with information of interest and opinions. They will provide you with links to blogs, websites, other entities, and individuals.

  • a tool for asynchronous communication

On April 6, I talked about finding an asynchronous communication tool in my subject are, a blog. As a result from this course, I have found that blogs can contain an incredible amount of useful information. Another advantage is that you can comment to the poster after reading their posts. Another asynchronous tool I learned about in this course was Voicethread.

  • a tool for synchronous communication

On April 28, I talked about using Skype as a communication tool between my coworkers and myself. We are housed in different locations. It is a time saver and cuts down on travel expenses (gas at $4.19 a gallon) to use Skype.

Of course there are other valuable synchronous tools such as, Elluminate and Dabbleboard. They allow for video, file sharing, whiteboards, etc.

  • an example of ready-made content

There are many places on the web to find ready-made content. On April 27, I talked about exploring Merlot looking to find a learning object in my subject matter. I have to explore the other options offered: National Science Digital Library and the Wisc-Online repository. There are also many examples of ready-made content in YouTube.

  • some content you’ve produced on your own

On April 30, I posted a video I produced using Jing and posted it to the web using Screencast. This experience taught me that you do have to plan, prepare, and practice before you produce.

  • whatever your produced in the 7th week (survey or teach-back)

On May 6, I posted a link to a survey I created with Survey Monkey. It is a survey I want to use with faculty to see when their schedules will allow to schedule a technology training session.


  • an elective …. something new you’d like to try

I am looking for a current MOOC. I am really disappointed, I just missed one create by George Siemans and associates.

  • a link to your Diigo account, showing at least 3 bookmarks you saved during the term.

My Diigo account is: marylan. On March 29, I posted links to websites about using Twitter for the classroom.

Here is a prezi I attempted:

  • your 23 Things post

On May 10, I posted My 23 Things. It was a great exercise. What helped me the most was that I was keeping a list of what I did during the course, such as books, websites, people of interest, etc.


May 10, 2011

Module #8 My 23 Things

Posted in Module #8, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 8:45 am by marylan2

23 Things (and a spare)

  1.  Twitter ( – You should create an account and then find people and entities to follow, a wealth of information available.  Some worthwhile entites are: Barry Dahl, Curtis Bonk, Susan Manning(ltgreenroom), Jane Hart(C4LPT), Jane Bozarth, edtechtalk, Steve Hargadon, eLearningGuild 
  2. Diigo/Delicious  ( or are social bookmarking sites allows you to create groups and share relevant websites.  Create your own account and bookmark some of your favorite resources. 
  3. Jing ( is a free tool that enables instructors to create videos of procedures and actions occurring on the screen.  Download and install Jing on your computer.  You should create a video of a common procedure your students need to perform. 
  4. Screencast ( is used to publish Jing videos so use it to publish your Jing video. 
  5. Survey Monkey ( is used to create surveys for education and research.  Create a survey to share with your fellow institution online instructors. 
  6. Voicethread ( is a tool that allows a group to collaborate either verbally or with video.  Start a Voicethread and invite your Survey Monkey participants to provide feedback of the experience. 
  7. WordPress ( is a blogging tool that allows for posting text with images, entries are listed in reverse order.  You should create a blog post of three incidences of technology exploration. 
  8. Dabbleboard ( – tool that provides a whiteboard and chat area plus an add-on that allows video (a possible online office hours tool).  Ask for two students to volunteer and participate in an online office hour session.  Alternative: DimDim 
  9. Facebook ( is a collaboratve and social networking tool that contains many tools and applications for education.  Create an account and find two tools/applications within Facebook that could be considered educational and post them in your blog. 
  10. Google Apps: iGoogle/Google Docs ( – Google is so much more than a search engine.  You can create a web portal with iGoogle, save and share your documents with GoogleDocs, etc.  Create your own iGoogle portal.  Be sure to add stuff, at least three. 
  11. Voki ( is a great way to provide a introduction to your course, you create and customize an avatar and then either type in text you want the avatar to read or record your own voice.  Create a Voki, customize your character, create a greeting and post the link in your blog. 
  12. YouTube ( is a storehouse of thousands of videos, many appropriate and useable for the classroom on a multitude of topics and subjects and instructions.  Find one instructional video about your subject matter and post the link to your blog. 
  13. Audacity/Lame ( – easy to use tool to create audio files and upload as a .mp3 file.  Download and install Audacity and it’s .mp3 tool, Lame.  Now create a greeting recording for your students. 
  14. Flickr/Photobucket/Picasa ( – Flickr and Photobucket are used to share photos and perform geotagging.  You could search for shared images of a particular subject, such as Charlotte Bronte. 
  15. Animoto ( is used to create videos from supplied audio files and a series of self-uploaded images.  Experiment with this tool.  You may want to create an video on a particular subject, such as pictures, photos, and quotes from a famous author, maybe using the images found in Flickr.
  16.  RSS/Bloglines ( allows you to keep track of specified blogs.  Sign up for a Bloglines account and customize it to show your selected items. 
  17. Faculty Focus ( is a website with many free reports. Go to this website and examine one of the reports, such as:
    1. 10 Principles of Effective Online Teaching: Best Practices in Distance Education
    2. 11 Strategies for Getting Students to Read What’s Assigned
    3. Building Student Engagement: 15 Strategies for the College Classroom
    4. Faculty Development in Distance Education: Issues, Trends and Tips
    5. Online Course Design: 13 Strategies for Teaching in a Web-based Distance Learning Environment
  18. Skype ( a tool that allows internet phone calling, and also allows group calls.  Form a partnership with a peer and have both of you create an account and then experiment with calling each other.  (Note:  It is best if you both have a video camera and a microphone.  My video camera has an internal microphone.)
  19. Yammer  ( – Social Learning Community (This is a private community created by Jane Hart from (Center for Learning and Performance Technologies). Members must be invited by an admin.  Send an email to Jane Hart for an invitation.) 
  20. ( – creates a shortcut for long web addresses.  Select a resource link on your subject matter and shorten the link but using
  21.  iTunes/Podcasts/iTunes U – download and install the free iTunes application.  iTunes has links to many podcasts and free iTunesU courses. You can buy iTunes cards and load your account to pay for items requiring payment.  See if you can find an iTunesU course of interest. 
  22. PowerPoint/Prezi ( is an application that helps you to create presentations that are an alternative to the linear design of PowerPoint.  Go to the website and create a four slide presentation outlining your subject matter.
  23.  The Teaching Tips index is full of resources.  You should explore some of the resources listed. 
  24. Learning through Digital Media: Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy by Trebor (  This document is full of information about Web2.0 tools.  You should examine this document for items of interest.
  25.  Blogs – Some of the best resources are in Blogs, such as, EdTechTalk, EduBlog(; another source could be found at the Online Education Database, The top 100 education blogs :  Check-out this website and then use feed reader, such as GoogleReader,  to follow one of these blogs.