Winter is in full swing and sometimes the weather can wreck havoc to your class schedule and attendance. Below we have compiled a list of some technology tools that will allow you to provide a meaningful learning experience for your students, while keeping everyone safe and warm at home. The tools have been divided into Synchronous and Asynchronous Tools, with a special section on Group Work.
WizIQ is a platform for anyone and everyone who wants to teach or learn live, online. With a virtual classroom, educational content and a session scheduler, WizIQ works best for anyone’s online teaching and learning needs. Click here for WizIQ Documentation.
Skype is calling, seeing, messaging and sharing with others — wherever they are. Skype is available on your computer, mobile, tablet, TV and even from your home phone. Click here for How-To Skype Documentation.
With a tap, you can make video calls over Wi-Fi from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to someone else’s. You can even make FaceTime calls over cellular networks on iPhone or iPad. And be there in person, even when you’re not. Click here for Facetime Documentation or here for Facetime Video Demo.
Lync is a messaging system, similar to Skype and Google Hangouts. Users can communicate via text, video, audio, share files, and gain operational efficiencies.
Click here for Lync Documentation or here for Lync Video Tutorials
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Moodle Chat allows for participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion in a Moodle course.
Click here for documentation on how to Setup Moodle Chats and here for learning how to Participate in Moodle Chats.
Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message students for free. Teachers use remind101.com, the Android app or the iOS app to send texts to students and parents phones without ever having to share their own phone number. Students also never have to share their phone number with teachers. Ever. Want to try? Want to set up a class? Here is how to get started.
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Click here for more information – Ten Steps to Using Twitter in the College Classroom.
VoiceThread conversations are media-centric, which keeps the discussions focused. They also provide an opportunity to reflect, resulting in higher quality input.
Click here for Voicethread Documentation.
The Moodle Forums allow for an asynchronous exchange of ideas. Both students and teachers can write entries, post pictures, embed videos, copy URLS and share documents. Click here for documentation on how to Setup Moodle Forums and here for learning how to Participate in Moodle Forums.
The Moodle Glossary allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary.
Glossary can be used in many ways. The entries can be searched or browsed in different formats. A glossary can be a collaborative activity or be restricted to entries made by the teacher. Entries can be put in categories. The auto-linking feature will highlight any word in the course which is located in the glossary. Click here for documentation on how to Setup a Moodle Glossary and here for learning how to Contribute to a Moodle Glossary.
Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use. Share your notes and collaborate on projects with friends, colleagues and classmates.
Click here for Evernote’s Getting Started Guide.
Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document, invite other people to collaborate on a document with you, giving them edit, comment or view access, collaborate online in real time and chat with other collaborators, as well as view your document’s revision history and roll back to any previous version.
Click here for GoogleDocs Documentation.
OneDrive is free online storage, get 15 GB of free cloud storage for your files that’s accessible from anywhere with access to free Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in your browser.
When you save a file to OneDrive, it’s always with you—whether you’re working on a presentation on your laptop, sharing vacation photos on your new tablet, or checking your shopping list on your phone.
Click here for Onedrive Documentation.