GoConqr

Happy Tech Tuesday!

The app on the spotlight this week is GoConqr! This free resource can be used on Web/Android/iOS.

GoConqr gives students and teachers a place to upload and organize class notes, flash cards, mind maps, quizzes, and more. Whether you are a student using it to learn or a teacher using it to distribute materials to a class, there are tools to help you find and create ways to keep knowledge and maintain your learning.

Students can add their own notes, build mind maps, develop flashcards, quizzes, and more. Notes and resources added can be either be kept private or shared with other users.

Let students take responsibility of their learning and share!

Visit GoConqr website or download the app (Apple and Android).

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Fun in Online Learning

This week, let’s think about making learning fun!

But how to create a game for your students or have your students create learning games?

Kahoot is a free app pro gamification!

How to create a Kahoot:

Tutorial

Explore Kahoot games at https://kahoot.com/explore-games/

Open a free account at https://kahoot.com/

Play a game at https://kahoot.it/ (usually students receive a PIN from their teachers).

Download free app at https://kahoot.com/mobile-app/

Cheers,

Luci Mello

Giving Voice to Elearning

Often times, students say that online learning is convenient; however, it can be very quiet and lonely. Besides, there is so much reading and writing to do compared to face-to-face instruction!

What can we do?

In a world where students are constantly socializing through their smartphones, we may have to go the extra mile to mirror the nature of our contemporary real lives.

lightbulb-1872373_640Here is an idea:

We can use VoiceThread to “Create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos — basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. VoiceThread takes your conversations to the next level, capturing your presence, not just your comments. Anyone can join the discussion — anytime, anywhere.”

This tool is available web-based and also as an app for both Apple and Android.

Enjoy viewing and listening to your students at your own time!

 

Creativity in Mobile Learning

Creativity in Mobile Learning? What does that mean?

First of all, most of our students possess mobile devices (especially, smartphones). We should not ignore that. We know that students can download the LMS app and check announcements and grades. However, if the instructor acknowledges that every student has a smartphone in his/her hand, then, things could be different.

So, let’s take the discussion forum as an example. If I know that students have a smartphone or a tablet most likely at all times, why not offering them an option so that students can participate in the discussion boards from their mobile devices?

Here is an idea: lightbulb-1872373_640

Instead of asking students to write a post for the week topic and respond to their classmates, how about asking students to submit a video of them answering the discussion question, instead of writing? This can easily be done with YouTube, which has an app available for smartphones (or tablets). Students could easily answer questions by recording their videos from their cell phones and posting the URL or embed code into the discussion forum.

This idea brings novelty and more human interaction (more presence) to discussion forums, especially for online courses. In addition, students would be able to create content instead of simply checking information.

YouTube

What do you think?

Luci Mello

 

Activities elearners like best?

As an elearner, which activities do you like best?

I certainly think it depends on several factors: our personality, our learning styles, our technical skills, our academic level…

I personally love discussions and hands-on projects. Not necessarily team projects, but with collaborative component, such as the ones in the EME6414 class.

I would like to share this article from eLearning Industry: Top 8 eLearning Activities Online Learners Love.

This article is useful as it shows strategies that can be used with any LMS. It also prompts you to think of the appropriate tools. Some activities involve the use social media, so it is worth checking this out.

Which activities do you enjoy the most in online learning?

 

Which is better: ebooks or printed?

There is a lot of research and discussion about which is better: digital or printed books.

It depends on what criteria makes reading better…

In several perspectives are pros and cons for both media.

For example, some say they like the looks, feel, and the smell of books. They say it is easier on the eyes, and they take it more seriously. Some people take more time reading on paper than on digital format.

Others will say there is the convenience ebooks offer in terms of taking e-notes, searching for vocabulary or technical term at tips of our fingers.

This article discusses this very intriguing topic.

ebookspaper

What do you think?

Social Media as Learning Tools

As we all think of how to use social media for instructional purposes, this article contains some ideas (5 to be precise).

I like the fact that these pointers guide us to start with simple tools:

  • Facebook
  • Blogging
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube

The bottom line is:

“Social media platforms are useful when teachers know how to use them.”

For more ideas on how to use these tools, read more…

elink.io

What is elink.io?

Information available at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/collect-share-web-links-v/ancooclifmcdfafbgjmgpmcembfaknka?hl=en

Turn links and bookmarks into beautiful newsletters and web pages in minutes. Send newsletters via Gmail, MailChimp or export HTML.

elink is an all-in-one email marketing and content marketing tool that helps you collect, publish and share web content in minutes. Turn your collections into visually appealing newsletters, web pages, and website embeds. Simply add web links, and we will take care of the rest.

This is an example of the use of elink.io for education:

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If you already use elink.io, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.