Monthly Archives: September 2011

Create a Google Form and collect student responses

Here is a simple video that explains what Google forms can do.

 

If you are convinced that these forms can help in your teaching and assessments, here is a how-to document that explain the process of creating, editing and sending/embedding a Google Form.

How to create and add a Google Form to Al Khazneh

 

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Free Solan-C Webinar on OER – October 5, 2011 – 2:00p ET

Join in this exploration of how to find high quality content and materials for use in teaching and learning. Hear from leaders of OER organizations and faculty who have found effective and creative ways to incorporate these resources in a variety of settings – online, blended, and traditional courses.

You will learn how to find high quality content and materials for use in teaching and learning among Open Educational Resources (OER), which have been defined as “digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and re-use for teaching, learning and research” (UNESCO).

Price: Free for all – Register here

See http://sloanconsortium.org/webinar_listing for many other free webinars on e-learning topics.

Strategies to save your laptop battery

Here is a piece of advice for students and teachers who complain about laptop battery life.

  1. Prime new batteries. Let laptop batteries charge fully before use. Then, let it drain completely before recharging. Run new batteries through this cycle a couple of times. Doing so will condition them to run to full capacity.
  2. Pull the plug. Don’t leave laptops plugged in for long periods of time. Doing so leaves batteries in a constant state of charging — and that will ultimately reduce battery life.
  3. Use hibernate or standby mode. Both options save power when students step away from the computer.
  4. Mute the sound. Turn the speaker volume all the way down — or mute it — when sound isn’t needed for the task at hand.

Source- Digital Inspiration.

Open Educational Resources(OER)

(From Wikipedia)
Open educational resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute. Open educational resources include:

  • Learning content: full courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
  • Tools: Software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities.
  • Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

Here is a list of Websites that you can use to find OERs.

Two Goals

According to the founder of this awesome tool, one should not focus on more than two goals at any given time. This tool is meant to help record these goals in a clear, distraction-free place that can be revisited whenever necessary.

YouTube.com/Teachers has just been launched.

Google launched YouTube.com/Teachers as a resource for educators everywhere to learn how to use YouTube as an educational tool. There are lesson plan suggestions, highlights of great educational content on YouTube, and training on how teachers can film their own educational videos. This site was designed/written by teachers for teachers and we hope it’s the first step in really kick-starting a community of YouTube-using educators.

This is not about the technology, it’s about real children

Brainpop – video introductions to stimulate students’ thinking.

Brainpop is a commercially available website containing animated content designed to motivate and inspire children to learn. Some of the resources are available free-of-charge but to access the full library of resources is via a subscription service.

Resources are short 2-3 minute animated films starring Tim and his robot friend Moby.

Each film covers the key points of a certain topic. Films are organised according to subject areas.

Delicious – Social Bookmarks

Delicious is one of the best social bookmarking tool. You can save all your bookmarks online, share them with others, and see what other people are bookmarking.

Voki – create speaking avatars with your voice

Voki is a tool to create speaking avatars with your own voice. You choose your  avatar; you customize it by changing the hair, clothing, bling and the colour of the hair, eyes and skin. When you finish, you give your avatar a voice by recording your voice by phone or using a microphone. You can also upload an audio file or you  can  use text-to-speech feature to convert your text into speech choosing the gender and the accent. When you finish, you can get a link or the embed code to publish it on your blog or your website. Children can tell their stories by recording their voices or they can retell a traditional story with a different ending.