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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Tech in the Classroom

I am currently co-teaching a professional development course at FTCC called Technology in the Classroom. Roseann and I have arranged the course into modules which categorize the tools. The categories are: Communication, Collaboration, Organization/Management, Content Development, Assessment. We have found that many of the Web 2.0 tools can go under several categories.

Communication Tools


* Virtual Conferencing


o Elluminate


o Chats


o Skype


* Asynchronous Communication


o E-mail


o Blackboard Discussion Boards


* Social Networking



Collaboration Tools


* Google Groups


* Blogs


* Wikis


* Second Life



Organization/Management Tools


* Course Management Systems


o Blackboard


* RSS Feeds


o iGoogle


o Bloglines


* de.licio.us


* Flickr


* Slideshare



Content Development


* Microsoft Office


o Word


o PowerPoint


v o Excel


* Google Apps


* Learning Object Repositories


* YouTube/TeacherTube


* i3D


o Assets/Learning Objects


o Simulations


* Podcasts


* WebQuests



Assessment Tools


* Respondus


* Rubrics


* Project-Based Learning


* Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)


* Blackboard Test Manager



Our approach, in some ways, is modeled on the Learning 2.0 Program designed by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. Since its inception, over 200 libraries worldwide have launched similar programs. We have provided our teacher/learners with resources and Discovery Exercise "Assignments." Our goal is to not only introduce the technology tool but to also have instructors discuss and devise ways to incorporate/integrate the tools into their teaching methodologies.

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