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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros - InformED

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros - InformED

Free Online Courses: Top 50 Sites to Get Educated for Free - InformED :, Oracle Education Foundation, Progetti | Concorso | Libreria OER Commons Free online tutorials for learning to use technology and ict in education How to work with screencasting tools uses Camtasia for making the training videos. I also use JING for making short videos. Camtasia 7-Two sets of videos All the videos I have made on this site use Camtasia 7. SnagIt SnagIt is not free but it is a very reasonably priced option for creating screencasts and it also allows for doing much more. SnagIt part two ScreenR A simple screen cast tool that works on the web. ScreenCast-o-matic Another free screen casting tool that does not need any download and allows you to record quite long videos. Russell Writes in the Teacher Training Journal

30+ Moodle Videos and Tutorials by @sbrandt (nice work!) | Moodl Stumbled across this huge repository of video screencasts on last week and just had to share them. Shawn Brandt (@sbrandt) created them all and out of the nearly 80 videos he’s posted about 1/2 are all about Moodle. The topics range from beginner to more advanced and most videos are under 5 minutes. Note that many appear to pertain directly to a Moodle training course that is not available publicly. adding events and using the calendarusing assignmentscreating pages and resourcesdisplaying directoriesusing .zip files to upload multiple filesimproving your course aestheticsand so much more. Here’s a great one (creating a course that’s more learner-centric, For the full list of videos go to this link: And don’t forget to let @sbrandt know that the videos rock!

Moodle Tutorials ::: Educating Educators Discussion Rubric University of Wisconsin - Stout — Schedule of Online Courses, Online Certificate Programs, and Graduate Degree Follow us on Facebook. This rubric may be used for self-assessment and peer feedback. * Open class discussion is an important and significant part of an online course. While class discussion whether online or face to face, can be characterized by free flowing conversation, there are identifiable characteristics that distinguish exemplary contributions to class discussion from those of lesser quality. The criteria found on the rubric above will be used to assess the quality of your initial postings and responses to the postings and comments of peers during class discussion. Original rubric developed by: Lynn E. Used with permission and adapted by Joan Vandervelde University of Wisconsin - Stout — Schedule of Online Courses, Online Certificate Programs, and Graduate Degree Readings on Authentic Assessment Examples of Other Rubrics

Best Embeds for Moodle, Wikis, and Blogs Apr26 Now that you and/or your students are using wikis and blogs, are you curious what could be added to them? From animated slideshows to collaborative documents to interactive review games, many great (and free) tools are available. As a follow up to my previous post “What Teachers Should and Should Not Be Posting on their Classroom Webpages”, I’ve pulled a master list of embedding options that will hopefully spark your imagination. As you browse the list consider how you will use these embeds. While some of these work perfectly for classroom blog posts, others tend to be more effective wiki tools. One note of warning, however. Good luck and again if you have any other suggestions please post them in the comments section. Collaborative Project Tools aMap is an excellent tool for social studies projects. Communication Tools to Parents and Students Google Calendar – I’ve become a big fan of Google calendar this spring. Photos Student Products Videos

Pedagogy and Moodle Let's sit back and really reflect on the pedagogy that is at the core of what we, as online educators, are trying to do. Definition of Pedagogy One definition of pedagogy in Wiktionary says The profession of teaching The activities of educating, teaching or instructing Wikipedia has a much longer page on Pedagogy. At one point it said Pedagogy is the art or science of being a teacher, generally refers to strategies of instruction, or a style of instruction. Moodle in three short paragraphs The heart of Moodle is courses that contain activities and resources. There are a number of other tools that make it easier to build communities of learners, including blogs, messaging, participant lists etc, as well useful tools like grading, reports, integration with other systems and so on. For more about Moodle, see and particularly the main community “course” called Using Moodle. Social Constructionism as a Referent How Moodle tries to support a Social Constructionist view Progression

Using Piazza to Encourage Interaction [This is a guest post by Abir Qasem, who teaches intro to programming, AI, cloud, and device programming courses for the Computer Science Department at Bridgewater College. You can find him online or follow him on Twitter at @abirqasem.--@JBJ] In my introductory programming courses, my pedagogy relies heavily on collaborative problem solving during class time. Piazza is a Web 2.0 tool that allows students to ask questions and engage in dialogue on the Internet with the professor and with each other. Click for full size. Piazza has a chatroom feel to it, while offering enough structure to be used effectively in a classroom environment. My initial goal was quite modest – I wanted to use it as an extension to the classroom discussion. Piazza captures class statistics, which can be interesting (see screenshot for “posts” vs. What I specifically did Initially I started the class with challenge questions on Piazza. The bottom line Have you tried Piazza, or a similar system? Return to Top