Free Tools for educators
Last Saturday was a great one. Thanks to SimpleK12 http://www.simplek12.com/ I had the chance to see some webminars dealing with Free Tools on line, it was a day for educators and all the webminars were free. I must confess that the experience online made me think about the best ways for working in a digitalized classroom and this was great.
SimpleK12 offers free webminars online and also webminars for people who belong to SimpleK12, in some cases you have to pay to have access to some materials online(registered users).
If you want to learn more about what is offered just follow this link http://www.simplek12.com/upcoming-webinars/
This is my collection with some information about some great tools which I think we should all be able to use : I have already used some of them but for many I must admit I have been thinking about but I have been working in a learning environment where most of the students do not have a good internet access point . My great hope is to be able to work online from home and also in collaborative projects from home and at school. The padlet will be updated anytime I find interesting tools which seem to be interesting.
What skills for the future ?
Almost in the same week I saw a webminar online and it was about the future and what our students should learn and what skills they need : the references were based on a report which was presented on line: DRIVING THE SKILLS AGENDA from the Economist . Our students need to learn how to work in a different way and collaborate, use webtools and have 21st century skills.
This is the reason why I feel that we should all change our way of working and our lessons.
To be continued...........................................
sabato 31 ottobre 2015
sabato 10 ottobre 2015
After 5 weeks I finished my MOOC course about DIGITAL STORYTELLING( DS) with COURSERA see COURSERA MOOC COURSE
To begin with it was an interesting experience and I could learn a lot about DS, the new tools which we can use to create videos, how to write a script and how to choose pictures and music. We learned from video tutorials and we tried to work by following the tips of the professors who were a good guide for us by focussing on how to plan a story, create a story board and how to edit a video.
I was not so successful,but I could enter a new world: DS can be a challenge, but it can help us develop new activities and provide help in writing stories with our students.
These are some great videos which were shared by the students in our course, they used different video editors but they were successful and I was pleased to see such good videos: these are just some which I was able to see
Lilac Love from ellen feeley on Vimeo.
I would like to underline that we worked on peer assessment and self-assessment and the choice of the topic and the tools made the difference. I did not make a great video and I am going to learn more about WEVIDEO because I could not finish my work. One problem was the length of the video and I did not finish editing the video. I used another tool but again it was a problem. I will therefore try to see why I could not save the final video. I used screencast o'matic but the final output of my video was really low quality. I got 28/36 marks but they told me that I should improve the quality of the photos and of course use the video makers which they had suggested.
Anna Laghigna made a great video: an interesting video which shows how well she can work with modern web 2.0 tools
Finally some links for further learning and studying and develop great videos when teaching:
In my website you can find more information about my experience online and my research about DS
In addition I am sharing this interesting LIVEBINDER :
Click here to open this binder in a new window.
I am going to work to learn how to make better videos and I hope that I will finally become good at making them.
Enjoy working online and editing videos!