Kevin Blissett: Out of the Cave

Leadership, Classroom 2.0, Curriculum, China

Top eLearning Tools

Jane Hart at Jane’s E-Learning Tip of the Day lists her compilation below of the top 10 e-tools for learners and top 10 e-tools for professionals (hat tip: David Hopkins at eLearning Blog//Don’t Waste Your Time).

Top 10 Tools for Learners

The current Top 10 list of tools for learners, based on contribution of 47 Learners AS AT 4 APRIL is:

  1. Google Search
  2. YouTube
  3. Firefox
  4. Twitter
    Wikipedia
  5. Delicious
  6. Facebook
    Gmail
    Google Reader
    Skype

Top 10 Tools for Learning Professionals

The current top 10 tools for learning professionals to use in their own professional practice for creating learning “solutions” for others and their own productivity is AS AT 4 APRIL as follows, based on the contributions of 21 learning professionals

  1. Delicious
  2. Twitter
  3. Skype
  4. Slideshare
  5. Google Reader
  6. Google Docs
  7. Audacity
    Google Search
    Moodle
    Ning
    PowerPoint
    SnagIt

I’m currently using almost all of these tools, and I’m slowly introducing more of them to my students. Many of the tools have had a profound impact on the way I teach and keep up to date in education, and on the way my students learn and produce. 

I might also add Digg to the list as I use it often to find top articles on topics of interest.

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April 21, 2009 Posted by | social media, strategies, technology, tools | Leave a comment

Yahoo Answers Homework Questions

Charles Sipe at The School Principal Blog directs us to Yahoo Answers, a site which functions to answer any question that might be on your mind, but which also has a sizable education community for students with nagging homework questions. Sipe explains:

It can be a good alternative for students who need help and can’t get help from a parent or tutor with their homework.

One drawback to to community answer sites like Yahoo Answers is that anyone can answer your question, resulting in an inconsistent quality of answers. However the point system can indicate the authority level of the user who answers the question since providing the best answer to a question earns the answerer 10 points.

Yet another good resource for students who may be too shy to raise a hand or, sadly, too nervous about bothering a busy parent.

April 21, 2009 Posted by | resources, technology | 1 Comment