The EverNote is a very famous Notes software, interface and function is very similar to Onenote. It not only has a strong note capture function, also uses a unique way of classification, but also support the filter automatic sorting, instant search.
Social Media Technologies Social Media, previously known as Web 2.0 technologies, has become ubiquitous in our lives – personally, professionally as well as all levels of education. These tools are considered highly collaborative with multiple ways for users to share and create content or communicate and brainstorm on projects and ideas. As a result, it is beneficial to examine and evaluate their use as tools to enhance teaching and learning in the higher education classroom. Most of these technologies are accessible from the web or any mobile device. The rapid growth and adoption of social media can be attributed to many factors, but probably one of their greatest attributes is accessibility – the opportunity to access anytime, anyplace and from multiple devices. This is largely due to the growth of ‘cloud technology’, i.e servers maintained at remote locations by the providers who have create and distribute the specific technology. Cloud Computing: No Longer If, but When 7 Things You Should Know About: Cloud Computing Diigo To say that Diigo is a social bookmarking tool is somewhat ‘simplistic’. It is much more. As listed on the website (http://www.diigo.com/about) Diigo is a “personal research tool, collaborative research platform, social content site, and knowledge-sharing community.” Diigo is a powerful tool that can supplement the use of a course management system when the goal is to web-enhance your classroom or utilize blended learning (mixing online and face-to-face environments). By listing all course resources in a Diigo private group you will provide continuing access to your students outside the learning management system as well as an opportunity to continue building their professional library after completion of their degree. Students and Instructors can use Diigo to build an annotated bibliography that can be accessed anytime, anyplace. Diigo is available on the web or from any mobile device. Student Learning with Diigo – A tutorial for using Diigo in the classroom and setting up an educator account Vimeo tutorial for Diigo 5 Reasons Why I Use Diigo for Social Bookmarking 1 Evernote Evernote is a web-based tool that can be used to manage and organize a variety of resources, i.e. media (photos, audio notes), notes, all file types, websites, etc. It is considered a ‘productivity tool’ and is excellent to use for organization professionally and personally. In education, Evernote is useful for both students and instructors as a means for research, collaboration, and knowledge-creation. As noted on their website, with Evernote you can “capture, organize, and find anything fast”. Evernote can be accessed from the web as well as any mobile device. Evernote for Students: The Ultimate Research Tool – Includes organizing, web clipping and searching strategies Ten Evernote Tips for School – student’s view Tim Ferris: ‘I Couldn’t Do My Job Without It’ – Entrepreneur uses of Evernote Dropbox and SugarSync File Management, accessibility, backup and security are a critical needs. Taking care of these tasks in the cloud provides opportunities to share and access anywhere, anytime, anyplace. Two of the leaders in this regard are Dropbox and SugarSync. Dropbox is widely used and well regarded and is accessible from the web or any mobile device. Dropbox features are listed on their website as well as important information about security. Encryption tools are available when additional security is preferred. The Ultimate Dropbox Toolkit and Guide – Basics plus Tips and Tricks Using the Magic Pocket: A Dropbox Guideline The Complete Dropbox Guide for Educators Blogs Blogging has gained popularity in all sectors – business, education, government, celebrities, news channels, etc. Many believe it has ‘run its course’ and is less popular. However, from the classroom perspective, blogging remains a valuable tool for student learning through communication, collaboration, and knowledge creation. Including a variety of strategies to increase communication between student and instructor as well as among students provides opportunities for sharing and learning. Learning is social and as such the less it takes place in isolation, the better for all in the learning community. Whether a blog is used as a reflective journal or a means for updating the instructor as milestones for long-term projects are achieved, there are a multitude of strategies for using blogs to enhance teaching and learning. Additionally it’s a great way to keep up with best practices in your field by following experts who blog or other practitioners in your area of expertise. 2 Two of the more popular blogging tools are Blogger and Wordpress. Since Blogger is a part of the vast array of Google Applications, it provides a quick and easy setup especially if you already have a Google ID and password. Blogger is also accessible from the web or any mobile device. Blogger Starter Sheet – easy and quick setup instructions Teaching with Blogs – Good advice from a faculty member at the University of Illinois How to Sign Up and Set Up Your Blog Defining Tools for a New Learning Space: Writing and Reading Class Blogs Wikis Like blogs, wikis are now widely used in all sectors and are beneficial for creating collaborative documents that are easily accessible and editable by all invited users. In the classroom, a wiki can be used for collaboration and co-creation of content for group projects. Using a wiki for individual papers also provides an easy strategy for faculty to provide comments and feedback during and after completion by students. Google docs, Wikispaces, and Wetpaint are popular wikis used in education. Popular blog and wiki tools – note starred items Comparison chart of wikis, blogs, and document features and functionality as well as examples “Why Wikis” – Campus Technology article by Ruth Reynard is an associate professor of education and the director of the Center for Instructional Technology at Trevecca Nazarene University. Twitter There are varied and many opinions regarding the value and significance of the microblogging tool, Twitter. When Twitter was originally introduced, its purpose seemed somewhat frivolous and superfluous. For many, sending ‘tweets’ to friends and colleagues regarding minor events and daily occurrences discouraged many users from trying this tool. Since that time, Twitter’s purpose and use have evolved in many ways. More recently, Twitter has changed into a professional development tool allowing users to follow experts in their profession, organizations, media, and colleagues around the world who share resources, information and content. For businesses and corporations Twitter has become a popular marketing tool providing product updates and specials for customers. In the classroom setting, Twitter provides a way for students to ‘backchannel’ during presentations, sharing ideas and brainstorming. For instructors, Twitter can provide quick and easy updates on course events, information, announcements or even assisting individual students with questions. There are multiple ways Twitter can become an efficient and effective tool in a variety of settings. Twitter is accessible on all mobile devices and on the web. 3 Twitter Evolving Into Professional Development Tool Why Every Student Should Be On Twitter Twitter Blog 7 Things You Should Know About Twitter Other Google Applications: Reader (RSS feed), Sites, Google+ Reader – Google Reader is an aggregator for RSS feeds from corporate or individual websites and blogs. This tool allows users to visit a single location for updates from favorite web locations and simplifies the process of staying up-to-date on news pertaining to relevant and critical topics. Users can quickly scan updates to determine those of interest for further investigation. A Quick Tour of Google Reader 7 Things You Should Know About RSS Sites – Google Sites provides an easy way to create and manage a personal website. There are a variety of templates available to guide novices through the creation of a personal, professional, group, classroom, or company website. HTML knowledge is not required. Google Sites integrates with all other Google applications. Authoring can be shared allowing more than one user to edit or contribute. Welcome to Google Sites Creating a Google Site Tips and Tricks for Google Sites Google+ - In July of 2011, Google announced the availability of a new social networking tool, Google+. Preliminary reviews describe Google+ as a cross between Facebook and Twitter. At this time the tool is in Beta and available by invitation only. Higher Education faculty are particularly interested in the level of security as well as the relative ‘simple’ and clean interface without distractions. As users test out the functionality of Google+, resources and best practices will be developed and shared. Introducing Google+ Professors Consider Classroom Uses for Google Plus Other Social Media Tools of Interest: Webconferencing, Podcasting, Video, Facebook, Skype Webconferencing - Webconferencing tools such as Elluminate, Wimba, and Adobe Connect are synchronous tools that provide the ability to interact with others using audio, video, and chat as well as 4 give presentations and demonstrations. These tools have become increasingly popular in all sectors as funds for travel have diminished and work environments have become increasingly global. Interacting with colleagues and coworkers around the world can be accomplished without the time and expense of travel. For educational purposes, this Web 2.0 technology provides the closest opportunity to simulate the face-to-face classroom. Claremont Graduate University has an Elluminate site license for use by all faculty, staff and students. Skype - Skype is another popular social media tool that provides the ability to make internet video and voice calls. Although families have long used this technology to keep in touch, educators have begun to discover its value for enhancing learning in the classroom. The synchronous features of Skype allow educators to simulate the face-to-face classroom to include guest speakers from a distance, share with other students in remote locations, or provide individual support for students with course questions or problems. Skype was recently purchased by Microsoft. Podcasting – Compared to many of the newer, cloud-based technologies, podcasts may seem almost common place. Their use has become mainstream and ubiquitous. Podcasts are downloadable webcasts (both audio and video) that are convenient and easily accessible through a computer or a portable device such as iPod or MP3 player. They are easy to create and consume and provide flexibility for providing content that is appealing and easily enhances the classroom. A quick internet search brings up an abundance of ready-made podcasts that can be used in a variety of ways and multiple content areas. Video Sharing – Another cloud-based technology that is now widely-used is video sharing. YouTube, TED, and Hulu along with others provide quick, easy methods to create and distribute content in the form of video. Like podcasting, this technology has become almost ‘common place’ with amateurs, corporations, universities, etc. uploading video available to anyone or creating private group access. As with other cloud based technologies, these are available on the web or any mobile device. Facebook – Any guideline that does not include Facebook would be incomplete. Facebook, along with LinkedIn and recently Google+, are referred to as social networking technologies. Although many faculty remain hesitant about Facebook’s viability as a teaching tool, some have experimented with success. Successful strategies include the use of the groups tool which includes greater security and useful functionality. Ideas for use include using the site for additional dissemination of course information on an optional basis as well as maintaining the site for continued sharing and learning after completion of the course. 7 Things You Should Know About YouTube 7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting 7 Things You Should Know About Skype 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom 5
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