For a recent assignment we were asked to compare synchronous and asynchronous applications. Browsing the web, I ran across a 2010 tweet on Twitter about some popular classroom tools. Prior to beginning my academic journey into distance education, the most tools I had used was zilch. I’m happy to say that I’ve experimented with a few to date such as Weebly, Twitter, WordPress, Diigo and Bubbl.us. Some classmates and I have had some difficulties using Google Docs, but I’m happy to say that we’ve gotten that resolved.
As I begin to use several web tools, I’m amazed that most of my acquaintances and friends who are educators aren’t as eager to to draft these tools for use in their traditional classrooms. Maybe I can pave the way with this article.
I have some favorite tools of my own. They are WordPress and Weebly. I’ve had fun designing my own blog page using WordPress. The application is a breeze to use and with so many themes, it’s easy to personalize. I can add different categories which allow me to easily track blogs based on technology or my personal reflections. The same can be said of Weebly, which I use for my e-portfolio. I’ve built pages to store pertinent and relevant information on courses taken, resources acquired and used, as well as another reflection and welcome page. Both allow me to add links to my Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook page. Also one of the best things about both Weebly and WordPress is that they offer free web application services. Did I mention free!
Check out the article, then check out some of the applications. They range from mindmaps to blogs to whiteboards. You won’t be disappointed. There’s something there for everyone. I’m glad I did.
“The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You”. (2010). Edudemic. Retrieved from http://edudemic.com/2010/07/the-35-best-web-2-0-classroom-tools-chosen-by-you/