My Top Ten E-Learning Tools

Posted: August 10, 2009 in e-learning, links, resources, teaching, tools

Moodle :-
Moodle still my most used tool. A course management system (CMS) – a free Open Source software package designed to help educators create effective online courses .

Twitter:
is a micro-blogging social networking, Found this increasingly useful, use mainly for research and feedback from “experts”. There are a number of potential uses with students, eg weather feedback from round the country, student research, group work.

Slideshare:-
enable users to share PowerPoint’s and presentations online, I mainly use this by embedding them into my Moodle courses and Blogs.

Read the Words :-
can be used to to assist students with learning disabilities with their studies, by means of auditory learning and auditory processing. I have used this with students by getting them to “type “ up a summary of a topic and convert into audio. I have slso used them to create audio revision notes.

SMS Poll:-
SMS Poll offers FREE Text Message (SMS) Voting and Polling Solutions that rival a sophisticated Audience Response System at a fraction of the cost. Used this as a plenary activity or with a topic discussion. Students very favorable response to using it.

Google Earth:-
Offers maps and satellite images for complex or pinpointed regional searches. Used this in several ways, virtual field visits, measurement of “Glacial Cirque Orientation”, fly over of features.

Screentoast:-
ScreenToaster is a free web-based screen recorder designed to capture screen activity in real-time to rapidly create and share tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more. Mainly used to create video tutorials

Issuu:-
Issuu turns your documents into beautiful online publications. Look great, animated page turning, very simple. Created flash “documents” and embed these in my Moodle Course, useful because they cannot be copied and pasted.

Timetoast:-
Timetoast is a great way to share the past, or even the future…Creating a timeline takes minutes, it’s as simple as can be.

Google Docs:-
Free web-based word processor and spreadsheet, which allow you share and collaborate online. Yet to use this in anger with my students, but like its potential in terms of a PLE tool.

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