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Various Resources compiled by Dr. Alec Couros

Harnessing New Technologies

Dr. Alec Couros
couros@gmail.com
@courosa
skype: aleccouros

Session Description:
This session is an opportunity to probe deeper into the practical possibilities for open & networked learning. What is a personal learning network? How does one develop a digital identity? How does one connect with other passionate educators, and informal professional development opportunities? What tools and methods can be used to become a connected educator? What are the drawbacks, benefits, and implications for teaching in this new way; for faculty, students, and institutions?

Outline:
1) What did you want to know?
2) Explanation via Short Prez
3) Explanation via. PLE Video
4) Shout out to Twitter
  • Twitter in 60 seconds video
  • Google Docs example (Writing Prompts)
  • Hashtags overview

5) Go through tool demos
  • Twitter
  • Wordpress, Kidblog
  • Google Reader, Google Bundles, FeedWordpress, Posterous
  • Google Docs, Etherpad
  • Delicious/Diigo
  • IFTTT.com
  • Flickr
  • Google Plus, Facebook Pages
  • Dropbox, Min.us
  • Screencast-o-matic
  • Symbaloo

Background Reading:


21st Century Learning in Practice (videos):


Communication/Networking Tools & Tutorials



Curation Tools
  • Scoop.it (visual way to collect and display online resources)
  • Pinterest (newly popular social curation tool)
  • Pearltrees (powerful social curation tool)
  • Paper.li (magazine-like curation tool)


Productivity Tools


Screencasting, Video, Photos, Audio



Presentation Tools



Collaborating Thinking/Writing Tools



Referencing/Attribution Tools
  • BibMe (online referencing tool)
  • EasyBib (another online referencing tool)
  • Plagium (plagiarism detection)
  • Zotero (great research tool for organization, citation, bibliographies)
  • Mendeley (a free reference manager and academic social network)



Polls & Surveys



Aggregators
  • Netvibes (personal, dashboard-like aggregator)
  • Symbaloo (another popular dashboard-like aggregator)
  • Weblist.me (easy way to quickly share links with visual interface- great for elementary)
  • Feedly (Browser plugin to aggregate RSS magazine-style)
  • iGoogle (also acts as an aggregator)



Media Resources



Mobile Tools



More Resource Lists to Explore


Examples and Information About Open Courses (and MOOCs)