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Various Resources compiled by Dr. Alec Couros

Harnessing New Technologies

Dr. Alec Couros
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?

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
  • Flickr
  • Google Plus, Facebook Pages
  • Dropbox,
  • Screencast-o-matic
  • Symbaloo

Background Reading:

21st Century Learning in Practice (videos):

Communication/Networking Tools & Tutorials

Curation Tools
  • (visual way to collect and display online resources)
  • Pinterest (newly popular social curation tool)
  • Pearltrees (powerful social curation tool)
  • (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

  • Netvibes (personal, dashboard-like aggregator)
  • Symbaloo (another popular dashboard-like aggregator)
  • (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

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Examples and Information About Open Courses (and MOOCs)