Tuesday, September 2, 2008

E-Learning Tools as School Starts Back Up

Last year, ReadWriteWeb had a nice list of available resources: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/e-learning_20_all_you_need_to_know.php.

They have expanded it further at http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/web_20_backpack_web_apps_for_students.php. Some from last year have been bought, some closed, etc. I won't reinvent the wheel with their listings, but some highlights of note are the list of Mindmapping tools and sticky noting options. The more I work with high school and college students, the more I realize that they don't just need these tools, but they also need to be instructed how to use them.

The challenge I've found this year is group project work. Delicious can be good for sharing links. Another option is to use a free Wiki. Some of my students have used Wetpaint; others have used Wikispaces. Google Docs was tried this year as a group work space, but isn't as good for bookmark and research sharing.

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