Tech gems from Joe DePietro May 9, 2012Posted by michaelgalvin in : higher education , trackback
As the spring semester winds down and the summer heats up, you may be thinking about new ways to implement technologies that support teaching and learning. To get you started, THE Journal recently offered a very good (and very quick!) read called Creating assignments that work for digital learning environments. Take a look to get those techno-juices flowing, and then consider if the following could be of value to you:
SlideShark for iPad – SlideShark is 100% free and allows you to view PowerPoint files on your iPad. Granted, there are other options out there to do this, but what I love about SlideShark is that they give you 100 MB cloud-based storage AND all of your animations and transitions are retained during playback. You (or your students) are also able to share your presentations with others right through the app. What an easy way to prepare conference presentations and other team-based projects!
Online collaboration with Stixy – The digital collaborative workspace has reached a new level with Stixy. This Web-based gem lets you easily create collaborative online bulletin boards to share with colleagues, students, family, and/or, friends. Stixy could be a unique way to have students prepare and deliver presentations. It could also allow you to accomplish more mundane tasks (yawn!) like mapping out a work flow or design process. The great thing about Stixy is that your creativity is the only real limiting factor. If you can think it, there’s a way to (re)present it.
Flexible word clouds with Tagxedo – Visualizing data is a powerful way to draw attention to processes and patterns that may not be immediately apparent. There are many word cloud-based applications on the Web, but few have the levels of customization afforded by Tagxedo. Try it out by cutting and pasting in some text. The ability to stylistically or thematically customize your output could be a great way to pull in your learners. What does your syllabus look like in Tagxedo?