Brrrr….it’s been so cold lately, so pull up a chair in front of my cosy fire and let’s have a nice chat. How are you going with e-learning? Lacking the energy? Need some inspiration? [grin] OK…let’s see what we can do about that…read on…. 🙂
…a WEB quest! A webquest is ‘an inquiry-oriented activity where most or all of the information that students explore and evaluate comes from the internet.’ If you haven’t seen one before, check out Frankenstein – an example of a webquest about this literary character…or Disabilities or Differences – a webquest about disabilities…or To Spray or not to Spray – a webquest about pest control. Inspired? 🙂 I’d suggest starting from WebQuest.Org which is a site all about webquests, including the basics of how to create them. If you would like to get started straight away with a very simple webquest, try teAchnology. (Note: If you don’t have the prep time for creating webquests, try splitting your student group into two and tell one group to create a webquest for the other to complete…you’ll be amazed at what they learn and you get to sit back and relax in front of my fire!) [cheeky grin]
AUGMENTED REALITY – A DIFFERENT WAY OF SEEING THE WORLD
Augmented Reality (AR) is very much on its way, according to the Horizon Report which predicts that we will see AR in education in the next 2-3 years. Not sure what it’s about, or how it might possibly be relevant for training? Heh heh…food for thought in this video….
If you’re now in the mood to have your brain stretched, next have a look at the video The Best Use of Augmented Reality Ever, or perhaps the potential of Microsoft’s Kinect in education. I know what you’re thinking…it’s all a bit ‘out there’ and nothing like AR is happening in little ol’ Adelaide! Really? [raises her eyebrows] Have a look at what they are working on down at Flinders University!
Ever wished you were able to ‘reach through’ the phone to draw a diagram for the person on the other end? Well, this might be an answer – Dabbleboard is an online collaboration tool that’s based on the simple whiteboard. It’s quite private (unless you choose to share), and it’s free. 🙂
Creative Commons (CC) is a type of copyright license which essentially allows you to ‘borrow’ the work of others (with conditions they set), because by assigning it a CC license, they’ve given prior permission for you to use it. You’ll find a more detailed explanation on Wikipedia. To search for Creative Commons resources that you can use, try the Creative Commons Search page which allows you to search a number of different sites at the same time. Wikimedia Commons is another source of CC material, and the article How to find Creative Commons licensed materials may provide some useful ideas.
Speaking of Creative Commons, Flickr is a website where you can easily search for, and download, Creative Commons licensed images for use in your Powerpoints, handouts and to make your online courses less ‘texty’. To find out more, check out the article How To Search & Credit Properly-Licensed Photos On Flick …and for those of you who’ve been doing all this since the dawn of time [grin], have you heard about ImageCodr? It’s a super-easy way of generating the code to properly attribute Flickr photos. Here is one I prepared earlier…
STOP THE SCROLL OF DEATH!!
DO YOU OWN (OR COVET) AN iPAD?
NBN IS MORE THAN AN ACRONYM
OK…one more little idea for those of you who have grandchildren (and I’ve just read the stats about the average age of the VET workforce, and that’s more than a couple of you [chuckles]). How about playing games with the grandkiddies…online? Grandparent Games offers a wide range of educational activities designed to encourage interaction, learning, and fun! And what a lovely activity on a cold, wintry Sunday afternoon.
On that note, I need to go and get some more wood to throw on the fire, but let’s catch up again next month! Don’t forget that if you need any help, advice or support for e-learning, I’m only an email or phone call away. And yes…I DO mean that seriously.