This section includes tips for effective use of the internet, technology tips and free applications to help educators stay updated on technology advances, a review of IT trends within education, and various tools for students to incorporate in to learning such as 3D models and presentation tools.
Box of Tricks
Drawing from real-life examples of students' work, this website aims to demonstrate how to make the most of the possibilities afforded to us by the effective use of the internet in order to raise achievement and participation, as well as to increase motivation and engagement.
Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
Free resource site on trends, technology and tools. Here is the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 as voted for by 582 learning professionals worldwide. Below is the slideset available via Slideshare and beneath it the textual list.
Discovery Education: Web 2.0
Discovery Education provides new technology tools and free apps to help educators keep up with the ever changing online landscape. Specifically, Web 2.0 - creates safe communities and teaches responsible internet use for students and teachers.
Glogster is an internet tool that allows users to create and share interactive posters composed of text, graphics, sound and videos. In addition, peer assessing through the commenting facility in blog like form on the website becomes a very effective way for students to asses each other.
The Journal: Transforming education through technology
The section of the Journal offers the review of IT trends within education and the website has an abundance of resources for exploring new outlets for education online
Mentor Mob allows teachers to focus the student’s attention by creating learning playlists of relevant content which can be enhanced by quizzes and comprehension exercises to test their knowledge as they go.
Sketch Up is a desktop application from Google that allows teachers or students to create and share stunning 3D models easily and intuitively.
What Kids Can Do
This study, sponsored by the National School Boards Association, reports the findings of three surveys on Internet social networking: an online survey of 1,277 nine-to-seventeen year olds, an online survey of 1,039 parents, and telephone interviews with 250 school district leaders who make decisions on Internet policy.
Zoho Work Online
Zoho is a comprehensive suite of web based applications that allow you to create, share and store your files online. It has a word processor, a spreadsheet maker, a presentation tool, and a wiki editor.