#13 – Pinterest
#25 – Audacity
#27 – Screencast-o-matic
From that list, I’ve purposely chosen 3 tools that I have only a passing familiarity with. I know a little bit about them, and have either used them myself or have seen others use them, so I’m somewhat familiar with what they can offer. What I find amazing about the list, in general, is how many tools are out there – it’s even a little overwhelming. But I like the idea of picking a few to try out; obviously, it would be unreasonable to expect a teacher to use them all.
Pinterest is very popular. For an eLearning class, I could see it being used to put together a photo collage or photo essay. Or a student could create a Pinterest page as a character from a novel, with character-appropriate photos, captions and hashtags.
Many of my colleagues have used Audacity. I’ve used it sparingly, just to try it out, but never in my classes. I’d love to incorporate a podcast assignment of some sort – it’s such a fast-growing form of entertainment, and on my long drives to work or during my runs, I listen to podcasts every day. Podcasts could be made collaboratively or independently, and would be a great way to display one’s speaking skills (and editing skills), without having to present live in front of an audience
Screencast-o-matic is a tool I’ve just recently downloaded onto my laptop, knowing that screencasts can be an effective way to show students how to access certain aspects of the course, or other areas on the internet, like accessing online databases.