Teaching in the Clouds
What You Need
Learning Management Systems
A private online social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments. (See LMS in Web Site Apps Menu for Sample Course Content) .Built on a microblogging model, the site allows teachers the ability to handle a good deal of class activity online. Teachers can send out assignments, receive completed assignments and assign grades using the online platform. In addition, they can maintain a class calendar, store and share files, have a public (RSS) stream, and conduct polls. Teachers can also use the site to send text (SMS) alerts to students. Users have a home page where they can see a summary of recent activity for their class. The home page allows the teacher to make a new assignments, assign an event to the calendar, send out an alert, write a note to an individual or a group of students, and share links or files with students.
eLearning Ontario LMS (HWCDSB)
This is the Ontario Ministry of Education LMS. It uses the Desire2Learn eLearning solution. In some cases a benefit of "Teaching in the Clouds" is that is may keep alive some low enrolment courses which would otherwise be cancelled. By pooling together students from a number of schools, courses that usually are cancelled could stay active.
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Cloud Based Instructional Desktop
K-12 cloud-based instructional desktop that gives teachers and students access to all their applications and files for anywhere, anytime availability. It can run Windows based applications and web apps in the same virtual desktop.This is a paid subscription option. Click here for a full feature list
Web Conferencing Tools
The Free version allows you to have up to 10 users to collaborate. Browser based no install to local machine required.
Pro version (Used in eLearning along with Ministry LMS)
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Video Creation Tools
screenr (Video Creator)
Allows the user to create screencasts primarily for the purpose of posting on Twitter or embedding on a website. The site consists of a browser-based screen recorder application, which can record a pre-defined area of the screen to a Flash file and publish it . It has a 5 minute limit.
Video Recorder - 15 min limit
Create and share great video lessons with your iPad or browser.
cchiarelli's Channel YouTube
Sample YouTube channel with focus on Computer Studies videos
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Tutorial Creation Tools
Zunal WebQuest Maker
Totally free website where teachers can create WebQuests and share them with others. There are thousands of WebQuests listed in all subjects and grade levels. And there are easy-to-use standard tools for creating your own. You can attach unlimited files and YouTubes, customize a quest to hide or show the pages you want, limit access to designated users, and even include a discussion forum.
A simple and effective tool for building WebQuests (guided paths through selected sites). The teacher can include comments, questions, or directions for each stop along the path. A student can progress through the path at his/her own pace and revisit sites with ease.
Quiz Creation Tools
Zoho Challenge (Online Testing Tool)
Zoho Challenge is an online testing tool that smoothly tackles your test requirements with smart, friendly interfaces. The flexibility to include multiple choice and open-ended questions in the same test is a nice advantage over many online testing tools. Teachers can give tests online to their students or the tests could be given in a supervised setting for tests that count toward a semester grade. The students can take the tests on their own as a practice activity. The time limit feature is a good way to impose a strict time limit for tests like an end of the year exam or in cases where someone other than the classroom teacher is proctoring an exam. (See LMS Tools in Web Site Apps Menu for Demo)
(Flashcard Creator)Quizlet gives you a specialized learning mode, flashcards, randomly generated tests, and collaboration tools for classmates to help you study those words. (See Spreadsheets page in Office Apps Menu for Demo) Features includes: Quizlet keeps track of the words you know and only retests you on the ones you don't. You can share your vocabulary sets with classmates and get email notification when others make sets for you. You can import words from a file without having to retype them into Quizlet.
Lets you study and learn topics faster using a study platform that utilizes clever flashcards, quizzes, games and repetition while bringing all of this to you in the most effective way for your pattern of learning.
Polling and Form Tools
Single question online poll or survey.
Zoho Online Form Builder
Lets you build web forms and embed them in your website.
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Mailing List Tools
Bravenet (Mailing List Service)
500 subscriber limit with 1 daily mailing allowed. The mailing list system comes with several ways to build and send your newsletter. The intuitive Email Theme Wizard allows you to style your newsletter around an image. Send and open rates are tracked.
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Online Educational Media Resources
Features over 20,000 videos that are kid-safe, educational, and organized into over 3,000 categories. They allow you to search by age-level, grade, content area, and more.
A not-for-profit service that provides video lectures on an array of subjects such as math, science and the humanities. With more than 2,100 videos available, they range from primary classes, right up to high school and cover numerous steps and difficulties. Click here for the Salman Khan talk at TED.
The largest database of free cultural and educational media in existence.
Open Highschool of Utah
Curriculum is built from open educational resources. These resources are the foundation for their content and are aligned with Utah state standards to ensure the highest quality educational experience. The teachers enhance with screencasts, interactive components, and engaging activities to create high quality curricula for their students.
Creates a much-needed resource for time-strapped teachers in all stages of education and all types of schools, helping them find useful examples of teaching methods along with the support materials they need to implement these methods into their own classrooms.
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Online Document Creation Tools
Allows you to publish books, newsletters, and magazines to a professional looking page turn interface that is iPad and iPod compatible. Lets you distribute your writing to a world wide audience. (See Desktop Publishing in Office Apps Menu)
Allows you to convert the content of a webpage into an ePub format to read on your tablet, phone, or other ereader device. dotEPUB can be used as a browser bookmarklet in Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome.
Scribd lets you publish and discover documents online. It is like a big online library where anyone can upload. There are all sorts of other features that make it easy and fun to publish, convert, embed, analyze, and read documents. Part of the idea behind Scribd is that everyone has a lot of documents sitting around on their computers that only they can read. With Scribd we hope to unlock this information by putting it on the web.
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Online Curation Tools
A tool for online curation that does it all – clipping, aggregation and sharing web content. Click here to view a Sample Bundlr
Often described as Tumblr without the blog. It offers users the opportunity to “be the curator of your favorite topic” and suggests that visitors use the site to “create your topic-centric media by collecting gems among relevant social media streams. Publish it to people sharing the same interest.
Notes in the Clouds
Online Sticky Notes
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Re-Inventing The Textbook
Push Pop Press
A revolutionary e-textbook interface, with animations, video, and interactive infographics. Sadly ,recently bought out by Facebook and further development has stopped. Watch TED Talk by Mike Matas in Mobile Learning page of the "What's Next Menu"
Inkling Interactive Textbooks
Inkling’s technology delivers interactive textbooks that include the ability to collaborate, add multimedia and communicate within content. The startup adds another layer to online textbooks by adding 3-D objects, video, quizzes, and even social interaction within the content.
BioBook eText Evolved
BioBook started as an idea for an iPad application, but evolved into a more accessible tool for the next generation of electronic textbooks. BioBook is cloud-based and can be accessed from any device with an HTML5-compliant browser, including desktop PCs, laptops, iPads and mobile phones. Its node-based framework lets teachers choose and update the content, multimedia and self-assessments their students experience. BioBook was created within a Moodle-based learning management system designed by Odigia.
Computable Document Format (CDF)
You could think of the CDF as a PDF file, only with applications built in. The file has the ability to use computing power within itself. Documents are more interactive and interesting. Have you ever been to a webpage where certain things don’t happen unless you click on something or scroll to something? Those are called dynamic web pages and that’s the element that is involved in the computable document format files.
Wolfram Education Portal
Teachers, are you looking for a new way to integrate technology into your classroom? How about through a dynamic textbook or pre-generated lesson plans? Students, are you looking for some extra help or practice in your classes? How about using interactive demonstrations and widgets to help understand the concepts you are learning? The Wolfram Education Portal is the answer for students and teachers alike!
Best described as customizable, standards-aligned, free digital textbooks for K-12 education. FlexBooks are customizable textbooks that teachers can use online,via flash drives, CD’s, or as printed books. Teachers can even share FlexBooks with other educators and they can also customize them to fit their students, locality, standards, and current events.
Mobile Devices as Instructional Tools
Jackie Gerstein has just published a great free ebook that anyone interested in using mobile devices as instructional tools should read. Mobile Learning Reflections is eighty pages of detailed examples of leveraging mobile devices to create meaningful learning experiences for students.
Computable Document Format (CDF) Info