Top 100 tools for learning

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Gráinne Conole
12 September 2009

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Rebecca Galley
2:50pm 14 September 2009

I've added a link to the Livescribe smart pen (above). In terms of accessibility for people who don't make notes quickly, this tool looks amazing and not too horribly pricey (approx £150)

Gráinne Conole
7:24pm 14 September 2009

Hi hadn't come across this, looks reallly interesting. Another one is mac dictate (have added a link) - for converting speach into text. Interestingly I found I couldn't work with this as I clearly co-construct my ideas/thoughts i word + powerpoint....

Antonella Esposito
4:33pm 26 October 2009 (Edited 4:35pm 26 October 2009)

There are some tools and services aiming to go beyond podcasting, which fosters creativity in audio production but doesn’t facilitate collaboration.

Among them I find amazing VoiceThread (included in the Top 100 and pointed ot by Horizons Report 2009). It is a Web 2.0 hosted service that has been reinventing the slide-type presentations to a whole new level (see as an example “Wondering about Web 2.0”. It is a sort of online media album that allows people to make comments, either audio or text or via webcam, and overall share them with anyone they wish, embed them in other web 2.0 websites, such as Facebook, Blogger, Moodle, export them off-line. I think VoiceThread has excellent potentialities for teaching/learning activities such as:

- group blogging sparked by a teacher’s prompt;
- to sum up in a unique place a group work;
- to ask students/peers/experts for a quick audio/video/text comment on a slide show/individual question before a presentation;
- collaborative digital storytelling.
The website provides an interesting Library of case studies in higher education, with the related VoiceThread products: for instance, see Higher Education online technologies , in which a graduate students’ team report about their analysis of some collaborative online tools.
You can sign in and freely use the service in its basic features: I easily tried it with my MacBook Pro and I didn’t need to browse the very good tutorials that support users. The other side of the coin is that most of the advanced (and intribguing) features are available only in the fee-based versions.
I'll search for other stories of use.

Gráinne Conole
12:46pm 27 October 2009

thanks for the info re: voice thread it sounds amazing - am going to go and have a play ;-)

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