Monday, May 18, 2009

Internet and new media for teaching and learning

Today, Freeman and I did a video talk for a faculty development program at SCIT on how teachers can use the Internet and New Media for teaching and learning.


Some useful links for those who are new to this medium.

Google Groups is a good and simple way to start a mailing list.

Google Reader is a good blog reader.

For hosting a blog, I recommend either Blogger or Wordpress to start with. If you want more control, you can download the Wordpress software and install it in your own server.

ITunes is a good client software for listening to podcasts. But ITunes works only on Windows and Mac. For those running Linux, the Miro Player is a good option for video podcasts, and Amarok or JPodder for audio podcasts.

ITunes university has several podcasts hosted by universities worldwide.

If you want to create a podcast, you can use Audacity for recording them and Odeo for free hosting.

Those interested in Twitter can head straight to Twitter.com and here is an article describing how Twitter was used by a professor in the classroom.

To host your bookmarks on the net, you can use Delicious.

Free wiki hosting is available at PBWiki. If you want to install your own wiki, then download Mediawiki, or Twiki.

Moodle is the course management system that we spoke about.

Some educators who have inspired me by sharing their knowledge are: Stephen Downes, Konrad Glogowski, and Leigh Blackall

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