After reviewing the "Top 100 Tools for learning", compiled by Jane Hart I was surprised to learn that I already use so many of them. I don't think of myself as a techie at all but this proved to me how much technology has become a part of my everyday life. Though I use many of these tools personally I am only beginning to explore which ones I'd want to use as a teacher and how I could integrate them to enhance student learning. I also learned of a few tools that I was not aware of and I'm looking forward to trying an audio recording/editing tool called Audacity. I feel that it's a good idea to stay current on lists like these each year to know what tools are considered the best for learning.
I like You Tube as a source for enjoyment and learning both personally and professionally. Here I posted one of my favorite songs performed live by Bob Marley.
Web 2.0 offers the world of education an opportunity to become more student-centered. It provides the learner with connectivity, sharing and collaborating between users on the web. With more access to technology and its applications, teachers and students are creatively changing the way we learn. E-learning has become a large industry, therefore more tools will be continually developed and applied to education. We'll need to be adaptable and continually search for new ways to integrate these tools with our curriculum.
I'm all for learning about tools that can help me become more productive with my life. I've used mind mapping sites before to plan units of inquiry however I had found it sometimes confusing to use so I was excited to learn of bubbl.us, a brainstorming tool that's simpler to use and record my ideas. I plan on using it to help organize my thoughts when I write papers and plan for future units when teaching. I also enjoyed the idea of dreaminder. Type a dream to your future self and then select the time you want it to be sent to back to your email. Simple to use but effectively gets me to think about my goals and the time it will take to accomplish them. The thing with productivity tools that's a little tough is the fact that there's so many available a lot of time needs to be invested searching before I find the one that works best for me.
Podcasting is a method for adding audio to a blog. It's convenient so student's can listen anywhere at anytime with a mobile device. A teacher who podcast may reach more student's more often because of the accessibility to information extending beyond the classroom. I could use a podcast to introduce a topic of an upcoming unit, providing student's with background information without taking class time. I could also use it to give feedback on a performance or introduce an assignment. Student's could also podcast and record what they have learned or what further questions they have. They could all then upload and share the podcast in a digital class folder where student's could access and listen to each other at anytime. Convenience, accessibility, increase in auditory and oral presentation skills as well as extending student learning beyond the classroom are all good reasons for me to adapt to the use of podcasting in education.