April 23, 2010
Looking for a killer ipod app that has both educational value AND ease of use? Consider Audioboo! For faculty that encourage students to record audio for language activities, reflective journaling or even field interviews, Audioboo does all of this AND publishes it to Twitter DIRECTLY from your iPod, iPhone or web browser.
If you’re familiar with using Wimba Voice or NanoGong in Blackboard or Moodle, then you have an idea of how Audioboo works by recording audio directly through the web. Audioboo’s can be embedded in blogs, just like other types of publishable social media, however it only allows the author to record up to 5 minutes.
There’s definitely relevance for courses that require students to practice their dialect and intonation (think German 101), but it can also be used for museum tours or courses that requires students to be “in the community”. Additionally, it can be used as an assistive technology that can accompany text documents (see example below). Take a look at the application and let us know how YOU would use AudioBoo? For Richmond faculty who are interested in using iPod’s AND audioboo in your courses, feel free to contact your technology liaison.
April 21, 2010
“… Google Wave dumps everything into a one-stop Web 2.0 sandbox of audio and video and text.” -Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education
Google Wave links:
- How to Teach with Google Wave (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Univ. of Illinois at Springfield uses Google Wave for online teaching
- 5 Tips for using Google Wave to write an academic paper
- 25 Tips for students and teachers using Google Wave
- The ultimate Google Wave guide for students: 100 tips, tools and tricks
- The first Google Wave search you must know (Lifehacker)
- Google Wave 101 (Lifehacker) - keyboard shortcuts, filters, etiquette
April 5, 2010
When approaching the challenge of integrating new technological devices into classroom instruction, consideration has to be given to the content that is being taught, the instructional method or pedagogy that will be utilized and the affordances and considerations of the new device. Teaching requires complex skills to integrate multiple types of knowledge within a short amount of time and “…in an ill-structured, dynamic environment” (Mishra & Koehler, 2006). Therefore, frameworks assist educators in the integration of multiple bodies of knowledge. Read more