Learning experience with technologies

Once you have started the first post in your blogfolio, one might gradually focus on the richness of content, writing style, availability of widgets in the selected theme, the feedback from audience or compatibility of Internet browser(s). Recently I found w3schools did a detailed comparison on the usage of the common Web browsers while I always recommend my students considering different Web browsers when their work is becoming available in the World.

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Using an instant chatting tool on the Web is no longer new for collaborative work with the emerging ICT technologies. With the concept of Web 2.0, collaboration is much meaningful and practical with a multifunctional online collaborative whiteboard. By using Dabbleboard, teachers are able to discuss and share files in a common Web space instantly, but also request students to express and contribute ideas collaboratively. The most distinctive feature is that the brainstormed ideas could be saved as an image into your hard drive. I have attached the workshop handout for the application of Dabbleboard and you may try this Web application by your own and I am sure you can manage it within a couple of hours.

Download: Web 2.0 for Learning

Apart from introducing the whiteboard, some Web 2.0 ideas for learning and teaching have also been discussed as below:

Last week I have introduced my students about using e-portfolio.  I emphasised that “Joy of teaching and learning” is an essential ingredient for a teaching e-portfolio.  However, student-teachers would think that an easy-to-use system is crucial for capturing the learning and teaching experience – i.e. user-friendliness with a shorter learning curve could probably facilitates “a true learning”.

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In Hong Kong, the New Senior Secondary (NSS) Curriculum has been implemented in September 2009.  Besides the core subjects, students have to show their abilities in Other Learning Experiences (OLE).  Students are supposed to spend 15-35% of the learning time which is far from the scopes of formal learning in the previous curriculum.  To help students to build up their profiles in senior secondary years with Web 2.0 technologies, teachers could make use of e-portfolios or other Web tools.  Teachers can facilitate students by introducing a blog system as an e-portfolio for the creation of Student Learning Profile (SLP).  With the highly available WiFi networks and affordable price of mobile devices, students will be able to access and develop their blogs at any time and in any place.

Presentation 2.0

A couple of weeks ago when I was preparing an orientation session for the new students, I hesitated whether using PowerPoint or the other digital formats. I happened to find a Web application namely SlideRocket with more distinctive transition effects so I have incorporated my content with some music (at the moment I have disabled this feature as below):

Using SlideRocket is simple just by importing the original PowerPoint file from your local directory (see the panel below). Most of the slide content (PowerPoint 2007) is retained (but not all fonts). You can further edit the content in the panel and the slide transition effects are wonderful and comparable with Keynote in Mac.

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The post is titled as “Presentation 2.0” due to SlideRocket is a kind of Web 2.0 tool. Just want to share my students that many options are available for a digital presentation!

I have been teaching my students to use Viviti for blogging since last semester. Until now the feedback is quite positive on the functionality and navigation.

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Thanks for Jerrett, a very responsive developer and their teammates (You can find a very innovative pic of them in the Viviti blog!), they answered members’ questions all the time. For example, some of my students forgot to select a plan after the 15-day trial period and cannot sign in the accounts, the team fixed the issues within a couple of days upon requests!

By the way, Viviti is a very stable (never experience a down time till now) and fast system (provided that you have a stable Internet connection) incorporating with many Web 2.0 features like easy embedding YouTube, Twitters and Google Map. Although the user interface (UI) is designed in English, the most delighted feature to my teaching is that it supports Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters which facilitates my students to blog everywhere with an Internet connection.

Be reminded that the system is more compatible with Firefox with Adobe Player.