Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cloud Tools for Teaching & Learning

A recent query on this topic in the New Media Consortium (NMC) Technology Advisory Board List resulted in a number of interesting responses:


I am updating my presentation on teaching and learning tools from the cloud with a specific focus on, “Low/No costs, Little Support Required”. In addition to the usefulness of these tools, I am looking at the equal consideration that should be given to product costs and to the effort required to support these tools with our campus environment.

An example of some of the tools that I like and that meet the low support criteria are: VoiceThread, aniMOTO, gabCAST, the livescribe pen, ustream. (to name a few) What are some of the useful tools that you feel meet this criteria and have value? Any thoughts?

Thanks, in advance.
Steven A. Terry
Director, Technology Utilization
The University of Memphis
AD 377
Memphis, TN 38152
Lately I've been incorporating, or planning to incorporate:
xTimeline: http://www.xtimeline.com/
Google Maps: http://maps.google.com/
Utterli: http://www.utterli.com/
TextReminders: http://textreminders.net/
The first three are all tools I've been having student use for multi-modal composition/alternative assessments (aka, you tired of reading boring/bad term/research papers?).

Some of my favorites that I have used recently are Jing (techsmith) http://www.jingproject.com/ , vuvox http://www.vuvox.com/ , cfkeep http://www.cfkeep.org/static/index.html pachyderm http://www.pachyforge.org/ , eXe http://exelearning.org/ , create comics http://pixton.com/ Poll everywhere http://www.polleverywhere.com/ Have not paid for any of them.

I haven’t tried this next one, but it looks like it is a comer. Build a web site from and for your cell phone: http://www.mobisitegalore.com/index.html

Anne-Marie Armstrong, PhD
Instructional Systems Designer
Office for Teaching and Learning
Technology Research Center, P/K Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202

I've been interested in Drop.io http://drop.io/; Zoho http://www.zoho.com/; and Tonido http://www.tonido.com/

Pam Patterson
Instructional Technology Group
Yale University

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