This session focuses on Web 2.o Tools and social networks as a way of helping students engage with your content, share content they have created, and to add to the classroom dialogue.
PearlTrees: Dynamic site that allows teachers and students to gather and house valuable information in an organized and social setting. Students and teachers can gather websites into one strand, and then have others comment on each “pearl” before, during or after a presentation. PearlTrees is also a very effective tool for flipping the classroom since it is a multi-platform tool including apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Evernote: Note-taking, sharing and organizational tool. Evernote is used widely in colleges and universities to share handouts, receive feedback, and organize notes and websites. Evernote offers the ability to include text, photos and audio within the same note. Notes can be shared in a variety of ways including Twitter and on blogs.
ShowMe: ShowMe can be used as a social network or simply as a creative app. Students and teachers use the app as a virtual whiteboard that allows one to record a “video” while drawing or writing on the screen. The finished product can be shared via various social networks, or can be embedded on a blog.
Hootsuite: This app is a powerhouse for Twitter users. It allows the user to aggregate data, conduct and store searches, follow/unfollow other users. The overwhelmingly positive feature of the app is the convenience of looking at important streams in one place.