May 23

cool tools 2013

Here is my “Top 10″ list for 2013:

  1. netvibes – blog aggregator
  2. facebook
  3. google hangouts
  4. pinterest – – virtual pin board. A content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboard. Also includes standard social networking features. Soon there will be Learnist – for educators.
  5. tweetchat – synchronous online chat
  6. social reading with diigo – collaborative joint annotation/mark-up of  course readings.
  7. audioboo –  a mobile & web platform that  allows you to record and upload audio.
  8. scoopit – visual curration platform
  9. openstudy – peer study groups.
  10. studyblue – online flash cards, sharing, social networking.
  11. – asynchronous video interaction/converation
  12. zotero – annotated bibliography / citation tool.

Cool tools 2012
Cool tools 2011
Cool tools 2010
Cool tools 2009
Cool tools 2008

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July 6

learning activities feedback

Below you will find individual podcast episodes of my feedback for you on your learning activities assignment from module 3. I would encourage you to listen to the feedback and incorporate it into your “build it” assignment for this module as you build the learning activities into your course shell. I would also encourage you listen to the feedback podcast episodes other than your own.


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July 14

Tools I use to enhance my instruction-to engage online learners

I use a variety of web2.0 tools external to the Moodle course management system in this course:

  • to enhance the presentation of course content,
  • to faciltitae your engagement and interaction with course material and with your classmates,
  • to provide you with access to course materials beyond the end of the term, and
  • to expose you to tools and utilities that may have potential to enhance instruction.
  1. voicethread – an online media album of any type of media (images, documents and videos). Used in this course as an ice-breaking activity. This example uses a video of my daughter introducing me from her perspective.
  2. diigo – social bookmarking tool. Used to bookmark, highlight, and comment upon and share references used in the course. Also used to create a dynamic link roll of resources that auto-displays latest additions to the shared class annotated bibliography of resources currated by the course participants – that remains available to students beyond the end of the term.
  3. edublogs – education-focused blog. Used in this course to keep metacognitive journals and reflections/feedback on the online teaching and learning experiences. I an example blog for the course, where i model blogging, link to student blogs, and post student feedback:
  4. netvibes – to aggregate and display student blogs.
  5. twitter – micro blog. Used in this course for newsflash type announcements, questions, interaction.!/alexpickett/etap-640-summer-2012 and
  6. jing – a screen capture tool used to provide instructions, feedback, and clarification. (i also use screencast-o-matic for 15-minute screencasts)
  7. screencast – a Techsmith repository affiliated with the jing project that gives me the ability to create a playlist of my “how-to” videos in my course.
  8. meebome – an IM utility to facilitate synchronos extemporaneous interaction from the course homepage and course blog site. Now using digsby as an alternative to meebome.
  9. audacity – an audio recording utility used in the course to record audio comments and interviews with exemplar online faculty.
  10. podomatic – a podcasting utility used to deliver the audio feedback created with audacity to you. See podcasted student feedback examples on course learning activities.
  11. youtube – to record and view course-related video materials. – online asynchronous video discussion to bring “rockstars” into the class and blur the boundaries of the online learning classroom environment “box”. See also the course videos playlist.
  12. vimeo – to post course-related video materials. See the screencasted feedback course reviews.
  13. voki – a speaking avatar used for announcements in this course. Example: Welcome to ETAP640!
  14. breeze – used to create voice-annotated powerpoint course materials.
  15. polldaddy – survey tool used to collect feedback from students on the course.
  16. rate my professor – professor rating tool.
  17. jumpscam – a QR code generator used to create a scan-able QRcode with information about this course.
  18. vyou – conversational video used to ask and answer questions.


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July 12

learning activities feedback

Hi there!

Here you will find the feedback on the module 3 learning activities assignment. I recommend that listen to each others feedback.

Below you will find a playlist of podcasted feedback for your Module 3 learning activities assignment. Scroll the playlist to find your name, select it, and it will auto launch the podcast for you to listen to your feedback.

You can also access your feedback via a playlist found here:

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June 28

Course Info Feedback

Hi there!

Here you will find the feedback on this assignment. I recommend that listen to each others feedback especially Joan, Joy, Melissa and/or Mike’s. The feedback at this stage is fairly general and would apply and be informative to everyone in the class. If you have not yet, please enroll in each others courses so you can see what and how your classmates are doing in their own courses. : ) me

Below you will find a playlist of podcasted feedback for your Module 2 course info assignment. Scroll the playlist to find your feedback. Select the one with your name. It will auto launch the podcast for you to listen to your feedback.

You can also access your feedback via a playlist found here:

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April 12

Top 10 CoolTools for 2010

Here is my “Top 10” list for 2010:

  1. posterous – one post to posterous goes everywhere on the web. Email stuff to posterous and it goes everywhere! simple.
  2. dropbox – dropbox is software that lets you store, share, back up and sync your files online and across computers. Even more freaking amazing than! thanks to Denis Sambursky!
  3. ning – a social platform.
  4. evernote– an online notebook. Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot.
  5. etherpad – online wordprocessor that lets you share docs and collaborate in REAL TIME.
  6. alternative, the difference is that the words in the tag cloud generated are clickable!!! See this example.
  8. – formerly meeid, this is an incredibly beautiful online social media aggregator to use as a slick online résumé or personal website –
  9. – seriously cool qr code generator (thanks! @stevier ) now all i need is a cell phone : )
  10. animoto – unreal online slideshow, e.g.,

These are also on my waiting list…

  1. nanogong
  2. wiffiti
  4. glogster

Cool tools 2009

Cool tools 2008

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January 22

teaching outside the “box”

Alexandra M. Pickett

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