Faculty Web Resources
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- Media Sharing
- Social networking and Communication
Diigo is a free social bookmarking, research, and knowledge sharing tool. It allows you to bookmark your favorite websites and organize them with tags on the web. It takes the place of saving your bookmarks in the traditional way in your browser. Diigo also allows you to take personal notes and highlight text on web pages just as you would highlight text on a piece of paper. You can then bookmark and save this information for further review, while adding tags to keep everything organized. In bookmarking this information, you can also choose to share with colleagues and friends to allow them to access the web page and view your notes and highlights All of this information is also saved online and can be accessed by any computer or browser, including cell phones with browsing capabilities. Since it is “social”, you can connect with other Diigo users in your field and browse their bookmarks as well.
LiveBinders is a free, virtual 3-ring binder that you create on the web. You can collect resources, organize them on tabbed pages, upload documents and images, and curate your information neatly on a website. The binders can be shared or set to private. In addition to creating a binder, you can search other LiveBinders to locate content resources for your courses as well. LiveBinders are organized by content or can be searched via the search box. http://www.livebinders.com/shelf/featured
Dropbox is free virtual storage that allows you to store and optionally share files, images and video anywhere in the cloud. Files are uploaded and then shared with others via a link or email invite. Dropbox is a great way to backup your files and also provides a way for you to share files outside of Moodle.
Rubistar is a free online tool that creates grading rubrics. While it was developed for the K-12 environment, the rubric maker can be used for anyone who wants to utilize a rubric to provide communication about the expectations of projects and assignments. You can create an account and store your rubric permanently on the Rubistar website or create a temporary one that can be downloaded and saved to Excel or Word.
Crowdmap is a free tool that allows you to crowdsource information. You can collect information from cell phones, news, and the web, aggregate it and visualize it on a map and timeline. From mapping crisis information to curating local information, this is a great 21st century resource to collect and analyze real-time data.
OurDocuments features 100 milestone documents from the National Archives. The timeline of the documents spans from the 1776 Lee Resolution to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The website has many features for integrating the use of technology into the teaching and learning process.
EDUCAUSE ELI is a Resource Library that provides an extensive variety of member resources to help advance learning through information technology innovation. The site includes publications, blogs and the famous 7 Things series. Want to learn how a 3D printer works? How about Projecting From Mobile Devices or the Evolution of the Textbook? Check out the 7 Things You Should Know series. http://www.educause.edu/eli/publications?filters=sm_cck_field_super_facet%3A%22EDUCAUSE%20Library%20Items%22%20tid%3A33152%20tid%3A33438
EDUCAUSE Review is an open access, digital publication from Educause. It publishes articles that take a broad look at current developments and trends in information technology, how they may affect the college/university as an institution, and what these mean for higher education and society.
Khan Academy videos cover topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and math, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer. While it was developed for the K-12 student in mind, many of the videos contain information that is helpful for review for students of any age. Khan Academy videos are viewed by students all over the world and is utilized by our tutoring center on campus for the Math content.
Glogster is a unique visual network based on the creation and sharing of Glogs – interactive posters loaded with text, graphics, music, videos, links, and more. Think of poster sessions at a conference, add interactive features, and you have a Glog. There are 2 versions: Glogster.com and Glogster.edu. While the .edu version is geared towards students in K-12 classroom, both contain templates that assist student in creating dynamic, interactive online posters to present information in any educational environment. Glogs are a 21st century way for students to present information.
Infogram gives you and your students the ability to create infographics. Infographics are creative posters that display text, graphics, images, and stats in a way that is easy to read. Check out the infographic titled What Infographics Are. There are some excellent examples of educational infographics available online.
Wordle creates word clouds based on lists of words. The more frequently used words appear larger than those that are used infrequently. Wordle allows you to import your own list of words but you can also take the list from a speech, blog, website or any other place and use the cloud to analyze the text and the implications of the word frequency. Google Wordle for the Classroom to find ideas on how to use this tool in the classroom.
QR Codes is short for Quick Response Codes. While the original use was for the automotive industry, QR Codes are being adopted by businesses and have also found their way into the classroom. QR Codes can contain 160 characters and a simple Smart Phone application scans and decodes the message. Use them on your syllabus, office door, classroom website, assignment sheets, or any place where you want to communicate a message or a website link. They are free to make and the app that decodes them is free as well. Google “using QR codes in the classroom” and you will find thousands of creative ideas.
Bubbl.us is a free, online mind mapping tool that creates simple, graphical diagrams that may assist learners to understand concepts and ideas. Mind maps are good for teachers to use to explain information and also for students to be able to show that they have learned concepts in the class.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation program that uses a single canvas rather than multiple slides to create a dynamic, non-linear presentation. The presentation can be stored online but can also be downloaded and saved outside of the Prezi website. Albright offers 1 hour workshops to get you up to speed on this innovative program. Check out the training calendar to locate the dates and times.
Twitter is a social networking, microblogging service that allows users to connect and post short messages of 140 characters or less. Messages posted to twitter should be organized using # (hashtags). Users can use the hashtags to locate information about a particular topic they are interested in. Many think of twitter as a toy that is utilized by the entertainment industry but Twitter is more than that. Look at the Twitter Higher Ed Directory to connect with people around the globe that share your common interests. Albright offers training on getting you started with Twitter. Check out the training calendar to locate the dates and times.
PollEverywhere is an online audience response system that uses cell phones, twitter and the web to gather responses to questions. This is a great formative assessment tool. The free version of PollEverywhere allows you to create multiple choice and open ended questions. Students simply text the answer to the account that you create and the results are displayed in realtime for the class. No special software is needed to create the questions. This is a viable alternative to the clickers that are available on campus. Albright offers 1 hour workshops to show you how easy it is to use this program. Check out the training calendar to locate the dates and times.
AnswerGarden is a tool that can help you quickly collect feedback from your students, brainstorm ideas or collect information and display information in a dynamic word cloud. AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. It can be used for online brainstorming or can also be embedded on your website or blog.
We, the staff of Albright College Information Technology Services strive to provide timely, seamless information services and technology support to our campus community. We would love to hear from you if you have comments or suggestions.