Free Apps: Free Course Information: Free Bird

Here’s a link to 25 FREE Web 2.0 Applications. These are all education specific tools that can help to make the online experience so much better. Is your university using any of these? If so, which ones? Do they help?

Web 2.0 Tools for Lifelong & Life Wide Learning is a site worth checking out as well. It is offered as a course, complete with modues, lesson plans and assignments. The site includes a visual document that shows all the pieces and how they interact. Very informative and chock full of easy to understand information. Check it out!

Simple Steps on Getting Noticed

A Special Touch:

Last month, I was the recipient of a book titled, Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg. The book was sent to me by Random House (for free) along with 2 bags of Dove chocolates (dark and milk chocolate!). In the package was a letter telling me to enjoy the book and the chocolates. I was so impressed with the book and chocolate I think I’ve told over a dozen people. Random House has sent me books in the past which I’ve read and passed on but this was a really special.

Share and Share Alike:

In cliffnotebooks.com, the author shares her cliff notes on Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk In addition to her thoughts, she includes a video interview with Gary and Scobelizer discussing social media. Gary offers great information about business, social media, expectations, work ethics and how he made them all work for him.

One Stop Viewing:

I found a site called TubeMogul, it’s like a clearinghouse with statistics tracking all those who view your material. It’s free and organized in a way that will help you remember where you’ve posted, what your passwords are and who’s been looking at your stuff.

Connecting with social networks as a way to learn, listen and grow is an ongoing lesson. Deciding to focus on Facebook or LinkedIn, spend time on Twitter or a little bit of each depends on your audience. The best way to get attention is to mix and match the tools you use and Be Present!

Put Your Fingers on the Keyboard:

The time is now to create a blog, or sign up on a social network site, check into existing videos on YouTube and Flickr and start reading. You’ll soon find a site that you enjoy reading and want to bookmark. When that happens, be sure to click the links on that page as well. And when people write in, follow their links. That’s where the networking begins. Pose a question and you’ll be amazed at the help you’ll get … just be sure to listen and respond!

Online Innovation: Endless Possibilities

endlessImagine you have a blank canvas in front of you and you can create the ideal online class. You can add any Global Web application you choose, include links to existing material, social networks, videos, podcasts, lectures, art, design, color … endless choices.

The canvas would be a work of art, innovation at it’s best, something to long for – right? Well, maybe not. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the online courses are pretty much the same across the country. The learning management systems are hum drum and offer learning via text, email, asynchronous discussion boards or mandatory chat sessions. Marc Parry author of Online Programs: Profits Are There, Innovation is Not, notes the discrepancy between the exciting technology offered at workshops and conferences is missing in the actual platform where classes are offered.

It only takes one university to step outside the box, incorporate global web technology to online classrooms to draw students who are eager to try something new, to feel appreciated and to learn.  Once that happens and students get a taste of what is possible, they will never return to the tired old platform.

A course with color, music, links to social networks, links to experts in the field, links to authors, games that tell stories, stories that teach, existing technology … it’s already there.