Clay Shirky‘s TED talk deserves 13 minutes of your time.
Next week I facilitate a workshop designed to assist Year 11 students find some useful online tools to support their learning, especially research, collaboration, organisation, study and presentation.
There will be a very, very brief presentation and overview of each tool and then students will be free to experiment, exploring the tools of use/interest to them.
Do you mind checking out this list and suggesting some more tools?
Also, are any of the below best avoided by Year 11?
Here’s the list
Tame the web
Instapaper: a read later bookmarking service
Readability: remove the clutter around the webpage you’re reading
bit.ly: shorten your links
Sharing & Collaboration
Diigo: another social bookmarking tool
Google Docs: collaborate on documents with peers online at home
Creative Commons for Images and Sound
Creative Commons (Australia): understand licenses
Flickr: the largest photo sharing site
Flickr ‘The Commons’: search the great public photographic collections
Soundzabound: royalty free music for schools
mindmeister: free mindmapping tool
bubbl.us: organise brainstorms
Evernote: synch files with all your devices
Dropbox: free online storage
Netvibes: dashboard everything
iGoogle: customise your homepage with a variety of widgets
Wetpaint: free site where you create websites that mix all the best features of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks
Wordle: generate word clouds
GAPMINDER: unveils the beauty of statistics while revealing trends
Newsmap.jp - a mashup of headlines that shows new patterns
Research & Answers
Google Alerts: keep up to date with topics of interest
Wolfram Alpha: enter what you want to calculate
Project Gutenburg (Australia): free ebooks
bibme: a free automatic bibliography generator
Noodletools: guides you through the research process
BRAINFLIPS: online flashcards
Prezi: astonishing presentations
I like the point Tim’s emphasises, that when, “you develop…deep connections with the people you serve, the ideas that you give them are more likely to spread. We are naturally empathic.”
Relationships with students and colleagues are important for a range of very human reasons. Increasingly neuroscience is revealing, what we already know, that we are softwired to belong.
‘Empathy is the invisible hand’ which allows us to civilise and develop.
When we observe someone else have a feeling, it spreads. We empathise. We imitate what we experience. This can be a positive or negative thing.
Listen closely to the last-minute of this video. The message, we need to rethink the human narrative and how that has led to the evolution of our institutions and ideas on parenting, education and potential.
We need to think as an extended family.
Your thoughts? How could our students and colleagues benefit from this thinking?
I have been encouraging colleagues to participate and collaborate using Google Docs for a number of reasons. Schools are busy places and often, all the stakeholders are not involved in every conversation about the future direction of the school or even more mundane issues that would benefit from more input by staff.
Collaborating with Google Docs will help us to have an open dialogue without having to hold as many expensive meetings.
These short videos will help you to conceptualise what the tool can be used for in our professional lives.
Hat tip to Wesley Fryer for the above video.