This last week, I’ve begun to investigate tools to use for my module and how to present information online in a variety of modalities. I’ve come to the realization that just like in a traditional classroom, the way that information is presented should be varied. It would be tough to classify a teacher as exceptional if all he or she did was stand up and lecture in each class. I believe this holds true for online learning. To be great, you must have variety in your teaching strategies. When starting an online course, I was naïve as to the options out there for presenting new information in a digital format. After researching and playing around on different sites, I have compiled a list that caught my attention and included a brief synopsis of each.
Prezi: A very visual style of presenting information that excels at showing how multiple topics are all related or interconnected. Great for visual learners and easy to implement audio narration as well.
Ppt. Mashup: Although a bit more abstract than having a website to assist you, this appears to be about the closest delivery method to a traditional classroom. A nice way to keep learners engaged and still present text/graphs/data in a visual manner. Any video editing software should be able to help create this combination of video, slide and audio. I will be attempting mashups with adobe premier pro. I have not tried it yet, but I am very excited about the prospects.
Video: Fairly straightforward, but a great way to engage students, whether it is an original video or something you have found in the infinite space of the world wide web.
Audio: Audio can be a great tool in supplementing lessons and providing reminders. It can definitely create a more intimate class setting than simply seeing the same old announcement messages come up. After playing with audio, I have found that a good microphone makes all the difference and audio editing software makes life much easier.
Written Documents: Tried and true. Obviously can be used just like in a traditional classroom. Documents can provide students with an opportunity for them to peruse the information themselves and then determine what is important.
Animoto: This is a video website that I’ve used in the past to create glorified slideshows. I’m not exactly sure of the educational applications at this moment, but I’m sure they’re out there!
Glogster: A cool site that allows you to create a poster that has the potential to implement audio and video. Again, like prezi, it is very visual and presents information in a dynamic and interesting manner.
These are a few of the options I have come across in the last week or two. If you have any tools that you love or are interested in using to convey content, please share!
It’s exciting that there are so many ways to help students get the point.