I have used a wiki prior to this in the TPTE 486 course, but I don’t believe it was on this site. I’ve always been weary of counting on other people to do their part, but both sections came through (in creating the front page and organizing themselves in the contact page). In this particular wiki, I learned about may useful tools that I may be able to use in the classroom. Animaps was a very interesting tool, though difficult to use. I’d love to be able to make it work, but it seems that I’ll have to spend a little more time with it. Tagxedo and Blabberizer could be interesting things to use in the classroom as well. I also hope to be able to master Dipity (or get it to accept dates BCE) to use in powerpoints and visualize timelines for students.
I don’t believe I’ll be able to use a class wiki in my classroom. Computers are not readily available for checkout everyday, and less than 1/2 of the students in the school have internet access at home.
I just finished creating a multitude of polls and quizzes on Polldaddy.com. This is the first time I’ve ever created a poll on this site and I learned today all that I know about it; it is very useful. A site that I frequent (Profootballtalk.com) uses these polls, and WordPress, very often. In a classroom setting, this could be used to give classroom polls (similar to clickers on a smartboard), among many other things.
Here is a poll example:
In addition to using Polldaddy, I also created an image using Tagxedo:
It’s a picture of my favorite philosopher, Bertrand Russell, along with a list of his quotes.
This is the first time I’ve used this tool, and was pretty lost at first. I completed the assignment, but Google Reader seems complicated for the sake of being complicated. Hopefully this is something they will remedy in future updates. Most of these feeds are full of things I don’t care to read; there is much searching involved when trying to find useful articles. Using this in the classroom could yield positive results. I could see how having a list of useful feeds and such would be a great resource for students.
I have never used this tool before, and honestly didn’t know of its existence until last week when we talked about it in class. I feel as though it’s a pretty useful feature to have all my information in one place. Still, as convenient as the information is, I don’t really like it. I still like to navigate my favorite pages, and if I want to find the information I’m looking for, I can just use my toolbar.
I’m not entirely sure how I’d use this in my own classroom. I don’t really see any educational merits to it, though I could be wrong. This seems more like a leisure tool than anything that would assist me in the classroom.