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From the teacher's side of the desk

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INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD
An interactive whiteboard is an instructional tool that is paired with a computer and a digital projector allowing you to display and manipulate the content of your computer screen, so that an entire class can engage with it.
How is it interactive?
The whiteboard functions as a screen, as well as a mouse and a keyboard.
The wand can be used to do things such as:
Write on the board;
Drag and drop content, and
Highlight and annotate essential information.
Your interactions with the content on the screen will be transmitted to your computer and saved there.
Your Head Tutor has written a series of blog posts on interactive whiteboards, which are available online here:
http://www.e4africa.co.za/?page_id=1223
In these posts, he addresses how to use this teaching tool, what the associated costs are, as well as how to get the most value out of it.
Bookmark this valuable resource for future reference.
CLICKER
The clicker, or classroom response system, is a device that allows educators to elicit feedback from their learners in real-time.
Here’s an example of how it can be used:
The educator connects a digital projector to her computer and displays a multiple-choice question.
In response, learners select an answer using a clicker, which transmits a radio signal to the educator’s computer.
Special software on the educator’s computer gathers this data and reproduces it as a bar chart, giving both the educator and the learners a clearer idea of everybody’s answers.
Based on the results of the bar chart, the educator can adapt her instructional strategies in order to improve learners’ understanding of the content.
The clicker is a tool that promotes learner engagement in the classroom and encourages all learners to participate in honest feedback, since their answers are being submitted anonymously. Learners don’t have to raise their hands to be heard, as they would in a traditional classroom.
LAPTOP
A laptop is a teaching tool ideal for two tasks:
1. Preparation:
Typing up lesson or lecture plans, searching online for resources that might enhance your content, and completing administrative tasks in an efficient manner.

2. Presentation:
Presenting lessons or lectures to an entire class by connecting your laptop to a digital projector. This is an especially good option because it allows you to include multimedia in the content.

Your Head Tutor has published a series of blog posts that deal with the costs and benefits associated with owning a laptop, as well as how to become a better laptop user. Remember to bookmark the page:
http://www.e4africa.co.za/?page_id=241

TABLET
Are you at a learning institution where tablets have been dispensed as part of an ICT integration policy?
These initiatives usually frame the tablet as a learning tool intended to personalise each learner’s experience. This will be addressed in Module 4. For now, it is crucial to note that a tablet can also be a teaching tool.
According to The Teacher’s iPad Spectrum, a tablet can help educators to facilitate three kinds of learning activities:
1. Consumption:
Providing learners with access to multimedia
2. Collaboration:
Leveraging collaborative apps for group work
3. Production:
Guiding learners to create new knowledge through apps that allow them to record, edit, capture and collate information
Look at the following examples of how specific apps can be used for each of these learning activities:
http://edudemic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ipadspectrum.pdf
Additionally, look at this cheat sheet for operating an iPad:
http://www.customguide.com/cheat_sheets/ipad-ios7-cheat-sheet.pdf
OERs are resources that are freely accessible or openly licensed in the public domain.This means that you can adapt the resources to suit your own teaching and learning needs. You can even share the resources you’ve adapted as OERs for other educators.
The most common way to identify whether a piece of work or tool is an OER is by checking if it has a Creative Commons (CC) license (check the “Licensing” section of the site where you found the resource). There are several Creative Commons licences available. Find out more here:
http://creativecommons.org/

Here are two popular sites with a veritable plethora of OERs to get you started:
1. Open Culture:

http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

2. OER Commons:

https://www.oercommons.org

Google Drive is a software service offered by Google. It is an application that allows users to share and store files online. You will need to sign up for a (free) Google account in order to use it.
Storing lesson plans, learners’ work, and other educational material;
Providing a space for learners to collaborate, and create and share documents;
Integrating third-party applications to extend the functional possibilities of the tool, and
Ensuring access to educational resources both inside and outside of the classroom.
Have a look at the following ideas for using the application in a classroom:
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/08/38-ideas-to-use-google-drive-in-class.html
As a teaching tool, Google Drive is ideal for:
YouTube is a video-sharing application, which allows users to create, watch and comment on audiovisual media. Apart from being one of the most popular sites on the internet, it is also home to millions of education-related videos.
There are two core ways in which educators can use the application:
1. Sourcing multimedia to enhance the content of lessons and lectures
2. Creating videos of lessons and lectures that can be saved and stored for repeated viewing
Take some time to explore the resources in YouTube’s #Education channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3yA8nDwraeOfnYfBWun83g
WordPress is a content management system, which you will learn more about in Module 9.
It is commonly used as a blogging platform and website-creation tool, making it a great resource for educators looking to engage with their peers. Think of it as an opportunity to connect with like-minded educators and share classroom experiences and resources.
If you’re keen to get started with WordPress, have a look at this beginner’s guide:
http://www.wpbeginner.com/why-you-should-use-wordpress/

If you’re already a veteran user of the software, check out this site for ideas on using WordPress to achieve educational objectives:
https://wordpress.com/classrooms/
Skype is a free software service used for voice and video communication.
Apart from communication, it is ideal for two other types of learning activities:
Collaboration:
Educators can use Skype to arrange a meeting between their class and a class in another area of the country or the world.
Connection:
Through Skype, educators can help their classes to connect with experts in a particular subject area or profession in real-time. They could conduct interviews or host guest lecturers, who would not need to go through the expense of travel.
Look at Skype in the Classroom, a social network for educators and learners looking to enrich the teaching and learning experience:
http://blogs.skype.com/tag/skype-in-the-classroom/
Twitter is an influential social media site – think of it as a digital megaphone for internet users.
Such is the importance of the site that Edudemic has created an entire guide for those keen to use Twitter as a teaching tool:
http://www.edudemic.com/guides/guide-to-twitter/
The site offers hundreds of thousands of examples of connectivist communities.
Consider a fashionista who has a following of 100,000 people.
Her Twitter account is the educational context which all those followers have been initially drawn to. Her tweets are the knowledge they came in search of. But there are opportunities for those followers to form smaller networks within the community, and to join larger networks outside of it, that focus on a different aspect of fashion, the content area.
http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/
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