Online Discussion 3: WEB 2.0-Productivity Applications

Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which device is used to view it. Files placed in this folder are also accessible via the Dropbox website and mobile apps. Dropbox uses a freemiumbusiness model, wherein users are offered a free account with a set storage size and paid subscriptions for accounts with more capacity.The first thing to do is to create a sharing folder for each class you teach so you can make information available to your students (PowerPoints, hand-outs, reading assignments, whatever). Advantages are user friendly, free.

Quizlet is an online learning tool created by Andrew Sutherland. Quizlet has over 100 million user-generated flashcard sets and more than 40 million monthly visitors . It now ranks among the top 50 websites in the U.S. As a memorization tool, Quizlet lets registered users create “sets” of terms customized for their own needs. These sets of terms can then be studied under several study modes. In Flashcards, users are shown a “card” for each term. Users can click to flip over the card, or use their arrow keys, and see the definition for that term. In Learn, users are shown a term or definition and must type the term or definition that goes with what is shown. After entering their answer, users see if their answer was correct or not, and can choose to override the automatic grading and count their answer as right if needed. In Speller, the term is read out loud and users must type in the term with the correct spelling. In Gravity, definitions scroll vertically down the screen in the shape of asteroids. The user must type the term that goes with the definition before it reaches the bottom of the screen. It is one of the ‘Play’ study modes. In Scatter,  users are presented with a grid with terms scattered around it. Users drag terms on top of their associated definitions to remove them from the grid, and try to clear the grid in the fastest time possible. As a foreign language teacher, I use quizlet beginning of the subject for the target words` definitions. And end of the subject, I make students take the test on quizlet to make a review about the parts students know the best.  Advantages are free, user friendly, games for users.

 

Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. The app allows users to create a “note” which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notebooks can be added to a stack while notes can be sorted into a notebook, tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched, and exported as part of a notebook. Using Evernote as a standards database: Compile standards of achievements for your particular grade or subject. You can even share them with teachers, parents, administrators and students using Evernote’s sharing features. If you use the summer break or vacations to improve your skills or continue your education, keep all your notes, resources, lessons and new ideas learned in Evernote. This also works well for teacher in-services, conferences, workshops and seminars that you attend. And also, keep all of the handouts, worksheets, templates, study guides and assignments that you frequently use in Evernote, where they are easily searchable and accessible. Advantages are free, user friendly.

Resources:

(2011). Dropbox (service) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 13, 2016, fromhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dropbox_(service).

2012). Dropbox: A Superb Classroom Tool – Powerful Learning … Retrieved March 13, 2016, fromhttp://plpnetwork.com/2012/08/10/dropbox-a-superb-classroom-tool/.

(2011). Quizlet – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 13, 2016, fromhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quizlet.

(2012). 10 Tips for Teachers Using Evernote – Education Series … Retrieved March 13, 2016, fromhttps://blog.evernote.com/blog/2011/01/13/10-tips-for-teachers-using-evernote-education-series/.

(2011). Evernote – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 13, 2016, fromhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evernote.

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