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REFLECTION FOR CUIN 5331

What were you expecting before starting this course?

– I was expecting to learn new Web 2.0 tools and how to design a website.

What happened during the course?

– I have completed a series of assignments about web design and educational Web 2.0 tool.

What did you learn after the course is done? 

– I learned the principles of efficient web designing, some basic HTML codes, differences and similarities of Wix and Weebly, and new Web 2.0 tools.

Is your understanding of the technology use in education changed?

– Yes, it absolutely changed. I did not know many things about web sites. Now I see how effective it can be in education.

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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.

Online Discussion – Wix versus Weebly

I like Wix more than Weebly. It is easy to use and user friendly. You can figure out how to add text, image or anything else without having a training on it. What you need is in front of you. You do not need to search or try to figure out how to use Wix from other people`s experience. I can say that I was more comfortable while using Wix.  And also, it has so many designs and templates. Designs are very creative and colorful like how I like.

Lets compare the free version of Wix and Weebly. The first item that I want to talk about is popularity.  Wix was founded in 2006, and has over 77 million registered users. It is also a publicly traded companyin the U.S. stock market. On the other hand, Weebly was founded in 2007, and based on most recent press releases, Weebly has over 30 million registered users.

Second item is template design. Wix provides you with over 510 professionally designed templates, across many different industries. This will help you find a suitable design for the industry that you are in. When we look at the Weebly, it gives you over a hundred templates to choose from. However, their designs are not as polished as the templates from Wix.

Third item I want to talk about is drag and drop or ease of use. Wix and Weebly are the easiest website builders to use . You just need to drag in content from the tool bar to built out your site. 

In my opinion, Wix is the best website for small business, blog, education, personal and e-commerce websites. On the other hand, I prefer to use Weebly as an education, blog, personal websites.

Resource

(2015). Wix vs Weebly | 8 Differences You Should Know (Chart). Retrieved February 24, 2016, fromhttp://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-vs-weebly-comparison-chart/.