Tools and Resources relating to: Participate in Debate
Medium - Medium is a publishing platform with a social twist. The platform has 120 million readers that are able to directly follow the publisher or the writer they want and read their articles. The platform encourages writers from all over the world to become a member and publish on its platform. The social aspect of the platform makes it easy for readers to follow the writers. The more followers you have, more widely your work will get published. The writers can also choose to publish freely or for a fee. This management is done by the Medium platform that has either free membership of paid membership with only the paid members able to view materials that demand fees.
Hoax or Fact - Hoax or Fact is an attempt to spread knowledge and wisdom. To bring out the truths and facts behind all kinds of online rumors and hoax messages. The people, at Hoax or Fact, research, and analysis of various online issues in-depth, so as to put a check on all kinds of online spammers, thus preventing their unfair motives. They thrive to encourage healthy wisdom.
Their main goal is to educate Internet users by exposing all kinds of scams, viruses, deceptions, misconceptions, misbeliefs, and unfair hoaxes and rumors. This way, they educate, alert, and save the internet users from unwanted dangers and frauds online.
They also provide necessary safety measures and tips to avoid any kind of damage from these online hoax messages.
Hoax or Fact
Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence – 10 Principles & 51 Strategies -
This Quick Reference / Best Practice Card for online discussions is adapted from "The Professor’s Manual," by Victoria Nesnick, a Higher Education Faculty Development Consultant. The guide provides research-based guiding principles and strategies to help create and maintain effective presence and interaction between facilitators and participants as related to online discussion board participation.
This resource has been made available with Dr. Nesnick's permission. An entire collection of resources are available through her website: https://www.victorianesnick.com
Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence - 10 Principles & 51 Strategies
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BigBlueButton - BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system. In addition to various web conferencing services.
BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for the presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents.
Slido - Slido is a web-based Q&A and Polling platform to engage an audience with live questions and polls.
Everybody can ask and vote for the best questions. Question and poll results are updated live on the interactive wall. Ask questions, vote in polls and be a part of the conversation at the event you’re attending. Visit the Slido website or download the Slido app and join an event by simply typing in the event code. No registration is required. Slido is an easy to use Q&A and polling platform.
Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language.
Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!
Equity Maps - Equity Maps is an iPad app to trace and assess interaction, performance, and involvement in class or group discussions. Chart & record the interactions to graphically illustrate levels of participation. Use in class discussions to encourage equitable dialogue, promote wider collaboration. Questions this app can help you address include:
Is everyone sharing air-time?
Is someone with many ideas a little too quiet?
Is there someone who can't keep quiet?
Is the teacher doing most of the talking?
Keywords: diversity, inclusion, gender equity
NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites. The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.
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Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!
SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle.
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Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
Facebook - Facebook is a well-known and free to use social networking platform. Utilizing Facebook can help you connect, share and market to people. User groups based on common interests, workplace, and more can provide you new methods to communicate. Now very often seen in news media, Facebook and other social media platforms are commonly used to give voice to social issues, customize marketing on an individual level, and further the spread of both news and fake news.
Facebook tutorial - This tutorial will walk you through the set-up process, available features through the privacy settings and controls, essential to any social media platform.
Branding in the age of social media - Learn more about branding yourself via social media from this Harvard Business Review article.
Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Media, Social Media
Twitter - First reactions and breaking news flood Twitter as soon as they happen. With only a limited number of characters per tweet, Twitter users need to be brief and meaningful when composing. Official hashtags make conference tweeting is yet another place conversations (both professional and social) are held.
Wired article to help you get up to speed on using Twitter.
100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education, By Order of Difficulty
Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Social Media
Doodle - Doodle is an online scheduling tool that can be used quickly and easily to find a date and time to meet with multiple people. First you suggest dates and times for your event participants to choose from, then Doodle creates a polling calendar that can be sent to participants for feedback. As each participant selects the dates and times from the polling calendar that he or she is free, Doodle aggregates the responses and tells you which option works best for everyone.
Getting everyone on the same page is hard enough with just five other coworkers, let alone fifty new volunteers you may have never met. Doodle can be a valuable tool for coordinating a large event like volunteer training as well as a small event like a monthly meeting with the board.
Doodle Help and Learning - Help with a section ...
Skype - Skype is a well-known standard in video-calling.
Skype provides video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, and mobile devices via the Internet. Premium subscriptions or Skype credit also allows calls to be placed to regular telephones
Skype for Business is a subscription service that many schools and organizations subscribe to at an enterprise level. Skype for Business provides a number of additional features such as increased number of people joining online meetings, improved security as well as integration into Office programs. If an organization subscribes to Skype for Business internal technical support may be available.
Skype for Business
Skype for Business on Windows Quick Start - This Microsoft support page will help you get started using this tool.
Lync - Lync is the complimentary software of Skype for Business for the Macintosh platform.
Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video, Online Group Meeting
Fuze – Web Conferencing - Fuze is a web conferencing platform that supports up to 25 participants in a single meeting without charge.
Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video
Zoom - Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service that provides video, phone, and chat services. The basic package is free and hosts up to 100 participants, and an unlimited number of meetings. The basic package includes video conferencing, web conferencing, group collaboration features and security. Other packages offer enhancements and are geared to teams, businesses and large enterprises.
ZOOM has been noted to be more reliable and easier to use than competing software.
Use of the platform is free for video conferences of up to 100 participants, with a 40-minute time limit. For longer or larger conferences with more features, paid subscriptions are available. Features geared towards business conferences, such as Zoom Rooms, are also available at higher subscription costs.
As of April 2020, Zoom’s software has seen increased use due to the quarantine measures adopted by many countries due to the ...
AnyMeeting - AnyMeeting offers web conferencing and webinar services. It enables users to host and attend web-based conferences and meetings and share their desktop screen with remote users via the Web. AnyMeeting is geared for small business and different packages are offered. There is a free Lite version.
Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video
Blackboard Collaborate - Blackboard Collaborate is a browser-based web conferencing platform with a wide range of features. Live closed captioning, file sharing, breakout rooms and attendance reports are just a few of the features that will streamline online meetings and lectures.
The recently redesigned solution delivers a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in the same room via collaboration and conference tools.
Today’s new ways to engage and collaborate are prevalent. Virtual classrooms and online professional development allow opportunities to meet colleagues where they are. Inspire and engage with this easy to use online collaborative solution.
Blackboard Collaborate Help - The official help site can answer many of your questions during set up and use of the platform.
Note: Blackboard Collaborate is a proprietary software that is licensed by many educational institutions. It is not free. However, because of the popularity of the Blackboard ...
VoiceThread - A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in multiple ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. The free version allows you to create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share your VoiceThreads via a share link.
Creating a VoiceThread - This guide from VoiceThread will walk you through setting up and all the features available.
Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Media, Recording, Video
Google Hangouts - Google Hangouts is a communication platform that includes instant messaging, voice and video calls. It is useful for individual and group conversations. Group calls can handle up to 10 people. Chats can be synced from device to device.
Note: Google Hangouts is being replaced with Google Meet within G Suite.
Review of Google Hangouts - This review discusses the pros and cons of Google Hangouts, features, and tips for getting started.
Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Video, Webconference, Web meeting
SoundCloud - Discover, stream, and share a constantly expanding mix of music from emerging and major artists around the world. SoundCloud is described as a 'social sound platform' and is basically the same as Youtube but for audio files. With SoundCloud you can follow millions of people, musicians, radio channels and podcasts on a vast range of topics or you can create your own channel and upload recordings for people to listen to.
Get Started on SoundCloud - Guide to starting and managing a SoundCloud account with support resources.
Podcasting on SoundCloud - Resource page to get started with recording your podcasts.
Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts