Tools and Resources relating to: Reflect on Your Learning
bulb Digital Portfolios -
Build a beautiful, powerful digital portfolio. No Coding Required.
Bulb started as a platform for students to show they’re more than a test score; it still is the simplest digital formative assessment tool on the market. As the product has grown, it has turned into a global hub where all kinds of people showcase their skills through beautiful, multimedia content on an incredibly easy-to-use platform.
bulb Digital Portfolios
Class Dojo -
ClassDojo connects teachers with students and parents to build amazing classroom communities.
Teachers can encourage students for any skill or value — whether it's working hard, being kind, helping others or something else.
Students can showcase and share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios.
Get parents engaged by sharing photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments. Instantly share photos, videos, and announcements on Class Story, or privately message with any parent. Make random groups of students.
Microsoft Sway - Sway is a Microsoft Office application with which you can create portfolios, presentations, websites, newsletters, interactive reports, and more.
First of all, Sway is free - you just need to have a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live, or Outlook.com), and it's easy to use. Formatting is very easy and the transitions they use in the presentation are very attractive and modern, offering three different variants of appearance (vertical, horizontal, or slide type).
Microsoft Sway is a part of the Microsoft Office family of products. Sway sites are stored on Microsoft's servers and are tied to the user's Microsoft account. Sway presentations can be viewed and edited from any web browser through Office for the web.
What is Microsoft Sway, and What Can I Do with It?
How to use Microsoft Sway
Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
Crevado - One of the easiest free portfolio websites, Crevado lets you use a simple drag-and-drop tool to upload your projects and rearrange on the screen for true ease-of-use. The site is also automatically optimized for any device, so your portfolio can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet as well as a desktop. Best of all, you can customize your design to suit your preferences without writing any code.
Jimdo - Jimdo provides two products including the standard editor, Jimdo Creator, and Jimdo Dolphin which falls under a new category of website builder systems. These two products live side by side: Jimdo Creator enables building a website from scratch or running your blog or online store, and Jimdo Dolphin is used to get a beautiful website that's ready to go in just a few minutes.
Stanford d.school - Everyone has the capacity to be creative. The Stanford d.school is a place where people develop problem-solving skills using methods from across the field of design. Resources on this site include toolkits to guide learners through design challenges.
Stanford d.school - Resources
How to Design an Education Escape Room
Edureka is an online training provider that helps professionals learn trending technologies for career growth. Learn top trending courses like Big Data, Hadoop, RPA, Cloud, DevOps & More. Expert Educators. Flexible Batch Timings. 24/7 Lifetime Support. Instructor-led Classes. No Cost EMI Option.
Edureka - E-Learning Platform
Rules of (Zoom) Engagement by Ali Green - This document, created by Ali Green who is the CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press, provides tips and best practices to help people to adopt appropriate protocols for team meetings as they move from in-person to phone and video conferencing platforms. Topics addressed include reminders about muting when you are not speaking and when it's helpful to keep your video turned on.
Rules of (Zoom) Engagement
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.
PowerNotes - The PowerNotes Chrome extension eliminates the need to copy and paste or employ other poor processes to capture content. PowerNotes users just highlight material they find useful, include an annotation if appropriate, and then categorize the highlight into a topic of their choosing.
PowerNotes is designed to unify the steps of reading, gathering, saving, annotating, organizing, outlining, tracking, and citing research into a single, efficient workflow that feeds directly into the writing process.
Resources for Using PowerNotes with Assignments
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 from Dr. Nesnick's collection was made available with her permission.
Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence - 10 Principles & 51 Strategies
Yalla - Yalla is the most popular Live Group Voice Talking and Entertaining Community. Voice Chat and play games with people from nearby or all over the world.
Meet new friends is never easier:
Choose group voice rooms from thousands of live rooms daily, filter rooms by Countries or Topics. 50+ Countries have already been covered, while tons of topics are available to choose from.
Party with friends with no distances:
Group voice-talk with friends no matter where they are, broadcast your favorite music inside the room, sing karaoke together, and play a range of games directly in group chat. Let's get the party started.
Enjoy free live voice chat over 3G, 4G, LTE, or WiFi.
PUBLIC CHAT ROOMS — Browse 1,000's of live chat rooms from nearby or around the world that cover thousands of topics.
PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS — Start private one-on-one text and voice conversations with your ...
OpenWHO - OpenWHO is the World Health Organization's new interactive platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so.
The OpenWHO platform delivers WHO’s and partners’ expertise closer to where it is needed and provides information in user-friendly formats for frontline responders and decision-makers. The platform is managed by the Learning and Capacity Development unit in the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme.
Users take part in a worldwide, social learning network that is based on interactive, online courses and materials covering a variety of subjects. OpenWHO also serves as a forum for the fast sharing of public health expertise and in-depth discussion and feedback on key issues.
NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world.
Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
Twine - Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.
Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.
What is Twine?
What is a Cognitive Tool for Learning? - The idea of a cognitive tool or 'mind tool' was popularized in the 1990s by David Jonassen. It explains that not all educational technologies are beneficial for learning. According to this concept, only educational technologies that help us learn more deeply than before are beneficial.
We usually think of an educational technology as a cognitive tool if it supports higher-order cognition. It is contrasted to an educational technology that does not do anything to support higher-order cognition.
For example, a calculator might take the full cognitive load of a multiplication task from a student, thereby not supporting cognition but rather making us 'think less'. By contrast, a spreadsheet or mind map may be a tool that helps us think more deeply about a topic. It will help us sort and organize our thoughts so that we can develop theories and deeper understandings ...
Seesaw - It is an app and website that offers instructors different assessment methods of students and ways to create interactive lessons for students. Like other websites that allow for portfolios, students can create their own portfolios while allowing for communication between students, parents, and teachers. Students can use online tools to demonstrate their creativity and learning.
Clips - Clips is an iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more. From choosing backgrounds to using animated special effect and 3D, Clips makes the whole experience of capturing a moment and sharing it more fun. As Clips is in sync with iCloud, creating memorable moments is equally available on all Apple products.
Keywords: mobile apps, photo and images, social media, video, personal identity
Visual Learning Center by Visme - The resource to help you become a better visual communicator. The site contains a wide array of resources visual learners and presenters. These resources will help you become a better presenter, communicator, and storyteller by creating better presentations and infographics.
Visual Learning Center by Visme
Keywords: visual learning, digital literacy, blogs and wikis, visualize information, presentation
Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds. Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free. Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.
Keywords: web editing, websites
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!
Read&Write for Google Chrome™ - Makes documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits his/her abilities and learning styles.
A range of support tools to gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including:
Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud
Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained
With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying
Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type
Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research
Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs
Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting
Read&Write for Google ...
Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators (HAPPE) - Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators, HAPPE, is a monthly blog series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The goal of the series is to connect practitioners and educators in the Helping Professions with mobile apps they may find useful in practice or in their pursuit of life-long learning. We believe digital literacies are important skills for the new millennium. This series aims to educate and inspire Helpers to appropriately integrate technology into their professional lives.
Keywords: mental health, counseling, mobile apps
RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration.
Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities.
Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX.
The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes.
Notability - This note-taking app helps to combine handwriting, photos and typing in a single note to bring projects to life. Use a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools to capture every detail. You can even add and annotate PDFs. It’s the perfect place to create and organize work, school, and life's information! Experiment with different tools to create beautiful, hand-crafted notes and sketches. Continue to scale, rotate, and recolor your ideas and sketches until your notes are just how you want them. Once you're done, organize your notes with ease so you always know where to find what matters most. Zoom in on the specifics, or explore the big picture by combining sketches, outlines, and type. Now you are ready to share your notes with colleagues or study partners through Google Drive, AirDrop, Email and Dropbox.
Stay organized and up-to-date wherever ...
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.
This SAMR Wakelet collection created by Nell Eckersley is another great resource to learn more.
(Video length: 2 minutes)
Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
ALISON - Alison is a free online site that offers courses from the world’s leading experts. Join 12 million learners in distance learning courses which contribute to the lifelong learning, share information and knowledge, and exchange ideas.
Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Resource Library, Video
Shadow Health - Shadow Health is a fee-based virtual clinical patient simulation experience. It is a robust experience which simulates virtual patient examination for courses across the Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum.
Keywords: 3D, Simulations, Virtual Labs
What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains - This video, produced by KarmaTube, discusses the hazards of surfing from page to page on the Internet without taking time to deeply consider what we are interacting with. It brings this point to our attention so that we instead take time to try to focus and contemplate on the information that we do come across.
What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (4-min. video)
Coursera - Perhaps the best-known provider of online MOOCs, Coursera describes itself as providing "universal access to the world s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online." While courses are mostly free or low-cost, students must pay to secure a certificate of completion. Students can even complete degrees online via Coursera and partnering institutions.
Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
Udacity - Udacity's tagline reads: "where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need, to land the jobs they want, to build the lives they deserve." While Udacity offers many university-style MOOCs, this for-profit site is now oriented towards vocational education, offering courses and nanodegrees in technological fields.
Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
Canvas Network - Canvas Network provides an open platform where "teachers, students, and institutions worldwide can connect and plan their own course for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry." Learners can choose between enrolling in a MOOC or courses that have enrollment caps. Canvas does not award certificates or degrees although many partnering institutions do.
The Canvas Learning Management Platform allows schools to build the digital learning environment that meets the unique challenges faced by their institution. Canvas simplifies teaching, elevates learning, and eliminates the headaches of supporting and growing traditional learning technologies. Canvas is made up of a powerful set of highly integrated learning products that allow institutions to get all of the functionality they need and none that they don’t.
Instructure built Canvas with open, adaptable, reliable, native cloud technologies that empower learning in every context.
Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & ...
Edorble Academy - Edorble helps teachers, trainers, and students create, publish, and use collaborative 3D + Virtual Reality worlds. Edorble is a virtual world for education and a learning community for those interested in 3D/VR technology, online learning, education technology, gamification, and more.
Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
AudioNote - An iOS and Android app that combines a notepad with a voice recording, giving your tablet with a stylus functionality similar to that of a LiveScribe pen. Watch as your text and drawings highlight during playback, helping you to remember the context in which they were taken. Tap your notes to hear the audio that was recorded at that point.
AudiNote Support - Frequently Asked Questions page to assist the utilization of AudioNote's features. Organized by device type.
Keywords: Accessibility, Audio, Mobile Apps
Dictation Software - An article that describes very best dictation apps to turn your voice into text, along with tips for finding the right microphone and creating detailed speech-to-text notes. Plus, you'll find out if voice dictation is right for you.
The Beginner's Guide to Dictation Software: The Best Apps for Voice to Text Productivity
Keywords: Accessibility, Audio, Mobile Apps
Evernote - A cross-platform 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 be tagged or placed into Notebooks for organizational purposes.
Evernote Help & Learning - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks and technical support.
How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life - An article that lists the most productive uses for Evernote.
To clip webpages simply add the web clipper app to your browser.
Keywords: Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Resource Library
You are encouraged to use any available platform or tool to create your EmTech ePortfolio. A few of the many freely-available ePortfolio tools that you can use to build your portfolio can be located through EmTechWIKI and searching the ePortfolio category.
Digication is a leading provider of ePortfolio and assessment management systems. Digication develops its platform with students, faculty, programs, and institutions' needs in mind, and enables institutions to close the loop that links student learning to institutional assessment and reporting.
Digication's Official Website
New Digication (This version is used in #EmTechMOOC)
Quick-Start Guide for the New Digication ePortfolios will provide basic information about how to get started using the New Digication.
Getting Started with New Digication video tutorials introduce many of the features you will use to create and edit your ePortfolio.
Digication Student Guide contains more in-depth information about creating your ePortfolio.
Publishing and Permissions
FolioSpaces - FolioSpaces, powered by "Mahara", enables you to create an online portfolio. It was developed by faculty at the University of Ballarat, AU. It is a fully-featured electronic portfolio, weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online communities. You do this by assembling a selection of your resume (curriculum vitae/CV), files, journals, and links to your files onto a web page and sharing the page. FolioSpaces ePortfolio also provides you with the tools to set up a personal learning and development environment.
Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
Strikingly - Create a beautiful website for you & your business, in minutes. Zero code or design skills required.
You can also convert a LinkedIn profile to a personal website in just a few clicks.
Add a Blog section to any of your sites to start blogging right away. A separate page is created for each blog post.
Discover Strikingly Sites - A link to the Strikingly community to see what sites have been built recently.
Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Publishing, Websites
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