I apply active learning and use free presentation tools such as Movenote, PresentMe, SlideSpeech, and Screencast-o-matic in my online courses. Are there any other tools like Trello or Pinterest that can be used?


Emily Gover, MSIS, Librarian and Ed Tech Community Manager

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There are many great resources and people to learn from online in regards to this question. Specifically with the tools you mentioned, here are some resources on using Trello in education, and some resources on Pinterest in the classroom.

Educators like Tom Mullaney, Alice Keeler, Sarah Thomas, and many others have valuable blog posts, videos, and presentations to help you learn new tools. I encourage you to join Twitter (if you haven't already!), and connect with others through hashtag chats like #edchat, #edtechchat, and others. It's an invaluable resource for connecting learning with other educators. Good luck!

Jenny Bristol, Homeschooling Parent, Writer, and Editor

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Google Docs works really well, depending on what you're trying to do. More than one person can edit a document at a time, if that's what you need, or you can restrict access to read-only.

Microsoft OneNote is also quite fantastic, and can handle a variety of media. Text, audio, video, photos, synced notes with audio, .pdf, pretty much anything you can think of. And you can share or collaborate on documents, with OneNote keeping track of who made what changes. It's extremely versatile and can serve a variety of needs.

What kind of software that would be helpful to you really depends on what kinds of classes you teach. There are history photo sites like Historypin, there are interactive whiteboards like Doceri, there are interactive assignment options such as GoClass, and you can collaborate all over Skype or Google Hangouts. With more information on your specific needs, we can give more targeted advice.

Michael Schoch, Noodle intern, fiction writer, college composition instructor, editor, tutor

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You might consider looking at Prezi. Prezi is free presentation software in the same vein as Powerpoint. Tumblr is another free online service that can function similar to a message board. The link will connect you to an example of an account used by the University of Massachusetts Amherst to present ideas on technology and education. Tumblr can also be made private if you don't want people outside of your class viewing the material. Another option is Screenr which is a free, screen recorder. This will allow you to capture both your screen and voice, which can be ideal for providing feedback or discussing readings.

Lastly, you might consider looking into Planboard which isn't presentation software so much as online lesson planning software.

Hopefully these examples give you some ideas. The internet's a big place, so I'm sure there are or will be many more options!

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