I gave a paper bag lunch presentation today called, “Where can I find …?“. I’ve come to realise that we make a lot of assumptions about people’s ability to search for and organise the flood of information available online. Apart from the ubiquitous Google, many people have few other tools at their disposal to help them with their searching. We talk about using online resources with our students to complement our teaching and learning. However, where do you go to find, investigate and explore resources that are both relevant and suitable?
In today’s session, I gave an overview of ten ‘portal’-type websites (some self-publishing) that I find are great starting points for stimulating my thinking, along with some valuable suggestions from one of our friendly library staff. There are many, many more and we could have gone on for much longer than our lunch hour allowed. The examples we looked at today are primarily free for non-commercial use and most offer both public and private setting options.
Possibly the ultimate video sharing website, YouTube allows users to upload, share and view videos online. You can find almost anything on YouTube. That’s both a good and a bad thing. As with any form of social media, users need to be understand how to make a service work for them while being aware of potential security issues. However, this should not mean that we avoid using services like this ‘just in case’ we encounter issues. We talked about making good use of features like playlists, favourites, and channels, as well as tools such as embedding, sharing, and user comments and ratings.
Kind of like YouTube for teachers. There are multitudes of educational resources available including video, audio, documents, photos, groups and blogs. The range of resources can be used to support teaching and learning from early childhood to tertiary education as well as professional learning and teacher development.
Photo and video sharing. Flickr can act as a hosting site for blogs and wikis which require images to be linked from an existing URL (rather than uploading them to their particular platform), as it generates the necessary code. JPEGs, non-animated GIFs and PNG files up to 10MB can be shared or up to two 150MB videos per month.
A sharing site for slide show presentations in PPT, PDF and Open Office formats. SlideShare generates URLs and embed codes for blogs and websites and provides a transcript of each presentation.
Stemming from the TED global conferences, the TED Talks section features keynote-style videos from international thought leaders in science, technology, design, education, thinking and global issues.
A collection of video interviews, discussions and presentations from thought leaders, innovative educators and inspirational learners. Videos range in length and depth from 5-minute ‘conversations’ to full-length keynote presentations. EDtalks is produced and published by CORE Education.
Arts & Letters Daily
A service from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Arts & Letters Daily shares stories from around the globe 6 days a week. Seemingly random, there is guaranteed to always be something to spark your interest.
A web 2.0 and technology blog launched in 2003 by a Lower Hut resident from his living room. It is now ranked as one of the top 20 blogs and has writers based all around the world.
Another living room blog; this one started in Scotland. It is one of the busiest websites in the world with 30+ million monthly page views. The focus is generally on social media but Mashable also blogs about technology, entertainment, gadgets and more.
A series of three-minute videos that introduce and explain topics or concept. Largely technology related, they are presented in a very low-tech style and using a plain English approach. They look deceptively simple but do a great job of explaining topics which can be, well … hard to explain.