Check out this article about Google Apps at the U : UMNews : University of Minnesota. Here’s a couple quotes the used from me:
“When you can find ways to support students interacting meaningfully—which is not easy—but when you can achieve that, you reach an almost exponential growth in the quality of content and the specificity of the feedback they’re getting.”
“For example,” says Anders. “I set up (Google) chats while students are giving presentations. I’ll immediately ask students to give kudos—what is something this student did well? So they’ll give a presentation, sit down, and they’ll have 10 comments about things they did well. That kind of feedback, I think, is really a game changer for the levels of engagement and the kind of motivations needed for students to do well and improve.”
Read the full article for some interesting facts, figures, and perspectives on UMN’s use of Google Apps.
I was just asked by a colleague to suggest some tools for online discussions and/or live chats. She, like me, is beginning to explore hybrid learning and looking for tools to support out-of-class interactions.
Here’s the list I put together. Please share your suggestions/opinions/reviews in the comments.
Moodle (LMS) based tools:
Google Apps based tools:
Other/3rd Party Tools
- TodaysMeet (http://todaysmeet.com/): A free 3rd party tool; you can embed simple chat into a website with automatic expiration dates; great for feedback and easy to use.
- Tricider (https://tricider.com): Similar to Google Moderator; collect ideas vote for the best ones
- PollEverywhere (http://www.polleverywhere.com/): a tool for “polling” an audience; they can respond via website or text message.
- VoiceThread (http://voicethread.com/): asynchronous group chat around media artifacts and presentations, some very interesting applications
- Mural.ly (http://beta.mural.ly/): white board and chat space for brainstorming and project design