The Email Tool provides a way to communicate with students, teaching assistants, and co-instructors within Blackboard. Emails can be sent to individual users or to groups of users within a blackboard course's Sent Email page, Announcements, Grade Center, and Groups.Blog Tool provides an online forum, diary or journal. An instructor can allow the entire class or selected individuals to access the blog and add new entries and comments.
The Wiki Tool lets you create a self-contained, collaborative website within your course site. A wiki is a website that is collaboratively authored by a group of users. An instructor can allow the entire class or groups to add text, graphics, files and links to build the content of the site. The popular site Wikipedia, which is a collaboratively-authored encyclopedia, is one example of a wiki.
Journals are a personal space for Students to communicate privately with the Instructor. Students can also use Journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course related materials. Journal assignments can be broad and student-directed as the Students reflect on the learning process and document changes in their perceptions and attitudes. Students can describe problems faced and how they solved them. Instructor-directed Journal entries can be more formal in nature and can narrow the focus by listing topics for discussion.
Mashups let you add images, videos and presentations to a course from services like Flickr, YouTube and SlideShare. You can search for and add online media from inside the course with this tool. These media can be used in all areas, including content, assignments, tests and discussion boards.
This is a nice set of short videos for Blogs, Wikis, Journals, and Mashups. We will start with Blogs, and at the end of the video you will be able to choose to view Wikis, Journals and Mashups. Each video is about a minute and a half long, and they will make you feel young to watch (or old). Move with the groove; Peter does.