To begin exploring alternative tools, you may wish to investigate the Padagogy Wheel, developed by Allan Carrington of Designing Outcomes in Adelaide, Australia. It is a graphical representation of the interface of web 2.0 iPad apps with Bloom's Cognitive Domain Categories and the SAMR Model of technology integration. Consider more fully exploring the back story to the wheel, by visiting Carrington's blog, In Support of Excellence. To quote Carrington:
Click on the image for a larger version of the Padagogy Wheel, with links to the embedded apps.
In addition to exploring the Padagogy Wheel by clicking on the image above, you may wish to view the following resources on the SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura:
Other Web 2.0 and Emerging Technologies
There's so much to explore. Don't think you have to check them all out, but take a little time to find one or two that will help you (or your students) fulfill some of your lifelong goals.
A relatively new tool in education is the smart phone (iPhone and Android phones). Smart phone owners can purchase or freely download thousands of useful apps, not just games. An "app" is short for software application. Not only is it an abbreviation for application, but it is a shortened or less robust version of a "full" application. Apps tend to be narrower in scope than a computer application. They often provide one function or a pared down version of an application. Apps can be web apps for use on computers or mobile apps. There are also apps for Android tablets and iPads.
Mobile apps increase productivity and extend the reach of instruction tremendously. Many of the technologies covered in TOEP offer mobile apps. For instance, students in a biology course could download the Flickr app to their smartphones, take photos while hiking in nature, and upload the photos of flora and fauna for discussion and identification. Students in a nutrition class could could create a photo journal of everything they eat for a set period of time. Other useful apps are metronomes, voice recorders, speech-to-text, weather, I.C.E. (in case of emergency) and many more. There are many quality free apps available. Some free apps show bothersome advertisements. You may uninstall apps that you decide not to use. Smartphones come with an app store pre-loaded. To find apps, check out what is available.
Check out the following links for more useful apps:
For more information, use this link to go to the Other Tools of Engagement section of the TOEP Resource Library.
Complete the badge request form to earn your TOEP Other Tools Badge. You will need the URL for the file that results from this Discovery Exercise as detailed above in the Discovery Exercise. Use the URL to your post in the TOEP Community if there is not a public URL that results from your exploration. (Note: Review this tutorial to learn how to copy the URL link for your post in the TOEP Google+ Community. You will need to paste this URL link into the badge request form as evidence of completing this Discovery Exercise.)
Besara, R. (2012). Apps for assessment: A starting point. Reference Librarian, 2012, 53(3), 304-309.
Charles, K., & Dickens, V. (2012). Closing the Communication Gap: "Web 2.0 Tools for Enhanced Planning and Collaboration". Teaching Exceptional Children, 45(2), 24-32.
Courts, B., & Tucker, J. (2012). Using technology to create a dynamic classroom experience. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 9(2), 121-128.
Eales-Reynolds, L., Gillham, D., Grech, C., Clarke, C., & Cornell, J. (2012). A study of the development of critical thinking skills using an innovative web 2.0 tool. Nurse Education Today, 32(7), 752-756.
Kukulska-Hulme, A. (2012). How should the higher education workforce adapt to advancements in technology for teaching and learning? Internet & Higher Education, 15(4), 247-254.Olthouse, J., & Miller, M. (2012). Teaching talented writers with Web 2.0 tools. Teaching Exceptional Children, 45(2), 6-14.
Sadaf, A., Newby, T., & Ertmer, P. (2012). Exploring pre-service teachers' beliefs about using Web 2.0 technologies in K-12 classroom. Computers & Education, 59(3), 937-945.
Saunders, F., & Gale, A. W. (2012). Digital or didactic: Using learning technology to confront the challenge of large cohort teaching. British Journal Of Educational Technology, 43(6), 847-858.
Tambouris, E., Panopoulou, E., Tarabanis, K., Ryberg, T., Buus, L., Peristeras, V., & Porwol, L. (2012). Enabling problem based learning through Web 2.0 technologies: PBL 2.0. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 15(4), 238-251.
Additional research information is available in the Other Tools of Engagement section of the TOEP Resource Library.
*Note: Access to the research articles may require logging into your campus' library system or you may request an article through Inter Library Loan (ILL).