MERLOT Conference 2009 – San Jose

Join the Pre-conference Workshop on Google Docs, Wikis, Blogs and Other Cool Tools

Posted in Conference Info by cathyswift on July 14, 2009

Jeff Bell, CSU-Chico is presenting a pre-conference workshop that should be of interest to a lot of people who don’t know how to use “cool tools” in their classes. I asked Jeff to share some information about his workshop.

“Web 2.0 is the general term for a set of technologies now common on the web that allow individuals to easily add and edit information on the web. While most of these technologies were not designed with education, or educators, in mind, some of them have the potential to improve instruction. This workshop will introduce the users to a variety of these online services and provide some examples of how they can be used for instruction.

Depending on the interests of the workshop participants, some of the services could include Google Docs, free online word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs that can be easily edited by groups of students and shared with a class; wikis, online encyclopedias that can be edited and extended by students; blogs, easy online newsletters and discussions; Jing, a free online application for capturing video and snapshots of computer screens for the creation of tutorials; SurveyMonkey, for easy surveys of students or other groups; Ning, for the creation of online discussion groups; and SlideShare, for the easy sharing of PowerPoint presentations.

Workgroup participants will get hands-on experience using as many of these technologies as time and interest permits.”

You can easily register for this pre-conference session, offered on August 13th at 9 AM to Noon, even if you have already registered for the MIC09.

Cathy Swift – Director of Academic Partner Services – MERLOT


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