My next ISTE session is Deeper Learning with Web 2.0:  Increase the Power of Online Courses
by Linda Carling and Lauren Neimeyer of Hohns Hopkins Univ. — Center for Technology in Education

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The presenters teach Grad and ProDev, Online and Blended for the School of Education.

Deeper Level = allowing the student to choose their own tool to accomplish a goal.

Web 2.0 tools encourage creativity, allow collaboration, promote construction and sharing of knowledge, community building, and more mobile.  Also help meet Universal Design for Learning Prinicples.

For online learning you need to hit content delivery (less text, make content come alive), collaboration, demostration of learning and community building (this piece is critical).

They offer a “how to teach online” class, two weeks, that they take to get ready to teach online.


Content Delivery

  • Jing – 5 min limit for free version
  • PhotoPeach – Upload images then do text along the bottom – simliar to photostory but maybe without voice?  They did add music.
  • Prezi – online PPT delivery but it’s NOT LINEAR. Can embed photos and video.
  • SlideShare – online PPT delivery (upload PPT but not create online like with Google Docs).  Doesn’t require PPT to view. — NOTE: This could be a way to give the student the PPT without printing it in the labs, great for image-based PPTs.
  • Pixston – make your own comic.
  • Voki – avatar based voice mail app — interesting way to deliver a case study.  The free version is ad-based.
  • Blabberize – can use instead of Voki.
  • Voice Shark – easily add voiceover to PPTs to easily publish on the web.


  • Voicethread – great place for commenting say within a presentation or lecture with prompts
  • Blogs – with prompts, for reflections, uses case study type scenarios and the students comment on it.
  • Google tools – jhuonline/folders/web
  • Wordle – when a student does an educational philosophy they can paste it into Wordle to see if the words that describe them actually show up the most.
  • Glogster – poster creater – can be a bit juvenile but great for book reviews or posters.
  • Xtranormal – Movie maker by only typing in text.  Really interesting concept — may no longer be free :( — wondering since you make it by typing does that mean the transcript is already available for ADA compliance?
  • Summarize a discussion board to a blog – the student did a voki version of the summary an also a photopeach version.  The student goes into the weeks discussions and then creates a summary of everything that went on.  Also used Webspirations (mind mapping) as well.
  • Jing for teacher feedback to learners – open a paper and begin the capture, then go through and discuss the comments on the papers — this is great for online classes.   This way the student gets the benefit of having the assignment “discussed” with them.  NOTE:  must be sure that these videos are not available to the world, only to the student.

Community Building

  • Instructors should touch base with the students twice a week via the news feature in the LMS.
  • Also use PollDaddy to get feedback throughout the week — also used the Poll to get students to tell others their learning style or to just aggregate info on the class for the students to view.
  • Vokaroo – create short audio files like voicemail.
  • Animoto – make videos from videos and photos
  • Twitter – class announcements – students can subscribe to them so they won’t miss them.  They can txt them or email them.

Each week includes all readings, checklists and activities in their online classes.  There is consistency among their classes.

When they give an assignment (activity) they make suggestions of possible applications to use but students could use whatever they were comfortable with.