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FASTECH Technology and Pedagogy

FASTECH Technology and Pedagogy

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Published by Bex Lewis
An overview of current social media platforms, produced for the FASTECH project.
An overview of current social media platforms, produced for the FASTECH project.

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FASTECH: Overview of digital tools for educationAdobe Connect
What is it?
Software used to create information and general presentations, online training materials,web conferencing, virtual classrooms, learning modules, and user desktop sharing.
 What are its particular uses?
Opportunities to bring in external speakers without necessity for physical presence, allowing wider choice as to who can be brought in for teaching sessions.Staff/students who are physically immobilised/weather-bound can join in live. Recorded sessions canbe played back by students for revision purposes, particularly valued by international and dyslexicstudents.
Similar software: 
What is it?
A web and mobile based audio option that allows quick and simple (maximum 5 minute)recordings whilst on the move, whilst adding useful data such as photos, tags and location.
What are its particular uses?
In a world of written words and video, audio often gets left behind. Itoffers the opportunity to grab online responses quickly, and share immediately online. Some, who arenot comfortable on camera, are on audio.
What is it?
 A blogging site owned by Google, which makes it easy for Bath Spa folk to embed in other places and share with others in the organisation.
What are its particular uses?
For personal reflections (you can keep it private if you like),professional discoveries, sharing thoughts with your community of practice, assessment of students’learning journey.
What are they?
Clickers (personal response systems) are the tool commonly uses on ‘Who Wants tobe a Millionaire’
What are its particular uses?
Within a classroom, they offer opportunities for in-class surveys,revision of previous topics, and for triggering discussion between students.
What is it?
A social-bookmarking site, allowing users to tag, save, manage and share webpages froma centralised page. Each ‘bookmark’ can be tagged with freely chosen index terms, and cross-referenced with other links tagged with the same term.
What are its particular uses?
Classes can share, and comment, on the benefits or otherwise of linksupon the web, building up a collection of useful online information relating to a topic.1
Based on an original document developed by Dr Bex Lewis for Digital Fingerprint.
 
 
What is it?
A social news website, where users can submit links and stories and share with others.Users can vote and comment on submitted links and stories. A story that is voted up is ‘digged’, astory that is voted down is ‘buried’.
What are its particular uses?
Relaunced September 2010, with a simpler interface, students canbuild a collection of interesting links around a topic, and comment on others links.
What is it?
A cloud-storage solution for sharing (large) files online.
What are its particular uses?
Large files can be stored online (no need to drive back for that paper file you’ve forgotten), although it shouldn’t be used for data covered by the Data Protection Act.
What is it?
THE most well known social networking site, with nearly 1 billion users. The vast majorityof students, and many staff, are already on Facebook (although most view it as their ‘personal space’).
What are its particular uses?
The creation of group and fan pages allows contact with studentswithout the requirement to be ‘friends’. Great for ensuring students feel involved before theyarrive/throughout the course. Also continue contact with connections made at conferences.
What is it?
An image and video hosting website, widely used by bloggers to host images that theyembed in blogs and social media. Photo storage, tagging, photo-favourites, group photo pools andratings.
What are its particular uses?
Access a great pool of images, with the ability to use those tagged‘Creative Commons’ legally (with attribution) in presentations. Upload images for dissemination to awider audience.
What is it?
Bath Spa University has subscribed to this suite of tools. This means that all BSU email isGmail and all staff and students have free access to collaborative and publishing tools such asGoogleDocs, Blogger, Google Hangouts, etc.
What is it?
You can create documents and share with other people so that you can update together inreal time. You can share word-processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.
What are its particular uses?
Collaborating with people across various sites, sharing informationwith a team, managing projects. Students can use this for developing collaborative projects.
What is it?
Google Hangouts lets you chat in real time with a group of people, using webcams andinternet connection.
What are its particular uses?
Great for running meetings or seminars when people are dispersedacross sites.
Google Hangouts Air 
now lets you stream your event straight to YouTube and saves acopy of your video on your YouTube site.2
Based on an original document developed by Dr Bex Lewis for Digital Fingerprint.
 
What is it?
The HumBox project aims to publish a bank of good quality humanities resources onlinefor free download and sharing.
What are its particular uses?
Creating a community of Humanities specialists who are willing toshare their teaching materials and collaborate with others to peer review and enhance existingresources.
What is it?
A online e-portfolio which is has a user group of over 500,000 across 100 HEI’s in Britain.PebblePad is external which makes the e-portfolio the user’s individual and private space.
What are its particular uses?
There are multiple functions including
 
CV building application,reflection on tasks/assignments, Webfolio, blogs, forward planning facilities and a central informationbank. With the users permission, assets created on PebblePad can be shared with Staff and peers.
What is it?
Google’s image hosting website. Photo storage, tagging, photo-favourites, create albumswhich can be shared more widely online.
What are its particular uses?
Access collections of images provided by other users, with the abilityto use those to which permission is given (with attribution) in presentations/websites. Upload imagesfor dissemination to a wider audience.
What is it?
Working rather like pictorial bookmarking, it offers a ‘virtual’ pinboard social photo sharingwebsite. Users to create and manage theme-based image collections, collecting materials from acrossthe internet, or ‘re-pinningimages (including videos) from other collections. Pinterest's mission is to"connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting"
What are its particular uses?
A way of bookmarking images you may want to use in teaching, ideasyou may want to share with your community of practice (e.g. http://pinterest.com/drbexl/education/), or  use as a collection of visual bookmarks (e.g. links to materials on an e-reading list).
What is it?
A podcast is a digital audio or video file that is: episodic, downloadable, programme-driven, mainly with a host and/or theme, and convenient, usually via an automated feed with computer software. [University of Austin, Texas]
What are its particular uses?
Regular audio files prepared for distribution over the semester.
Software required?
Programmes such as  Audacity (editable).
What is it?
A flash-based presentation tool, hosted online, allowing multiple authors to contribute (noneed to be emailing files to each other).
What are its particular uses?
Considered by many as the next step on from PowerPoint (but is infact just another tool), Prezi ‘allows the speaker to encourage a dialogue, and visualise ideas as if youwere drawing a mind map for your audience’.3
Based on an original document developed by Dr Bex Lewis for Digital Fingerprint.

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