Bringing experts into your classroom

It can often be problematic for students to gain access to authors and other experts in their field due to location, cost, time, travel and other issues. Technologies such as Skype can help. The ability to make free calls computer to computer with the added bonus of video conferencing if users have webcams has been a boon for schools.

But Skype is not the only method available. Richard Byrne’s (@rmbyrne) wonderful Free Technology for Teachers blog outlines three other free methods for Bringing Experts into Your Classroom:

Go to the Free Technology for Teachers post Bringing Experts into Your Classroom for some fabulous free tools to explore, thanks to Richard Byrne.

Web 2.0 Guru

The Web 2.0 Guru wiki is worth a visit. With the top 10 Web 2.0 tools for classes listed as well as all tools broken down into categories, this is a handy site.

Top 10 Web 2.0 Must Haves for Every 21st Century Classroom

  1. Class Blogs – WordPress or Blogger
  2. Class Wiki or Website – Wikispaces, Wetpaint, Webnode, Wix, Glogster WikiMatrix – compare and contrast
  3. Virtual or a Cloud Office – Docs, Google Docs, Zoho, Thinkfree
  4. Online Classroom Environments/Networks/Forums – Ning, Neetz, Lefora Backchannels – tinychat, backnoise, coveritlive
  5. Audio Channel – Podcasts or recordings – evoca,podbean, gabcast, gcast, odeo
  6. Teacher Tube create a free account for uploading demonstrations
  7. Private Videocast or TV Channel – Ustream Mogulus., Youcastr
  8. Online Assessment tools – Thatquiz. , rubrics – Tech4Learning
  9. Online Grade book –Engrade
  10. Online storage – file storage – Adrive , 4shared, Flickr for pics,

 Web 2.0 categories include:

  • Animation
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Blogging
  • Charts and Spreadsheets
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Conversion Tools
  • Celebration of Success – Award and Certificate Makers
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Dictionaries/Glossaries/Data
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Disposable Email Accounts for Site Registration
  •  Ebooks or Audio Books
  • Games for Education
  • Virtual Games in Education
  • Global Connections in the Classroom
  • Keyboarding
  • Mobile Tools
  • Multimedia
  • Networking and Online Communities
  • Note Taking, Concept Mapping and Flow Chart Tools
  • Online Interactive Classroom Environments
  • Personalized Web Browser Pages
  • Podcasting
  • Polls/Surveys
  • Presentations
  • Professional Networks
  • Research
  • RSS Aggregators
  • Search Engines
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Storage – online storage and for files
  • Studying and Help
  • Text <>Speech
  • The “Tubes”
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Virtual Worlds in Education
  • Vodcasting – Video Broadcasting
  • Web Design
  • Webinars
  • WebQuests
  • Wikis
  • Word Processing

Each category has many tools listed and a brief spiel about each one’s strengths or differences. A good place to find the right tool for the job!