New Learning

January 8, 2010

Free Online Tools at Carlisle College

Filed under: Learning Technologies,Libraries and Learning Resources,Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:58 pm

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Sarah McGrath from Carlisle College discusses how they have used the free online tools Prezi, & Wordle

Sarah McGrath teaches Key Skills within the IT and Business department at Carlisle College. In this podcast she explains the benifits and uses of the free online tools Prezi, Bubbl.ys and Wordle.

Prezi in an online presentation tool, which can be used to create linier presentations, similar to PowerPoint, and non-linier presentations in which the presenter can zoom in and out of a page to display slides of text, images, video and audio. Sarah explains how students have used it to create hidden slides around the word teamwork. is an online mindmapping system which allows learners to easily create, share and collaborate on brain storming mind maps. Sarah has used this with learners to come up with fundraising ideas.

Wordle creates word cloud images from pieces of text where common words appear larger than smaller words. Sarah has used this to quickly analyse feedback from learners.

Sarah goes on to explain that the collaborative features of online tools such as these has led to learners working together between lessons which means projects have a head start before they reach the classroom.


1 Comment »

  1. Have you tried out online collaboration tools like DeskAway? We have a free basic plan which might be really handy!

    Comment by Priyanka D — January 15, 2010 @ 10:26 am | Reply

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