Week 1 Recap: Getting organized

It’s the end of #etmooc orientation week and, for the most part, I think I’ve got myself sorted with the help of several tech tools:

  • WordPress.com:  After registering for #etmooc, I started this blog to reflect on all the cool and exciting things I’ll learn in the next 10 weeks.  I chose WordPress over other weblog publishing tools because I appreciate the clean and professional aesthetic of many of the templates.  The  dashboard is not always user friendly but a quick YouTube tutorial is usually all I need to get me back on track.
  • Evernote:  Oh how love thee!  I created a brand new stack of notebooks where I’ll stash links to articles & blog posts; save tweets that inspire me; jot down fresh new ideas to try; clip provocative G+conversations…and much, much more.
  • HootSuite:  Unfortunately, twitter chats happen while I’m at work…boohoo.  I saved both the #etmooc and #etmchat hashtags – displayed side-by-side – so that I can still participate in conversations during my bus ride home.
  • Google Reader:  I added the #etmooc & BlogHub to my otherwise empty Reader.  To be honest, I’d rather use Flipboard for this since that’s where I do most of my weblog reading but for some reason, the BlogHub RSS wouldn’t cooperate.  Oh well, such is life.
  • Blackboard Collaborate:  I downloaded the app to my iPad for those rare occasions when I don’t have to work and can log into a session.  Thank goodness for archived sessions!
  • Google+:   My self-introduction post led to new connections with other information professionals, including Heather Martin, who created a G+ circle specifically for #etmooc librarians – yippee!

MOOCS can often feel overwhelming so I tried to weave  #etmooc into my existing streams of information, making it easier to connect and engage.  Which tech tools have you found useful while organizing your #etmooc experience?


Ed Tech Tool Review: GoAnimate

What it is…

GoAnimate is an online do-it-yourself video maker for businesses, educators, and students.  Basic accounts are free, or you can pay a nominal fee for extra features like uploading images, video clips and sound, or publishing rights to social media platforms such as YouTube.  School accounts are also available, affording educators a safe, private and monitored environment to help students create their own mini masterpieces.

What I liked about it…

After breezing through a quick sign-up page, I was guided through a fun tutorial which showed me all the basics I needed to know in order to create my video.  The user interface was very intuitive, featuring a simple yet colorful layout and family friendly images to work with.   I especially loved the cute animations that I could use to make my main character dance happily across the screen.

I think that students of all ages would get a kick out using GoAnimoto to present book reports, point-of-view debates or to illustrate a story.  Teachers might use it as a fresh method of introducing a new topic in class, posing hypothetical scenarios or to create tutorials.

Without further ado…

I used GoAnimate to create my #etmooc self-introduction…enjoy!