I love this example of using free screencasting software (I use Screencast-O-Matic more often because it’s browser-based—no download) to provide feedback on an essay. The instructor just records her spoken comments while going through the document on her screen, then sends the video file back to the student, providing easy-to-understand, constructive comments without having to meet face to face.
Oppia is a new product developed by Google engineers (but not a Google product) that allows instructors to create interactive “explorations”—short lessons that the student walks through self-guided. I see it much like an easy way for teachers to make “choose your own adventure” online lessons without having to know any code. The development blog makes it sound complicated, but it’s similar to making an adaptive release quiz. Click on Learn to explore some lessons (here’s one teaching Latin declension—actually pretty simple!) and see for yourself.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Featured image from Clicker via Edutopia.
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