Foundations and Assessment of Education/Edition 1/Foundations Table of Contents/Chapter 13/Additional Resources

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Course Management Tools Blackboard is a Web-based course-management system designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System. It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students.

Photo and Word Tools Slideroll™ is a photo slideshow maker that you can use to create slide shows with your photos. Publish your slideshows on the internet. Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. Xtranormal is a Text-Movie free web application. On the site you can create a movie with characters to which you are providing text and movements.

Classroom and Subject Specific Tools Interactive math tools that range from numbers and operations to probability and statistics. A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. Open Office is a productivity suite similar to Microsoft Office. It is free to download and you can open and save any documents created with Microsoft Office or other productivity suites. It is made to work on all platforms. Stellarium is a free open source planetarium program. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. ChemSense is an NSF-funded project to study students' understanding of chemistry and develop software and curricula to help students investigate chemical systems and express their ideas in animated chemical notation. ChemSense software is available freely for download.

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