There's plenty of free and easy tools out there that can help us and our students to learn... so many it can be a little overwhelming. Take it one step at a time. Choose one tool that can help you in your current situation:

  • Guideline criteria for selecting tools - Why we reckon it's best to stick to free, easy, web-based tools for your blend of learning.
  • Weblogs in Education - Workshops and resources to help you get started with your own website, enabling communication, reflection and knowledge construction both inside and outside the classroom!
  • Live video conference web-lessons - Most video-conference tools such as Skpye and WebEx require a download and installation to use. Launchpad is a simple video conference solution built specifically for teaching online.
  • Setting up free email groups for class - An email group is probably the easiest way to facilitate class interaction without needing to be in class.
  • Learning with a News Reader - Browsing the web can take time... here we find out how we can keep up-to-date and save time!
  • Sourcing content - You may find from time to time that you just don't have the best resource that there possibly is. Have a little look around from to time, there's a lot of people writing to the Internet these days!
  • Using Wikipedia in a classroom - Will Richardson refers to a lesson plan for media literacy using wikipedia.

For an extensive list of what's available, check out Everything You Need To Teach and Learn Online
And if that wasn't enough Alan Levine's list for collaborative tools is pretty extensive!

Gnomz comic reproduced with permission from D'Arcy Norman