The Virtual Classroom: Tools for Teaching Online

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A few years ago, I designed my first course for online delivery. Since then, I had the immense pleasure of being asked to design online course in Reading and Writing for a community college in Florida and also for several online tutoring companies. I’ve gathered a few tools and resources along the way that pertain to teaching in the classroom and in developing courses for online delivery. Here are some links to aid you in course development and lesson planning.

As always, please let me know if you have a source you’d like to share!

Wondershare: Free PowerPoint Templates for business, education, conferencing, and holidays

http://www.sameshow.com/download/powerpoint-to-flash-ppttemp.html

SAS Curriculum Pathways: Provided at no cost to educators, SAS Curriculum Pathways offers online content and resources for grades 6 and above.

http://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/#/subscribe

eLearning Brothers eLearning Templates: Not all templates are free but they do have a free section.

http://elearningtemplates.com/

Prezi: A cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for exploring and sharing ideas on a virtual canvas. Has anyone used this?

http://prezi.com/

 

Virtual Learning Classrooms

Moodle: Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company.

http://moodle.org/about/

eLearning Zoom: This site does not offer free services, but their prices are reasonable if you are looking to create a virtual school or online learning community. The link I’ve provided will take you straight to the pricing page (I hate wading around looking for the price, don’t you?)

http://elearningzoom.com/pricing.php

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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One Response to The Virtual Classroom: Tools for Teaching Online

  1. Judy says:

    Thanks for sharing! http://www.teachit.co.uk is a WONDERFUL website. There are plenty of free resources, but you earn extra privileges such as being able to download editable versions of slide shows etc. if you pay a membership fee.

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