Category Archives: Teachers Review Technology in Education

Using OER for Project Based Learning

Teacher Editorial | By Janet Remus (BOLT student)

The Problem

Today, educators are constantly told that they need to employ teaching strategies that are more engaging and applicable to their students’ lives beyond the classroom.  Using worksheets and lecturemobile-phones are practically considered taboo, as we move from teacher-directed approaches to learner-centred approaches.  Project Based Learning (PBL), which the Buck Institute for Education defines as “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge” seems to offer a great alternative to traditional teaching methods.

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Skype: Free and Still Fine

Teachers Review Technology in Education | By Shelley Grey-Sortland (BOLT student)

Description of Skype 

Skype is a free VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) application that provides free video calls, phone calls, conference calling, instant messaging, the sharing of files and images, and screen sharing.  It is a popular service as it is user-friendly and does not require much equipment: a computer, high-speed internet connection, a web cam, and a microphone are all that is needed.  Skype can also be accessed through an app on a tablet or cell phone.

Strengths 

  • it is a free service with some upgrades available (such as the ability to call land lines and cell phones, call forwarding, or the ability to record calls); consequently, almost any student can make use of this technology

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