Using technology in the classroom is great way to engage learners. Thanks to the multimedia movement on the web students can find ways to express their knowledge on a topic that better suit their learning style. The Kinesthetic Learner may want to create an animated role playing adventure using http://extranormal.com The Logical Learner may want to create a timeline of events using http://timeglider.com The Verbal Learner may want to give a speech using http://blabberize.com or Voicethread The Visual Learner may want to make a poster using http://glogster.com The Audio Learner may want to do a book report on an audio book or use a Kindle for the speech to text option. By teaching our students to create projects using a variety of ways most often they will stumble upon a format that works best for them. My reluctant readers like to create videos using http://animoto.com I use videos to embed in my moodle and blog sites to capture my students attention when I need to get specific direction accross. I use Kindles for readers who prefer larger font for a required read in their English classes.
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)
Engaging the students using the elements of surprise is a sure fire way to get their attention. http://blabberize.com An easy photo editing program you can use to make your picture talk.
There are many ways to engage the learner using audio applications in the classroom. http://Audible.com is a resource we use in the classroom to find audio books to engage the reluctant reader. The audio books can be burned to CD or used on a Kindle.
GTD (getting things done) is a philosophy by Dave Allen to help organize paperwork and tasks. http://www.davidco.com/
Remember the Milk