Explore the use of technology in education through Ititser!
The Ititser is an online journal about the efficient use of technology in education and learning.
The author and webmaster of this website is yours truly, Greten Vicke S. Estella. I have more than five years professional experience as instructional designer both in K-12 education setting and in professonal training.
In its earlier years, Ititser focused on the use of free and open source software (FOSS) programs. The upcoming changes in 2019 will focus on programs that are often used in industry as well as on learning theories. You will notice that I already changed the categories significantly. In the next few months, I will expand the posts to include other programs regardless of their copyright status.
What's new in Ititser?
Blended learning is an instructional approach that combines the use of face-to-face or classroom instruction with online learning. Instructional designers use blended learning to obtain the best results from both face-to-face and online instructions.
Properly citing the sources is important in academic research work, but online references can be difficult to cite due to a wider variety of format with the pieces of information you need being in different places.
A learning management system or LMS is a common staple in elearning. It is an online system that allows teachers or facilitators to organize learning content, provide assessment, and track the progress of learners. It allows learners to access learning content, take assessment, and obtain immediate feedback.
The AGES model: attention, generation, emotion, and spacing, explains how the brain process learning and can provide us with some tips on how to best design an elearning material.
Slide presentation software, such as OpenOffice/LibreOffice Impress, is becoming very popular and useful in education whether in aid of traditional lecture method or as stand-alone learning module. Here, I presented tips on how your can make better presentation for your class.
Using FOSS will not make students less competitive in a job market where it seems employers prefer those who know how to use proprietary software, but you can have a middle ground wherein you can use FOSS in computer literacy classes and the students can still claim they know how to use some of these commercial software programs.
Freewares are software programs that are obtained for free or $0 but do not come with source code. The restriction of the licenses may vary from ones similar to FOSS up to ones very similar to proprietary software programs.
Use FOSS and have a peace of mind as your school becomes free from disruptive BSA raids and other technology-related legal problems.
There will be several benefits for schools to start adopting free and open-source software programs in their computer laboratories and in their curriculum. They cost less, they are more secured, and software raids of law enforcers and lawsuits are unlikely to come to your school gates.
KAlgebra is a graphing calculator available as FOSS and can be downloaded through Ubuntu Software Center. It can graph in 2D: y = f(x) or in 3D: z = f(x,y). It has excellent features in 2D graphs but have plenty of rooms for improvement in 3D graphs.