Top Ten Learning Tools to Be Used in My Research Seminar
The deadline is approaching for participating in Jane Hart’s 2017 survey of Top 10 Learning Tools. My nominations this year reflect the tools I am using (or will be teaching) in a Research Seminar dealing with “Brain Fitness Training ” software.
- SurveyMonkey. Using SurveyMonkey I have already sent my 10 students a survey assessing their baseline familiarity with technology learning tools, their past research experience, and their career plans. I also use this tool in my consulting work with Schneider Consulting. Here are some of my earlier thoughts about SurveyMonkey.
- WordPress. I enjoy blogging, and I have found that my students can develop a love or respect for writing by being taught how to use this tool. Here is an example of some WordPress writing by two of my last year’s research assistants.
- Diigo. The research that I do with students very much requires teamwork and sharing of information. I find Diigo a handy resource for sharing bookmarks and I am impressed at how it has improved across the years. I have already created a Diigo group Brain Fitness Training: Exploring the validity of claims about brain fitness software and brain training apps and added 20 resources. Let me know if you’d like to be invited to contribute to its development.
- SPSS. This is still the major data analysis software I use and teach. Mastery of it has helped my students get jobs and scholarships.
- ScreenFlow. We may have reason to make screencasts. My students and I often use it to create lessons for other students.
- Quizlet. I’m going to experiment with students’ developing their own tests to assess material that they need to memorize.
- Google Drive. My students find this very useful for collaboration.
- Createspace. This is my current favorite tool for self-publication of books.
- Linkedin. Not all my students will (immediately) go on to graduate school. I am very impressed at recent improvements in LinkedIn.
- Skype. No doubt we shall need to communicate with other researchers throughout the country or the world (e.g. at the University College Groningen).
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