The failure to embrace emerging technologies in higher education courses can lead to pedagogies that risk alienating a generation of learners, some of whom demand basic instruction in new technologies, and others who are technologically literate but increasingly see a disconnect between the tools they use to learn and the tools they use to live and operate in modern life (Herrington & Parker, 2013, p.608).
Cognitive tools refer to technologies, tangible or intangible, that enhance the cognitive powers of human beings during thinking, problem solving, and learning. Written language, mathematical notation, and, most recently, the universal computer are examples of cognitive tools (Jonassen & Reeves, 2001, p.693).
- bit.ly – URL shortener. Change long hard to read URLs into short easy to read URLs
- Diigo – An online social bookmarking tool for sharing and commenting on resources
- Dropbox – An easy way for students to share files
- Dropitto.me – An easy way for students to send you large files (up to 2gb)
- iGoogle – Your personal Google homepage
- Google Drive – A great collaboration and communication tool
- Moodle – A content/learning management system (CMS, LMS)
- Showmewhatswrong – An easy way for students to record what they are doing on their computer and send you a video so you can help them troubleshoot issues
- voicethread – Record voice messges, video messages,and text messages
- Wordle – A word cloud generator
- YouTube – Video storage and sharing
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- Kim, K.J., & Bonk, C.J. (2006). The future of online teaching and learning in higher education: The survey says…EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, 29(4), 22-30.
- Herrington, J., (2009). New technologies, new pedagogies: Mobile learning in higher education. A rich variety of examples of mobile learning that provide the reader with the inspiration to teach their own subjects and courses in ways that employ mobile devices in authentic and creative ways.
- Collins, A., & Halverson, R. (2010). The second educational revolution: Rethinking education in the age of digital technology. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 26(1), 18-27. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2009.00339.x
- Herrington, J., & Parker, J. (2013). Emerging technologies as cognitive tools for authentic learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(4), 607-615.
- Jonassen, D., & Reeves, T. C. (2001). Learning with technology: Using computers as cognitive tools. In D. H. Jonassen (Ed.), The handbook of research for educational communications and technology. NJ, USA: Lawrence Earlbaum
- Lombardi, M. M. (2007). Authentic learning for the 21st Century: An overview. ELI White Papers, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli3009.pdf.