Monday, March 29, 2010

Udemy - Free Platform for Teaching Courses Online

Udemy is a new free platform for teaching courses online. Anyone can sign-up for Udemy and start creating courses in minutes. Udemy offers a variety of tools for delivering content online. Course creators can publish slideshows, publish videos, and create mash-ups of slideshows and videos synched together. Course creators can also hold live online sessions through Udemy's virtual classroom platform. I tried all of these tools earlier tonight and had them all working in less than ten minutes.

The video below provides an overview of Udemy's services.

Applications for Education
Udemy could be a good platform for creating and delivering professional development seminars. You could publish your content online where teachers can then access it at their convenience. If you then have teachers who would like some live instruction you can use Udemy's live virtual classroom space.

Infographic for Understanding Credit Scores

Your Wealth Puzzle is currently featuring a neat infographic that could be useful in a consumer education course. The infographic uses a board game format to demonstrate the steps a person needs to take in order to build and maintain a good credit rating.
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Credit Report Information Graphic

Hat tip to Cool Infographics for the link to Your Wealth Puzzle.

Applications for Education
Your Wealth Puzzle's infographic provides clear steps that a person should take to build a good credit score. This information could be good to share with high school students as they prepare to start building their own credit ratings in college or in the workplace.

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Financial Fitness for Teens

Today's episode of CNN Student News is very timely for me as the seniors at my school are missing classes this morning to attend a "Financial Fitness Fair" being hosted by area banks and credit unions. In today's CNN Students News there is a segment about a former Goldman-Sachs hedge fund manager who is teaching courses on financial responsibility to high school students in Harlem. This is topic that I think more high schools should try to address before sending students off to college or into the workplace. Watch the video below to learn more about what the students are learning in this course.

Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers

Google offers some wonderful tools for teachers, but I've learned over the last couple of weeks that while teachers are aware of many of Google's offerings like search, docs, and maps many teachers aren't aware of how to use these tools or what these tools offer beyond the obvious. Therefore, I sat down yesterday and started putting together this guide to using Google search, docs, books, news, and maps in the classroom.

This guide avoids some of the obvious things, like using Google Docs for collaborative writing, and instead focuses on some of the lesser-used Google tools options like publishing an online quiz using Google Docs. In all there are 33 pages containing 21 ideas and how to instructions for creating Google Maps placemarks, directions creating and publishing a quiz with Google Docs forms, directions for embedding books into your blog, and visual aids for accessing other Google tools.

Update: In July 2010 I released a companion to this guide titled Google for Teachers II.

You can download the document from Yudu or DocStoc.

Check out the guide in Yudu format below.

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Publishing Software from YUDU

Check out the guide in DocStoc format below.

Google for Teachers