“Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller
You all know I love quotes, and I thought this one suited this week well. I have found three interesting and useful technologies to enhance adult learning.
ShowMe (URL: http://www.showme.com)
I discovered ShowMe on Rachel Normand’s blog (http://rach084.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/learning-with-multiple-mobile-technologies/). ShowMe is a site where “anyone can learn and teach anything” (ShowMe, 2013). ShowMe’s mission statement indicates the company leadership wants it’s teachers and students connected with other to other learners across the world. Perhaps my favorite characteristic of ShowMe is its integration with mobile learning, and you all know what a fan I am of this. Essentially, ShowMe turns the mobile device into a white board. Check out the video below for more information.
MERLOT (URL: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm)
MERLOT was introduced to me on Candra Sims’ blog (http://candrasims.wordpress.com) in a post titled Multimedia Resources. According to the MERLOT website ”MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services” (MERLOT, 2013); essentially, MERLOT is a large database of educational opportunities, most of which will work well when training adults. Innovation is important to the MERLOT group and I appreciate that about them very much.
Edutopia (URL: http://www.edutopia.org)
Thanks to Aaron Schlott and his blog, I have learned a lot about Edutopia (http://aaronablog2013.blogspot.com/2013/07/social-networking-technologies.html). Edutopia is self-described as a “a place of inspiration and aspiration based on the urgent belief that improving education is the key to the survival of the human race” (Edutopia, 2013).
Here is what I like about all three of these technologies: Collaboration and Innovation. I believe they are excellent tools that support both of these values. I plan to implement categories from each of them in my clinical internship program. I firmly believe they will enhance the students’ learning by opening their experience to teachers beyond the hospital.
Edutopia. (2013). The George Lucas foundation. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/mission-vision
MERLOT. (2013). About us. Retrieved from http://taste.merlot.org
ShowMe. (2013). About us: What is ShowMe? Retrieved from http://www.showme.com/about_showme