Recent studies show that Cloud-based tools affect students’ learning and performance. In this post we present examples of tools that will help teachers and students to support self- regulated learning (presented in our Training Workshop that took place in Athens).
Cloud-based tools are used for both presenting information and participating in creating information. Cloud-based tools have pedagogical affordances that can help support and promote student’s self-regulated learning. This post gives some interesting Cloud-based choices and their relation with self-regulated strategies. You can find more applications in the presentation of Activities using e-Tools and Classroom Observation.
Firstly, it is important for students to organize and transform information, set their goals, keep records and rehearse. Two applications that can help pupils in this stage and are free of charge are Google Calendar and Pearltrees.
· The first one is offered by Google and it is widely used. In the first level teacher encourages students to use Google Calendar for personal planning. In a second level teacher supports his/her students in enabling the Google Calendar sharing features. In this way they allow feedback and collaboration in order to complete course tasks. In the final stage that goes beyond organizing, students are encouraged to evaluate themselves (self-evaluation) by archiving personal and group calendars and see if they have reached their time, planning, and managing goals.
· The second one, Pearltrees is a place where you can organize everything. Pearltrees refers to itself as "a place for your interests". That means that this platform allows students to organize, explore and share everything they are interested in. The product features a unique visual interface that allows users to drag and organize collected URLs and other digital objects.
Pupils are also provided with applications that help them to organized, to self-evaluate and to self-judge. Lino, Paddlet, Kahoot and Quizlet are free applications that allow students to manage their tasks, to handle their information, to create their own flashcards, to produce their own quizzes and to share their artefacts. Pupils can either create their own quizzes or choose from millions created by their peers so as to test what they have learned!
To conclude, it is of great importance for teachers to know how to support students’ self-regulated learning. Nowadays, free software and social media such as wikis, blogs and twitter are found everywhere, and students are familiar with them, so it is a great chance to encourage them and let them be a part of their learning process.
Do you feel master of your own learning?
You are a Self-Regulated learner!!