Today, our topic was online classroom. We started the lesson with nicenet.org. I have learned that we can create our class and discuss our writings.
The advantages of using Nicenet.org is that shy students, who are reluctant to speak up in class, feel very comfortable writing their opinions and replying to other students. Also, students can learn from each others’ writing, especially if you are using Nicenet.org for the posting of writing assignments. Students can learn to help each other by clicking on “reply” and asking questions if what they read is confusing or missing something. Students can reply by pointing out specifically what they like about a piece of writing. Many students enjoy using Nicenet.org, in our experience, and so it is motivating for them do their best work. They also look forward to seeing each others’ writing. We used Nicenet.org to have students post homework assignments, first draft writing assignments, final draft writing assignments, and class work writing.
Another advantage is that the teacher does not have to upload files to a remote server to have student writing published on the Internet. This is a very fast way to have student writing published on the Internet.
One disadvantages is that only the class members can view each others’ work and no outsiders can. So you can’t see the other students’ writing.
Another disadvantage is that graphics and design elements cannot be easily used in Nicenet.org. Only writing can be displayed, no graphics or design elements. However, as a motivational tool to encourage writing, Nicenet.org is definitely a useful site.
The other one is campus.dokeos. Dokeos can be said to be one of the most useful tools of web-based learning as it combines most of the tools such as forums, learning path and blogs. Dokeos on Free Campus,
- provides an easy way to create and control an online course for any teacher and student without requiring a server, knowledge to install and maintain the software, which is a real advantage over many commercial or open source free course management tools.
- includes chat sessions which are saved automatically and saved in chat log file, which can be used later during the course.
- allows teachers to adapt the tools in line with learners’ needs, which gives a sense of control and security
Online conference, which allows participants to communicate verbally and visually, is not supported on Dokeos on Free Campus. However, this can be overcome using one of online conference tools.
I think they are useful for us. The students will be able to learn the topic effectively thanks to them but the most important thing is that we need a computer and Internet. I hope that I can have these opportunities in my future class.