There is a wealth of free educational resources available on the internet. These include countless stand alone programs, numerous websites offering quality online activities, a wide range of resources for download, as well as a rapidly growing number of powerful online tools that facilitate learning. The purpose of this blog is to explore and share some of these free resources.
The phenomenon known as “Web 2.0”, has resulted in the availability of countless online resources that facilitate learning. One of the defining characteristics of Web 2.0 is that users generate content that is stored online, and that can be shared with others. This means, for example, that there are now many ways of creating multimedia presentations. This can be powerfully engaging and motivating, and it offers a diverse range of alternatives for learners to demonstrate and share what theyknow and what they learn. This is especially important for learners who struggle with text.
I’ve organized my collection here under two main headings: “Productivity” for resources that I think have the potential to help one become more productive; “Content and Curriculum” for programs and websites that directly support curriculum. Categorization is not an exact science in terms of these lists, so feel free to challenge my choices.
After I put up a blog post about a particular resource, I copy my description on either the Productivity page or on the Content and Curriculum page. On these pages, I list alphabetically the resources that I have posted. You can browse my lists there if you wish. [Note: I am currently almost impossibly far behind in adding resources to these pages, but I am tackling the backlog.]
You can also search this blog. If you enter a word or term in the search bar at the top right corner, you will get a list of every entry on the blog where that word occurs. For example, if you enter “science”, you should get a listing of all resources pertaining to science because I have done my best to use the word science on every entry where the activity described pertains to science in some way. This seems to be working reasonably well.
So, who am I?
My name is Paul Hamilton, and I work as an assistive technology consultant in the public school system on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
There are many fine commercial products available to help individuals use technology to overcome a wide range of barriers. I have the privilege of supporting the use of some of these great resources in my professional role. The budgets of educators and parents, however, are often stretched thin. This sometimes means difficult choices about what to purchase and what has to wait.
So, I am constantly on the lookout for free options or alternatives that can fill some of the gaps. It is this search that has led to the personal project reflected here. I want my blog to be an effective vehicle for sharing the treasures that I find. At the same time, I welcome any help in expanding and refining my collection of free resources. Your comments and contributions will always be welcome.