ICT for Learning: Sharing Information

There are many ways to share information online.

1. Email - This is OK for small documents to individuals or small groups but is not very efficient for large or numerous documents, large groups, or when collaborating. Consider changing documents to PDF format before emailing - they are much smaller and don't fill mailboxes. If you do not have access to Acrobat Professional there are free online services you can use such as PDF Converter

2. WebCT/Moodle... - This works well for groups/classes. Information can be shared with those who have authorised access.

3. Online Spaces - This works well when you need to share information with people who are not authorised to use campus services - or if you do not want people to have to access via a username/password.

If you have a GMAIL account then you automatically have access to Google Sites when you can create as many online sites/pages as you like - with restricted or open access.

WikiSpaces provides free wikis for information sharing and collaboration - and has free education sites with no advertising for years 11/12. You can create sites with restricted or open access.

4. Blog/Journal - This works well for the reflective sharing of an individual's inquiry, journey or folio with an audience. Blogs/journals are available within closed classroom environments through WebCT/Moodle... and as open channels for communication with mentors/coaches, other educational institutions or global through Google Blogger (provided free with a GMAIL account) and many other services. Individuals can choose from restricted to open access.

5. Micro-Blogging - This works well for quick sharing or activity logs. Twitter can be used personally, with small groups or be open for global connection.

6. Sharing Photos, Audio and Video - There are many online photo (eg FlickR) , audio (eg Odeo) and video (eg YouTube) sharing sites - some sites share more than one media. You can create 'channels' in these services that users can subscribe to using RSS (Google Reader) or iTunes.

7. Virtual Classes - There are free and paid services that provide online classrooms (eg WiZiQ)