This school year I underused wikispaces. Wikispaces have been a central component of my tech integration. I’ve used it as a sandbox and peer collaboration space in the past. It is the platform for my students digital portfolios. All that slipped a bit this past year. Partly, it was competition from other tech applications I used this year. In some measure, it was a growing issue of mobile compatibility.
Wikispaces do not edit or view well on the iPad tablets my school acquired this past fall. iPads and the students personal iPods don’t accommodate the widgets I have usually taught the students to embed. I will stay with the wikispace digital portfolio in the fall, but the shift to mobile platforms has created a problem I need to solve.
I wonder how mobile technology, and its incompatibilities with desktop applications is impacting other teachers.
I paid for VoiceThread this year and never used it! I have had a lot of success using VoiceThread collaboratively over the years. I accidentally paid for my subscription again this next year. In consequence, I think I need to take time to exploit it. It does seem to be compatible with the iPads we use. I just stumbled on that app as I was writing this. At first glance it does not seem as friendly as the desktop application.
I social networked with Skype, Edmodo and epals this year. I think those cross classroom collaborations enhanced the units they supported. They were not as integrated into learning as I would like. Edmodo was probably the most useful. I’ve reflected on these experiences in this space earlier in the year.
It is easy to understate the constant utility of browsers, Microsoft Word, and other tech staples. My students use so many, but Google Drive became much more important as the year progressed. Drive is where I will begin this year.