Summer is usually a fairly relaxing season for many academics (unless you work for CTLT!) , and many of you are probably working on special projects during this season. Some are working on researches, some are writing a chapter of book or an entire book, some are preparing the course they teach in the fall or others are doing all of the above. Sometimes, you may end up being busier than the academic year, but usually you can do things that you normally don’t have time for.
If you feel like you can take on another small project that requires about 20 minutes for the next 20-30 days and if you’re interested in learning free Web 2.0 tools for your teaching, I have a great site for you. Edublog has put a blog post back in spring called “Free Tools Challenge: 30 days to using the best of the web’s free tools for educators.” Each challenge includes a overview of the tool, tasks to help you learn and the challenges you can master the tool. It even includes technical support information for each tool. Each challenge is written by educators (unfortunately, most are K-12 teachers, but many of these tools would work in higher education setting, except few tools like WeeBehave) and provides tips and tricks for classroom integration.
So, are you ready to take on the challenges? Me? Unfortunately, summer is the busiest season for me so I’m planning to try the challenge once the fall starts. If you take on this challenge, be sure to share with us how your challenge goes.