How do you use YouTube as a teaching and learning tool?

I would like to share a funny and interesting YouTube video by a professor at Biola University. I think the video is also inspiring on how to get your students’ attention or as induction of a certain topic. In the video, he is going to teach about complex numbers, which have a real part and an imaginary part and also related to the video that he is showing ūüôā

So, I can see that I can use YouTube videos to learn great ideas from other teachers on teaching and learning.

I also subscribed to the YouTube Education channel to get ideas or videos to share with students. I also can share YouTube videos as an induction or during the lesson and get my students’ attention or provoke questions.

But, how can I really use YouTube not as a stand-alone video? Ask my students to create and share their reflection of activities on YouTube? Record their science experiments and upload it to YouTube? What do you think on how to use YouTube as a teaching and learning tool?

Any other ideas or experience on how to use YouTube in the classroom? Any issues or concerns? Please leave me comments and ideas! Thanks!


3 classroom activities by using Diigo

In my previous post, I shared my preferences towards Diigo as my social bookmarking tool.

Now, I would like to share 3 activities in a chronological order that you can do with Diigo in the classroom. The idea comes from this post about Why teachers should use Diigo, which I also shared in my post here.

Activity #1: Create a private group for your students to work within. You can share websites, images, online articles and other media with your student specifically for a certain topic with tags.

Activity #2: Ask your students to analyze the bookmarked websites or online articles by using the highlight and sticky notes features. You and your students can interact with each other by commenting the pages with the sticky notes feature. You can also left provoking questions or objective in the sticky notes to facilitate learning.

Activity #3: Ask your students to share what they came up with WebSlides, which provide visual access to websites they have collected. You can also shared yours, earlier at the beginning of the lesson as a model of the final product that students need to present after the lesson.

Any other ideas of using Diigo?

It is not Delicious!

Have you tried Delicious? It’s similar to Diigo where you can bookmark pages and share with others, publish your bookmarks to your blog automatically, tagging, and follow bookmarks from your network.¬†

But, I really loved using Diigo not only for social bookmarking but also the features of highlighting with Diigo really makes it AMAZING! Have you bookmarked a page and when you open it later after a while, you forgot the reason you bookmarked the page? Well, you can just highlight any important words/quotes from the page and easily refer it when you open the page again.

Or you can add your annotation with the sticky notes feature! Cool! You can’t do that with Delicious – making it bland ūüėõ¬†

Another thing that I liked using Diigo than Delicious because I can install the Diigo extension on my browser and making it a lot easier to bookmarked any pages. Although Delicious also has an extension on my browser, it will only direct me to my Delicious account once I clicked it. 

So, what do you think of Diigo and Delicious? 


How to use social media for formal learning

Hello EME 6414!

I would like to share some ideas to use social media in educational context. All the links will direct you to the original post. I gathered these links from my Tweets and RT. I hope it will be helpful for the instructional design assignment ūüôā


Formative assessment with social media

5 ways to collaborate with another class

How to use Twitter in the classroom

How to use Pinterest in education

How to use Skype in the classroom

Why you should use Diigo  

And don’t forget how to use Wordle in the classroom in my last post here.

Any other suggestions?

How to use Wordle in classroom?

Vreed17 shared 40 interesting ways to use Wordle in the classroom on slideshare. Check it out! 

I think I can apply #39 tips, which is to reflect what I’ve written on this blog for themes or pattern. Here’s my word cloud created from Wordle:



I obviously love Facebook ūüėõ¬†

How about you? How do or would you use tags cloud in your classroom? Do you think tags cloud can be a tool for learning? 

Infographic: Popular Educational Twitter Hashtags

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I believe the #elearning and #mlearning is two very common use of hashtags related to the technology category among the hastags used on Twitter. However, I’m surprised to see the #bullying is also popular. Do you think this mirrors the problem of bullying in schools?

How about #homeschool? Is it common in the States? As far as I know, it is not common in Malaysia.

Have you tried searching for something on Twitter by using any of these popular hashtags?

Leave me a comment! ūüôā

Folksonomy vs. Taxonomy

I’ve never heard of folksonomy and it is interesting to know such term, which is first coined by¬†Thomas Vander Wal. According to wikipedia, folksonomy is also known as¬†

collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, and social tagging.


Image credit to Flickr user: Ross Mayfield 

As you can see from the image, the tags, which build the folksonomy in social media is always public, which means that everyone or members of a community can view them. However, only I can view the tags that I use in my mail or other private sites. 


Image credit to Flickr user: Andrea Hernandez

In contrast with taxonomy, folksonomy does not have any hierarchy and usually uncontrolled. In other words, the tags in folksonomy might have different meanings related to it. Or other different words or tags have the same meaning.