Communication Tools in Teaching

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Unit-6 Communication Tools in Teaching


In today connected world, members of a school community expect more than just open houses and photocopied newsletters. They want frequently updates, want to give feedback and also expect to collaborate with teacher as well as teach (Technology) specialists through media in their own place. In its broadest definition, social networking means to participate in an online community in which people interact with one another in various ways. Example include social networking sites like Facebook, blogs, micro-blogging services such as Twitter, discussion boards and chat rooms. A social networking site may offer a variety of communication methods, including private messaging, making comments on a friend’s page, sharing URLs (Universal Resource Locator) to other site, uploading photos and journaling.

Social media involves the use of web-based technologies to transform one way communication into an interactive online dialogue. A key component of social media is the creation and exchange of user-generated content. Students and teachers can share original content, enhancing and extending the educational conversations occurring throughout the school community.

E-learning Tools and Technologies

Content creation tools

  • Tools for creating avatars (virtual characters)
  • Course and lesson authoring tools
  • E-book tools
  • Graphics and animation tools
  • Image galleries and sound effects libraries
  • Assessment tools
  • Pdf tools
  • Video and simulation tools
  • Web page authoring tools
  • Survey and polling tools

Delivery and distribution tools

  • Podcasting tools
  • RSS tools
  • Web casting and streaming tools
  • Presentation tools
  • Mobile learning tools

Communication and collaboration tools

  • Discussion board and forum tool
  • E-mail tool
  • Live support tools
  • Meeting and teleconferencing tools
  • Instant messaging and chat tools
  • Social networking tools
  • Social book marking and file sharing tools
  • Wiki tools

User tools

  • Operating tools
  • Browsers
  • Media players
  • Plugins
  • Pdf reader
  • Word processor

E-learning systems

  • Content management system (CMS)
  • Learning management system (LMS)
  • Course management system (CMS)

Hardware Tools

  • PC/Laptop/Note book
  • Smart phone/palmtop computer
  • Printer/scanner/speaker
  • Microphone/ speaker/webcam etc.

A collection of online tools has expanded the definition and capabilities of social media. These tools fall into several major categories:


These website focus on publishing articles, according to data or topic and include such platforms as Word-Press, Blogger, Tumbir etc.

Social networks:

These include open network, such as Facebook, professional sites, such as LinkedIn and private network.


Mobile device friendly site allow user to post short updates from any location and to follow other user’s posts. Twitter is the dominant tools in this category.

Instead of focusing on the tools, start with the “why”. Why use social media at your school? There are many reasons, including families that are more engaged, higher student enrollment, a more collaborative school culture.

Engaged families:

Keep your school community in the loop by sharing events and updates through social media, such as by using Facebook ant Twitter. It allow you to keep continuous conversation with your schools and as well as information builder.

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