Instructional Media

Human Filters
February 11, 2012, 11:32 am
Filed under: EDIM 514 Internet Tools for Teaching

I began this class not knowing what a human filter was!  Thanks to Wilkes, I am now aware that a human filter can help us to narrow down our search choices for a specific topic when it comes to finding Web 2.0 sites for our students.  These human filters are other people who have your same interests, possibly grade level, or subject area that you are teaching.  Our class taught us that these filters “can take the form of shared bookmarks, blog posts, or group directories.”

We have been asked this week to identify three human filters that are pertinent to us and share them in our blogs. 

            1. Web 2.0: Cool Tools for Schools is a directory for teachers that gives examples and links to Web 2.0 sites broken down by tool type.  One can go to this directory and find tools for videos, writing, and graphing to just name a few categories.  I stumbled upon this site while looking for Web 2.0 sites to evaluate, and found it to have some really great links.  Now if I need a writing tool, I can go to this directory and find a list of possibilities without having to do an extensive search on the internet.


            2. Kelly’s Kindergarten is a site put together by a Kindergarten teacher.  I came across this site when I was transferred to teach Kindergarten and needed ideas.  The teacher has numerous links for ideas and sites related to behavior management, crafts, math, online games, picture cards, and so much more!  I have enjoyed using her site since I know it pertains to my searches for Kindergarten materials and it is well organized.


            3.  Diigo is my chosen social bookmarking site.  I did not use Diigo to research sites this week, but I have used it in the past to share information with Wilkes’ classmates to accomplish group work.  Diigo allowed us to do our own research and then share the sites and images in one location.  It was a lot easier for us all to post common interest items in one place versus trying to organize information sent over time in emails.



Wilkes University EDIM514 Unit 3, Topic A: A World of New Discoveries

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