Vanilla Forum as a Media Tools

I have chosen Vanilla Forum as a media tool. It is a light-weight tool to run forum on your website. It can also be embeded in existing school website seamlessly. I have been using for about 4 months now for my ICT class.
Complete evaluation of Vanilla Forum as a teaching tool is available here.

Here are some questions for discussion

What kind of learning activities can be done using forum?

Have you used forum website for teaching and if so then which forum did you use?

What could discourage teachers from using web-based technology for teaching?

Do you have any tips for educational use of forums?

Thanks,
Usman

Activity 8.2 Emerging Web Standards – HTML5

I think following four technologies could be very useful in
education

Stream video to the
browser

Students don’t have to download
videos of tutorials to watch them. Sometime there is also issue of compatibility
of video player software for example, files with mov  extensions don’t play
on windows platform due to lack of codecs for them. One has to install QuickTime
player to play those videos.  There are many different codecs. End user of
those resources may not have proper video codecs installed on their systems so Stream video to the browser (a server-side
technology) can play videos without worrying about compatibility of end user’s
system.

Drag and drop and
XHR upload

I use Submit
Assignment
to collect assignments from students. I think drag and drop kind
of upload is much better. I would like to use this one to get assignments from
students. It is a great technology to build user-friendly interface.  Whenever
I get time I will implement it on my page.

Browser
based file reading
is great to allow students to read documents online.
Then we don’t have to worry about compatibility of students’ system to the file
type.  Moreover, there is also issue of cross-system compatibility. For
example, windows user may find it difficult to read document developed by mac
word processor or mac Number applications.

Matching
type of questions in science can be made by exploiting drag and drop technology.