Learning is sexy…

….. or so Librarian Chick insists. You might like to drop over to the Librarian Chick wiki – where you will find a big compilation of all kinds of resources.

I am particularly interested in the Books and Audio Books section, because many of our school libraries are looking for good ways of integrating digital and audio book resources.

Digital teaching and multi-tasking via Horizon

I know that many of us are doing it …..joining the digital natives…..but I have just had a really fun hour in the global digital domain doing the following:

  1. judging parts of the Horizon project wiki
  2. judging Horizon project manager videos
  3. listening to a GenTech podcast on copyright and fair use
  4. entering results in the Google docs spreadsheet – right there online for us to share (web 2.0 as platform – remember?)
  5. watching the results drop in from others around the globe
  6. chatting within the Google docs space – using the chat window to collaborate with  colleagues from Melbourne, Dhakka, and Shanghai.

This time, as part of my small role in the Horizon Project, I was specifically looking at the sections on Mobile phones and Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming.

If you haven’t yet picked up on the tremendous work of the teachers and students involved in this year’s version of the Flat Classroom Project, then take a visit to the Horizon Project Wiki, and see how things are progressing.

The Horizon Project – they’re at it again!

I want to thank Julie Lindsay, Vicki Davis and others involved in the Horizon Project for once again showing us the exciting benefits of a global e-learning experience. Aren’t these students just awesome?

Like the award-winning Flat Classroom Project (2006), this new project involves students, this time 60 students in five countries, working together to look into the future of education based upon the Horizon Project Report 2007 Edition by the New Media Consortium and Educause (pdf).

The key trends identified in the Horizon Report which will be explored by the students are:

This project (using Wikispaces, Delicious, Slideshare, Ning, Twitter, Meebo, YouTube and many other online tools) is a ‘trip to the future’ where students will envision, create, and discuss what this future will look like withothers around the world. Through their work on the wiki, the students will be researching and experiencing web 2.0 enabled learning in a global community.

Student work will be assessed against three criteria related to the objectives of the Horizon Project.

  • To understand, analyze and evaluate the trends highlighted in the Horizon Report 2007based on key ideas and areas of impact.
  • To create a project wiki page that details this investigation and synthesis of the material.
  • To use Web 2.0 tools to facilitate collaboration as well as creation.

The comprehensive rubric is worth reading. They also made use of ISTE technology standards NETS.S (revised) for ‘What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world’.Explore the Horizon Project, the Teachers’s Page and the Students Page.

The students come from USA, Austria, Bangladesh, Australia and China.

I have been invited to join the group as a member of the Expert Review Panel, supporting and reviewing the section on Social Networking. I expect to learn a great deal from these wonderful educators!

Vicki Davis, from Camilla, Georgia, has a beaut introduction to The Horizon Project available at Ning.

Julie Lindsay, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, (who is an aussie) has put a nice introduction to the project on Youtube. Horizon Project Introduction.

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Student opinions on Social Networking

As a followup from my last post on MySpace, I recommend a visit to Vicki Davis – Edublog Award winner for Best Wiki with her Flat Classroom Project wiki. Vicki leads in Web 2.0 thinking.

On her Westwood School Wiki you will find a comprehensive virtual survey of her 9th and 10th grade classes on MySpace and social networking. If you haven’t got a list of your own for discussions with your students, Vicki’s list provides a great starting point.

Vicki’s Westwood Wikispace was listed as December’s Space of the Month by Wikispaces.

Catch Vicki at Del.ici.ous as brightideasguru, or on her Cool Cat Teacher blog.

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Wiki Wonders!

Oh……I didn’t know there were so many! Next time you think you might like to use a wiki for some kind of collaboration online, you might want to check in at  WikiMatrix first – an interesting wiki comparison tool.

The site allows you to put wikis against each other and get side by side comparisons. Plus, there are forums and articles that will help in the decision making process as well as assistance throughout the early stages of your “wiki-ing”. Very useful.

From Library Stuff.

Wikipedia Adds Citation

Seen on digg: commented on at The Savvy Technologist:

Wikipedia has added a feature called “Cite This Article” to its site. The feature appears as a link in the Toolbox section of each page and provides key bibliographic information as well as citations pre-formatted in all of the major forms. Interestingly, they add the following note at the top of each citation page:

Most educators and professionals do not consider it appropriate to use tertiary sources such as encyclopedias as a sole source for any information — citing an encyclopedia as an important reference in footnotes or bibiliographies may result in censure or a failing grade. Wikipedia articles should be used for background information, as a reference for correct terminology and search terms, and as a starting point for further research.

Here’s an example citation page for the Wikipedia article about basenjis.

Wikipedia is the ‘mumma of all wiki’ and shows clearly what can be done in a good collaborative environment. Wikipedia is a great complimentary resource to other online sources of information and this citation facility will further embedd wiki technology into our thinking.

WikispacesThe K12OS.org reports on the NECC conference, at which there were a host of great speakers. Catch lots of podcasts or audio playback of sessions and interviews. Adam Frey from Wikispaces.com (the mp3 file) talks about free wikis for teachers. He has a very Australian accent!

He says,

Technology for too long has been complicated and too hard to use.

Of course, making things easy is what Web 2.0 is about.

Teachers are finding wiki an easy way to work on web pages together.

Teachers and students  are taking advantage of this technology in their classrooms – and example of using a wiki from a teacher in Georgia – students using a wiki to create a study guide to share with their fellow students. This wiki was created entirely out of class time purely from student motivation to study and use a technology to help them.

Its easy and its fun!

Web 2.0 and teaching

Recent read of Teaching.Hacks through my Bloglines aggregator (how much is there to catch up on!!) has brought an excellent tool to my attention – I am thrilled with the move to Wiki of the Teaching Hacks resource. Check it out right here.
I plan to add this Wiki to my PD toolkit. Useful points to highlight:

  • lots of connections to show the strong relationship between learing and teaching in a Web 2.0 world
  • An explanation of Creative Commons (for those who are new to the concept) and how this applies to schools and copyright issues
  • everything else you need – RSS, Social Bookmarking, messaging
  • innovative tools and how to use them
  • information literacy also rates a good mention

Any comments go directly to the blog which you will find here.

In addition, Quentin of Teaching.Hacks talked about Risk Taking Educators and Web 2.0.

” I am curious if those educators who are willing to post to blogs, collaborate in wikis, and generally participate in the read/write web are more likely to take risks than other educators. I’m thinking that I would see a strong correlation, but you never know.

I thought I would create an informal survey and base it on Gene Calvert’s Risk Attitudes Inventory.”

You might consider taking part in the survey.