We just launched www.StudentsKnow.com and it is the first social student-2-student learning network with rich media and an extremely easy to use interface. It also has a full featured Facebook widget for your students to access direct class and tagged video feeds. You may contact me direclty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook is blocked in our school also. We have a prohibitive network, but sometimes it is because of the old infrastructure. We are in the process of upgrading at the high school, then it will filter down to the middle and elem. When we all try to do too much video streaming ....CRASH. When we have some sites blocked, fortunately I am a media specialist and I have the liberty to unblock if I think it is ok. Ahhhhh...I just love the power.
NOT just kidding. It really is a pain. We have to teach our students to be more media aware because these messages they see will only get worse not better. Ok...I'll step off my box.
Hi Nazli, you will enjoy integrating web2.0 technology into your classroom. There are some wonderful resources and ideas to be shared on this ning. So, take your time, have a good look around and make some new friends who can collaborate with you.
I am the teacher librarian in an Australian high school in the Newcastle area which is 150 kms north of Sydney. I am hoping to learn a lot by taking part in this site (I am not a techie). Sometimes I think school gets in the way of exploring just what could be done with technology.
Hello Lisa, it is so good to see more and more Australian teachers coming on board. This site and classroom will keep you occupied for hours, days and weeks as it so resource rich. Join some groups and make friends and let technology get right into school!!
There is a web site I use to differentiate without pop-ups called HelloWorld. Go to www.helloworld.com/cserventi and click around. I can record my actual lessons, post them, and my students (and parents) can watch the lessons any time they wish to.
Hello Dave and welome to classroom 20. I am sure you will find many other educators here who share similar interest. I am passionate about web2.0 and its application for powerful learning outcomes in the classroom and staffroom. You will find lots to keep you busy here.
Hello Dave....Nice to meet you. I am a media specialist in a K-5 school. Would you believe I have 3rd graders comfortable using Moodle every week? They are analyzing historical primary photographs of a fair that was located on permanent grounds in the city. Now it's a paved parking lot with a mall on top. The students I find embrace Web 2.0 with ease. It is the digital immigrants who have anxiety. They really went nuts over this project. Now they are creating an advertisement for the fair using Mac software called Pages.
I'm based in Chicago and lead a capacity building organization called the Tutor/Mentor Connection. I'm also a Commissioner for the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. I attended the National Conference on Volunteerism and Community Service in Atlanta, GA this past week and one of the speakers was former president Jimmy Carter.
In his speach he said "America has some of the best universities in the world. Many of these are located in the middle of slums." His point was that these universities should be enginging students, faculty and alumni in making their neighborhoods better places to live and raise children. The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Program encourages such involvement with awards and information. I posted a link on my web site with links to this information and I encourage you and others on Classroom to visit the Center and use it as a resource for your own engagement.
While you're in Canada and others on this list are from India and the UK and other countries, I feel the importance of engaged universities, and engaged high schools, is true in all parts of the world. I hope that some of you who are already using web 2.0 for that purpose will share your projects with us, and even compete for the awards offered by the Carter program.
My name is Tim Schilling, and I'm Associate Director for Program at the Powell Center for Economic Literacy. The Powell Center is located on the campus of the Collegiate School in Richmond, VA but is a resource for all teachers interested in economic and personal financial literacy.
We specialize in developing materials that integrate economics across a wide swath of the curriculum, not just social studies.
I came to the Powell Center last August after 16 years as director for economic and financial educaiton programs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Prior to that I was a high school social studies/business teacher in Michigan, and an executive with the Michigan Council on Economic Education.
My wife and three of my five sons are here in VA and we all love it. I enjoy reading, cooking, and Big 10 Football.
I'm looking forward to sharing and gathering ideas.