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ESL teacher interested in web2.0, social networking, edu2.0, ESL pedagogy

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At 5:42pm on December 29, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Helen,

My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'e-learning and online teaching' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win a competition for startup funding on ideablob.com. You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!


Alyshia Olsen
At 8:39am on August 3, 2008, Beth Still said…
Glad you joined the Online Educators group. I am very curious to find out what students in China think about Web 2.0. My high school students spend a lot of time on the Internet, but they do not understand how to become "pro-sumers." They surf the Web, download music, and send an occassional email. Quite a few have a MySpace account, but they do not realize the vast potential of the Internet to connect them to the world. Would you be willing to open a new discussion in the Online Educators group where you share your experiences with students and Web 2.0?
At 7:31am on April 9, 2008, Ian Grove-Stephensen said…
Oh, that put a big smile on my face, Helen!

I have been enjoying reading your blogs, which I also didn't know about before.
At 4:28am on April 9, 2008, Ian Grove-Stephensen said…
Thanks for the add, Helen. What a nice surprise to find you on here as well as Yacapaca!
At 10:20am on November 26, 2007, Dennis O'Connor said…
Hi Helen!

Thanks for joining the E-learning and Online Teaching group!

I've worked with a few Teachers living in Mainland China, more from Taiwan. I've always found overseas teachers to be wide open to the benefits of learning online. Over the years, I've worked dozens of ESL teachers in online settings... you guys have been out front all along!

See you online!



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