Thanks for your reply to my "eternal" search for a simple, communicative tool for teaching English online. I'm really interested in what Scribblar has to offer and will look at it this weekend when I conference with others (kill two birds with one stone).
EFL Classroom 2.0 is a busy place filled with many teachers who are the technology sparkplugs of their part of the world. Fully non profit and funded through my own pocket and belief in technology to make a difference in this world. It would be great if Scribblar could provide a solution for us and in return we could offer main page advertising. We get enough traffic to promote.
The problems I've had have been finding something "stable" and also simple enough. On the face of it scribblr seems so. I've been using a gchats room and while good, it just is too big a learning curve for many. Others like elluminate or the veraconference room we have -- have other drawbacks.
I'd love to discuss but also a related matter. I note your expertise in flash/flash video and I'm busy designing with partners a commercial job advertising site (for English teachers/employers -- nobody as yet offers a web 2.0 solution in this area) which will be integrating video recording. I am looking for some advice or consultancy about what is the best solution (teachers would record on their page a 30 sec. video / employers could view). If you have any ideas about the best way to do this and integrate, I'd love to find out.
Thanks for lending me your ear. Wishing you a happy new year,
Hi Stefan, Thanks for introducing yourself. Scribblar looks like a powerful tool.
Do you host any groups where adults are using Scribblar or other collaboration tools to develop and execute group solutions to social problems? I lead a non profit in Chicago called Tutor/Mentor Connection, and host information about poverty, poor schools, workforce development, etc. on http://www.tutormentorconnection.org. This is information anyone in business, education, social sector can use to learn from others ideas they can apply in their own work to help kids through school and to careers. If you browse the site you'll see uses of concept maps, Geographic Information Systems, and you'll see that I point to tools that can be used for innovation and collaboration.
However, what's missing is people with the skills, time, and passion, who will help facilitate understanding of this information, and application of the ideas in multiple places. Scribblar would be a useful tool in such a process and my work would offer a visible platform for demonstrating the tool in a real-world education and learning environment.
If you're already part of groups using Scribblar in this way, I'd like to join and contribute, or find support for my own efforts.
Good luck and Happy New Year to you. We need tools like this to be solving some of the big problems we face in the coming year.
Hi Stefan, my welcome from Bavaria/Germany! Bist du Deutscher?! You´ve got a German name.
My focus is on Web 2.0 apps in education. Feel free to check some of my sites!
Additionally I´ve created one of the biggest groups on CR 2.0 called DigiSkills with now 468 members. Would love if you decide to join too.
And I´ve got my own Ning Network called COMENIUS Dialog
Have you got interest to join?
Happy new year 2009!