Hi Ben. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Andy Pethan. I am a 21 year old student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin students (near Boston) who is taking a year off to pursue our interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, bringing us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! I found you in a search for "middle school", and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested. Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. 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. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, individualized learning, goal setting, reflection, and effective feedback and evaluation. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools and individual teachers will want to use to improve their students' learning in and out of the classroom.
Our team is currently trying to win an idea competition 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. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs.
Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, check out alightlearning.com, or do anything you like!
With your School 2.0 vision I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Both technologies might be very helpful with your interest if online schooling.
Turns out that I didn't pay attention to the fact you said Saturday. I'm going to be busy that day saving another world. :( I've talked with Kevin and I think he's free and looking for a location in Salina. I may be able to be Skyped in.
Ginger mentioned skyping with you after we spoke the other morning. I work in a collaborative model classroom and my co-teacher and I just got a webcam. We've been playing this week and last with conversing with other teachers we met here. We want to work with other classes next year and are excited by the prospects.
Hi Ben! I've been listening to your podomatic podcasts and am very interested in what you are saying. I'd like to invite you to a collaboration opportunity this summer if you have time. I know you're really busy setting up your own school, but this summer we may have some things to say to one another. Here's your invite: http://classroom20.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=649749%3ABlogPost%3A14781