Karen Henke's Blog (7)

Set the Data Free

I'm at the Web 2.0 Conference here in San Francisco, my second year attending. Last year felt very entrepreneurial and this year feels a little more serious and corporate. A lot of the products are starting to shift from a focus on the end user to enterprise deployments. Still no one from education here. Even though under 20 are the early adopters and most adventurous users of many of the technology, no one puts that together with what they do in school.

What are the trends this… Continue

Added by Karen Henke on April 24, 2008 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Web 2.0 in Education International Points of View

In addition to the amazing speakers on the stage at the CoSN 7th Annual International Symposium, we had a fascinating discussion at my table. We had people from around the country and around the world, sharing our response to the speakers.

Presented with many examples of how Web 2.0 tools were changing teaching and learning around the globe, we kept hearing how the tools stopped short of widespread adoption. Most of the Web 2.0 tools such as facebook,… Continue

Added by Karen Henke on April 10, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Barriers to Personalized Learning in Schools

At the CoSN conference in March 2008, I led a birds of a feather discussion about Long Tail Learning. Our discussion hit on trust, student privacy, and school district liability. We came up with a list of barriers/challenges:

# The classroom model of traditional education: 1 teacher, 25-30 students

# The Carnegie units system of measuring learning by time and place

# The ability for students to self… Continue

Added by Karen Henke on April 6, 2008 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Disaster Planning and the Role of Technology

Last October, I contacted some friends in San Diego to find out how they were doing when the wild fires raged through the county. I learned that technology played a key role in the school district's ability to communicate with families and continue learning despite a county-wide evacuation.

I got to thinking about what role technology plays when the unexpected happens. I came up with 10 lessons learned in speaking with Bob Gravina of Poway… Continue

Added by Karen Henke on March 20, 2008 at 11:18am — No Comments

Can We Increase the Wisdom of the Crowd?

One of the key principles of Web 2.0 is that through widespread collaboration and mass participation, the “wisdom of the crowds” emerges. Think Wikipedia’s self correcting


Long before myspace, youtube, and Internet forums existed, people engaged in dialogue to expand understanding, test ideas and learn. From Socratic dialogue to the best classrooms of today,…


Added by Karen Henke on July 30, 2007 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Data: What is it good for?

On July 17, I facilitated a workshop on Data Driven Decision Making at the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) CTO Clinic in Santa Clara, CA.

The presentation was based on three years of interviews with educators

in school districts around the country. My analysis is available as

white papers, case studies, and articles through the CoSN Data Driven Decision Making Initiative. To… Continue

Added by Karen Henke on July 23, 2007 at 2:33pm — No Comments

IM in School

Faster than an e-mail, more productive than a phone call, able to leap many desktops in a single send…In May, Technology and Learning Magazine published my article about IM in schools: “Right Here, Right Now.”

Find out why Darrell Walery, a technology director for Consolidated

High School District 230 outside of Chicago…

Added by Karen Henke on June 20, 2007 at 10:55am — No Comments


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