For your Web 2.0 class, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.
My greetings Peter! Welcome from Germany!
Check some of my site if you want to - I focus on Web 2.0 apps in education.
A few weeks ago I´ve created another Ning Network called Web2Class
Please have a look and I would love if you decide to join.
I am not in the classroom right now but am working with pre- and inservice teachers in areas of professional development and technology. I love your statement about "getting it all," so I wrote about it in my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks for the kind welcome. After reading your page it looks like I can learn a lot here. I will just need time to figure out how to navigate it all and create my page. Sounds like our situations are very similar. They are looking at technology language arts for me next year. Would love to see what you do in your tech class. I have a semester course where all the work is posted on pbWiki.com. I am trying to get the grading simpiflied
Oh! i didn't think to look back over my old comments! this is what i get for dipping in and skimming...but thanks! i've found you can use the combination of comic life & iphoto do most of anything that photoshop can do and more! (for the ave teacher, wiki, or blog!) i may even have to do a wikipage tutorial on this cause it could save a lot of peeps big bucks! cheers again!
cheers! "also" implies there was something said previously...if so, i've missed it! eep! ...as it is...the photo's i posted were from my Second Life...all pixels and such...my profile pic i photoshopped within an inch of its life...the pics on my electronic portfolio i played with comic life...
did i get even a wee bit close answering your question? [grins]
I have belonged to a couple of Nings for a while but belonged to so many different social networks I didn't do any of them properly. Have decided that Ning will be my thing I will focus on!
ICT PD (the PD stands for Professional Development) is an initiative from the New Zealand government to get schools integrating ICT effectively in to classes. Schools form clusters with other nearby schools and apply for funding to support specific goals to do with ICT - ie. maybe developing a school-wide LMS/VLE etc. Each cluster is funded for three years and most employ a professional development facilitator to work with the cluster - which is what I do!
Last year I spent the year researching the potential for mobile phone use in classrooms - particularly looking at supporting information literacy skills - my findings are on my blog if you are interested!
I don't think that you can limit your students to editing just their page. It is the limitations of the settings of pbwiki that only offer the roles as reader, writer, editor, and administrator. If you have created the account for your students with each having a different password, you can determine who is editing, when they are editing, and what they are editing. If they stray from the directions or requests of editing their own work, you will know. You can set it up to where you receive all edits via email. You can also look at a page's history and it will list all who have made recent edit. Old pages can be restored if unwanted edits are made. You probably know all of this already, but if the students are made aware, it might be a deterrent for them to do anything unethical. (I taught 8th grade for several years) I like your idea that you had your class to do for a wiki assignment. Using the wiki is an opportunity to be inventive and use it in creative ways. Sometimes that might mean using trial and error to find out what will work best. Let me know if you have any great ideas to share!
Thanks for asking about my class wiki. I created a page for each student on the wiki that we refer to as the "blog page." To get the students used to logging on and navigating around, I had them to post how they felt about having the wiki, and how it could be used in the classroom. Some other activities include essay writing, "I Have a Dream, Too" speech, New Year's Goals (with picture representation), and suggestions on naming our wiki site. I am really only in the beginning stages, so I am learning as I go. I welcome any suggestions:) We are currently using the wiki to collaborate with a school in Washington that is on an Indian Reservation. We are so excited about all of the possibilities!