With your interest in Web tools that engage students, 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 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!
You might be interested in viewing a presentation on Slide Share done by an ex Mt Gambier/Tenison Woods College person who is now teaching in Hong Kong. It is titled IWB's in the Secondary: Where is the Interaction?
Tasmania!!! that's exciting! I have heard it is very beautiful there! and kudos on teaching science and religion; I have a strong interest in teaching about issues related to religious literacy (especially related to sacred languages, translation, cultural history)... it's quite the mine field in America these days! :-)
I thought you might be interested in a topic of ethics that has always concerned me: "Humility and the Ethical Treatment of Your Fellow Travelers in this Life".
My parents were inspired by Lloyd C. Douglas, an American Congregationalist pastor who wrote "The Robe", "The Big Fisherman", "Magnificent Obsession" and other similar stories. His work affected their ideas and the way they raised us, and I was always impressed with his most important work (to me), "White Banners".
Recently, I discovered a similar philosopher/ethicist in Robert Fuller. He recently spent quite a period of time in Australia and the neighboring countries, so I thought you might have met him.
You had mentioned in an earlier spot that ethics and philosophy are important areas of engagement for you and your students, and I thought you might be interested in the work of Robert Fuller. Wikipedia has an entry on him, and I clipped a bit of it here: "Fuller has defined rankism as: 'abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people who have less power because of their lower rank in a particular hierarchy' "
He lectures and writes on this topic, the abuse of what he calls rankism. There is a group who supports his work by providing an online presence, so I went to their website: http://www.breakingranks.net. A really nice website.
Last time I went to Barnes and Noble I found his first book on this subject concerning ethical behavior in modern times: "Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank"
So, I want to share with people who have also indicated an interest in developing and maintaining positive ethics among teachers, students and their community.
Click on it and you should be able to get the big one!! http://connections.smsd.org/veterans/reception_photos.htm I have another one that tickles me, too. From Talk Like A Pirate Day. http://connections.smsd.org/el/pirates%20018.jpg
Thanks for the photo of the cart-laden dish! Here is another one I've always loved, 7 years ago we interviewed 54 WWII veterans...after the 6 months long project we had a reception for the veterans and showed them the website---here is picture of Ralph S. using a computer for the first time, looking at the stories and interviews we published to the web. http://connections.smsd.org/veterans/shack2.jpg
Thanks for the Wallace and Grommit video clip! It's a perfect encapsulation of what I was trying to say in my last blog post. Do you mind if I embed it at my blog?
You mentioned wanting to "see" some pictures of growth and success -- do you mean in the area of visionary web policy?
If so, that is the problem, there just aren't a lot of solid models out there. I have uncovered a few interesting resources in the last few days -- I'll post some links at my blog for you to take a look.
In the interim, Will Richardson conducted a chat yesterday at the National School Board Association web site, and I asked him specifically about sharing model policies. You can read what he says in the transcript posted at the NSBA web site. His response suggests to me that what you are doing with your own faculty on Ning is the best approach (rather than drafting layer upon layer of policy).
Hello from South West Victoria, Australia. I look forward to sharing and learning with you about the world of Web 2.0 and the great things we can do with our students and teachers.
our cluster wiki is below if you wish to find out more about what I do
Thanks, Ian, for sharing your insights about how a school-based Ning is working for you. If you don't mind, may I include some of these insights in a paper I am writing this semester? It's an inquiry about social software used to support mentoring and induction of new teachers (sort of, e-Mentoring 2.0). I already wrote the section on Ning and submitted it to my professor, but I would like to add your testimonial/anecdotal evidence to the final draft, which is due in December. Here's a description about my inquiry that I posted at my blog last month.
Hey, Ian. In a reply to Steve's recent post about future directions for Classroom 2.0, you mentioned a staff Ning you created. This sounds funny, but is your Ning public or private? ; ) I would like to check out how a school-wide Ning might be used for professional development. I've browsed around and haven't found a model that is public, which actually makes sense because I think novices might feel more comfortable practicing with these tools in a private space. Would you consider sharing a little more about your school network?
I have located your wiki about critical thinking but cannot locate an active discussion there. Am I overlooking it somewhere. As I am new to this site that is extremely possible. Please provide a few directions so that I can get there. Thanks!
It took me a while to navigate about on this site; I've been "lurking" for a couple of weeks. Then I stumbled across some really interesting forums.
I am not familiar with Rationale, but have located their web page. From what I have seen, it looks intersting. I will investigate it further as this is basically what I teach in my Freshman Compositioin classes. Maybe this will turn out to be something that I can use.
As you seem to be familiar with it, what do you think? I'll check out the wiki for more information.
Welcome Ian. Read your excellent response to the "Something's Not Quite Right" discussion, so I came here.
Cool profile page.
I have been fascinated with Mike Stanfill's flash interpretation of Tom Lehrer's song, Elements for several years. I find it very humorous and can listen to it over and over again; so do kids....once they give their hokey filter.
Mike's other work is excellent also. Thanks for the upbeat conversation.