You mentioned in a comment a few months ago that your district is moving forward in a conservative fashion with Web 2.0 tools.
We've got a tool at DeepDebate.Org that we'd like to put in the hands of as many educators as possible. The tool is great for structured conversations and really challenging students to think. It's also good for involving students from different classes and even different schools into the same conversation. We're looking to do pro bono work for members of this network in order to raise awareness of what we have to offer.
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!
Hi Carolyn! Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get NY students involved. Please let me know. Thanks!
With your interest in online learning I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based with a bunch of features and free basic service. I think these platforms could be used for online learning including staff development or collaboration.