Former computer/art/drama teacher/standup comic/improv player from the Milwaukee area now living in Tempe and working as a technology integration specialist in Phoenix. Totally hooked on Second Life and promoting it as a great teaching tool/presentation device until we can get it in the hands of kids. I am working on that!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) 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 'connecting content and technology' 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 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.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
I just checked out your website and Blog and must say that it is one of the best I have seen so far. I love all the ideas I have seen from using Digital Art (I used to run a club) to the excessive use of Second Life. Great stuff!!!
Hi. I was looking at the Desktop Publishing page on your site and love the Autobiographical Posters. In thinking about next year, I want to start out with an "All About Me" type project in all the grades and this one looks fun for some of the grades.
Anyway a few questions:
I'm trying to figure out how you have this laid out - is it all done with drawing tools so the placement is controlled?
What are all the categories of information you're using?
What grades do you have do this?