Monday, October 22, 2007

Web 2.0 in Education: Monday October 22, 2007

In the News

Jennie writes, "My school and myself are both directly affected by the fires. I have linked up my blog with my twitter account to keep everyone updated." (Note: This quote was taken from Classroom 2.0. But, I thought it merited first mention today. Does anybody know how we can help people in San Diego?)

The Indianapolis Star points us towards "Here, students can keep track of class schedules, create flashcards, find a study group and collaborate with its members, keep track of classmates and their contact information, store documents and even find a tutor."

The Colorado Springs Gazette is running an article entitled, "Tech Staff Learning to Lay Off the Lingo." It's not related to classrooms - but, get the point?

CNW Group reports, "ScotiaMcLeod Direct Investing (SMDI) is calling all students in Canadian colleges and universities to participate in the Stock-Trak Global Portfolio Simulation, building a mock-stock portfolio with $100,000 in simulated funds." When will we have something like this for high school students? Do we already have it?

On the Blogosphere

Lucie delaBruere writes at the Infinite Thinking Machine, "My last post provided practical tips to help teachers manage the integration of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. An invitation to pioneering educators to share their strategies generated a wealth of resources for teachers."

The podcast Transforming Teaching Through Technology includes an interview of Steve Hargadon, the founder of Classroom 2.0.

Julie Lindsay reports, "After requests from teachers for help with implementing Web 2.0 (and other) technologies I have instigated the 'Digital Learning Team'. This is a group of student volunteers who work towards C&S (Community Service) points.."

Free Resources from the Net for (Special Education) promotes Animoto, "With Animoto, you can combine a set of still photos with a music track to create a free 30 second video with considerable dramatic flare."

On Classroom 2.0

Wendy writes, "My company just launched a new online language learning service and I'm hoping some of you would be interested in taking a look and giving me some comments, feedback, or suggestions! We offer lessons and real time conversations with native speakers..."

Teacher K wants to know your favorite open source software, especially software that's good for education students.

Do you have any interesting websites or techniques for teaching foreign language vocabulary, asks Abby Wagner.

This Just In

The George Lucas Educational Foundation's recently launched "Go Green Database",, on It is the centerpiece of an ambitious new package on the state of environmental awareness in public education. The database features Green projects, lesson plans, service-learning opportunities and other resources that can be searched in many ways—by topic, grade level, cost and location. This online power tool allows users to add, rate and comment on or upload their own resources and will be a permanent feature on

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