Thursday, October 4, 2007

Web 2.0 in Education: Thursday October 4, 2007

In the News

Missouri history teacher of the year, Eric Langhorst, uses the rich media and communications tools of the Internet to amplify his teaching and engage students in his classes, as well as students and teachers around the world. His goal is to make learning meaningful and exciting for his students, “Teaching about George, Thomas and Abe using the latest technology.” Read more at PRLeap.

ComputerWorld reports, "The University of California at Berkeley took a dive into the Web 2.0 world with Wednesday's launch of a program that offers entire course lectures and special events on YouTube to all Internet users without charge."


In the Blogosphere

Read Wesley Fryer's "Social Bookmarking 101."

How to Split an Atom reports, "While Berkeley is the first college I can think of to release lectures on YouTube, they are certainly not the first to go digital with their course load. MIT, Vanderbilt, Caltech and UCLA all have a variety of taped lectures available online for public consumption. Many of these cover entire Semesters of classes."

Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology writes, "Don't miss this article by Steve Hargadon in the new School Library Journal."

Take a look at some kids from Peru, making the world a smaller place.


At Classroom 2.0

Nico Rowinsky wants to know what you think about students posting pictures of themselves online with tools such as Schoopy.

Carolyn Foote writes about the K-12 Online Conference, "The conveners...are trying to make help readily available for those of you who haven't participated before, especially for the live events like the fireside chats or 24 hour closing session."

Teacher, mjltwig writes, "I would like help in creating a list of possible topics for each state from which the (fifth grade) students can each choose a topic that interests them. I would love a list of ideas from you about your state."

Deirdre Bonnycastle has created a new wiki on active learning with technology. Check it out.

Dennis O'Connor points us to a series of short videos on Web 2.0 applications.


This Just In

The Economist Debate Series is an ongoing community forum where propositions about topical issues will be rigorously debated in the Oxford style by compelling speakers. Take part by voting on propositions, sharing views and opinions, and challenging the speakers.

Five propositions have now been short-listed to address the most far-reaching and divisive aspects of the education debate. They include the place of foreign students in higher education; the position of corporate donors; and the role of technology in today’s classrooms. The highest ranking propositions will be debated, with the first launching on Oct 15th.

Cast your vote now.

The debate schedule is as follows:

  • Sep 17th-Oct 12th - Vote for your favorite proposition and join the open forum to discuss topics
  • Oct 15th - Winning proposition is revealed and the Debate begins
  • Oct 18th - Rebuttals. Share your comments on issues so far and vote for your winning side
  • Oct 23th - Closing arguments by the Speakers. Post any additional comments you would like to share and vote for your winner
  • Oct 26th - The debate winner is announced.

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