In the News
ESchoolNews states, "With a heightened focus on accountability spurring the use of data to track student progress, a robust student information system (SIS) has become a critical component of today's school systems."
Should student information systems be hosted by a school's internal servers or part of Web 2.0? Christopher Dawson considers a take on this issue.
According to Heise Online, the European Network and Information Security Agency reports that social networks should not be banned or prohibited in schools. "Instead young people should be educated about the dangers and taught how to approach the Web 2.0 in a circumspect manner."
From T.H.E. Journal: "technology is playing a major role in facilitating (district-wide) change, from online learning to project-based learning to Web 2.0 applications like wikis and blogs."
On the Blogosphere
Bangkok Post reports, "Rather than one inexpensive laptop per child, the answer being presented (by a Canadian company) is a somewhat more powerful computer, with zero maintenance or moving parts, which can be shared by a number of children running free and open source software."
Dan Farber writes, "Google’s open social networking platform play is the buzz of the blogosphere tonight...Indeed, it is called OpenSocial in that the set of APIs allows developers to create applications that work on any social network that joins Google’s open party. So far, besides Google’s Orkut social net, LinkedIn, hi5, XING, Friendster, Plaxo and Ning (see Marc Andreessen’s post) have joined the party."
Pete Reilly writes, "Here is an oversimplified scan of the ed tech blogoshere in the last month..." It's definitely worth the read.
At Classroom 2.0
Edwin Wargo writes, "In the last few months I’ve done quite a bit of research on what drives teacher technology adoption--an absolutely fascinating topic for me."
Ian Grove Stephenson asks, "What if we closed all the schools?"
Carolyn Foote asks, "What are some book recommendations for high school students that are cutting edge and will grab their attention?"
David Truss writes, "Below is a Halloween Scavenger Hunt I did on a (private) Ning Network that I created for a class Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) project I am doing..."
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