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Informal Networks December 29, 2005

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Networks of Learning As I mentioned in an earlier entry, a problem with the way that our academic environments are currently structured is that they simply do not give kids the opportunity to work with acquiring an information network. We have too much curricula to get through in too little time. Our academic programs do […]

Teacher preparation December 28, 2005

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I live in the Chicago area. We’ve got many fine colleges and universities that pump out new teachers every year. Northwestern, University of Chicago, Loyola, Depaul, University of Illinois and many other smaller schools all offer excellent programs. My school district has a close relationship with Depaul. Our district takes in students from Depaul, giving […]

Collaborative tools revisited December 28, 2005

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I’ve been using pbwiki now for classes, and it is by far the easiest tool to manage. The simplicity makes it ideal for schools and fast collaboration. I can’t say enough of its ability to allow access to students through a login, but prevents them from changing passwords and settings. I can hand out login […]

Reformulating literacy in different context December 28, 2005

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Those succeeding in the future, are probably going to be the ones who can contextualize information that initially is presented in separate contexts (including separate media), and subsequently reformulate the content so the new “text” fulfills a specific set of communication needs. In other words: comprising, condensing and evaluating different sources of information turns into […]

How I learned history December 28, 2005

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I’ve grown up with a love for history. Part of it probably came from the fact that I lived in Southeast Asia most of my childhood, and traveled throughout visiting the sites and places I read about. Part of it is also through reading historical fiction. While certainly much of what I read was untrue, […]

It’s not about what they know, but how they can find out December 28, 2005

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I used to work for a publishing company as the only techie. I was in charge of technology I’d never seen before, nor had any right to even touch, let alone fix. I quickly learned that my success was related to not necessarily how much I knew, but how fast I could learn. My ‘skill’ […]

That would be nice… December 28, 2005

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21st Century initiative to prepare Illinois students for the information age economy – Review Atlas On Wednesday morning Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn promoted the I-Connect Initiative that will provide a personal laptop computer for all seventh grade students in Illinois public schools. Laptop computer initiatives in other states have significantly improved… How much of this […]

Internet filters are for adults, not kids December 27, 2005

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I am convinced that Internet filters are more for adults than kids. I’ll admit that for for students in grades K-5 or so, Internet filtering is probably a good idea. However, if kids are surfing unmonitored at that age then something should be done to the teacher, and not to the student. However above that […]

Assessing (Evidence and Validation) December 27, 2005

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As many have noted, assessing technology’s impact on student achievement is problematic at best. How can we justify the expense in a new world of assessmet and test scores when it’s not even evaluated. This seemed like a decent start for a conversation about what to assess in terms of technology and the new literacy […]

Teaching Information Literacy December 27, 2005

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Getting kids to apply some sort of evaluation to research they find on the internet can be a challenge. It is even more so when the teacher does not build in enough time to do so. I understand that when a teacher has 3-4 days to produce something that can be graded, research skills often […]

I want to – a page of utilities that help you do stuff you want to December 27, 2005

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I want to – a page of utilities that help you do stuff you want to Here is a list of collaborative tools arranged by “I want to…”. Possibly needs to be updated, but it is a great start, and something you can give to teachers or students as an example of whats out there. […]

Collaboration Report December 27, 2005

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Collaboration Report Possibly good information on supporting a social network for a department or school.

elearnspace. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age December 27, 2005

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elearnspace. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age We derive our competence from forming connections. Learning theories are concerned with the actual process of learning, not with the value of what is being learned. In a networked world, the very manner of information that we acquire is worth exploring. The need to evaluate the […]

Toward a Theory of New Literacies Emerging From the Internet and Other Information and Communication December 27, 2005

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Toward a Theory of New Literacies Emerging From the Internet and Other Information and Communication The essence of both reading and reading instruction is change. Reading a book changes us forever as we return from the worlds we inhabit during our reading journeys with new insights about our surroundings and ourselves. Teaching a student to […]

Individual Learner Diff in Web-Based Learning Environments December 27, 2005

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Individual Learner Diff in Web-Based Learning Environments In many articles and studies the overall effectivness of the read write web and collaborative work is generally described. Yet the individual response to these tools, or the different types of learning perculiarities are rarely discussed. How do different learnes adopt to this new technology? How do children […]

Knowledge-at-work: Social knowledge December 27, 2005

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Knowledge-at-work: Social knowledge Knowledge is constructed socially, in a group or a community. Knowledge constructed this way is not only done in context, but with a scafold from which to build.

Tools for Teaching – Collaborative Learning Group Work and Study Teams December 27, 2005

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Tools for Teaching – Collaborative Learning Group Work and Study Teams While not really technology related, this article focuses on how to set students up for collaborative work in a classroom setting. Some of these suggestions might not work with younger students, but they still seem relevant.

The Long Tail: The Probabilistic Age December 27, 2005

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The Long Tail: The Probabilistic Age Our school, among many others, is wrestling with the efficacy and authenticity of blogging and information found on the internet. Our current strategy is to mix research between internet resources and more traditional reference media. Yet students are faced with the increasing demands of media and information overload. While […]

Blogging outlets December 27, 2005

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For the past several months I’ve been trying to post to Elgg, the collaborative blogging community out of Europe. The community, while small, is very focused. It is easy to connect with those of like interests through tags applied to posts. However the elgg system is somewhat closed in that some of the more current […]

Student blogging tools December 27, 2005

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We are configuring an install of USB Firefox to be used by kids either off our network, or a usb key chain device. There are a number of Firefox extensions that are very convenient for online writing. Some of them I’ve listed, and am working on getting them installed into our USB ‘clone’. Scrapbook: Save […]