Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Alternatives to Bb

Haven't been in here in a while. But, still thinking about teaching and learning on the web, and still looking for new good ideas. Kluging together web materials, such as in this example, may make more sense than using BB, which seems to have a produced a series of breakdowns and 'temporarily unavailable' mishaps that are less than optimal.

Check out this alternative......Pageflakes.....

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Change We Can Believe In

The Education World has changed, and the publishers and educators who will figure it out have an opportunity. Students go to college for at least three things, acquiring knowledge, skills and values, earning credentials, and plugging into a network. Publishers have seen themselves as content providers, colleges have seen themselves as credential-granting factories, and the network has been ignored, sidetracked to the realm of foundations and alumni associations. But, that is where the value is, in plugging students, faculty, and everyone else in between into a loose weave of content, collaboration, assessment, feedback and a continuous improvement loop that evolves based on where the users want it to go.

At this current workshop, we continue to think of ourselves as accountants introducing students to the tools used 40 years ago and not as knowledge workers helping to transform a system to make it relevant in the next 20 years. Haven't we heard of the AECC?

Key quote, 'Briefly summarizing a large field, research has established that people do not develop true understanding of a complex subject like science by listening passively to explanations. '

Why Education Needs to Change

New University Model Needed

Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

How Education is Going to Change.....

Coordination Costs, Institutional Loss and Collaboration

How Kids Learn

Hole in the Wall Project

Power of Blogging and Why User Created Content is Important

And if we don't change?

I don't know where this is going, but I know that we can't stay where we are with old thinking and ways of doing and continue to attract the best and brightest to what we do. We won't have jobs, companies will continue to devolve and consolidate, and opportunities will go elsewhere.

Or, we can learn what it means to participate in content aggregation, provide meaningful assessment that are learning activities, not tests, and build the network.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Michele Rants

And, it's a good one......key quote, 'Web 2.0 isn't about the fact that learning professionals can now publish learning content without going to a webmaster or needing highly sophisticated tools. It's about the fact that EVERYONE can participate in co-creating learning. Our jobs as learning professionals shift from being primarily content producers to facilitating others in creating their own content, showing them how they can actively engage with information and learning materials, teaching them how to be self-directed learners. We have to get past this idea of the Web as simply a more efficient mechanism for dumping information. '