Category Archives: Web2.0
I spent the day in Palmerston North with the Te Apiti Cluster conference, an inspirational gathering of around 150 teachers from the six schools in the cluster. I provided one of the keynotes on the, with Mark Osborne, DP at Albany Senior HS providing a second. I also did a workshop titled ‘thinking digitally’ in which I spoke about the online tools and applications available to teachers and students to help them develop thinking skills. I created a series of ‘LiveBinder’ files with the links embedded which can be accessed below:
The point of the workshop was to introduce a range of tools and applications that are freely available on the web for teacher and students to access, and to illustrate the ways they can be used to develop inquiry and thinking skills.
I had the privilege of being invited to share some ideas on how ICTs can be used to support public speaking to a gathering of members of the local branch of the National Speakers Association of NZ this evening. It was a pretty daunting task, presenting to a group of people, many of whom make their living from speaking, and all of whom are committed to improving how they speak professionally.
After sharing some thoughts I have about how to use slideshow tools such as powerpoint, keynote and impress to best effect, I used a LiveBinders ‘binder’ to introduce a range of online tools that can be used to support effective presentations, and to help share those presentations with others after you’ve spoken. It was the first time I’ve used LiveBinders in a public speaking situation, and I was very impressed! The binder I used is embedded in this post – and from my presentations tab on this blog. Or you can link to it directly here.
Some years ago now a colleague of mine and I put an idea to a potential funder to develop an online timeline for people to contribute photographs and stories that could be tagged to specific locations – linked to collections in museums. The proposal wasn’t successful and so our idea languished. So it was with interest I explored HistoryPin today, after the link was sent to me by Malcolm. Created in partnership with Google, HistoryPin allows anyone to contribute photographs and stories, linked to a specific location, building up a visual history book. Viewers can search for and explore the stories related to a certain location, and using the time slider, can find stories in that location in different times in history. HistoryPin also links with StreetView images so that comparisons can be made between historical views of locations and how they look now. As the resources on this build up I can imagine it being a really valuable reference for the classroom.
I had dinner just a couple of weeks ago with Terry Freedman and his wife just before I left the UK, where he told me about his most recent e-book – Amazing Web2.0 Projects .
Terry has done a fine job collating and editing this volume. it contains details of 87 classroom-based projects from around the world, involving the use of Web2.0 applications. The case studies present the benefits and challenges of using Web2.0 applications in the classroom. The examples cover all of the education spectrum, from kindergarten to post secondary – and are organised accordingly in the book.
The book is free to download here (2.09Mb PDF)
Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web, made the first proposal for it in March 1989, and on 25 December 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau and a young student at CERN, he implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet.
That’s 20 years ago! So to commemorate, ON magazine has published a special edition that looks at the Web at 20 (PDF download). It contains a range of interviews with key people involved in the development of the WWW, exploring both the historical development and future directions of this phenomenon.
- Tim Berners-Lee on His World-Changing Invention
- Bob Metcalfe on the Past and Future of the Web, Networking, and Energy
- Plus, Insights from Dozens of Other Entrepreneurs and Opinion Makers on How the Web Has Changed Our Lives
The mag is a a great read – providing all sorts of valuable insights for those who have lived through this development, and something of an historical record for those who have been born since and grown up used to it. In particular, check out what many of the people interviewed say when they share their thoughts about what things might be like 20 years from now.
I got to thinking, as I read, that this would be a great resource for use in secondary classrooms. What appeals is the emphasis on exploring the motivations and original intentions of those who first conceived of the idea of a WWW, and how those original ideas have been fulfilled (or, in some cases, superceded). The following extract from the introduction provides a taste of what I mean:
Future Focused – Equally important, they [Berners-Lee and Metcalf] both remain deeply involved in exploring how the web can be harnessed to address some of the greatest challenges we face as a society. Metcalfe’s vision for increasing the efficiency of energy distribution by emulating certain core characteristics of the Internet is compelling. Berners-Lee discusses how we can accelerate discovery and collaboration on a large scale by freeing data from today’s information “silos” and allowing it to be linked together via the Semantic web.
I’d be interested to hear of examples of this edition being used with students in this way – I’m sure there’s inspiration here for the next generation of thinkers and innovators.
Jane Hart has just published the final list of the top 100 tools for learning that she has compiled from the Top 10 Tool Contributions of 278 Learning Professionals worldwide. Jane’s list is always worth a read.
No real surprises in this year’s list in terms of the applications listed in the top 100 – however, of real interest is the fact that, for a list of the top 100 tools for learning, there’s only one LMS that has made it into the top 20.
Perhaps the dominance of other tools such as blogs, wikis, Twitter, Ning, Skype and iGoogle appearing to be used as tools to enable collaboration, sharing and interaction signals the direction things appear to be moving, and what the alternatives to the traditional LMS are emerging as.
Thanks again this year Jane – keep up the good work!