I sit waiting for Will Richardson’s keynote this morning here in beautiful Omaha, Nebraska at the NETA Conference. This should be a good conference as I have heard many positive things about it. My notes for the day can be found at my PBWiki; so, if you are interested head over to get the details.
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I am teaching a workshop on creating and publishing media online. The following are some online resources that I have found to be good places to post content. What are some that you all recommend?
Several educators are sitting in front of me right now watching me type this into my blog!!!
Updated info to this post!!!
Links to web resources shown in the mini class:
I first became aware of the National School Boards Association report “Creating and Connecting/Research and Guidelines on Online Social-and Educational-Networking” in David Warlick’s post at his blog 2¢ Worth.
Recommendations from the report include:
“Explore social networking sites.”
“Consider using social networking for staff communications and professional development.”
“Find ways to harness the educational value of social networking.”
“Ensure equitable access.”
“Pay attention to the nonconformists.”
“Reexamine social networking policies.”
“Encourage social networking companies to increase educational value.”
The report also states: “Safety policies remain important, as does teaching students about online safety and responsible online expression–but students may learn these lessons better while they’re actually using social networking tools.”
David has begun a conversation at his blog concerning this report and I invite you to click on over and take part.
Today I finished Will Richardson’s book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. I have always appreciated Will’s viewpoints on his blog, and I like the straightforward, easy to understand approach he presents in his book. Having used many of these tools in my classroom for over a year now, I was familiar with much of what Will shares, but I had many “I should have tried that moments!!!” Now, I am in a new position (district level educational technology specialist) with a new audience (educators) and the book proved valuable in giving me ideas and ways that I can share these tools with teachers.
Teachers themselves will benefit from reading this book (Get it ASAP!), and I believe it would serve as an excellent textbook for in-service training and for use in teacher preparation programs. Even a seasoned Web 2.0 teacher (Can there be such a thing in such a short period of time!?! :-) will pick up new ideas or ways of using these tools that they hadn’t thought of before! As with any text that concerns the web the reader will encounter shared links that have since moved on in such a short time since the book was published; nevertheless, I could easily search the name of a particular person or topic mentioned and find the new location of the information on the web. (Maybe Will could add a page to his blog with updates or create a wiki page where readers could help update links.)
The book, to me, is written for the now, and it is intended to jump start educators and students into using the many Web 2.0 tools that exist today. I know Will has much more to say concerning these tools and the future of integrating technology to facilitate collaboration, critical thinking, and self-directed learning, and I feel his blog serves as a continuation and expansion of the text. One of Will’s main points in his book is to recognize the “teachers” that are and information that is out there, on the web, ready to fill your RSS feed reader! His text is really a staging area for the journey that he invites the reader to take in using these powerful web tools in the classroom, and I think it is a good place to start and to take ownership of your own learning.
While at the Building Learning Communities 2007 Conference I had the opportunity to attend a couple of workshops by Will Richardson. I have been reading Will’s blog for quite some time, and I finally purchased his book: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. I am a few pages into this text, and I am already considering this as a resource for professional development in my school district. I believe it is a must read for educators in today’s schools, and an excellent, practical “how to” guide to using these web tools in the “classroom.”
I am back from Alan November’s Building Learning Communities 2007 Conference! What an incredible journey, and I am excited to return to work tomorrow to organize my notes (I got so enthralled in the workshops my computer note taking at my PBwiki was lacking to say the least. My apologies to those following along, but go back for a better review!). Now, I am looking for resources to help explain and show all that I saw, heard, and learned. I came across the following wiki video that explains the process of this tool quite well: “Wikis in Plain English.” Enjoy!