Archive for the ‘Web 2.0’ Category

End of School

July 26th, 2009 jhagen 1 comment

In his recent post “End of Web“, Dean Groom explains his thinking behind an alternative reality game as a sandbox for professional development in 21st Century Learning. The essence is this: “if you want teachers to learn about enquiry/technology then use this as something to ground it.”

It’s often struck me that professional development in education ironically reinforces the old chestnut “do as I say, not as I do”. I’ve also observed that despite the importance that educators place on independent learning, they tend to be poor models of it.

In “World Without Walls: Learning Well with Others“, Will Richardson writes: “In our zeal to hold on to the old structures of teaching and learning and to protect students at all costs, we are not just leaving them ill prepared for the future, we are also missing an enormous opportunity for ourselves as learners.” He goes on to exhort teachers to “…engage with these new technologies and their potential to expand our own understanding and methods”. Read more…

Teaching in a Disintermediated World

July 26th, 2009 jhagen Comments off

In his recent post “Cutting out the Middleman“, Chris Betcher asks, “Who are the educational middlemen?” In other words, who faces the chop if disintermediation affects education as it has other industries? I have a few thoughts on this subject that I’ll share here.

In about 2000 I attended a presentation by Alan November in which he forecast some dramatic changes in education. Teachers found this confronting until Alan clarified that he believed that the information revolution would create a need for more teachers, not less. How do we reconcile this prediction with the disintermediation trend? Read more…

Publish Clipmarks to your Blog

March 19th, 2009 jhagen Comments off
I’ve commenced using Clipmarks recently to record and organise readings I’ve come across on the web related to research I’m doing. At the same time, I’m exploring technologies that will allow me to share what I’m doing with others. The ability to post Clipmarks directly to my WordPress blog has intriguing possibilities and what better way of testing and sharing it than to post this Clipmark of a page from Clipmark about posting Clipmarks – that’s got my head spinning
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  • What blogging services are supported for Clip-to-Blog™?
    Clip-to-Blog currently supports Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, LiveJournal, Movable Type and Vox. We also provide an embed code so you can easily paste clips into other blogs, including MySpace.
  • Clip-to-Blog Style Options

  • Can I change the style of clips I post to my blog?
    To change the style of clips that you post to your blog, click the “Style Options” link in the Clip-to-Blog™ window (see image on right).

    From there you can customize the color of the border and source link. You can also remove the clipmarks logo that appears below the clip.

    You’ll also find some more advanced features, including the ability to disable inline styles if you want the style to default to your blog style.

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