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site: Google Wave – wikipedia
site: About Google Wave – Google

clip: What is Google Wave? – epipho
clip: Google Wave Collaboration Tool – wwwinsanelygreatmac
clip: Google Wave Preview Review “Revolutionise Email”? – mobilephone2003


Yesterday I got my developers ‘sneak peak’ version of the long-promised Google Wave… I have to say that I like it a lot better than wiki for the tasks I’m thinking of using it for.

My first thought is to use this as a curriculum development tool – allowing SME‘s (Subject Matter Experts) and an Instructional Designer (or ID Coordinator) to get together and work synchronously or nonsynchronously on developing courses, units, reading materials, etc.

I can see potential in the future to write the use of this tool into assessments – specially for group work, but also perhaps a way of revising ‘how’ a doument was built (because of the ‘playback’ mode).

Will it kill email? – not convinced, but I can see that it would be a helpful tool in collaborative work. Still won’t be useful for emailing out my Christmas newsletter with pictures of my dogs.

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article: Here’s Why You Need an E-Learning Portfolio

Here is an excellent article about e-Portfolios. It focuses more on keeping it up to date so that you have a ready-made CV of accomplishments, but that is just as important for teachers as it is for other professionals. As student-teachers, building a portfolio offline is important, but now having an e-Portfolio online is proving to be more flexible and always ready to show your accomplishments to anyone with an internet connection – and an interest. See the two YouTube clips in the last article for some more information about how powerful e-Portfolios can be for the individual and the organisation.

For networking, collaboration, and something to show off your skills – there is nothing to beat a good, well-thought out e-Portfolio, and this article will help guide you through the basic building blocks to create a great one.

Questions:
– Reading this article, do you feel as though you have a good understanding of -what- to use an e-Portfolio for?
– Work is being done into how to use e-Portfolios as part of assessment, think about how this might be used to assess project-based work.
– Do any of your associates use e-Portfolios? What ones do they use (Linked In and me.edu.au are popular free ePortfolios)?
– If you were to set aside a little time each week for professional development, could you start by setting up an e-Portfolio?

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Article: Are Baby Boomers Killing Facebook & Twitter? – MacWorld

I found this article interesting. It discusses how generations move onto the Next Big Thing, and use it very differently to those who adopt it early.

For example:
Gen-Y and Gen-Z are more likely to use Twitter to follow their favourite movie and music stars, and write tweets about ‘going to get a coffee’ or ‘going to the bathroom now’.

Now that Gen-X has picked it up, they use Twitter to follow industry trends and write about their professional work, whereas Babyboomers and Gen-Jones might use it to keep in touch with their kids.

Questions:

  • How does your age/demographic change how you use or perceive technology?
  • If Gen-Z are going to keep moving onto the Next New Thing to stay ahead of any control by their parents/community guardians, is this a good thing?
  • How can we teach Gen-Z (and younger!) to be moral in their use of technology to keep ahead of the ‘cyber-bullying’ trends?

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Social networking has finally come of age, and you can now use its force for good instead of evil. Here are two communities of professionals that you might like to take a look at…

Linked-In
This is a professional networking tool that lets you get in touch with a host of experts, developers, and practitioners. It is not limited to teachers, but there is a strong community of teachers using this resource to discuss and learn from each other. I’ve found it is very useful for finding answers to ICT questions – on using the technology, as well as how to use it within and without the classroom.

me.edu.au
Focussing solely upon the education industry, the me.edu.au group is firmly attached to EdNA. Its a new community, but you’ll only get out of it what you put in; ask question and answer other’s questions, and you’ll start building something good.

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Blogs are a great way to ease into using Web 2.0:

  • They are easy to write and edit. They have a little toolbar a bit like Word to format text and you do not have to know html or coding to make something look good and work well.
  • It is easy to add links to other relevant sites and pages. Using the little toolbar, I can click a Link button, copy-paste in a URL, and select if it will open a new page or replace this one. By doing this, if there is a technical jargon term that I want to give you more information on – I can link to a page with that information rather than make the text of the post too long. Its a little like footnotes in academic essays, building cross-referencing into the posts.
  • Interaction! This is not like Announcements in WI Online where you can not ask questions or have something clarified or even add your two-cents in on an issue – you can comment on blog posts and get replies from others as well as the author of the post.
  • Tags and tag clouds provide another layer of useful information. Instead of each post existing on its own, tagging allows us to weave it into a web of information. As we tag posts, the cloud builds, the bigger or bolder the text, the more information we have on that subject that can be accessed. 

Questions to think about and comment on:

  1. What experience have you had with blogging before? Have you created or participated in a blog – or perhaps you are completely new to the world of blog?
  2. Can you see a use for blogging within the classroom? What would be a difference with a young Primary aged child or an older Secondary school student and the types of ways they interact with blogs?
  3. A DEEWR report on Collaboration in Teaching & Learning found that quiet and shy children were emboldened to ask questions using Social Networking tools – why do you think this would be?

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