Education without complication. ‘Most teachers are familiar with the concept of social networking sites, but what can online networks offer professional development? A paper from the MirandaNet Fellowship, a diverse body of education, government and industry figures, uses the fellowship’s own e-community to examine what online learning looks like in a professional organisation. Braided Learning: an Emerging Process Observed in E-communities of Practice, identifies what it terms “braided learning” – how people working in online communities combine to answer a question or research issue posed. Rather than a homogenised report written in official-sounding language, the resulting “braided” text comprises individual contributions reflecting each contributor’s unique perspective. No effort is made by the learners to develop the kind of overall style […]
Archives for June 2007
ProProfs Flashcards. ProProfs Flashcards is a free, community-oriented service aimed at providing students and educators with ability to study, find and export flashcards by either selecting from exhaustive library covering a wide variety of subjects or by creating their own. Part of the appeal of ProProfs Flashcards to students is the extensive collection of existing flashcards covering a variety of subjects ranging from chemistry to computer science. ProProfs Flashcards library is among the largest flashcard libraries on the web, offering over 1,000,000 (1 million) flash cards free of charge organized into over 10,000 sets. The extensive set was created by a combination of various methods ranging from user contributions (during a 5 month beta release), to flashcards created by subject […]
Web 2.0 Backpack: Web Apps for Students. ‘When I was in college most of the tools in this round up didn’t exist. It was truly the dark ages of education! Well, okay, it was a just a few years ago, but just in this decade, and especially in the last few years, a handful of tools to make school life easier have appeared. What follows is the set of web tools I would put in my backpack were I headed back to school tomorrow.’
University Podcast Collection at Open Culture. Very good. [via Distance Learning] More podcasts at Open Culture: Podcast Library Open Culture. ‘Open Culture explores cultural and educational media (podcasts, videos, online courses, etc.) that’s freely available on the web, and that makes learning dynamic, productive, and fun.’
Classroom 2.0. Classroom 2.0, created by Steve Hargadon, is a social networking site, devoted to those interested in the practical application of computer technology (especially Web 2.0) in the classroom and in their own professional development. Especially we hope that those who feel they are “beginners” will find this a comfortable place to start being a part of the community dialog and to learn more.’ Classroom 2.0 Wiki. The Classroom 2.0 wiki is intended for teachers and educators to help each other integrate and use technology in the classroom in practical ways.