Monday, June 28, 2010

A blast from the past

Check out this early (1990s, although it seems to be even older) news report on probably one of the greatest inventions of all time - the Internet. (c/o Paula Ledesma)
It's crazy to think about how far it has come in such a short period of time.
For me, watching the video really brings to light the cliche "history in the making".
What are your thoughts?

First Report On The Internet - CBC Prime Time News - The best home videos are here

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Presentation: The World of Moodle

This is a totally cool presentation on Moodle using Prezi (c/o Cecelia Foster).
I haven't seen any presentation like this before.
I'm definitely going to have to try it out for myself soon. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Interesting PD course for educators

"The 30 Goals Challenge that helps educators develop Personal Learning Networks and accomplish social media goals." (c/o Shelly Terrell)

Haven't tried it myself yet, but hopefully sometime soon.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Social Media Counts

This was just too cool to pass up. I wonder if the data is really accurate...any ideas? Still inspiring nonetheless.

What if our analog and digital worlds became one?

Here is an interesting take...

The Art of Analog Computing from meltmedia on Vimeo.

Would love to hear what you all think.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Recap of Classroom 2.0's – Saturday LIVE Show: Technology in the First Grade Classroom (June 12, 2010)

I attended a pretty fascinating online discussion yesterday on Classroom 2.0’s weekly “Saturday LIVE Show”. The guest speaker was Aviva Dunsinger (Twitter ID: @grade1), a grade 1 teacher with Hamilton-Wentworth district school board (Hamilton Ontario, Canada).

She talked about her experiences using various web 2.0 tools with her 1st graders. You would think most 1st graders wouldn’t be up to a whole lot in school besides activities like drawing pictures and learning their ABC’s, but times have definitely changed. Today’s primary grade students are now “wired” more than ever and would eat alive many my first year university students with respect to technological know-how.

All the discussion participants were just so amazed not only because 1st graders have been able to use these web 2.0 tools, but the breadth and variety in which they have been using them was astounding as well. From now onward, I have a new outlook on today’s primary grade students, and will no longer underestimate the knowledge and potential they possess.

Anyway, the following is a brief rundown of some of the new (well, at least for me) tools I was exposed to. For a complete list, you can find them
here: links (

- share and mark up PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations online

- save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer, phone or device you use. For free.

Today’s Meet - helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in real-time.

- short, visual stories that you make with family and friends to share and (soon) print.

Posterous - place to post everything. Just email us. Dead simple blog by email.

- simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community.

-related apps:
- post pictures to TwitPic from your phone, our API, or through the site itself.
- easiest and quickest way to share videos on Twitter from your phone or computer. Also, you can share videos in real-time.
- simple service that lets you post those tricky messages that really do need more than 140 characters and send them to Twitter.
- social networking site for schools. Share links, resources, questions, ideas, reflections, etc. with your students.

Click on the image below to view the recording session:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

FREE two day online conference!

This looks interesting...

Looking for a FREE e-learning professional development opportunity that gives you access to a range of e-learning experts from the comfort of your own desk?
The Making e-technology work for you online conference will provide insight into exciting ways to use social
media and e-technologies, as well as strategies for embedding e-learning across a range of industry contexts.
The conference will feature eleven interactive web conferencing sessions, plus lunchtime opportunities to network and interact with some of the presenters and conference delegates.

(compliments of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

eLearning requires authentic learning scenarios and social interaction

You can read and download this EU elearning paper that examines the 'new learning' we know as online learning and describes the ways in which social media is helping to re-define learning scenarios and activities.

English Out There teaching and learning materials, to our knowledge, are pretty much the only ones that currently tick all of the boxes in this report. They do that because they focus on the user's learning experience with the language, not on the technology. This makes them highly flexible as well as being highly effective.

(compliments of Languages Out There)