Instructional Media or “What’s an Overhead?”

To Wiki, or not, is that the question?!

April 10th, 2010 · No Comments

I recently did a presentation at our school district’s Teaching with Technology Symposium on Web 2.0 resources for the classroom. I covered everything from Blogs, Wikis, RSS, and good old Google Docs to some other favourite Web 2.0 sites, like Voicethreads and Glogster (actually- I ran out of time before I got to Glogster!- what a shame!)

Instead of creating a standard Powerpoint presentation (I must admit I am not a big fan of Powerpoint!), I created the whole presentation in a Wiki, to show its flexibility and features. The power of the Wiki is that people who were at the presentation can easily access it if they missed a point, or want to delve deeper into the parts of the presentation I had to cover quickly or about which they wish to learn more. The parts I missed due to time constraints are available to the audience, and they can easily share the Wiki with their colleagues who were not in attendance. I hope they do. Furthermore, they can join the Wiki and add their 2 cents worth to it to, and any feedback they might wish to provide.

One of the powerful points I made about RSS and Google Reader, in particular, is that we can all be collecting information, reading relevant Blogs, and following other technology leaders and creating our own RSS feed to share with our colleagues. This is the power of Web 2.0- that we gather information, measure its relevance and share it with those colleagues who want to continue a learning journey together.

Here are my Google Reader Shared Items:

And for those interested, my Wiki “Les Enseignants Sans Frontières- Teachers without Borders” can be viewed by clicking here (in case you missed the link at the top).

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A Blog about Blogs…Did you know that Blogging Makes you Happier?

July 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

The Age (Melbourne) newspaper reports that new research points to the fact that blogging can make you a happier person. I am feeling happier as I type this. I bet the one or two people who read this are probably happier too.
If you want to read on, check this article out on the Age website.

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