This episode features a chat I was lucky enough to facilitate this past month, July 2007, between participants of a workshop I offered for teachers at my school (University School of Nashville) and educational change advocate David Warlick. David blogs an immensely popular site called 2cents worth and hosts an educational podcast called connect-learning. The workshop participants used a blog and a wiki to archive their learning about the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the service of our children’s learning. These are packed with information so I highly encourage you to check them out and use anything you find for your own classroom. Also feel free to comment below if you should have any questions or require further info!
David has some impressively interesting things to share. I particularly like his first quality of Web 2.0 education: “Information should be participatory and inclusive.” Think about that for a minute, and if you’re anything near my own age, think about how your own schooling may or may not stand up to that principle. And what about his second quality, the one that offers a place for teachers in this brave new world, that “Education is leader-directed,” or his third, that it’s “people-connecting.” Listen to what David Warlick has to say about all of those qualities and then draw your own opionions. Again, feel free to comment at the end of this post.
I’ve brought a little music to this show in the form of a melody I worked out on a McNally Strumstick, a little three stringed instrument that was given to my son recently. It’s called “Allaboutme” and it underscores the podcast’s introduction. I also share a little mandolin ditty of mine called “Emma and Miranda are in China,” and I end the show with a song from a new compilation CD from Magnatune.com. The album’s called The Art of Persuasion, and it’s overbrimming with romantically seductive ear candy that is only available at magnatune.com. WE ARE NOT EVIL…
The sound quality of the interaction is not the best, but it’s what I call GE (Good Enough–thanks Steve Bergen at the Harlem Storefront School in New York), recorded as it was from the speakers on my Dell Inspiron laptop running Skype video and captured on my little FlipVideo device–see that at theflip.com.
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Until next time, Seee yaaaaaaaaa…