Monday, 1 November 2010

Creative Commons, Cloud Computing, Social Networking, Blogs, Wikis and more...

Nothing to report from last week, but I would like to highlight some great free ICT PD opportunities again!

K12 online conference – a free online conference taking place now!
K12 Online invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2010 conference theme is "Cultivating the Future." This year’s conference began with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 11, 2010. The following two weeks, October 18 and October 25, forty presentations will be posted online for participants to view, download, and discuss.

Here are a few more of the presentations that look particularly interesting for secondary (English) teachers.

Creative Commons: What Every Educator Needs to Know - discover how learners of all ages are gaining access to millions of free images, audio files, video elements, and written materials allowing the creation of unique multimedia products.

C^4: Leveraging The Power Of Blogs And Wikis In Student Learning – a great example of how a combination of wikis and blogs can be used in and beyond the secondary classroom (I also like that it is the students teaching us as presenters in this one!)

Don’t Fear the Cloud, Embrace and Leverage It! – a great introduction to the concept of ‘cloud computing’ and why we don’t need to fear Google Docs

The Classroom Social Network – It’s More than Fun, It’s Fundamental to Modern Learning! – great ideas for using social networking to support teaching and learning. Focuses on Weebly, Facebook and Twitter.

All of these presentations will be available indefinitely, make sure you check out the whole conference schedule!

I would love to hear from you about your reflections about how you used ICT in English in 2010 and/or your plans for 2011 – are you using a class wiki? A Google site? Setting up students with blogs? A Facebook group? Sharing on Google Docs? Using Wikieducator? Blogging about your teaching? Using Weebly or Ning? Trialling Prezi as a presentation tool? Creating Learning Paths on Digistore? Share your e-learning stories (or plans) here!

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