Freely available online education courses, such as university and corporate led massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the ability to access open educational resources (OER) through open courseware (OCW), the coalition of Open Educational Resource Universities (OERu) or the Peer 2 Peer University (P2P,) are providing greater choice of when, where, and how people learn.
Formal educational institutions are adopting more synchronous and asynchronous collaborative approaches to learning through readily available tools such wikis, blogs, and cloud services such as Google Drive, and Dropbox. This is enabling learners to connect across the planet.
That’s when Pacansky-Brock, author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies, online instructor, and faculty development specialist, had an idea to bring together educators to learn from each other in a face-to-face environment — without burdening budgets or calendars.
Drawing on her experience as a consultant for VoiceThread in which she hosts monthly Google+ Hangouts, she created the very first “Teach & Share” Google+ Hangout, an online gathering of educators who, for this installment, shared their experiences using the learning management system Canvas.
“I started thinking about how much faculty learn from simply talking to one another. These are always the most powerful professional development experiences,” Pacansky-Brock said of her decision to host the event. “Faculty need to connect with each other to keep innovation moving forward. [...] That’s the premise of the Teach & Shares.”
"Nicholas Negroponte is a genius and one of my heroes. He played a major role in creating the MIT Media Lab, Wired Magazine and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program. His book “Being Digital” was transformative . Every time I turned a page I read something that blew my mind.
One revelation was Negroponte’s thoughts on the future of TV. In 1995 HDTV was on the horizon and millions of dollars were poured into increasing screen resolution. Negroponte pointed out that what stopped people from watching more TV wasn’t screen resolution, but lousy programming. They were innovating on the wrong problem."
LiveBinder with links to all states' crosswalk documents
ERIC report of Same Sex Schools by Pamela Haag, US Dept of Ed
May 2011 readwriteweb posting about the use of Chromebooks in Education. Also includes a video
This list is proved by PBWorks, another wiki hosting site that provides free accounts for educators.
Wikispace list of educational wikis. They are organized in alphabetical order. No quality is guaranteed but with this many wikis in one place, there should be some good ones.
Barbara Schroder, Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Educational Technology @ Boise State provides 10 suggested best practices and resources for Wikis.
Danita Russell of Lee County Schools uses WikiSpaces to teach about wikis.
The author shares simple tips that he learned during the development of his wiki. Includes mostly techie design considerations.
Kevin's Oliver's 1:1 resources