Monday, June 25th, 2007

Learning with Blogs: Bringing the Read/Write Web into the Classroom
Will Richardson

Session wiki

Need to use Web 2.0 tools for the right objectives:
- students writing for a world-wide audience
- students responding to one another's writing

Did You Know (You Tube)

Need to read the book Blogs, Wikis and Podacasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson. This might be useful to give to our TEC Leaders. It is a good overview of the importance of including these tools in the classroom as well as specific tips and tricks for getting started and examples of authentic users.

Reinventing Project Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age
Jane Knauss, Suzie Boss

Project Based Learning group in Flickr - posted and tagged photos of students engaged in project based learning

Book published by ISTE in Fall 2007

Relevance of Project Based Learning:
- authentic
- engaging
- collaborative
- motivating
- relevant to future learning
- faciltates formative assessment
- meets many learning styles
- enables deep learning

Book is set up with the metaphor of a journey. Contains suggestions for including blogs and wikis in Project Based Learning. Perhaps this is something that would be useful for our TEC Leaders?

A Bright Idea: Shedding Light on Web 2.0 Applications
Kathy Schrock

online support materials

Web 2.0 tools allows people to focus on

Mash Up - two or applications used to 'mash up' content to create a new product
Example - visitor's guide to Atlanta - Flickr photos combined with Google maps and reviews from Travel Advisor

The New Visual Literacy
navigate, evaluate and communicate
access to world class photography
(get the rest from online support)

ICT Literacies
technical skills
(get the rest from online support)

Disruptive Technology (Australian educator)
disruption is essential for change
disruption is seen as evil by some administrators and leaders
(get the rest from online support)

Check out Podcasts from David Warlick

Geocaching and Geotrekking with GPSs to Build Integrated Literacies
Tim Pelton and Leslee Francis Pelton

website -
slides available on NECC website

information represented in metres as well as latitude and longitude
about 30 satellites right now, needs 24 to make the system work
selective availablity - GPS needs 4 satellites to work - 3 to pinpoint the locations and one to represent the information
accuracy of 5 to 10 metres

walk in a straight line, stop and look before you turn, and then turn
hold the GPS up in the air, not down toward the ground

check out (can drag the files right onto Google Earth and then view the caches, can )
histrocially called treasuring hunting, waymarking and letterboxing
problem-solving activity
community (420000 caches 43000 paticipants)
microcache(film canister)
geomuggles-people who are not in the know (reference from Harry Potter) - supposed to be a secretive activity
TNLN - took nothing left nothing, CITO-cache in trash out,
encryption is used to avoid spoilers - codes to classify the information so only people in the know can access the information
read - Geocaching for Dummies

A collection of geocaches(traditional, virtual, or online GE) that are designed to provide clues, resources and scaffolding to support learners as they work toward achieving their learning goals. Could be used as an end of unit activity - a consolidation challenge.

Problem Based Learning
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Low Friction, Low Threshold Technology
Learner Centred

Three types of Geotreks
1. Fixed Location
self-directed tour of interest - leads learners to locations and items of interest

ecologically significant site
historically significant site
geographically significant site
create an Amazing Race kind of activity
look into the Garmin Gecko - virtual games built right in which increases the physical activity aspect of geotrekking
Math - A - Rama activity with clues at the geocache

2. Portable
not location specific
may or may not have predefined waypoints

map of the school yard or park - assign different sets of features to different groups of students

3. Google Earth
manipulatable globe of high definition images
overlays, placemarks, snapshots, tours, files
cacheless discovery

Geotrek of airline costs

Classrooms and Libraries for the Net Generation
Doug Johnson

Common Understandings
1. Net genners like to learn - they just don't like to learn the way that we are teaching them.
2. It is easier for us to change, than to try and change them.

Suggested Resource - Educating the Net Generation by Educause (free downloadable book)

Characteristics of the Net Generation:
fascinated by technology
access to media is primarily at home, not at school

use technology as a hook
create education that is ubiquitous and 24/7
use students' own technologies to teach them
develop buildings where kids want to be

Threshold Magazine, Fall 2005 - image of digital backpack and examples of how mobile technology can be used in positive ways

folksonomy - enables one object to have more than one label - a can of tuna fish can be tagged as tuna, fish, canned meat, protein, sandwich fixings, things less than $2, things on sale, etc.

authority - the higher your education, the more likely you are to consult wikipedia, 36% of people check wikipedia daily, collective wisdom

information fluency - organizing, creating and using information

For future reference - might want to look at Doug Johnson's page and blog for lots of good information on the Net Generation - charactistics and implications