Education 2.0 social network for your class – Diipo LLC Diipo.com is a social networking sites that is set up for just teachers and students. Teachers can set up class sites where they can post announcements as well as assignments along with links and attachments for students in that particular class site. Students can be added to class rosters, upload files, post entries like a blog, contribute to other group projects, and more.There is also a Ning-like virtual teacher’s lounge where educators can interact.
AnswerGarden – Plant a Question, Grow Answers Another Camilla Elliot find. AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it in the classroom as an educational tool or at work as a creative brainstorming tool. Or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook.
IfItWereMyHome.com From Camilla Elliott. A gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use the country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. You can also use the visualisation tool to help understand the impact of a disaster. The Pakistan Flood and BP Oil Spill are currently featured. Advertising and comments are a problem for classroom use but still a valuable teaching tool.
Licorize – for the web worker tribe A social bookmarking tool that enables you to collect, share, edit, enhance and present your bookmarks. It prides itself on flexibility and the ability to value add to your bookmarks. Integrates with Twitter and Evernote. Basic account free – need to pay for full features.
Blastgroups – Create a Free Group Website and Email List for any Group A Blast Group is similar to a Ning, but FREE!! Allows the creation, for each of your students, their own page. It can have their own “stream”, plus you can have a main page with a forum, blog, links, calendar etc. The idea is that students will contribute useful links etc, have a place where they can bounce ideas off each other, be aware of deadlines, as well as having their own space to capture their thoughts as we go along. Blast Groups can be private or public
SF Signal: The All-Encompassing Machinery: Dystopia in the 21st Century A column about Dystopian fiction today. “It began as a reaction (sometimes a very reactionary one) to unreflexive utopianism, but eventually became more sophisticated, although maintaining a sharp, singular point. In general dystopian works have made people consider the shortcomings of the world around them, and the one that they were helping to make, rather than serving as “pure” entertainment.”
School filters coddle kids, are ineffective – Internet – News “Internet filters in schools often compromise a teacher’s ability to teach, yet at the same time are easy for tech-savvy students to get around, a parliamentary committee on cyberbullying has heard. The Federal Parliament undertook a cyber-safety committee late last week to investigate community concerns about protecting children from bullying online and the measures that could be used to prevent it, such as Internet filtering.”
Flavorwire » Judging Countries By Their Covers: US vs UK Book Jackets ” They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a country by the kind of covers it puts on its books? We’ve always found the cover changes between US and UK editions of the same books pretty interesting – they must be reflective of our different cultures in some way incomprehensible to us”
Social Media & Web 2.0 for Learning “This presentation and site provides all the resources shared during the ‘Social Media & Web 2.0 for Learning’ workshop (I facilitate), which focuses on several of the most essential learning tools that we can use to facilitate learning and build an effective personal learning environment and network”