Tuesday, January 02, 2007

[TIPS] Infinite Thinking Machine - wiki or blog?

Welcome back. So, 2007, eh? Wow... so... modern. :-) But time marches onward, etc etc. The only thing we can be sure about is that most of our students will be celebrating New Year's Eve at 2050! Half way through this century!! YIKES! What will our schools be like then? 
Anyway, a line at the top of this blog reads, "ideas to help teachers and students thrive in the 21st century." The above article discusses the notion of blogs vs wikis and offers some nice links to some great wiki examples. When you finish browsing those, check out Chris' Show on blogs here: http://www.infinitethinking.org/2006/12/itm-4-welcome-to-blogosphere.html. There's an interesting section from Wes Fryer in there, too. (Check out his podcast, "Be (Constructively) Digitally Disruptive in 2007")
A couple of cools things here. First, The conversation about technology in education continues here and the contributors to this blog link to some excellent examples. Second, the site itself is clever, offering both blogs and "shows." You know, YOUR class could do something like this, as well. What if your school newspaper offered both blog posts and videos? What if your school site was based on that idea? The IU offers an open source web application called Joomla that would allow you to make a site like this. Interested? You know how to reach me.
Here's hoping that YOU will make 2007 the year that you investigate and embrace the use of these tools with your classes. You won't be disappointed.

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