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Blogging the Future of Higher Education

Tomorrow's Professor Blog: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Stanford University have joined forces to produce a forum to allow readers of the “Tomorrow`s Professor Mailing List” to reach out to other subscribers and to hear and share thoughts with colleagues from around the world.

eSchool News: For some educators, tagging is "it"

via eSchool News: "A new way to find and store information online has implications for schools : A new way of searching the web that has emerged in the last year or so makes it easier than ever to find, store, and share information online.

Supporters of the method, known as "tagging," say it could have broad implications for educators looking to direct students quickly and easily to more relevant information on the internet."


Digital Geography

Digital Geography is an UK-based website for teachers focused on using ICT and social software resources in the geography curriculum.

Noel Jenkins, the brains behind Digital Geography, uses Google Earth and Flickr, along with his own model curriculum (including animation), to make geography a fun, interactive, and active learning experience for students.

This is a perfect example of a teacher using ICT to support instruction and student-centered learning environments. With so many resources, Digital Geography (and its former incarnation Juicy Geography), it's no wonder that teachers from every corner of the world are flocking to this treasure trove of resources.

Brilliant! Just brilliant!


Media Awareness Network

The Media Awareness Network (MNet) is home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of media education and Internet literacy resources. The website has a wide variety of free resources for teachers (en)(fr), parents (en)(fr), and students (en)(fr).

One of their special initiatives is the Be Web Aware (en)(fr) program, which includes many helpful tips for teens using social software, instant messaging, blogs, and web search. The resources are available in both French and English.


Gen Y: It's All About Them

To: Subject: Why It's All About Me
by JONATHAN D. GLATER >New York Times

"One student skipped class and then sent the professor an e-mail message asking for copies of her teaching notes. Another did not like her grade, and wrote a petulant message to the professor. Another explained that she was late for a Monday class because she was recovering from drinking too much at a wild weekend party.

At colleges and universities nationwide, e-mail has made professors much more approachable. But many say it has made them too accessible, erasing boundaries that traditionally kept students at a healthy distance." more >>


Gen Y: Our Time is Now

Our Time Is Now: "Young People Changing the World tells the stories of more than thirty young people in over twenty countries who are taking action to contribute to their local and global communities.

The book spotlights the efforts of young leaders who are addressing a host of urgent global challenges: poverty, violence, racism, environmental destruction, and civic apathy, to name only a few.

For those youth profiled, serving the community is both a challenge and an adventure; serious work and creative fun. Each provides insights on strategies that can help ensure the success of an initiative, while reflecting on the rich personal rewards of giving back."


MemoryWiki: Curriculum Idea

MemoryWiki is interested in developing features specifically designed for use in educational settings.

This page has some ideas for how MemoryWiki can be used in Elementary, Junior High and High School classrooms as a part of History, Social Studies or Creative Writing classes.

Because MemoryWiki is always changing and its collection of memoirs is expanding, check the site often for new ideas and uses.

What is a Blog?

TheWeblogProject is the first open source, FREE, grassroots movie to promote and evangelize bloggers, the blogosphere, and their potential.

While most of the interviews are conducted in English, a few of the interviews, like the one with Eugenio La Teana, Director of Research and Development for RTL 102.5 are in Italian.

After watching several interviews, I found myself reflecting on Eugenio La Teana's observation on how blogs can be used as a way to communicate and share our emotions:

"It's a tool for communicating, it's a virtual 'square of emotions.' It's an instrument that changes while using it, for sure the essence of it is to be able to share what our emotions are which can be in text, video, audio or images.

But this way of sharing emotions can be described as 'falls'; you don't have to stop to think but add the most of contents you can, waiting for comments, in order to create a virtual forum where it's more personal, thus creating a flowing debate."

Eugenio detto buono, detto bene! Brillante!


Qwika: Bridging the Wikipedia language gap

Qwika: "A search engine designed specifically to search wikis. Our aim is to cover all sizeable wikis in all sizeable languages, translate them, make them easily findable in the shortest possible time.

Quika is the only search engine to index machine translated content, so that users may search for terms in their own language and see results translated from English. Languages included are German, French, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Chinese and Russian."

Very cool. Give it a try!

Student Voices on Technology

Listening to Student Voices on Technology: The Student Voices study, a joint venture of the Center for Policy Studies and Hamline University, conducted research on student attitudes, perceptions and behavior on technology and its current and potential role in K-12 education.

The verdict? Today's web-savvy students are stuck in text-dominated schools.


mLearning Toolbox: Video, PSP, & iPod

Google Video

Video content from Google Video Search can be downloaded in either an iPod or Sony PSP compatible file, making it even easier for instructors to aggregate video-based content for use on mobile devices.

In addition, Google Video provides users with the HTML code required to easily embed video into a course blog or website, which in turn may be viewed by students on a web-enabled mobile device.

CNET Insider Secrets

CNET Insider Secrets has put together an informative and easy-to-follow tutorial which will show you how to put video on your PSP. Actually, it's more of a hack tip using Videora Labs' PSP Video 9.0, available for download here.

Lifehacker: YouTube videos to iPod or PSP?

Lifehacker explains how to use a Greasemonkey script to save video from YouTube onto a portable device like the PSP or video iPod.

Apple Video iPod

Apple has put together a tutorial on creating video for iPod using QuickTime, easily converting video into a format that iPod understands.


mLearning Toolbox: MySpace Goes Mobile

MSNBC: "The social networking site MySpace, hugely successful among teenagers and twenty-somethings, is about to become more ubiquitous with the launch of a cellular service that will let users read and post to the site for free."

Web Resources

Ready! Set! Read!


Read Across America is a literacy program sponsored by the National Teachers Association (NEA). The annual program coincides with the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to children around the world as Dr. Seuss!

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful learners. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

Target is supporting the Read Across America program by sponsoring a Happy Bookday celebration in their stores on February 26th. In addition, they have put together a very fun, colorful, and interactive companion website called Ready. Sit. Read.

Kids (young or old) can use the Ready. Sit. Read community to pick a book, form an online book group, design and send ClubVites to friends, and create their own My Club online meeting space.

And if they get stuck on deciding on a name for their club, there is even a quirky Club Name and Logo Generator, complete with a whimsical flying monkey friend to help out!

There's even a coupon for $2.00 off any book at Target. This is a fun and interactive way to combine kids love of technology with reading.

And for the record, my favorite Dr. Seuss book is The Sneeches. Why? Well, it's all about one of my favorite topics: community!


ProfCast: Publish Keynote or Powerpoint

ProfCast: "An ideal tool for recording and publishing your live Keynote or PowerPoint presentation.

All elements of your presentation, including slide timing and voice narration, are recorded. You can then publish your complete presentation on the web as a podcast, complete with RSS support."