Great Resource For New And Old Alike…
Via George Siemens I’ve just learned of a really useful one-stop-fits-all wiki guide which has been initiated by Manitoba’s Learning Technologies Centre. It provides a really useful introduction and advice to users on some of the most common Web2.0 tools. Covering such topics as Flickr, Blogs, Wikis, Social-Bookmarking, Audio, Video, WebConferencing and Tying It All Together (RSS et al), this really is an excellent reference resource for those starting out on the Road-To-Enlightenment2.0.
One thing I am glad of is the rapid spread of these ‘how-to’s and ‘guides’. For my money, the sheer proliferation of them is a healthy indication that the tools are here to stay and that they are only going to become more and more important. This is a message that we need to get to more people in schools and authorities so that we can evolve as educators.
One of the things I’m finding frustrating at the moment is fitting it all in. The ‘joys’ of being a classroom teacher with folios and NABS (Scottish Coursework Assessments) means that this particular term is a disaster area for regular blogging (at least for this teacher!)… but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And I don’t mean that the folios and so forth will be over soon, I mean that I am still at the start of the 2.0 learning curve myself and have been squirreling away ideas for future reference. I am finding my way with Moodle and running my own Blog engine for the school, but next year I should be in a position to have resources available for the pupils and also a few more teachers up to speed and producing their own materials… and it is a cumulative process. One beauty of online materials is that they are there for future years/courses, and the onset of GLOW can only speed up this process for all Scottish teachers…
Anyway… I’ve got some essays to mark and then some serious reading to catch up on!
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