Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Will Fundamentally Change Learning

June 30, 2008

Yvonne marie Andres, Global SchoolNet Foundation with Lucie deLaBruere
Google Doc Presentation
Monday Concurrent Session Four

1994 Cisco, IBM Came to Global SchoolNet to create Cyber Fair
Student collaboration and publish on-line project
Peer review of content produced by students
Few programs having student evaluate digital media
–key to learning, students understand the effectiveness of project

Global SchoolNet
-always been about collaborative learning
Message they have been screaming forever
Wisdom of crowds

Online Expedition
–Virtually follow along with explorers

Wikinomics Principles

–excel in any field
–create a community with our peers
–No longer is it possible for any individual to learn all they need to survive.
–willingness to share
Acting Globally
–phrase has been re

How did this come about:
–cell phones, even grandparents own these now
–Always connected
–Web 2.0 Tools
Net Generation
–kids who have grown up collaborating
–kids who are texting to others who are not even in the same room
Global Economy

Always connected
–Web, iPod, Tvio, PDA ,GS, Cell phone, Wireless
–first it was nice, now we are annoyed when something is now availble on demand

Net Gen Ethics
Reality is that students are using collaborative tool at home with a lack of education on collaborative skills.
Schools block things because of fear.

World is Flat
If you are not giving your students these skills they are lacking and behind.
Students should participate in a collaborative global environment in every grade level.

Mindmapping Wikinomics
–collaborative site that rates movies

How Will Wikinomics impact Learning?
–textbooks outdated by publication
–students do not use them
–program is open, collaborative
Co-created content
–music programs
–getting information from others with specialize experience
Virtual Field Trips
Global Competitions
–more winners of these competitions from outside the US
–not done enough within the US
–critical thinking trying to evaluate how other schools beat them
Collaborative Tools
–twitter, twitter, twitter
–twitter literacy, start of a book, student find book
Project Registery
–not fun to do a collaborative project alone
–find a group to collaborate with
—similar to PrintShop OLD SCHOOL
–multiple photo sharing tools
Social Bookmarking

Blended Learning
Global Exhibitions

My wife also attended this session and probably did a better job at taking notes than I did.
Session also reportedly podcast and should be available.

NECC–Information Literacy

June 30, 2008

Eric LeMoine, Beaverton School District
Monday 830 Concurrent Session

What do you think of this website?

Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division

Calls for the ban of water because of its high connection to death

Importance of Information Literacy

-Information literacy Defined

-Ability to identify, locate, evaluate information effectively (including presenting it..)

-Searching and critical thinking skills are vitally important

Ban news

-students lacking information literacy skills, especially w/ regard to technology

ETS reports:

35% of students selected correct revision when asked to narrow an overly broad search

Additional data telling us that students might know technology but they are lacking critical thinking skills in a technological environment to:






communicate information

Overviewed the difference between Search Engine v. Search Directory


Advancce seaches and Boolean searches

Evaluating Websites, consider:

Accuracy (verifiable, sources)

Authority (author, url domain)

Objectivity (goal, bias, advertising)

Currentcy (last updated, links current)

Coverage (viewable, fees, special software required)

Information Literacy Skills, part II

Managing Overabundant Information

-Give Students Clear Project Criteria

-PBL needs check-list

-Using Outline Modes, Inspiration/PowerPoint


URL to Page on NECC Website. From this URL you can locate PPT handout, Two TrackStar website that guide teachers through Information LIteracy process.

Podcast of the week: Classic Poetry Aloud

June 29, 2008

Two weeks ago I began a new series of weekly reviews of podcasts that can be used in education. While I did not do such a great job making the second posting, I am back on track. Last week was the final week of a graduate class, so I trust you will give me a little slack.

Classic Poetry Aloud

Classic Poetry Aloud is an excellent example of how audio can enhance what simply reading cannot. You can subscribe to the podcast by following linking to any of the subscribe buttons on the podcast page. Additionally you can view any podcast going back to May 2007 by following the link of the podcast page to the blog page.

The purpose of the Classic Poetry Aloud Podcast is “to add another dimension to the enjoyment of poetry: listening“. As a teacher that has previously taught English, students often lack the understanding that poets write poems to be read. I have compared it to reading music lyrics; without the inflection of voice it does not mean the same. While textbook publishers have previously released audio CDs of the poems within their texts, this limits the teacher to only those poems within the textbook. Classic Poetry Aloud makes use of any poem beyond the limits of copyright limitations. The poems range a large variety of authors ranging from William Blake to Thomas Wyatt with numerous in between. The poems are organized by themes including the Romantics, War Poems, Love Poems, and Season just to name a few.

The blog site also note a Top Ten list based on listener downloads. Many of these also make my top list.

“If” by Rudyard Kipling

“O Captain! My Captain!” by Walk Whitman

And a few of my personal favorite that did not make the Top Ten

“To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence” by Jame Elroy Flecker

“To the Virgins to make much of Time” by Robert Herrick

If you teach poetry, you should be able to find at least one poem you enjoy and would like to teach. If you enjoy poetry this podcast is in your corner. If you have never appreiciated poetry, give it a try for a week. You might find something new you like. Don’t worry, I won’t tell.

Enjoy your day,

Power of a Collective Voice

June 23, 2008

During any election year it is common to hear the importance of making your voice be heard. Many in the educational technology community demonstrated this act last week when an unpopular and outdated policy came to light. The policy in question regarded the auido/video recording of presentaitons. As of last Thursday ISTE’s policy stated that the practice or recording presenations at NECC was prohibited unless the person recording the presentation has express writen consent from both the presentor (reasonable) and ISTE (???).  It is understandable to gain consent from the presentor. Eventhough these presentations are open to any registered atendee of the NECC conference with the goal of reaching large audiences, some people do not like to be recorded. I understand that some people like to control the availability of their presentations. What I do not understand is why ISTE would require consent. One would assume they have already approved the presentation and presentor as they have reviewed the submitted presentation proposal. This issue is not the focus of my writing, as this issue has be modified already.

The focus of my writing is the actions of those members opposed to this policy. I am not sure when this policy first became public, but I became aware of this policy last Thursday when the disucssion became lively by those I follow on Twitter.  With the conference beginning in just over a week, little time remained to follow old school means of addressing this issue. From my understanding this policy is a recycled policy from previous years. This policy was not clearly advertised last year as I recorded several presentations I attended last year in Atlanta. As I previously noted, I am not sure exactly when this policy was made public prior to last Thursday. I submitted a proposal at the beginning of the school year, my proposal was rejected but that is a topic for another post, and I do not recall any literature on this issue at that time. From the reaction of those on Twitter it seemed as if ISTE had only recently published this policy.

As a teacher one of my responsiblities is to teach my students to made use of all proper channels available to them. The limited time available prior to the start of the NECC conference stressed an immediacy to those opposed to this policy. As a result, many leaders in educational blogging began to publish postings clearly identifying their opposition to this policy. Example of these are here, here, here, here, here, and here. The previous is just a sample of the blog posting I read within hours of the orginial conversation on Twitter. In additional to the posting many of these bloggers addressed the proper chain of command and made good use of their ISTE memberships and emailed the decision makers within ISTE. I agree with the positions of these and other educational bloggers and intended on send an email and post the email to this blog on Friday. By the time I returned to my laptop and concluding a wrestling camp I was pleasently surprised to find out that ISTE had addressed the issue. As a result of the grassroots efforts, to rehash another election season phrase, ISTE changed the outdated policy.

To me, this is a great example of members of an organization who oppose the decisions of the groups leaders having a meaningful conversation. I am aware that some people do not full agree with the quick reaction of many of these bloggers, but to me this was a proper response. I do not agree with the claim that the changed policy was outdated and overlooked. I feel that it is the responsibility of both the leadership and the members of a group of bring awareness to policies that have expired their need. This incident reminds me of a website that my college roommates and I would use for entertainment. is a website that lists laws, according to this website, are still on the books in the indicated states. While some of these laws have lost their neccessity, others are simply ignorant and harmful to our progress. It is our responsiblity to bring awareness to our leaders when these policies exist in a time when they should no longer.

Enjoy your day,

Podcast of the Week: SMARTBoard Lessons Podcast

June 14, 2008

As part of my still being formed routine to get back into the habit of blog writing, I am making it a point to publish a review of a podcast once a week. I do this for several reasons. Once of which is that i am addict of audio. I play jazz while I teach and I always have either iTunes or the TV playing. I cannot handle silence. Another reason is that two years ago my school began actively integrating iPod technology into our classrooms. By this I mean that we have issued iPods to our students and are actively working with our teachers to open to the all possibilities that this technology permits.

Another technology that my school actively promotes are Interactive White Boards, specifically SMART Boards. For this reason I cannot think of a better way to connect these two technologies than to make my first podcast review one that combines these technologies.

SMARTBoard Lessons Podcasts

The SMARTBoard Lessons Podcasts is engaging, entertaining, and educational. Podcast hosts Ben Hazzard and Joan Badger provide great lessons plans, links, and music. The lesson plans are often geared toward specific disciplines; however, they can often be adapted to various courses. At the least the lessons demonstrate tools and tricks that a teacher can use or have their students use to make the IWB more than just a projection screen. Joan must spend as much time on the the internet as I do, not necessarily a good or a bad thing, as she always has a couple useful link for teachers to check out. The links are always helpful and often are some type of Web 2.0 application that can be combined with the IWB. The two hosts work great together and provide an entertaining product. Regardless if you are a teacher looking to improve your SMARTBoarding skills or an educator considering the purchase of such a board, this podcast should be a regular part of your iTunes download.

Favorite espisodes include:

Episode 126 Cause and Effect Commercialism
Episode 121 Combining SMART Recorder and Voicethread
Episode 99 Which gave me a Jeopardy Templete

I realize that these are all recent episodes, but i promise I have been listening to this podcasts since the first ten episodes. I’ll blame it on short term memory.

Keep up the good work Ben and Joan.

Enjoy your day,