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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

EFF: Bloggers' FAQ: Student Blogging
This website discusses the legal issues about student blogging. There is currently in the USA significant debate about the rights of students when they are blogging following some schools banning students based on comments made in the blog. The same is happening in the business world where some employees have been sacked by their employers for their blog contents. Whilst specific to the USA, it is nevertheless helpful in thinking about student rights in Australia. It is important to stress to students that there blogs are public media and they will face consequences of abusive, racist or sexist remarks as well as comments which breach privacy.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Creating Community With Blogs
This website provides some advice on using blogs from an English teacher in California. Some of the comments are also worth reading. You might want to follow some of the links on the right hand side of the screen - the English 2 Blog Rubric provides some tips for students and a marking guide for marking student blog contributions.
I was also interested in the way that he has used a weblog to provide a summary of a topic. It just shows that a weblog can be used for many things other than just maintaining a journal.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

PDAs in the Classroom
A short article with suggestions on using PDAs in the classroom. I did not know about the tip of using Probesight to attach probes and sensors to a PDA.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Flexible Learning in Industry

The website for the industry project in the Australian Flexible Learning Framework has been substantially revised. It contains information of value to anyone interested in implementing e-learning in industry. There are links to the 8 exemplar projects undertaken in 2005.

George Siemens Presentation to Cool Connections Conference

This is the website that George developed to support his presentation to the Cool Connections conference held in Sydney. This was a great presentation and helped me get a better understanding of his thinking about connectivism. He talked about networks being a metaphor for learning and that the nodes could be people but it could be also content or a database etc. The presentation provided a good overview of the uses of a number of the educational technology tools frequently talked about on the web these days.

Learningfeeds.com
A website with a number of mp3 files from the recent Learning 2005 conference organised by Elliott Masie. Some topics that caught my attention included "Podcast on how to podcast", "uisng Podcasting in Corporate Learning" and "Learning with Blog and Wikis".

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Personal Learning Environments Blog
This website has been set up in support of a European project on Personal Learning Environments. Such a project has the potential to address the needs of learners to personalise their web learning experience. I will be interested to see how this project develops.

Dossiers technop�dagogiques
A look at wikis and their potential uses in education. The site has a number of examples of wikis, a discussion around pedagogical uses and links to some tools.

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