This podcasting site might be worth a look as some of our team members delve into Internet radio and podcasting. The Talkshoe site is more than a podcast hosting site-it allows users to "call in" live during the show. The ability of the community to participate as the podcast is being created could be a great way to generate interest and keep traffic high. The ad-supported site shares its revenue with popular podcast shows through the Talkshoe Cash Program. I really like the idea of creating a podcast with instead of for the listeners.
Here is the demo.
P.S. I love that falling leaves and coke advertisement. They are made of PURE CSS!!
Common Craft, where the product is explanation delivered in short animated videos, have unsurprisingly acquired a following of educators that are putting their videos to use. The following results are of a case study published by Common Craft, around how one school district, containing 30 schools that serve over 16,000 students, 1200 teachers and 2100 total staff is using these videos.
Who is the target audience for the videos? How do they react to them?
Our target is wide range – staff and students. The primary target would be our 6th grade course. The initial videos – blogs & wikis – are not used too much anymore due to our spectacular trainings (haha). Every time they are shown – the staff and students really enjoy them and certainly meets their need of learning without all the techno-garble.
What problem do the videos solve?
They really help solve that introduction and defining “the what is this thing” in clear and simple to understand terms. Too often us ‘techies’ get too confusing so this allows them to watch and learn in a non-intimidating manner (with a good chuckle or two). Since we have them in our LMS, they can review them anytime they need.
How are the videos displayed or shared? Intranet? LMS? DVD? etc.
Primarily our LMS – Moodle at this point. We are looking to move to Angel (budget willing).
What would you say to other schools and school districts about getting the most from Common Craft videos?
These videos are a great for delivering introductory explanations to new technologies in a clear and easy to understand way. I would not say "simple" – because that would imply the lack of content. Each video is full valuable information presented in a fun and engaging way. Students really like that ‘old school’ animation and gets them thinking on ways they can use those same techniques in their own introductory film-making. ‘Experienced’ staff members like them because they are not confused with all of the techno-garble and confusing terminology.
The International E-Learning Association (IELA) just announced IELA's new International E-Learning Awards, an awards competition for e-learning, blended learning, and mobile learning products, courses, and success stories, in both the academic and business categories.
Awards will be given for successful courses, sites, and products, in three categories: e-learning, blended learning, and mobile learning. Each category will include awards in both the Academic and Business divisions.
More information is available here.
Here is a format that Erin and I were working on. The goal was to capture the individual personalities behind the work being done at EdLab. We'd love your feedback and/or ideas!
You're a student in a one-room schoolhouse in a middle-class New York community in 1910, and your teacher (who happened to be trained at Teachers College) projects this image onto the wall:
What does it mean to you? What does it mean for the history of education?
The library has a collection of 4000 images from magic lantern slides. These images were, one presumes, projected into the classrooms of yesterday (or, as the about.com page suggests, through the 19th century until the 1950's). They depict images from many disciplines, including social studies, natural science, mathematics, and so on.
But that's about the extent of our knowledge. Teachers who used these in the classroom aren't around to tell us about them, and the slides don't come with a user manual (not one that I've found yet).
So, what would you do? Is there a game that could make the collection of images richer? Something else worth doing? Or should they be relegated to the trash-heap of educational history (where lessons once learned are forgotten)?
Would you publish your paper on an open-access scholarly journal?
Let me revisit our discussion from yesterday’s seminar for a minute. No matter which famous person suggests what you should do to be an important, indispensable person, it ultimately matters how you internalizes that idea and acts upon it...with all your personal circumstances considered. Scholarship, like leadership or the modern culture of gift giving/receiving, has many different definitions and serves different purposes.
I can see that some ‘researchers without borders’ or proponents of open-data would be exited about the future of open-access scholarly publications. I can also imagine though that fledgling scholars (i.e. recent grads planning a career in academia; in particular, those who want it within the ivory towers) would want to play it safe and position themselves by publishing in reputable journals.
No open-access scholarly publication has yet built a comparable reputation as let’s say, Nature. But who knows what will happen if a critical mass begins to accept and rely on open-access publications?