Tuesday, December 05, 2006

School 2.0 New Website, Wiki, and One-Day Blitz

After talking about getting a school 2.0 website going for a long time, a little impetus to finally doing so was provided by Women of the Web 2.0. Sharon Peters, Jennifer Wagner, Cheryl Oakes, and Vicki Davis will be hosting a Skypecast tonight on "The Power of Web 2 in Education" (for more details, see here), and it seemed that it would be helpful to have a list of articles and websites ready to share on the topic, since I'm not going to be able to make the Skypecast. The School 2.0 wiki is at school20.wikispaces.com and you'll see that the only content that is up currently are the links in the resource section that I'd been collecting already (worth checking out, as there is some AWESOME material). But now the wiki is available for the real content, which will come from the community, and hopefully will quickly eclipse what I've put there.

I will take credit for the "Ideas" section, which I'm hoping others will flesh out. I'm convinced that the current technologies that we call Web 2.0, Free and Open Source Software, open content, distance-learning, video-conferencing, and virtual reality are significant not because they are "technology," but because they bring new, compelling methods and ideas for learning that are transformative. I hope you will expand on these--describe them, add to them, modify them, argue with them... They are:

Participation
Collaboration
Openness
Engagement
Self Learning
Mentoring
Apprenticeship

I'm also tentatively announcing a School 2.0 one-day conference on Saturday, June 23, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia, just prior to NECC. I anticipate it will be a blitz of teacher and student demos, panel discussions, video-feeds that will be blogged and flickred and podcast real-time--and that will take a day or two to recover from. We have some big-name folks who are promising to come, but the real key will be to network, mingle, and hear from those in the trenches using the tools of School 2.0. This means that our more relaxed EduBloggerCon "unconference" could be the day before (Friday, June 22), giving a two-day combination that would be an real treat. Or, we combine the two events into one... Let me know your feelings.

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