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September 20, 2007, 1:41 am
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Kids think everything is clickable – even their parents.

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes


parents and students….working together!!! The future!!
September 20, 2007, 1:35 am
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The internet isn’t as dangerous as people think it is, with parents help it can be a pleasure to use for all.Students using web 2.0 tools are at a great advantage as it teaches them to work together collaboratively within the classroom with their fellow peers and teacher. Parents are unaware of this technological shift and sometimes its their children that update them about these new advances.Educators within schools should take it upon themselves to venture out into the world and find what is on the internet, it will truly amaze you. Effectively engaging students with school work that can be done using these web2.0 tools will shed a whole different light on the way the students see their school work.Parents on the other hand are often nagging students asking them if they have completed their homework and to get off the computer and start doing some writing, when in fact they are on the computer working on their blog for homework or working on a wiki to be able to work collaboratively with other students within their class.  We do have teachers in our schools who are exploring right alongside me, and others who can see the power of Web 2.0 for blending learning experiences with global education and business contacts. But you are right – it is a big shift for educators to jump into social networking. The tools are definitely no longer fads – they ARE our kids, and they are their future… and now!JUDY O’CONNELL

September 19, 2007, 10:39 pm
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September 13, 2007, 12:14 am
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Understanding and Promoting Complex Learning Using Technology-By Phillip Abrami

September 12th, 2007

This paper serves as the introduction to a collection of 8 projects and a commentary seeking to understand and promote complex learning using technology. Selective evidence on the current state of technology for learning in schools is summarized along with numerous recommendations. Key issues associated with the uses of technology to promote complex and active learning are highlighted. It is argued that accessibility and interactivity with the material and other learners are important features which influence the underlying motivational and cognitive processes which affect complex learning using technology.

The nature of cooperative learning is briefly summarized emphasizing positive interdependence and individual accountability as means to promote peer interaction. Fourteen learner-centered psychological principles are listed under several headings: cognitive and met cognitive, motivational and affective, developmental and social, and individual difference factors influencing learners and learning.

Finally, key issues in the technology integration process are discussed: creating the school vision, taking stock, partnerships, professional development, implementation, and review.


The article shows how technology supports collaborative learning within the classroom and how it supports the individual in learning and most importantly learning effectively. This in turn will enable students to be self learners which is important. In describing the importance of psychology on technology and learning the author also suggested lifelong learners, whether inside or outside the classroom, self-regulate their own learning. Such is an interesting point as it shows that learners will engage with the learning task cognitively, metacognitvely and motivationally. Overall it makes a clear point of how technology plays an important role in the process by enhancing students interactively with the material to be learnt.

What web 2.0 can teach us about learning?
September 13, 2007, 12:09 am
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What Web 2.0 Can Teach Us about Learning- By Edward Moleny

September 12th, 2007




The article is about the effects of computer and Internet technology on higher education. While technology has extremely promising benefits for education in the United States, it has mainly been used to facilitate the delivery of content rather than change the ways people are educated. Edward Moleny believes the problem is that most course-management systems were developed at a time when the Internet was seen primarily as a mechanism for information delivery. To improve this, teachers should look toward the evolution of “Web 2.0,” which focuses on new means of creating and presenting data.

 Most educators including teachers are noticing a way on how to change the way they teach and the way students learn. It is extremely important for us to look at technology and the advancements which come along with technology and how it can be used as a means of teaching students and for them to be able to use technology to learn in a more collaborative environment.

Within classrooms most educators are allowing students to use technologies but these don’t allow students to think. Management systems such as PowerPoint help but don’t allow students to think. The problem is that most course-management systems were developed at a time when the Internet was seen primarily as a mechanism for information delivery. We need to turn to the web 2.0 where people can now put ‘themselves’ into the internet. People can have a say and students can now be granted to opportunity to ‘collaborative’ learn.

Twenty-first century learning in schools.
September 12, 2007, 11:18 pm
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Twenty-first century learning in schools.By Bob Pearlman. 

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There are a lot of changes which started to take place during the 1990’s according to Bob Pearlman. These included globalization and an increased role in technology in work and life. Learning in the 21st century includes information and communication skills, thinking and problem-solving skills, interpersonal and self-directional skills, and the skills to use twenty-first century tools such as information and communication technologies.

This article goes through how the government is planning to spend over 80 billion dollars in re building schools within America which are over 15years old and create a 21st century environment  which is able to inspire learning for decades to come. But to do this we need to know what the students want to learn and the skills they need for the 21st century. I think this is really important due to the fact that this is the future, technology is our future and if the future generations don’t know how to function within society and to keep up with the recent technological advancements then we wont be going anywhere and we will be trapped in the past.When thinking about preparing students for the 21st century we need to address a few important questions and Bob Pearlman asks these: 

• What learning curricula, activities, and experiences foster twenty-first century learning? 

• What assessments for learning, school based and national, foster student learning, engagement, and self-direction? 

• What physical learning environments (classroom, school, and real world) foster twenty-first century student learning?

 • How can technology support a twenty-first century collaborative learning environment and support a learning community?

Walk into a classroom at New Technology High School (NTHS)in Napa, California, and you will see students at work: writing journals online, doing research on the Internet, meeting in groups to plan and make their Web sites and their digital media presentations, and evaluating their peers for collaboration and presentation skills. Another teacher’s students may also be there in a team-taught interdisciplinary course. These activities have a name and a purpose.

This is called project-based learning, and it is designed to engage students in learning deeply.

 A simple strategy was planned out to tackle complex problems and will require critical thinking: 

• To learn collaboration, work in teams.

• To learn critical thinking, take on complex problems.

 To learn oral communication, present.

• To learn written communication, write.

• To learn technology, use technology.

• To develop citizenship, take on civic and global issues.

• To learn about careers, do internships.

• To learn content, research and do all of the above.  

 This strategy can be enforced if students can work on projects that are designed to extract collaboration, critical thinking, written communication, oral communication, work ethic, and other critical skills while simultaneously meeting state or national content standards.  

Bob Pearlman also goes through what a traditional classroom is like: 

·         They mainly work alone on non – complex tasks

·         They emphasize short term content memorization

·         Write for the teacher alone

·         And rarely work on group presentations  Project- and problem-based learning takes a different
1. Put students into teams of three or more students, who work
on an in-depth project for three to eight weeks.
2. Start the project by introducing a complex entry question, and
scaffold the project with activities and new information that
deepens the work.
3. Develop a time line for the project through plans, drafts, timely
benchmarks, and presentations by the team to an outside panel
of experts drawn from parents and the community.
4. Provide timely assessments to students on their projects for
content, oral communication, written communication, teamwork,
critical thinking, and other critical skills.

September 6, 2007, 2:25 am
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