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|Hi Karen--I'm also interested in uses of mobile technology||0||14:51, 7 October 2008|
|Thoughts on linking external materials||1||06:55, 23 November 2007|
|Update on Handouts4Teachers project||0||06:20, 23 November 2007|
|Greetings||0||13:33, 18 November 2007|
Randy Fisher pointed me your way. I'm also interested in the use of mobile technology for student created content as well as for delivering content to learners.
I've been trying to create content in HotLava and haven't been totally pleased with my results. Also wanted to try MobileStudy to find it doesn't support iPhone at this time.
Here is one of my blogs: http://mocozone.blogspot.com
I look forward to learning from your efforts.
Good question regarding whether content should be self contained in WikiEducator or whether linkages to external resources are OK.
I think the answer to this question is related to the pedagogical approach of the author. So for example Otago_Polytechnic are developing a series of "activity" sheets which guide prospective learners through external resources available on the net. The activity sheet is a self-contained bit of free content.
The Open Schools initiative, which has only just started - will be developing self contained study guides, where all the content will be available in WikiEd. These materials will be delivered as print-based study guides to the learners.
So there are no prescriptions in WikiEd concerning the linking of external resources - although personally I feel that we should avoid becoming a repository which merely points to other objects. Ideally we are aiming to develop free content which can be reused, remixed and redistributed in a variety of ways.
You're question has alerted me to the fact that we need some classification of the types of resources that are typically developed in WE. This will help prospective contributors think about different pedagogical approaches.
Chat to you soon.
Re: pedagogical approaches of contributing authors
I wanted to flag this, because I see it as particularly important to building community within WikiEd, and communities-of-practice (for lack of a better term), where educators can gather together and discuss, share info, modify resources, etc. resources based on their pedagagical approach... in other words, educators have something to learn from other educators(!)...
--Randy Fisher 18:55, 22 November 2007 (CET)
Let me update you where we're at with the Handouts4Teachers initiative - its a relatively new concept and in the early phases of development.
We're at the stage where colleagues at Christ College in New Zealand have developed a few examples - they haven't been uploaded yet ..;-(. I try and get this done ASAP.
The idea is to develop a set of examples for teachers - which will hopefully generate ideas for developing handouts. The model we were thinking of was to work collaboratively in the wiki space developing the content. Once the worksheet was finished, we would then convert this into an open office document to make is easy for teachers to customise and print.
In the mean time - WikiEducator has a technical project under development which will enable us to go directly from wiki ==> pdf - thus making it easier for teachers to download print versions of the handouts.
We will be promoting Handouts4Teachers in a BIG way next year. We're planning to train at least 3000 teachers in basic wiki skills and hopefully teachers will be keen to work on the Handouts4Teachers initiative.
I'll let you know when I've uploaded the lessons.
A belated welcome to our community. Too many exciting things happening in WikiEd at the moment which are taking a fair share of my time. Great to have you on board. K12 is a strategic priority area for WikiEd and I know that you will add considerable value to our initiatives.
Chat to you soon.