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5 Tools for Building a Next-Generation 'Hybrid' Class Website

5 Tools for Building a Next-Generation 'Hybrid' Class Website
[Nicholas C. Martin is a visiting professor at American University and the United Nations University for Peace. He is also co-founder and president of TechChange, an organization that trains leaders to leverage emerging technologies for sustainable social change. TechChange specializes in creating “next-generation” e-learning content, tools and communities. You can follow him on Twitter at @TechChange. Last month, I co-taught a course at American University’s School of International Service entitled ”Applications of Technology for Peacebuilding.” Prior to the course, we created an online social learning community in Drupal with a number of innovative features. Once we got the Drupal site up and running we began creating and embedding various tools to support the learning process. If you’re interested in seeing some of these tools in action you can view a sample TechChange Unit. What We’re Working on Next: Photo provided by Nick Martin. Return to Top Related:  EdTechThe curation buzz

Daniel Donahoo: Horizon Report K-12 Released: The Future of Education Is Mobile With the release of the New Media Consortium's 2011 Horizon Report for K-12 there is no doubt that the future of education is mobile. But, despite what tech-evangelists would have us believe it will not be enough to put mobile devices into children's hands and expect the education system to improve or their learning to suddenly take off. The revolution in technology, and subsequently educational technology, is an opportunity, but not a guarantee. The most recent Horizon Report repeats what it has stated for a few years now: "Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession." Mobiles are a category that defies long-term definitions. It sounds impressive because it is impressive. How will we support our education system to evolve and adapt to this new technology? We don't have to evolve, and if we don't it will be a great loss. Mobile devices will not improve our children's learning on their own.

UNG – Un clone open source de Google Docs UNG – Un clone open source de Google Docs Vous connaissez tous Google Docs, qui permet de réaliser 100% en ligne, des tâches de bureautique, que ce soit de l'édition de documents, de tableurs ou de présentations façon powerpoint...etc. Ce concurrent à Microsoft Office est de plus en plus utilisé et j'avoue très pratique pour l'édition collaborative de documents (mais moins qu'un pad :-)). Seul hic, qui peut en faire frissonner certains : Vos chers documents sont stockés sur les serveurs de Google. Autant dire qu'il vaut mieux éviter d'y mettre des choses trop sensibles... Pour répondre à ce besoin de suite bureautique en ligne, tout en conservant la main sur ses propres données, des étudiant brésiliens ont eu l'excellente idée de créer UNG (UNG is not Google). UNG utilise une base de données NOSQL et s'appuie sur SlapOS d'ERP5 mais d'après les dev, l'objectif à terme est de se détacher d'ERP5 et de s'appuyer sur les standards Unhosted. UNG est téléchargeable ici. [Source]

Social curation finds an audience: Pearltrees reaches 10M pageviews With its slick visual interface for bookmarking content, Pearltrees is unique enough that I’ve been both impressed and slightly skeptical that a mass audience will actually use it. But it looks like the site has found plenty of users. The French startup just announced that it crossed two big milestones in March: It has more than 100,000 users curating links, and it received more than 10 million pageviews. Not only does that show the concept is resonating, but it also suggests Pearltrees could reach the scale where it can build a real business around advertising or by offering premium accounts for publishers. When you share links on Pearltrees, they show up as little circles called Pearls. Pearltrees launched in December 2009, and it recently enhanced the social aspect with a new teams feature that lets groups of people create Pearltrees collaboratively. Pearltrees has raised 3.8 million euros in funding.

A Framework for Teaching with Twitter Faculty are increasingly experimenting with social media, and it’s exciting to find more and more courses incorporating Twitter, a ProfHacker favorite. Just last week on ProfHacker Ryan provided an excellent introduction to Twitter, while earlier in the summer Brian reflected on his use of Twitter in the classroom during Spring 2010. As we gear up for the Fall 2010 semester, I wanted to revisit the idea of teaching with Twitter. I’ll address my own pedagogical use of Twitter in a future ProfHacker post, but for today I want to share a general framework for Twitter adoption in the classroom, originally sketched out in late August 2009 by Rick Reo. In the process, I adapted Rick’s original matrix, re-imagining the vertical axis as a spectrum of conversation, ranging from monologic to dialogic, and redefining the horizontal axis as a measurement of student activity, ranging from passive to active. How about you?

100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education Yury Lifshits is working on algorithms and prototypes of new services at Yahoo! Research. Before that he was teaching university courses in the U.S., Germany, Russia and Estonia. Education technology has become a busy space in recent years. With so many startups on the scene, it is easy to get lost. 1. The education system of the 20th century is built around institutions: schools, colleges, academies and universities. We've now seen the first online high schools (Keystone School), colleges (University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, The Open University, University of the People), certification programs (, enterprise training programs (, art schools ( and test preparation programs (Top Test Prep, GrockIt, Knewton, RevolutionPrep, TutorJam, BrightStorm). 2. To build a new educational institution, one needs to assemble a lot of pieces. Another important area is analytics and reporting systems ( 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

First Rapid Release Firefox Beta Now Available Mozilla is pleased to release a new Firefox Beta for download and testing. Mozilla recently introduced the Firefox Aurora development channel to support more frequent releases. The shift to a rapid release development cycle delivers cutting edge Firefox features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster. After five weeks of testing on the Firefox Aurora channel, the next version of Firefox is ready for the beta channel. This release includes the Firefox channel switcher, performance and stability enhancements and support for the new CSS Animations standard to allow developers build more amazing Web experiences. Thanks to Firefox Beta testers for being a crucial part of refining and preparing the next version of Firefox for more than 400 million users worldwide. For more information:

4 Promising Curation Tools That Help Make Sense of the Web Steven Rosenbaum is a curator, author, filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of, a real-time video curation engine for publishers, brands, and websites. His book Curation Nation is slated to be published this spring by McGrawHill Business. As the volume of content swirling around the web continues to grow, we're finding ourselves drowning in a deluge of data. Where is the relevant material? The solution on the horizon is curation. In the past 90 days alone, there has been an explosion of new software offerings that are the early leaders in the curation tools category. 1. Storify co-founder Burt Herman worked as a reporter for the Associated Press during a 12-year career, six of those in news management as a bureau chief and supervising correspondent. At the AP, editors sending messages to reporters asking them to do a story would regularly write, “Can u pls storify?” Storify is currently invite only. 2. is often described as Tumblr without the blog. 3. 4.

The Social Compass is the GPS for the Adaptive Business Brian Solis inShare286 Over the years, I’ve written extensively about the need to extend opportunities in social media beyond marketing and customer service to set the stage for the social business. I believe that the impact lies beyond the socialization of business; it introduces us to a genre of an adaptive business, an entity that can earn relevance now and over time by listening, engaging, and learning. In October 2009, I worked with JESS3 to visualize corporate transparency and authenticity for the release of Engage. In the process, I realized that those two words, transparent and authentic, didn’t carry tangible business value to leaders and decision makers. Please, before you think about engaging in social media, I need you to do two things…be transparent and authentic in all you do. Got it? While the words carry great importance, in all honesty, it’s our job to define the role of transparency and authenticity in business. Exploring The Social Compass Center: The Brand Halo 1: The Players - Poster

The Dos and Don'ts of Tech Integration PD Of all the initiatives a school can begin, integrating technology may require the most professional development. This is partly because of the equipment, hardware, and software involved and partly because of the shift that a teacher must make in his or her teaching style, technique, and planning process in order to effectively use technology in the classroom. Here are some basic "dos" and "don'ts" for anyone doing tech integration professional development. This approach requires those who provide professional development for teachers to listen to their needs, and to know the school and staff they are either visiting or presenting to. This includes situations when staff present to their colleagues. For technology integration to be successful, a trainer needs to know these variances among the teachers he or she is working with and plan for how teachers will apply what they've learned with you once the session is over. see more see less

Vers le web 3.0 Par Hubert Guillaud le 21/11/06 | 27 commentaires | 28,068 lectures | Impression “Le web 2.0, qui décrit la capacité de relier sans couture des applications (comme la cartographie) et des services (comme le partage de photographies) via l’internet, est devenu ces derniers mois le centre d’attention de toutes les sociétés de la Silicon Valley. Pour autant, l’intérêt commercial pour le Web 3.0 – ou “le web sémantique” – émerge seulement maintenant. L’exemple classique de l’ère du Web 2.0 est le mashup – par exemple, un site web de location de vacances relié aux cartes de Google pour créer un service nouveau et plus utile qui montre rapidement, sur une carte, la liste des locations disponibles. Le Saint Graal des promoteurs du web sémantique consiste en un système capable de donner une réponse raisonnable et complète à une question simple du type : “Je recherche un endroit chaud pour les vacances.

10 European Startups To Watch in 2011 When you hear Silicon Valley discuss the European startup scene it’s often negatively. Some say that the investors aren’t brave enough, some say the entrepreneurs aren’t bold enough. Whether there’s any truth in these accusations or not, the fact is that there are startups across Europe that are brimming with original ideas and creativity. Following on from our 10 Exciting European Startups from 2010, here are 10 startups to look out for in 2011. Pearltrees Visitors to the LeWeb conference last month couldn’t have failed to spot Pearltrees. Pearltrees makes organising groups of links to content incredibly easy. Recent additions to the service include real-time group collaboration and a touch-screen based interface which will be ported to the iPad soon. Planely The idea behind Planely is a certainly niche one, but the Danish startup could well be onto something that frequent air travellers will love. Geomium LikeOurselves Storific Datasift SuperMarmite Viewdle Screach Shutl

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