[IAEP] Sugar Digest 2008-09-30

Kevin Cole kevin.cole at gallaudet.edu
Tue Sep 30 17:11:38 EDT 2008


I'm guessing some on this list are already aware of  Classroom 2.0
(http://www.classroom20.com/).  But, just in case, I thought it bore
mentioning. There may be room to coordinate / collaborate with Steve
Hargadon who is the site's prime mover as well as someone who puts on
a great traveling road show of LTSP boxes for educators. (In fact, I
got to see an early prototype of the XO because I was volunteering for
his road show at NECC in San Diego a few years ago, where NN was the
keynote speaker.)

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 4:10 PM, Greg Smith <gregsmitholpc at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Walter et al,
> Walter Bender wrote:
>  > So why doesn't someone set up a social-networking site--ideally
> > integrated with the popular tools such as Word Press--to enable
> > bloggers to find a willing peer to suggest revisions before the
> > publish button is pressed (a "Send to editor" button)? Such an
> > exchange need not be symmetric--some people prefer the role of critic
> > to creator; it would be a simple, powerful enhancement to the
> > blogsphere. (Or does such a site already exist?)
> GS - That is essentially what EduBlog is designed to do for a chosen set
> of reviewers (mostly teachers). In its current incarnation its designed
> to run on a School Server (not the Internet), its hooked in to Moodle
> and Blogger.com blogs only and the workflow is student <-> teacher only.
> All of those things could be improved on in phase 2. EduBlog is
> currently being tried out by some schools in Uruguay and we're working
> on bringing new people in to the project (programmers, project managers
> and users) before we pick the goals for phase 2.
> For an EduBlog overview see:
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Educational_Blogger_Project
> If anyone wants to particpate in phase 2 or wants access to the system,
> send me a note. I need to check with Pablo and the engineer team before
> getting you a login but I think they will agree to broaden the trial,
> epsecially if we get more volunteers to work on it.
> On:
>  > 1. Open Minds: David Farning and I had the opportunity to attend the
> Open Minds conference in Indianapolis this past weekend. It was
> refreshing to spend time with so many teachers passionate for learning
> and creating opportunities for their students. I tried to tune into
> dicsussions about the various roadblocks that inhibit the introduction
> of technology into schools and into classrooms. The list is pretty
> long and some of the items are formidable, but nonetheless, there are
> obvious needs and teachers and administrators who are fighting for
> change. There was lots of interest in Sugar?teachers and
> administrators are looking for an easy (and inexpensive) way to try it
> in their classrooms.
> GS - Can list a handful of main issues which are "roadblocks"?
> Thanks,
> Greg S
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