Well, here we go.
Today, we're going to be talking about learning networks, and how we can use blogs, podcasts, wikis, and other learning tools to create them.
We're going to begin today here, an article in this month's Edutopia Magazine. The piece is written by Will Richardson, one of my teachers in the edublogosphere, the learning network that I call "home."
After we've read the piece, I'd like for you to take ten minutes and use the comments section of this post to write your thoughts about what you've just read, as well as any questions that this raises for you and/or anything you're hoping we can explore further today.
I won't lie to you -- it's my goal today to convince you that every person -- student, teacher, administrator, parent, or otherwise -- is a person of value who can contribute positively to a learning network. We've all got a lot to learn from each others' experiences, knowledge, questions and concerns.
And today, we're going to look at some of the nuts and bolts of that sharing.
Everyone's network starts with two essential pieces -- your input device and your output device. For us today, Blogger is for output, and Bloglines is for input. While we're a "writing project," We'll start with input today, and move on from there.
By the time you leave today, hopefully you'll have created a personal learning network, as well as populated it with some useful resources for you. Then, it's up to you to become a participant in the networked world. After you're proficient, it's time to get your students involved.
Anything else we accomplish is bonus.
A few links we'll probably end up using (although we might not):
- Blogger and Bloglines Tutorial (We looked at this when we met in June. No shame in reviewing it. If you'd prefer, here's another tutorial that deals with the same issues.)
- Technorati (Google for Blogs)
- Podshow (Adam Curry's podcasting "network)
- Bailey crisis blog article from Rocky Mountain News -- Friday, September 29th, 2006
- Bud's Wiki (permission letters, odds 'n' ends, etc.)
- Placeholder Wiki for Today
- K12Online Conference
- Karl Fisch's Fischbowl - Did You Know?
- Bud's "No Good Thing is Easy" Reference. (Basic tech and blog/podcast info -- might be a useful read for you -- but I won't force anybody to read it.)
- Visual Thesaurus