I must start by commenting on Steve Hargadon’s Classroom 2.0. Wow! This blew me away. Talk about collaboration. Talk about connectivity. Classroom 2.0 is an impressive digital social network with infinite possibilities! This is definitely where I will get ideas as to how to engage my students in using blogs, nings, wikis, photo sharing, podcasts. Anything I can imagine is right here with interactive help and impressive models. The sidebar features directories by subjects, areas, and tools. This will be an excellent resource.
Ning in Education gets right to the heart of what teachers are most often looking for: specific subject & grade-level collaboration. As I perused this site, I found several English-related groups at the high school level that I might join. I searched “literature” and found two interesting pages of posts. At my school, Jr. English teachers introduce Realism in American Literature by showing the film Dead Poets Society. I found one teacher’s using a segment of this film to help explain to her students what literature is all about …just as Robin Williams did in the film.
Thanks to Menchu for this terrific idea! This is one of my favorite scenes in the movie.
I am pleased to say that at GACS we started a ning during the last school year. It took a little while to get people into it, but I believe it has caught on and will be a very useful networking tool for teachers and administrators. One group on our school ning is discussion Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind. Check it out.
Digital networking is definitely the way to go. Again, the Internet has provided a way for us to network 24x7. And not only is time on our side but virtual meetings and interactions can happen in a flash without physical restrictions. Networking has definitely gone digital!