Have you enrolled in a MOOC?

What is a MOOC? This video from Dave Cormier will explain:   [videos file="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc" width="450" height="253"] As with so many things, when looking for a good beginning introduction, I come to Wikipedia for a basic definition of  MOOC: "A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC; /muːk/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the webIn addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a ...

Social Bookmarking

Can you remember a time when "bookmarking"  a website (or creating a "favorite") meant saving its URL address somewhere in your computer, perhaps with a note or commentary, perhaps with a tag or keyword, and perhaps in a folder? In the last 10 years this saving of resources has become one of the major tools for a teacher, because of social bookmarking sites like Diigo and Delicious. (eBiz lists many more sites.  Several are useful, some are less so.)  A social bookmarking site gives you the ...

Expanding your web

Over on the Teacher side of this blog series, you'll find a post by Barbara Stefanics with the same title as this one:  Expanding Your Web. We'll be writing on both "sides" of this blog, for Teachers and for Students, about situations and scenarios, online services and apps, hardware and networks, social and ethical considerations which are pertinent for today's internet user. Unless you've been under a rock, or deep in a cave, you're aware of the history of the Internet ...

Welcome to Expanding Your Web

We now are in the next era of using Web 2.0 and social learning. The ideas that will be investigated in this blog is best captured in a graphic. Situations & Scenarios examines how web 2.0 and social learning are used in any of the four IB programmes for both personal productivity and creativity as well as collaboration and sharing. Those involved may include teachers using online tools to plan learning activities, students in geographically dispersed classrooms collaborating in a ...

Visioning the Future

The world of the internet and the web 2.0 environment is both exciting and challenging. The pace of change is extraordinary. Social media, in particular, is growing at explosive rates. Can you believe that Twitter with over 200 million users is only five years old? Gary Hayes is an award winning multi-platform producer and author. The following are some of the statistics recorded on his blog: 107 trillion emails sent during 2010 - Source Jan 2011 Apps installed by users on Facebook ...

Crowdsourcing for profit

Broadcasting schedules are packed with a plethora of programmes about, or produced by, the general public. In times of economic austerity, the cost of programming is crucial to the profitability and survival of a network. From 'fly-on-the-wall' documentaries and viewer diaries to talent competitions, they all have one thing in common; they are relatively cheap to produce. In addition they are often extremely popular - take 'X Factor'' or 'American Idol' as examples; the 'Average Joe' loves seeing himself on ...