Collaboration 2.0 :: August 20, 2008

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Expert Teachers: The Risk of Becoming Knowledge Workers

How can teachers become the workers or facilitators of knowledge development rather than merely remain as sources and transmitters of information? How can students be supported in knowledge growth that expands individual knowledge through meaningful application within the confines of regular coursework?

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News

Kindergarten Goes Virtual

Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania will be continuing its Virtual Kindergarten program this year at one of its elementary schools after piloting it during 2007-2008. The program uses Wimba Classroom, a suite of virtual classroom services that include audio, video, application sharing, and content display; and Wimba Voice, which allows the teacher to embed audio, including voice, into a Web page.

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PBwiki Offers $25 Million in Web 2.0 Tools for Educators

Collaborative technology developer PBwiki has launched two new grant programs for education offering free upgrades to the company's hosted wiki service and other awards.

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Nano Science Gets K-12 Boost

A new program to introduce K-12 students to nano science has been launched by artists and scientists from NanoArt21.org and The Nanotechnology Group. Seeing a lack of coverage of nano science in K-12 curriculum, NanoArt K12 was introduced to stimulate education activities about nanoscale art, science, and technology. Nano means "dwarf," and a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.

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Free 'Quiz School' Resource Adds Analytics, Integrates with Flickr and Google Maps

ProProfs has upgraded Quiz School, a free online resource that allows educators generate custom assessments. The new version, launched this week, adds integration with popular social media services and includes new analytics and reporting features.

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Angel Integrates Online Courses with LMS

Angel Learning has partnered with Class.com to bring that company's online courses to Angel's Learning Management Suite.

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T.H.E. Journal Opportunities

Share Your Best Practices

T.H.E. Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles for future issues and for our eNewsletter, T.H.E. SmartClassroom:

  • School Perspectives -- discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.
  • Case Studies -- have you implemented technology and learned a lot from the experience? If so, share your efforts about what worked -- and what didn't.

If you have a potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail editorial@thejournal.com

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