Collaboration 2.0 :: September 17, 2008

Viewpoint

Expert Teachers: Building Knowledge Versus Conveying Information

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed the problem of being a knowledge worker in an essentially task-based education system. Teachers who are pressured into transferring information to students at a rate that supports test taking rather than knowledge building face considerable challenges. Not only does the system itself not support this approach, there are others risks to face.

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News

Kadoo Launches Site for Managing, Storing, and Selectively Sharing Digital Content

Kadoo has launched a site where users can manage, store, and selectively share their digital content from one place. The service was created by executives from Blackboard, which produces products and services for the education market.

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Pulitzer Center and YouTube Kick Off Video Competition

In partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, YouTube has launched Project: Report. The program, funded by Sony and Intel, encourages aspiring journalists to produce short, high-quality video pieces focused on stories that are not usually covered by the traditional media.

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CafeMom Launches $10 Million Schools Initiative

CafeMom, an online community site for moms, is enlisting parents in an initiative to donate up to $10 million dollars to support schools nationwide and, presumably, increase its own Web traffic.

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CollectiveX Revamps Web Service; 382 Schools Participate in 'Groupsites'

CollectiveX, a Web site introduced about 18 months ago, has been revamped to include new features, including drag-and-drop content modules, a redesigned user-interface, and group blogging.

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Zoho Launches Online Document Management Tool

Online collaborative technology developer Zoho has launched its new Zoho Docs, a Web-based document management tool that's designed to integrate with Zoho's online spreadsheet, presentation, and document creation software.

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DV Kitchen Web Video Publishing System Released

DVcreators.net has released DV Kitchen, a new video encoding and publishing application for Mac OS X designed specifically for creating materials to be posted on the Web.

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WildFireWeb Offers Free Web Sites to Every K-12 School

WildFireWeb is offering WebSchoolPro Web sites to all public and private K-12 schools in the United States for free. The offering comes after successfully piloting the platform in 15 California districts from 2006 to 2008.

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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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