Business - Written by Caleb Love on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 15:16 - 3 Comments
Helping Teachers Out
I would like to take time now to apologize to many of you teachers out there. In my first blog post, I hopped up on my soapbox and condemned all academia. That was a little unfair. Growing up with ADHD and being forced to sit through HOURS and HOURS of INCREDIBLY BORING lectures literally feels like cruel and unusual punishment for a child/adult. It has left me a little bitter.
Many of you educators are picking up the Wikinomics standard in your communities and starting grassroots movements to make sure that students are being given better opportunities to learn. So, to extend the olive branch I have decided to write a blog post to try to help you out.
Recently I have come across some pretty cool sites and blogs that might be able to help you as you seek to better understand what needs to happen to make your class education 2.0. I would encourage the other educators that are reading this to share their thoughts and resources in comments.
Ok here goes:
There is an organization known as The Center for Learning and Performance Technologies. It is dedicated to staying up to date on learning trends, technologies and tools and finding ways to implement them into organizations.
The Founder and Head of the center, Jane Hart, also writes a blog called Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day in which she highlights and then breaks down how to use the learning tools.
Epistemicgames.org has developed a variety of videogames that educators can use to teach. Games like Digital Zoo, allows students to develop real-world skills in science and engineering. Journalism.net allows players to become reporters for an online news magazine and The Pandora Project allows players to become high-powered negotiators deciding real-world medical controversy.
classroom20.com is a community of professors and educators that share information, talk and share best practices with one another on how to better help their students.
The Institute of Play, The Digital Media and Learning Center is sponsored by The MacArthur Foundation. The foundation coordinates research programs with other universities and institutions to investigate new methods of education.
So to all you teachers working hard for Wikinomics, am I forgiven?
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