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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Calling all English language stakeholders!!

"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as
long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can." –
George Bernard Shaw

This quote by George Bernard Shaw, I think, sums up how most of those who participate in WE and their commitment to OERs. In an attempt to do something for the community, I’ve
created the beginnings of an open course in English language learning
with the intent of bringing together English-language speakers (of all levels and
ages) in a way that fosters interaction. Although it may appear a bit
structured, the idea (as I have it at the moment) is to bring those
along the “long tailinto the heart of a discussion that brings about various cross-
cultural perspectives. In other words, I´m interested in not only
bringing together English language educators and ELLs, but any English
speaker that has an interest in interacting with big ideas, understandings, etc. as well as guiding ELLs
through the language learning process.

Recognizing that I will never develop such a project as well alone as
I could with others, I invite you to the wiki in order to have an
idea as to what I´m proposing. If it is of any interest to you
(regardless of your education, experience, or English level), please
feel free to leave comments in the “discussion” tab or contact me
directly (I prefer the “discussion” tab over putting comments directly in the
page itself, please). If anyone would like to discuss this in real-
time, we can certainly do that as well. I´m actually more interested
in receiving comments that explain why a project of this type would
not work, or how in its current form the course would fall short in
achieving its objective (i.e., constructive criticism).

Thanking you for taking the time to read this post, I am.

Benjamin

Friday, April 10, 2009

Web2.0 Classrooms versus learning

Web 2.0 Classrooms Versus Learning?

Here´s an interesting discussion about using technology as a tool and the process of learning. There are many for and against this issue, two videos in particular are mentioned: 1) Networked Student and 2)From Questions to Concepts. However, I don´t see this as much of a debate. I think most would agree that technology has a place in most educational experiences, but that it depends a lot on the course, teacher, student, and technology available. These videos show a variety of ways that technology could be used or adapted to different types of classes, but the real issue has more to do with pedagogical development and less to do with technological development.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

All things Wiki

Lately it's been all things wiki - I'm just finishing up an online workshop on wikieducator (WE) in pursuit of becoming a wikimaster sometime down the road (smile). I'd highly recommend looking at WE for those who wish to collaborate with other educators and who are interested in contributing to open educational resources. My efforts are still a work in process but it's fun learning the code and figuring out how it all works.