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I just came across a great series of podcasts done by Dan Balzer and Susan Manning called The Learning Times Green Room. Just like a green room in a theatre, it’s designed to be a place for behind-the-scenes conversations. There’s a great chat with Cara Coffina, a teacher who tried doing online debates with students throughout a school district using Elluminate, a tool I love. There’s another interview with Professor Norman Garrett at the Eastern Illinois University talking about how teaching has changed in the past five years. The answer? Quite a bit.

The podcasts are short and lively. The show notes are informative so you can tell at a glance what the podcast is about. Check it out.

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Podcast discussion groups

podcasting in educationI’ve always struggled a bit with how to use podcasting in education. That’s because podcasting is basically a one-way medium. It helps you talk at your students but not with your students. On the other hand, the best uses of technology for learning are usually two-way, so that students have as much of an opportunity to contribute to the conversation as possible. I always have my eye out for some ways that people are using podcasts this way and I came across something that Dr. David Miller is doing with his Intro to Psychology students at the University of Connecticut. Among other things (and there’s a good overview on Dr. Miller’s wiki), Dr. Miller hosts weekly informal discussions in his office where he gets together with students to answer questions or talk about any issues that came up during that week’s class. The discussion is recorded and made available to all students in the class as a podcast in iTunes or as a straight mp3 download. The podcasts bring a large class down to a managable size, and I imagine quite a few of the students are learning by lurking.

Do you know of any other ways that educators are using podcasting to foster conversations?

(Photo, Estudando .. ando .. so ando, by Felipe Lordelo)

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web 2.0 tag cloud

Does it all seem too complicated? Want to take a few baby steps into the world of Web 2.0? It’s not as hard as you think. Remeber that Web 2.0 tools are ones that let you create, share and collaborate online. You’ll find that little communities spring up around common interests on these sites.

Here are a few easy tools for you to try. Like most Web 2.0 tools, they’re free and easy to learn and use. You don’t need to download anything. You don’t need to have skills beyond what you’d use to send an email attachment. Give it a try.

The best way to learn is to do. Good luck & remember to share what you learn.

(Web2.0 – extended mindcloudmap, courtesy of Markus Angermeier http://www.flickr.com/photos/78726435@N00/62381076)

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A new family of tools is challenging the old ways we’ve been teaching adults online. Some people label this shift Web 2.0. Some call these tools social software. Some call this the read/write web because people create as much as they consume. Whatever it’s called, it’s a new way of looking at using technology to learn — and it’s more in line with what we know works in the best classrooms and labs where people have a say in what they’re doing to learn, where learning is active and hands-on & where people come together to share, discuss and reflect. I have a friend who quotes Nietzsche — “The doer alone learneth” & that’s just as true whether you’re learning on a campus or at home in front of a computer.

Want to learn more about some of the tools that are redefining the way we learn? Join the community of people who are doing the same thing. Start a blog. Create a podcast. Make a wiki. Play with a few of the tools that Ian’s listed on his blog. Explore. And tell us what you learn in your blog or your podcast, or your wiki, or any of the other ways people are using to connect with each other online. (Oh, and by the way, tell your learners to do the same.)

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