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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Rip, Mix, Learn

Rip Mix Burn

Rip Mix Learn
Small Pieces, Loosely Joined

My Three Criteria

  • do one job VERY well
  • free
  • fit into the "Small Pieces, Loosely Joined" paradigm

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Blogs (A.K.A. Web Logs)

What is a blog? (verb and noun)

Weblogs in Education Video, from Will Richardson (time: 2:28)

What I do with blogs in the classroom:

What can YOU do with blogs? The Possibilities Are Limitless

Explore Classroom Blogs (time 5 min)

Explore Teacher Blogs (time 5 min)

Your Turn To Jump In (time: 20 min)

  1. You've got mail!
  2. Join the Rip Mix Learn Playground Blog
  3. Write your first post by replying to the Blog Prompt
  4. If you run into trouble or need help, read Bloggers 'R 'Us (written by a student in one of my classes)
  5. Have fun! -- ;-)

Something to take home with you ...
    In case you forget how to set up your own account and write your first post at Blogger you can watch this video. ;-)

Saturday, January 28, 2006

RSS - THE Killer App for Educators

There are many introductions to RSS available on the internet. This is my version of a Real Simple Summary. ;-)

Let's sign up and find some feeds! (Time: 10 min)

More to Explore
Things you can do with RSS.

Cool things teachers can do with RSS. (Example)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Let's Socialize - Folksonomies

There are a great many social bookmarking sites. Two of my favourites are:

(1) furl

(2) del.icio.us

(3) A Whole Lot More

Create a furl or a del.icio.us account and/or check out these very cool del.icio.us tools! Most of the tools are useful only after you've been using del.icio.us for a while. ;-)

More to Explore

You could easily spend hours on this .... we've got 10 minutes. ;-)

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Pictures can be used on classroom blogs in a variety of ways:
Example 1, Example 2, Example 3.

Flickr is a photo sharing site that goes beyond the basics.

(1) It can:

  • store photos (upload up to 10MB per month)
  • share photos (send invitations)
  • tag photos (for easy finding and sharing)
  • add notes to your photos
  • add and receive comments
  • create sets or albums (limit of 3 with the free version)
  • creates multiple versions (great for use on websites and blogs)
  • upload:
    • from your computer
    • from your cameraphone
    • to your blog
  • provide access to other's photos
  • set privacy levels to your photos
  • assign who has access to your photos
  • join or create groups
  • create RSS feeds

(2) Creative Commons

(3) Play Time!
Create an account and/or check out these very cool flickr tools!

More to Explore

You could easily spend hours on this .... we've got 10 minutes. ;-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Fearless Learners, Courageous Teachers

Alan November is a leading teacher educator in the field of educational technology. In early May, 2005, he published this webcast entitled: Fearless Learners, Courageous Teachers

It's about an hour long. He discusses three things that kids need to learn to be successful members of society in the future.

  1. Information Literacy
        - manage massive amounts of information
  2. Global Communication Skills
        - think globally
  3. Self Directed Learning and Work
        - be self-directed in their learning

Below, you'll find another vision of the future. Some of its implications are a little frightening but it is based on events and technologies that are current today. If you're not up-to-date with the latest web 2.0 technologies it can be hard to identify the point in the video where the speculation begins -- the item about "Reason Magazine" really happened.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Future is Here

The future is here,
it's just not evenly distributed."

William Gibson

Will Richardson wrote this on August 21, 2005.

Netvibes, a new web 2.0 app, came online on September 15, 2005. It's a customizable web-based desktop run almost entirely by RSS feeds.

The future is here, and it CAN be evenly distributed."
Darren Kuropatwa

Monday, January 23, 2006

Credits and Thanks

This workshop is a Rip Mix Learn event made possible by the work of the people listed below. Each one is responsible for some aspect of the content or has influenced my thinking about teaching and learning with technology in some way. If I've left anyone out please email me and let me know so I can set the record straight.

One last thing. The list of classroom and teacher blogs in the blogging section omits a great many excellent educators and blogs. My appologies to them. I tried to keep the lists small so as not to overwhelm the workshop participants. If you think there is a glaring ommission please email me and let me know.

Thank you to:

Alan Levine
Alan November
Anne Davis
Ben Bishop
Bob Sprankle
Bud Hunt
Chris Harbeck
Clarence Fisher
David Reece
David Weinberger
Dean Shareski
Ewan McIntosh
George Siemens
Honeywell Technology eLibrary
James Tubbs
Jim Wenzloff
Jo McLeay
John @ Beelerspace
John Udell
Johnathan Coulton
Konrad Glogowski
Mary Harrsch
Michael Verdi
Mr. McNamar
Mrs. Ris
pchere @ Quick Online Tips
Quentin D'Souza
Robin Sloan & Matt Thompson
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Terry Kaminsky
Tim Yang
Tom @ The Media Drop
Tom McHale
Winnipeg School Division #1
Will Richardson
Yvonne Hutchinson

The "Rip, Mix, Learn" metaphor originated with Alan Levine. Alan's work has had a significant impact on my thinking about educational technology. For a more indepth look at these technologies see Alan's "Rip. Mix. Learn." Workshop given on November 16, 2004.

The idea of using a blog as a presentation tool is another one of Alan's original ideas. See:

The "Small Pieces, Loosely Joined" metaphor originated with David Weinberger's book of the same name.