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Wed 29 Nov 2006

Web 2.0 - tools for teachers

Category : mac and the internet

Last Friday Lekowala and I conducted a web 2.0 workshop with teachers. It was suposed to be a repeat of my "communicating science" lecture last year when I had 90 minutes on a Friday afternoon with no wireless. How much would they remember after the class? So we decided to drag the teacher's down from MOE/Biopolis to NUS - with wireless in the department's conference room, our demos could be "live"!

Meanwhile, Lekowala resisited demands for an abstract or handout, as we kept changing our structure and objectives each time we talked. So he reassured them there would be a link with a summary of content later. We finally agreed on our approach as we headed off to the conference room with less than 19 minutes left but even that changed as we responded to the class!

Lekowala started of the workshop sharing a recent experience of a student expedition he had been supervising. Using various internet tools, he had monitored news and understod the geography of the ground as well. He picked up news of an emerging viral disease and from them on was monitoring the situation by the hour and distributing links to others. Balancing the expectations of students, parents and the school and safety, the data eventually forced the principal to cancel Lekowala's student's carefully planned trip, and one other.

The teachers could empathise with his experience. Leowala didnlt stop there - in the aftermath, he found solace in organising a seashore workshop, using his Wordpress blog to good measure!

As we talked (and gchatted), we worked on a collaborative document during the class and provided them their reference sheet: http://tinyurl.com/y2l7ds (snip was down) - we'll catch up with content and images eventually, but there is enough there to make sense for now.

Hopefully enough to nuge them onto the open source/web2.0 highway.

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