Second Life + Moodle= Sloodle, that is a cool visionary tool for elearning.
Happy 5th Birthday to OCW. Kowtows to guys are MIT for making the resources available to the learning community far and large.
[April 3, 2006] eschoolnews: Michigan lawmakers have approved a bill that requires very student in the state to to experience some forms of online instruction. This makes Michigan the first state that ever mandates online learning for students before they receiving their high school diploma. This guarantees a better preparation of the students for global economy and the realities of modern workforce. The measure underscores the growing importance of vitual learning as an imseparable part of kids' schooling.
Rob's weekly What's up and what matters sums up weekly activities impacting education and technology.
Web 2.0 might be (surely) replaced by” Next Net” .
CNN Money: “We are in the early stages of what might be better thought of as the Next Net. The Next Net will encompass all digital devices, from PC to cell phone to television. Its defining characteristics include the ability to interact instantaneously with any of the more than 1 billion Web users across the globe — not by, say, instant messaging, but by evolving instant-voice-messaging and instant-video-messaging apps that will make today’s e-mail and IM seem crude.
The Next Net is deeply collaborative: People from across the planet can work together on the same task, and products or tools can be rapidly tweaked and improved by the collective wisdom of the entire online world.
The new era is also creating a realm of endless mix and match: Anyone with a browser can access vast stores of information, mash it up, and serve it in new ways, to a few people or a few hundred million.
Most striking, the Next Net creates endless possibilities for entrepreneurs and established players alike to take advantage of the Web’s new power. They are building on the success of early standard-bearers — Flickr, MySpace, Wikipedia — but also moving beyond those pioneers in creative and fascinating ways.”
Vygotsky would be very delighted if he was alive today to see the use of collaborative learning, social learning, Scaffolding, ZPD, etc.
Jamaican Observer [Feb 26, 2006]: “Three Jamaicans have used their technical and scientific knowledge to create what they declare to be a revolutionary system that will combine cellular phones and television sets for a combined audio, visual and data communication.” Firestream Media Distribution System (FSMDS) is the name of the system. “How does this system work? The FSMDS facilitates the distribution of voice, video and data across multiple delivery channels over a wireless network. This allows for easy access to information. More importantly, it facilitates distance learning without the use of the Internet which could have a major impact on the island’s educational system.”