Interesting webcasts from Downes and Warlick

Filed Under (Education, social computing, web 2.0) by Administrator on 22-07-2006

As an interesting diversion to the thesis-writing I am now attempting, I have recently been viewing two webcasts – not light stuff!

David Warlick’s presentation on “Telling the New Story” at NECC was videotaped and is now available as a webcast. I have gone through it twice now and still scratching the surface of some of his ideas of the literacy in the twenty-first century and how to teach in the twenty-first century. Some of his material was not new to me (his coverage of Friedman is great and always relevant), but the idea about the “long tail” was new and interesting. I think I have heard it referred to recently but did not understand the context. Now I get it!

Stephen Downes’ now has an audiocast, E-Learning 2.0: The New Tools with PowerPoint slides available – not for the faint of heart! It is approaching two hours in length (be prepared!) and as someone else has already pointed out, could be a whole course on its own. It is very up-to-date for those who want to stay relevant concerning web 2.0 tools.

The phenomena of webtops and personal learning environments were new terms for me and I want to explore these terms more carefully. I wonder how personal learning environments are different from the term knowledge management system. I need to visit that PLE blog in earnest to understand.

Both webcasts (and I use the term loosely) will certainly have me thinking and connecting for days to come. Summer is a great time for teachers to incubate new ideas….

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