Showing posts with label Learning Communities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Learning Communities. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CubeTree - Interesting Option for Learning Communities

CubeTree is a free service designed for companies that would like to build a social network of wikis, shared items, and microblogs for their employees. Although the service is designed with business use in mind, I can see some applications for it in a continuing education environment.

On CubeTree anyone can create a network and invite colleagues. All colleagues must have the same email domain. For example, if I wanted to create a network, only people with an @freetech4teachers.com domain could be in my network. Everyone in the network can create a profile (Facebook-like), post updates, share documents, collaborate on documents and spreadsheets, and share items from their RSS feeds. The video below offers a good overview of everything CubeTree offers.

Feature Tour from Carlin Wiegner on Vimeo.



Applications for Education
CubeTree's terms of service require users to be at least 18. When I was thinking about CubeTree in an education setting I saw it as a possibility for use with adult learners to create a learning community. I can see CubeTree being used in an online setting or a blended (online and face to face) setting for students and teachers to get to know each other, share information that they discover, and collaborate on the creation of a wiki.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summer Professional Development - Part II - Social Bookmarking

Recently at my school all teachers’ laptops had to be collected for re-imaging. A major source of anxiety for many teachers was fear of losing all of the websites they had bookmarked in their browsers. I gave many people directions on how to export their bookmarks as an html file to use and import back into a browser when they get their computers back. This experience gave me the opportunity to introduce a number of teachers to social bookmarking.

Social bookmarking refers to using a web-based service to bookmark and, if you would like, share your bookmarks with others. The first benefit of social bookmarking is that your bookmarks are available to you anytime you’re online regardless of which computer you use to connect to the Internet. The second benefit of social bookmarking is that you can share your bookmarks with other people and you can explore the bookmarks of other people interested in the same topics you’re interested in.

Here is a short video produced by Common Craft explaining social bookmarking. After the video continue reading for ideas about using social bookmarking in education.

Applications for Education
Social Bookmarking has some great benefits for teachers and students. For teachers exploring the bookmarks of other users is a great way to find information and lesson resources. Simply search by topic or keyword to see what other people interested in the same topics as you’re interested in have found and bookmarked.

Social bookmarking can be useful for sharing Internet resources with your students. Through services like PortaPortal teachers can bookmark websites that students will find useful. Students can then log-in to PortaPortal and explore the websites you have bookmarked for them. This can be a real time-saver if you’re trying to conduct a short Internet research based lesson.

Finally, as mentioned earlier, using a social bookmarking service makes your students’ bookmarks available to them on any computer. If you teach in a school where the students have to go to a computer lab to get online, social bookmarking allows them to access the websites they use frequently.

Here are some popular social bookmarking services you may want to explore.
Delicious
PortaPortal
Diigo
Digg
Reddit

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Delicious Update - New Add-on for FireFox 3

Delicious is a social bookmarking that is very popular with educators looking for resources on the web. Delicious has just released a beta version of its popular add-on for Firefox 3. This new add-on has a couple of slick features including a keyboard short-cut to jump to tags. The improved status bar feature that will appeal to people who do a lot of multi-tasking online. The new status bar will have indicators for new activity (new links, new tags) within your network.

If you're unfamiliar with social bookmarking and or wondering if you should start using a social bookmarking tool check out this short video from Common Craft.