Sunday, November 27, 2005

Edublogs Awards 2005

Nominations are open for the 2005 Edublog Awards until December 4th. The awards are open to edubloggers in a host of categories. (nominations are restricted to 2 per category)
The categories include: * Most innovative edublogging project, service or programme * Best newcomer * Most influential post, resource or presentation * Best library/librarian blog * Best teachers blog * Best example/case study of use of weblogs within teaching and learning and 4 more.
The four most popular, eligible nominations in each category will be posted to the Awards site and votes can be cast from 5th December to 17th December.
I'm nominating my favourites from around the globe, including a number of Aussie bloggers.
Check out a range of Australian edubloggers on the Australian Edubloggers wiki.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Learning Technologies Conference 2005 wiki

The theme for this year's Learning Technologies Conference (QLD) is "Combined Presence."
The program promises an exciting mix of discussion and showcasing emerging technologies and the challenges and opportunities these present to 21st century educators and learners.
The conference wiki will provide a collaborative space for the conference community and interested others to participate.

Presentations and papers relate to innovative combinations and best practices using learning technologies ... blends of real time and stored (audio, visual and web) media. These include "Social Software - the Age of Connection and the Connected Learner," "Videoblogs and Podcasting, New Knowledge and Old Pedagogies," "Zero to Collaboration in Seconds," and "Rich Media Presence in Education: Is it the Next Wave?" and much more!

Gerry White (Education Au) is giving the keynote address on "Australian Skills for the 21st Century" (overview of changes in Australia with reference to ICT in the VET sector and ICT skills needed for Australia to be successful in a global society).

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Edublogs, uniblogs and now learner blogs

Bloggers never had it so good with the advent of sibling blogging sites to edublogs (education professionals). Uniblogs for lecturers and uni students and best of all learner blogs for students, thanks to James Farmer.
There is growing interest in blogging in middle and senior school settings but concerns around safety.
Learner blogs aims to provide a safe environment for students to join the blogosphere. Uses WPMU technology. "Only one blog per user is allowed, but you can have unlimited users, and you can have multiple users on a single blog." More information on blogsavvy (James Farmer)