Sunday, September 24, 2006

Web2.0 showcase

Graham and Mike have already posted their reflections on the Web2.0 showcase which highlighted use of social software: "Web2.0 All you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask!" It covered blogs, social bookmarking, wikis, personal start pages, mashups and other social software and Deanne capped it off with her presentation on the new literacies.
View Mike's photos on Flickr.
Thanks to Mike, Graham, Al, Deanne, Karen, Enver and the rest of the team for a collaborative effort in sharing ideas, expertise and enthusiasm.
I have to agree with Graham that it was a challenge to do justice to the big audience (linked in via CENTRA) beyond the F2F group in the Discovery Centre. However, comments from the (CENTRA) text chat reveal that many folk appreciated the ability to connect from afar and not so far! Hopefully the next event will include some presenters from those who joined us online.
Mike's recording of his section was savvy and a good option to consider for future activities.
I will have to use Web2.0 tools myself to connect with folk attending a range of upcoming conferences which I am unable to attend (ACEC in Cairns, Sydney Moodle Conference and the Global Summit in Sydney) .

Friday, September 08, 2006

Rapid Bay Jetty lives on!

Good news! Here's an update on the ailing Rapid Bay Jetty in South Australia, home to SA's beautiful marine emblem, the Leafy Sea Dragon.

The state government announced today that $3.9m in funding will be provided to build a new, safer jetty, 260 m in length. This will be built parallel to the old wooden jetty and will provide access and amenity for recreational fishers, divers, locals and tourists.

The 'T-section' on the end of the old jetty will be maintained to provide shelter and protection to the fragile marine environment underneath. This area is one of the premier dive sites in Australia. It will become part of the proposed Encounter Marine Park.

The Media Release states that "the new jetty will be a concrete and steel structure to reduce the high maintenance costs of the current wooden structure."
The funding announcement is good news to many groups, including the Friends of Rapid Bay Jetty, divers, recreational fishers, environmental groups, local business and the Yankalilla District Council.

Read more in The Advertiser or visit the Friends of Rapid Bay Jetty website.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

"Unleashing the potential" K-12 Online 06 Conference

Will Richardson's Weblogg-ed blog promotes the upcoming "Unleashing the potential" K-12 Online 2006 Conference" convention for teachers, administrators and educators ... interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice.

The event is being coordinated by Darren Kuropatwa, Sheryl Nusbaum-Beach and Will Richardson. Add Anne Davis, Ewan McIntosh and Bud Hunt into the mix so far. The coordinators, convenors and keynotes assembled to date promise for an exciting, not-to-be-missed online event.

Four strands are on offer over the 2 weeks with presentations made available and archived on the event blog in podcast or screencast formats.
Week 1
Strand A: A Week In The Classroom (practical pedagogical uses of online social tools (Web 2.0) and Strand B: Basic/Advanced Training.
Week 2
Strand A: Personal Professional Development
and Strand B: Overcoming Obstacles.

Visit Weblogg-ed for more detailed information and to keep up to date with program developments.