Tagged: collaboration

Sugata Mitra’s new experiments in self-teaching

A must-watch 17 minute TED Talk. Fascinating!

Some of my key learning points:

  1. Kids are born to be self-directed and collaborative learners.
  2. The existing education system could have squandered this nature.
  3. Technology can rekindle this lost nature.
  4. The role of educators has shifted.
  5. Leveraging technology can indeed improve test scores without drill and practice.

Link to Dr Mitra’s Hole in the Wall project: http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/

Adobe’s New Web Office

From ReadWriteWeb:

Acrobat.com is the new entry point to Adobe’s suite of online services. Available now as a public beta, from here you can utilize the Adobe web office tools all from one cohesive and integrated suite that allows for anywhere access and online collaboration. At Acrobat.com, you have access to the following web office tools: Buzzword, ConnectNow, Share, My Files, and Create PDF.

I just tried these web office tools and they look really cool! Another cool way to collaborate.

The International Collaboration Projects

The international collaboration projects offered on the connected Learning communities (cLc) platform enable students to learn and construct knowledge with other learners from around the world on that particular theme.

Your schools will have access to real schools, ready-packaged learning activities, industry experts and real learners for authentic and purposeful new learning opportunities. Through these collaborations, learners are able to nurture and develop skills for 21st century.

I will be attending this seminar. Sounds exciting.


Updates: It was not a seminar after all. It was more like a product talk of Uniservity. Great LMS, with a vast network of schools from various countries, collaborating beyond boundaries. An exciting collaborative project of the 1st Youth Olympics Games which is going to be held in Singapore in 2010 will happen a few months later.

It was an excellent presentation of how connected Learning communities (cLc) enable learners, however I do not think my school is willing to break bank for another LMS. Frankly I am more interested to look into non-commercial projects like the Horizon Project and Flat Classroom Project.