Greetings from Cardinal Country (World Champion Baseball team!) I was born and still reside in beautiful St. Louis Missouri, in the middle of the United States. I am a teacher by trade, now an Instructional Technology Specialist for a school district and diving into Web 2.0 to make my life (and the people I work with) easier, better and FUN!
Hello everyone. My name is James Folkestad. I am an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University (CSU). I am glad to be a member of this group. I have already learned several things from several members. COOL stuff.
I am teaching a course titled "Educational Technology and Assessment" at CSU. I plan to learn from and introduce students to 2.0 technologies. If anyone is teaching a similar course at a University (or other institution) I would love to hear from you.
I'm Dave Black from Highlands Ranch, CO. I'm technology coordinator and teacher at a preschool through 8th grade Lutheran school. I'm hopeful that this network will become an important part of my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) as I lead my students toward effective utilization of Web 2.0 tools for education, productivity, and ministry.
I'm Jared from Corvallis Oregon. I've recently completed some web based software that I want to introduce to teachers. It's a general use application that I think is best suited for classes and undergraduate level or greater students. Probably the best way to think about the software at first is as an online portfolio where students can organize and discuss their course, notes, and assignments. There are also very powerful security settings that are perfect for collaborative projects and private class discussions.
We're branding the offering as a "Social Desktop." A Social Desktop is a web application that allows anyone to create, share, and discuss content for both private and public use. Security settings are completely user defined. Your desktop can be entirely private and closed off to the entire world, or completely open, like a blog. The security settings are so refined that any part of your desktop can be defined exactly as you choose. Most importantly you have complete control over any content on your own desktop, or shared by another user. I hope I'll be able to start up a dialog with many of you so we can determine the best application of this software for you classrooms and students.