I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
I am teaching a graduate course in technology for teachers who are studying to become principals. One of my students is from your country. His name is Nengi Halliday and he is from River State. He was very excited to learn that we are communicating with each other.
How is your teaching going? What are your students like? Are you finding it difficult or easy?
I don't know if you have been reading about the financial problems in the US. People here are very worried that the entire economy could collapse. I have just been reading about banks and insurance companies going broke in the UK and Europe too. I know that the economy of Nigeria is different in many ways from the US and Europe, but also I know that there are many connections between American and European companies and your country. Has this economic trouble in the US has an impact in Nigeria recently?
I and my family are well and there is no immediate threat to our day to day living or my job -- but we are still worried about the future.
OK. Enough of my worries. When you get some time, please write and tell me how your teaching is going.
Just a few words to tell you that i have sent a friendship request to you in classroom 2.0 after our chat. We can talk also with our Skype Account. My Skype: vincent.mespoulet.
I plan to create, if you agree, two new groups inside School Beyond the Walls:
2. Discovering Nigeria with Rebecca where we can talk about your country (history, geography, culture, music, litterature, movies...)
Hello Achimugu Yes, work here in Australia is good. I have a very supportive leadership at school who are happy to have me experiment with web2.0 learning. Australia is divided into 8 states and I live in Victoria and our education department is also supportive, plus we have just got a pay rise!!! Which is really good. What is it like teaching where you are? Also I teach in a smaller rural school with 260 students, so they are basically well behaved farm kids.
I am from Ghana and I'm just here to learn, contribute as well as link up with like-minded people who will be willing to share their experiences as well as help in spreading the concept of distance learning and adult education to Africa, which lags behind as far as education is concerned. hope to find a friend in you. my im is firstname.lastname@example.org
Sounds like you're making great progress with your tech projects.
Do you have a digital camera? Cell phone? I think these will both prove to be very useful in the classroom but now and even moreso in the future. Do you know where you will be teaching yet? When you start? What age students you will have?