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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pam McLeod Sep 25, 2009. 26 Replies


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I am the director of OTAN, an adult education project providing information, collaboration and support for technology integration in California.

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Adult Ed Tech and Distance Learning Symposium

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 10:54am 0 Comments

We had a great symposium for adult educators in California last week. One of our keynoters was Steve Hargadon, founder of Classroom 2.0 among many other things. You can see a video of his presentation, as well as videos and handouts from all the workshops. We are working on getting them posted and will be adding new slides and videos daily… Continue

Web 2.0 for Administrators

Posted on September 23, 2007 at 1:41am 2 Comments

I have been thinking lately about how Web 2.0 could enhance the lives of administrators and principals. Administrators are busy, overwhelmed with practical tasks required to keep the school functioning smoothly. What can Web 2.0 add? Here are my answers. Please help me by adding yours.

1. Blogging - administrator blogs can reflect on daily tasks or larger issues. They can also be a way to communicate to students, parents, the community.

2. Wikis - how often do you need to work…


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At 6:45am on September 23, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Marian,

With your work in Technology Integration, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording you might find of interest.

At 1:14pm on September 21, 2009, Sue Waters said…
Hi Marian, that quote is fine. My correct title is Sue Waters, Edublogs Community Facilitator, Australia.
At 5:24pm on March 4, 2009, Christopher Werry said…
Thanks for the warm welcome Marian. The site does indeed look very interesting. Look forward to joining. Yes, you obamicize images here:
At 11:03am on September 13, 2008, Govinda Prasad Panthy said…
Sav (School)
Estd. 1998
Shantideep Adarsh Vidhyasadan is one of the English Medium Schools established in 1998 with 13 students in a backwarded countryside of Bhaktapur district of Nepal. The name of the village is Bageshwori (altitude approx. 1500 metre). It lies in the eastern part of Bhaktapur district. It was established when the parents were not so aware of their children's education. We (school Management) had to struggle a lot to achieve the sympathy of the parents / villagers. They weren't convinced in the very beginning and didn't send their children to this school thinking that we can't run the school continuously for the long run. As a founder director, I tried my best to build up and uplift the situation of the school. By the end of that year, we were able to impress them showing the out put of our teaching techniques and methodologies. As a result the number of students reached 78 in the beginning of the second year. The number of students has been increasing gradually. Now we have 137 students. But we can't enroll all the new comers due to the infrastructural and financial problems. We hope we can fulfill the need and desire of our parents/ villagers (target groups) if your contribution on the infrastructural or/and academic sectors can be entertained.
Motto of the School:
The school stamp includes three words "Wisdom, Education and Creativity". We, the whole school team, are dedicated to fulfill and make the school motto effective so that we can reach our goals.
Aims and Objectives of institution:
The institution has following objectives:
In order to develop education as an integral part of a community the school run by this school will exert efforts to avail itself of necessary advice and support from local community for the benefit of the School.
To establish education as a foundation stone of the social and economic change.
To prepare disciplined, patriotic and dutiful citizens by providing students with affordable education and to maintain the gradual process of imparting practical and life skill-based education for their self-dependence.
To make efforts to children efficient and good citizen in the future by making good use of the curriculum prescribed.
To impart quality education by appointing efficient teachers for the development of originality and creativity of students as per well- recognized scale of education.
To develop children’s physical and mental potential.
To make children aware of the importance and utility of local bio-diversity, social and natural heritage, and educate them to preserve them.
To develop physical and environmental infra-structures as they play a great role in the process of getting education.
To identify poor and intelligent student for the provision of necessary scholarships considering the economic source and situation of school and educate them.
To involve students in the process of national development by creating a condusive educational environment and by making them competitive by dint of education, and to identify and use necessary educational materials for leading the school to modern scientific technology and for quality education.
To work continuously for the overall development of education by carrying out other necessary works as prescribed by government and other sectors.
To make children aware of their rights by abolishing the discrimination in caste, race, religion, sex, etc.
To encourage and offer opportunities to children who are financially handicapped and are unable to come to school to get an access to education by making education affordable and open.
To develop the institution as the leading educational institution committed to serve the community.

Target group:
All the children who are of their age to go to school.
Children of the helpless, disadvantaged, under-privileged and untouchable families who have no access to education due to various reasons.
The Children who drop out due to social and economic reasons.
The local community and others who have no access to education.
Though we are not financially strong, we are running school up to the primary/elementary level now. We've all together 157 students. Girls' ratio is quite satisfactory. And the children from ethnic groups also have been studying. We have been able to impress our parents / guardians our style of teaching in the context of education system of Nepal. We've also sent some children to other high schools after completion of elementary level here; they've also achieved better positions in those schools and have helped to maintain our prestige in the village. Now the parents in the village want to send more children to this school. That means they have positive look towards us, but due to the lack of sufficient classrooms, furniture and other infrastructural facilities we are not able to admit all the children in the school.
Extra Curricular Activities.
Besides teaching-learning activities in the classroom, we conduct special classes in intellectual, cultural and physical sectors in our school viz. dance, music, quiz, elocution, debate, spelling contest, drama, games and sports, and much more related to education, physical health and environment. We also offer prizes for the winners to encourage them for their more participation and better result.
 Though School management has achieved so much sympathy and well-washings from the villagers, we have still been facing some problems to run the school smoothly. Parents here are not able to pay their children's school fees though it's just a nominal in comparison to so called English medium private schools. Our school children want scholarships and sponsorships. The government here seems indifference to the community based schools like ours. But the flow of students is towards the community based English medium schools.
 Our parents demand to upgrade this school to high school level as they have to send their children far off in the towns about an hour's walk. It is about 5 kilometers dusty and muddy narrow roads to reach the high schools in the town. No public vehicles are available there. Roads here are muddy in rainy and dusty in other seasons.
 More than 70 percent of students in our school come from below poverty level financial background. They often come to school without usual proper stationery (such as pens, notebooks, crayons, etc.), lunch and more than 50 percent in improper uniform.
 School lacks good building, well managed classrooms, easy desks and benches, water facility and well equipped play-ground. It is our compulsion to run the school in a simply built school, just like a shed, where students have to be adjusted anyway.
Future plan to get Achievement
We have been trying to find the way out to handle the school in a better way. We want our school flourishing and providing better education in modern ways. For that financial condition should be made strong.
We are seeking help from any NGO's and INGO's or personal support. So that the thirst of the education of the village children (remember, only the people who have low economic status live in the villages of our country) can be quenched satisfactorily. For that the present school management has put forth the following points in their mind from our planning and suggestions provided by our guardians and well-wishers.
 The financial position of the school has to be made very strong.
 The school must have its own land and modern school building.
 Modern facilities like library, science and computer labs, etc. should be established.
 Equipments for the games and sports must be sufficient.
 The school should hire full time dedicated trained teachers.

How can these things be fulfilled?
School management has put forth some ideas to fulfill the aforesaid points.
 To request the donor agencies / charities for the financial help.
 To request the volunteer groups to help the school for some time for teaching and other social activities related to school and society.
 To request educated personnel and educationists or anyone who live inside or outside our country to help whatever they can do for the children and school.
 To start charity shows and other programs from our school children and management.
 To make requests to the parents, relatives, friends, and so on.
 To accept any kind of help (financial, materials like uniform, notebooks, pens, crayons, school bags, books, etc.) from any person who are willing to help whatever.)
 To make a request to the interested personalities to visit our school so that they also can help some way they want to.
 To start income generating programs among our parents.
Why these all?
It's already mentioned that the economic status of the parents here in the village is quite low. The future target of the school is to provide quality and modern education in nominal cost, if possible, free of cost. It's already said that the village people are those who can't harmonize themselves with the town dwellers in any way. To uplift the educational standard of the village our effort might work, we hope.
For Further Details:
Mailing Address of the school:

Contact person:
Govinda Prasad Panthy
Founder/teacher/ manager.
Shantideep Adarsh Vidhyasadan.
Bageshwori-7, Nepal.
Phone (Res.) +977-01-6616559./ Mob. (+977)9841206385
At 1:15pm on February 29, 2008, Barry Bakin said…
How about starting a "group" here on classroom 2.0 for adult educators? You know, so it appears on the list at the left on the main page?
At 8:30pm on February 12, 2008, Marian Thacher said…
Just posted my second Seesmic video. I don't know how this could be used for education, but it's fun!
At 1:49pm on October 8, 2007, Kelly Christopherson said…
Marian, no problem. I'm glad I could help. If you want, you can in a link to my wiki for principals at I've been doing some work on supervision and such. As for the calendar, we all want to be organized so we can find time to do the other things:)
At 2:54pm on September 23, 2007, Marian Thacher said…
Thanks, Alan, I'm adding this post to my list, and will use your list of open source equivalents. I don't think administrators are ready to go there at this point, but it's good for them to know the options exist.
At 9:40am on September 23, 2007, Alan Hodson said…
(Not sure my post to Web 2.0 for Administrators comment took, so I'll post it here, just in case)<
How about a link to a place that offers information about Free (Open Source) PC Software? Try - Info there covers equivalency between for pay programs and their free (and fully functional) counterparts.>>>
At 2:31pm on September 2, 2007, Barry Bakin said…
I joined too! (Thanks to you) I think that you're right about this part of your job description (the sharing with others part) and I'm glad you do spend the time to search out these resources. I also feel that part of my role as a teacher adviser is to experiment with the latest technologies, find ways to use them myself (for my professional development and/or with my classes), and then share them with other teachers. I'm better about sharing the ones that I think are useful but it's important to share the ones that might not seem quite as useful at first as well. Others might find uses for them in their own situations. Keep up the good work!


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