… this must be Ljubljana!

I’m here to speak at the KONFeT event, thanks to Robert’s invitation and the patience and organisational skills of Simona. It’s been a very impressive event – well organised and full of the buzz that eTwinning often attracts.

My slot was about web 2.0 and the teacher and I promised the group I’d post a short blog on the various references and sites I used. So here it is…

Flickr is essentially an image sharing site with great potential both as a source of teaching & learning materials and also as a platform to build and share resources for an eTwinning project. The example I used can be found by searching under thesultanselephant on the flickr site. The supporting materials in both English and French come from  here –  www. thesultants elephant.com .

Google PageCreator is one of those semi-secret Google projects. It allows anyone who has a Google Account to simply and effectively build a website or a webpage.  The whole thing revolves around point-and-click principles and should have even the most tech-shy eTwinning teacher up and running in a matter of minutes.  I like particularly the way the site allows you to ‘grow’ your project over a period of time; as new ideas emerge, pages can simply be added.

Del.icio.us was the next site we had a quick look at.  The idea of building with your colleagues an accessible on-line resource that can direct those who share your teaching interests to sites you use and enjoy is a simple but powerful one. The video I used can be found here: http://www.commoncraft .com/show as can other interesting stuff by the Le Fevers. 

As far as easy to manage class / eTwinning project blogs are concerned, http://www.21classes.com is the site I’d recommend.  It is simple to set up and run – you ‘own’ the portal and invite members to write individual blogs, upload favourite images and comment on the work of others. And it is a fire-proof as they come – only those in a ‘class’ can comment or respond to notes on their blogs.  There are some limitations around size and image uploads but in the main this will do everything that a simple learning site should allow.  Crazy. 21classes.com gives you a good sense of what the application can do…

Social networking has great potential for education – we can all see that. But it can be difficult to  persuade the authorities to allow Facebook or Bebo or whatever into schools.  One solution is to build your own – which is a lot easier than it sounds using Ning.  This has all the adantages and none of the drawbacks of its more non-teaching world relatives – the real power of this one is that it allows for rich-media as well as the basics and supports forums, groups, picture sharing and podcasts as well as integrating well with existing media sites such as YouTube and Flickr.

Those were the keynote references.  I also mentioned Ewan McIntosh’s blog, and Will Richardson’s portal.  I should have mentioned Joe Dale – another blogger who talks about an amazing range of web 2.0 applications and always seems to have found something cool that teachers can try out. The videos from Irish schools I mentioned can be found here: www.fis.ie.  And finally, The Bridge project – or at lease the public parts of it – can be found here, – thebridge.blogs.ie .

And that’s it. Now on to the next thing…  a walk in the Old City and a look at the Dragon Bridge.