Sunday, October 29, 2006

Ontology is over-rated

An interesting article from Clay Shirky about the use of tags in preference to formal categorisation systems.

Monday, October 23, 2006

British pupils 'cannot locate UK'

Simple English Wikipedia

Simple Wikipedia is a new version of Wikipedia for those with limited English skills. Maybe a good resource for S1/S2 pupils and primary kids?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Assessment 2.0

You've heard of e-learning 2.0, well here are some Web 2.0 technologies applied to assessment. The table seeks to show how teachers can use social software for assessment purposes.

Web service

Example

Use(s)

Assessment type

Self

Peer

Diagnostic

Formative

Summative

Personal portal

Netvibes

  • Evidence organisation

x





Calendaring

Google calendar

  • Assessment scheduling




x

x

E-mail

Google mail

  • Communication with assessor

  • Evidence storage

  • Authenticating evidence




x

x

Search engine

Live search

  • Evidence discovery




x


RSS

Bloglines

  • Evidence discovery




x


Social bookmarking

Furl

  • Evidence collection




x

x

Blogs

Blogger

  • Reflection

  • Log book/diary

x

x

x

x

x

Photo service

Flickr

  • Evidence storage/organisation




x

x

Online storage

Box.net

  • Evidence storage



x

x

x

Wiki

Pbwiki

  • Collaborative working

  • Group work

  • Projects


x

x

x

x

Word processing

Writely

  • Collaborative working

  • Group work

  • Projects


x

x

x

x

Instant messaging

Live Messenger

  • Authenticating evidence





x

VOIP (incl. video)

Skype

  • Authenticating evidence





x

Spreadsheets

Google spreadsheets

  • Result calculation and reporting





x

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006