Magazine article Internet@Schools

Content COLLABORATION: 25 Resources for Accessing (and Sharing) It All

Magazine article Internet@Schools

Content COLLABORATION: 25 Resources for Accessing (and Sharing) It All

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In 1994, Yahool's homepage, bland as it ever was and without a single image, included a curious footnote underneath a brief list of some encyclopedic-sounding categories: "There are currently 31,897 entries in the Yahoo database."

From Art, Economy, and Entertainment to Health, News, and Science, each category contained a number of entries ranging anywhere from 64 (Events) to 8,546 (Business). And that was it.

If you were looking for content of any kind, there was no Google. Cellphones were bricks placed by the emergency brake of a Jaguar. Mark Zuckerberg was 10. "Surfing the net" - if it made any sense - happened in Pacific fishing villages and wasn't recommended.

Just one full generation - 18 years - later, if you can narrow down your thoughts and type them, then you can find whatever you're looking for, in some form or another.

Additionally, if you want to share what you know or what you've learned, then you can certainly do that too.

The question now isn't about finding things or how to connect with others. With the number of webpages on the internet approaching the real meaning of google (the number 1 with 100 zeroes after it), and with collaborative tools embedded into it all, the question is where to start.

But if the flow of content on the internet used to be a garden hose trickle that eventually became a fire hose blast, then today, it's more akin to the volume of the Amazon River, no pun intended. Sure, you can take a scenic float atop it all, but there are rapids, waterfalls, and piranhas - yes, it's a jungle out there.

Teachers, librarians, media specialists, and others, including students themselves, need resources for accessing and sharing it all. With search, mobile, and social networking, there's a whole lot more help out of the quicksand - or, if you please, out of the murky waters and away from the fish with razor- sharp teeth.

Granted, this is not the only start, but for those in and around education, it's a good one. Have a look at this somewhat eclectic mix, and let us know what floats your boat.

HELICOPTER VIEWS

As you peer down and skim over the massive river of content and collaborative solutions out there, have a look at these helpful sources of features, news, views, and insightful analysis.

NewSchools Venture Fund. A handy guide to various types of solutions out there, the Ed Tech Market Map from this organization is something you may find yourself returning to again and again, thanks to Leading experts Michael Horn and Anthony Kim who carefully surveyed the territory, www.newschoois.org

EdSurge. Haven't heard about it yet? This rich, densely packed newsletter (and now beta site) is loaded with bite-sized morsels of information on everything education and technology with a business-side slant, www.edsurge.com

EdTech Digest. With fascinating interviews, cool tools, and current technology trends in the education sector, here's an uncluttered look at what's transforming both K-12 and higher education. http://edtechdigest.wordpress.com

Getting Smart. Former Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation executive director for education Tom Vander Ark, author of the book with the same name as this excellent community, provides coverage of, analysis of, and leadership for what's next in education, http://gettingsmart.com

Hack Education. Journalist Audrey Watters travels as much as she possibly can to bring you a smart, snarky, and nonvested take on ed tech and the future of learning. http://hackeducation.com

MindShift KQED. Here's a view, curated by Tina Barseghian, of how we will learn, with lots of thought-provoking reads about school culture, tech tools, mobile learning, and more. http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift

Gaggle. In 1999, Jeff Patterson knew email would be a powerful tool for schools. With student safety a primary concern, he created a system that filters email messages, allowing control and access, from global to granular, for teachers and administrators. …

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