>Essential Reading for Teachers

Here are three seminal articles from Mark Prensky:
1. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants
The messages here are even more relevant today than when the article was written in 2001.viz
"Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach."
2. Engage Me or Enrage Me
What Today’s Learners Demand..I'm not ADD, I'm just not listening.
3. How to Teach with Technology.
Keeping both teachers and students comfortable in an era of exponential change.

>Digital Tools for Digital Natives

Here is Tony’s presentation “Digital Tools for Digital Natives”
Marc Prensky defines Digital Natives as "native speakers" of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet. He asserts that “Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach” that they “think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors”.
He believes that many of today’s teachers are Digital Immigrants. “Digital Immigrant teachers assume that learners are the same as they have always been, and that the same methods that worked for the teachers when they were students will work for their students now. But that assumption is no longer valid. Today's learners are different” and that “the single biggest problem facing education today is that our Digital Immigrant instructors, who speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digital age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language”….hmm.

>Wikis in Classrooms

These links from the Participatory Media Literacy wiki are recommended:

>Online Collaboration Tools

From Robin Good's excellent blog for teachers: Cost-Effective Solutions For Online Teachers. "Online collaboration tools and technologies are increasingly going to shape and model the communication, learning, working and social experiences we will be able to create in the near future. In association and with the support of the LANCELOT Language Research Project funded by the European Commission under the LEONARDO DA VINCI, Language Competence II programme, during the last 12 months I have been given the opportunity to research and bring together the very best in terms of online real-time collaboration tools which can be used to enhance, extend and amplify your communication reach when working at-a-distance.

Here is a first partial collection of such research presented in the form of a few short focused mini-guides, originally prepared for online language facilitators who need to navigate the vast sea of collaboration tools and technology options now available to them.

>10 Future Web Trends

What then can we expect from the next 10 or so years on the Web? The biggest impact of the Web in 10 years time won't necessarily be via a computer screen - "your online activity will be mixed with your presence, travels, objects you buy or act with." We're well into the current era of the Web, commonly referred to as Web 2.0. Features of this phase of the Web include search, social networks, online media (music, video, etc), content aggregation and syndication (RSS), mashups (APIs), and much more. Currently the Web is still mostly accessed via a PC, but we're starting to see more Web excitement from mobile devices (e.g. iPhone) and television sets (e.g. XBox Live 360).

>Map of Future Forces Affecting Education

Note the section "Participatory Pedagogy"
The KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Institute of the Future have come up with a fascinating interactive map of the future forces affecting education. It shows the significant overlap between technology and physical community spaces, and their interplay with schools. Clicking on each element reveals more detail and an invitation to a discussion board. A relatively simply but rich visualisation for a complex set of issues and, while it's designed for a US education system, there are valid points for TAFE. USER TIPS• Hold your mouse button down over an empty area in the map to drag the map around within the main view.• Get more information about Drivers and Impact Areas by clicking the purple bars.

>Creative Waves 2007

Visit Creative Waves to see how pharmacy and graphic design students from around the world are collaborating online to raise public awareness of critical health issues in Kenya.
The image below is from a Creative Collaborations post in Ewan McIntosh's edu.blog.com blog.

> Recommended Books

The book is an easy read with excellent, very useable information for educators from primary to adult education.
Here is the Amazon link
"For faculty who are serious about pursuing more powerful forms of student learning, this book is a must. It brings together, as no other resource does, the best that has been thought, said, and done on the topic of collaborative learning. It’s a handbook for teachers who want students to use their heads."
--Pat Hutchings, vice president, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Here is the Amazon link.

>Workplace Collaboration 1

Lessons learnt from implementing collaborative technologies and techniques in the workplace can benefit teachers implementing collaborative initiatives in education. Here is an article from CNet Review.
"Our collaboration system became a wasteland, a great technological framework with no humanity in it. I lay only part of the blame on the service we were using. I've seen similar initiatives based on other technologies fail in almost exactly the same way ours did. I have seen a small number of collaboration systems succeed, too. But sadly, because I've witnessed more disappointment than satisfaction with these products, I have a better handle on the common failure points. Wikis work. A wiki often will teeter close to anarchy, but it's a common ground, not a corporate room owned or controlled by the bosses. Wikis tend to get disorganized and wild, but that reflects the nature of real human interaction and idea sharing."

>Online Collaboration Tools

This is Robin Good's excellent presentation about free / low-cost collaboration tools. He frames them as "Grassroots collaboration tools", in opposition to "Enterprise Collaboration Tools". He sees the primary value of these tools being price, features, and usability (i.e. usable by non-technical people). Anyone interested in the collaborative technologies should watch the presentation...it's that good. The presentation is 37' minutes long and gives a quick and simplified overview of the web conferencing and online collaboration markets while highlighting unique tools and services that have been found to be particularly interesting and cost-effective. In this presentation there are quite a few tools that provide true opportunity to communicate and collaborate in real-time without imposing an enterprise-level price tags. Some of them are even free, while most cost only a few tens of dollars per month.

>Wikis in Plain English

Here is a video that explains wikis in plain english.