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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Rafael Ribas


Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech [Blog Archive] - 0 views

  • Her reaction was to block all these sites, ban her daughter from the home computer and demand the school district to install content filtering that would prohibit any access to social networks.
    • Rafael Ribas
      Exactly the kind of reaction an uneducated parent would have - away from my child!
  • social networking should be taught in the homes
  • Teachers are our best filters at school
    • Rafael Ribas
      Hear hear! That is exactly what we need to say loud and clear
    Very interesting post by Dan Shareski on the connections between parents, school districts, students and the internet.

Why am I fighting for Social Networking? - 0 views

  • I think the main thing is that it is user centered - not course centered.
  • Moodle are so "course" oriented" it is hard to "force" them to be something else
  • Because of the demonization of "social" networks we must use terminology that will not cause parental and administrative heart attack
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  • technology rich, pedagogic poor’ (Victorian Classroom on Steroids
1More - 0 views

    Your name as an Internet domain. Follow on from previous bookmark - a graduating class were given a domain name each and instructions to set google pages on them. Really good idea!

Is your identity worth $10 a year? - 0 views

  • This is just another great opportunity to discuss digital citizenship and internet safety in positive terms.
    I am interested in this idea about students owning their name online... what do you think?

What is digital citizenship? (Techlearning blog) - 0 views

    Quite a lot of ideas on this blog post I bookmarked a while back - a set of interesting questions to ask people, starting with ourselves!

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - 0 views

  • we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970s or 1980s, when television was our medium of choice. But it’s a different kind of reading, and behind it lies a different kind of thinking—perhaps even a new sense of the self.
  • Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.
  • Even a blog post of more than three or four paragraphs is too much to absorb. I skim it.
    • Rafael Ribas
      Yet I am managing to read the whole of this post... ;)
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  • the circuits woven by our use of the Net will be different from those woven by our reading of books and other printed works.
  • The Net’s intellectual ethic remains obscure.
  • Old media have little choice but to play by the new-media rules.
    • Rafael Ribas
      Does that apply to the "old teaching"?
    Via Dan Shareski. Is the way we read changing the way we think? Interesting implications for our students, who have grown in this environment yet are often taught in "the old way".

Embrace MySpace: Safe Uses of Social Networking Tools with Students - the wiki - 0 views

  • Our Students are Already Using It
  • If We Block It They'll Get Around It
  • If We Don't Teach Our Students How to Use It (Appropriately), Who Will?
    A nice collection of links from a wiki - see on Dan Shareski's links.

You should have seen these kids - 0 views

    Using mobile phones with students

Google advice to students: Major in learning - 0 views

  • It's easy to educate for the routine, and hard to educate for the novel.
  • learning doesn't end with graduation.
    Job characteristics and strengths at work at Google -
    \n\n... analytical reasoning. Google is a data-driven, analytic company. When an issue arises or a decision needs to be made, we start with data. That means we can talk about what we know, instead of what we think we know.
    \n\n... communication skills. Marshalling and understanding the available evidence isn't useful unless you can effectively communicate your conclusions.
    \n\n... a willingness to experiment. Non-routine problems call for non-routine solutions and there is no formula for success. A well-designed experiment calls for a range of treatments, explicit control groups, and careful post-treatment analysis. Sometimes an experiment kills off a pet theory, so you need a willingness to accept the evidence even if you don't like it.
    \n\n... team players. Virtually every project at Google is run by a small team. People need to work well together and perform up to the team's expectations.\n\n... passion and leadership. This could be professional or in other life experiences: learning languages or saving forests, for example. The main thing, to paraphrase Mr. Drucker, is to be motivated by a sense of importance about what you do.
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