Monday, August 06, 2007

Oz teachers - the best mailing list in the educational world

OzTeachers is the most prolific and supportive mailing list that I have ever seen. It is amazing how generous and supportive the teachers are who belong to it. I honestly don't think I would have learnt a quarter of the things I have learnt over the last few years about computer technology and now Web 2.0 without the wisdom of all these wonderful educators. I have just been reading a really interesting discussion on the list about the use of social bookmarking in schools and in particular the popularity of delicious. It seems that there are a few teachers out there who are using delicious as a very effective bookmarking tool for students and teachers when researching topics required for school projects. I wonder however how much those who contribute so prolifically to the list are not the norm. I suspect so. I think we are still a long way from seeing the use of these tools as part and parcel of the reportoire of a student's or a teachers for that matter researching strategies. I guess it's our challenge to start making inroads.

3 comments:

Cheri said...

Anne,

Check my blog (http://drctedd.wordpress.com) - you've been tagged. Just read the directions at the top of the post.

Have fun,
Cheri

Roland said...

Del.icio.us is also a great and safe way for me to introduce social networking to my senior IT students.

Anne said...

Yes I guess you can't really get much safer than delicious as one of the best Web 2.0 apps. I have started a Flickr account for our school which I guess is a little more problematic due to the images, but I make sure that all the images are private so hopefully that is sufficient to cover those types of issues.