Sunday, March 04, 2007

Can You Hear Me Now?

I recently taught a workshop at a writer's conference in Florida about "blogging" (click here to check out the online learning module "Blogging Boot Camp for Writers"). It is just a taste of the new media available to all of us as part of the newest evolution of the Web.

Schools all over the country have entered the arena of new media boldly and without trepidation. If you have a school age child, they may be coming home talking about podcasts, blogging, YouTube, and even flickr just as nonchalantly as if they're telling you what they had for lunch.

If you have an ipod or other mp3 player, you can do more than just listen to your favorite music. You can record an audio file, download it into your player, and then share it with the rest of the world. If fourth graders can do it, you can do it! I'm so excited about what's happening in schools who use the new media.

For a good overview of new technology use in education, check out George Lucas' EDUTOPIA. I will be creating podcasts with marine science students this spring. Check back and don't miss this extraordinary learning tool.

In the meantime, you can check out some other school podcasts, as highlighted on NEATODAY's March 2007 issue: