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Using Technology in Instruction–MTV Style July 30, 2007

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Higher Education, Web 2.0 Tools.
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Chronicle Careers had an interesting (tongue in cheek?) essay today on updating courses with technology: “Pimp My Course”

http://chronicle.com/jobs/news/2007/07/2007071101c/printable.html

 

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Mackinac Center Policy Brief: Michigan Higher Education July 30, 2007

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Higher Education, Michigan.
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Here’s an 8-page policy brief on the state of Higher Ed revenues in Michigan. Given the recent fiscal situation, perhaps this may appear too rosy?

http://www.mackinac.org/archives/2007/s2007-08.pdf

Tools for School 2: Office Apps October 9, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Higher Education, Web 2.0 Tools.
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Brian Benzinger posted Part 2 of his article: Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0 over at Solution Watch. Brian looks at Web 2.0 applications for word processing, presentations, diagrams and mind mapping, spreadsheets, calendars, and some miscellaneous utilities. Brian compares web-based word processors in depth, exploring page and text formatting, fuctionality, and collaborative value and sharing. He created a nice feature matrix for the word processing applications he reviewed.

Web-based office applications have a lot of potential for the education market. Since many, if not most of these applications are free, they allow both schools and students who are “strapped for cash” to have access to the essential functionality of an office suite. Also, since these applications are web-based and collaborative, they provide opportunities for group work in a way that stand-alone, desktop-based applications cannnot. This is a segment of the Web 2.0 market that needs further experimentation and application in the higher education sector.

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Tools for School October 7, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Higher Education, Web 2.0 Tools.
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Brian Benzinger at Solution Watch posted a terrific list of Web 2.0-related tools for students and educators.  The posting, entitled “Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1,” covers nearly 50 tools in these categories: Organizers; Gradebooks; For Teachers, Clubs, and Management; Mathematics; Resume Building; To Do’s and Note Taking; Learning and Research; and Media Sharing.   Make sure you check out the comments too, as there are a number of additional tools listed there.  In Brian’s list, I saw a number of my own personal favorites, as well as some I’ve been meaning to explore further.  I will return to this list again, and break it down for you, 9.95 style.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, Part 2 will cover Office Applications and Part 3 will cover “real cases of Web 2.0 used in classrooms around the world.”  Should be interesting.