The December issue of District Administration magazine has a short piece on wikis and mentions a couple of K-12 rumblings including Tim’s use of wikis at Lewis Elementary. (BTW, Tim redesigned his personal site at some point and it looks great…one of the drawbacks of RSS feeds.)
This month, they feature Podcasting.
Podcasting is so new that educators and students are essentially writing the book on bringing the technology to teaching and learning. Current applications range from placing audio updates from administrators on district Web sites, recording class presentations for later review, uploading interviews of community leaders and producing online school radio broadcasts. Duke University distributed iPods with school-related information and instructional content to all of its first-year students this year, and similar applications are being discussed at K-12 levels, too. Podcasts are popping up everywhere.
There are growing numbers of online examples of podcasts in schools and resources for getting started, including those listed below. Several online directories are also available, such as Podcast.net, to bring significant programs to the attention of your staff and students. However, keep in mind the content of podcasts is unregulated, which is both refreshing and alarming. It is essential to supervise and establish policies for its use in schools. Podcasting didn’t even exist five months ago, and it is already pioneering powerful new forms of online communications that you need to explore.
Unfortunately, the links at the bottom don’t give specific examples of the ideas mentioned. But hey, maybe some administrators will start learning the lingo at least…