Lia Sant edufolio


101 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers That You Should Know About

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on April 2, 2012
Tags: , ,

Via Scoop.itSchooL-i-Tecs 101

101 of the best web 2.0 tools for teachers by GoEd Online.

Via www.slideshare.net

How come Greece always at the forefront of educational drawback???

It has been a riddle the way both the Education Department and the academic community have been handling realities back home.

Since my early childhood and as far as I can remember, there was always a lot of fuss, especially just before and right after national election campaigns, about educational most promising never delivered reform projects.  Parades, inaugurations, press releases following research and small scale pilot projects…

A paradox still remains why, while the rest of the world was galloping to the Education 2.0 gateways, home sweet home arrogantly considered that a few minor curriculum adjustments, some patching up here and there, would remedy the situation.

When most of the  western world was born digital, Greek students were  just newbies to the powerful web world.

And the question still remaining as to why the responsible irresponsible didn’t take all the necessary steps to upgrade methods and material, ICT is still for quite many “terra incognita”.  From all the Higher Education institutions available, ICT supported Instructional Design, Information Literacy or Faculty Development courses are very hard to find and even more difficult to attend.

As to open and distant learning, e-learning or online learning,  zilch apart from the one and only Greek Open University (E.A.P.), with a selection procedure not based on merit, competences, recommendations or publications but, surprisingly, drawing lots, and which according to a recent research doesn’t necessarily respond to the latest technological trends and is often been reproached with a rather unsuccessful, unproductive, uninspired, outdated classroom practice transfer to the distant learning environment.

I’m wondering if anyone else really wishes for things to change besides parents who doubt as to whether their offspring could ever successfully cope with Society 2.0 expectations.  Decision makers tend to bring the problem down to budgeting, infrastructures, personnel reluctancy to change and so on.  The truth lies somewhere between Generation X  reform reluctant teachers, politicians that wanted their office remembered for showcase projects in most cases withdrawn overnight, students feeling like guinea-pigs, the Greek education melting pot evaporating talents, aspirations, hopes  and here we are today trapped in a downsizing economy half-qualified alumni all dressed up and nowhere to go!!!

ICT Tools in Daily Classroom Practice mini survey – Read all about

 

An insider’s considerations on Educators’ current Professional Development

and ICT classroom use barriers’  issues.  An excellent post by Ana Christina Pratas.

Open Education Week reflections:Transforming the Way Knowledge Is Spread

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on March 21, 2012
Tags: , ,

A very interesting report on the OpenEducationweek proceedings, discussions and considerations from New York Times World.

In Web 2.0 We Trust!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on March 15, 2012
Tags: , , , ,

Today more than ever, educators involved in spectrum-wide instructional activities quite often feel overwhelmed by the power and density of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 technologies that are swiftly and radically transforming the ways we connect, interact, collaborate, evaluate,share and publish.

Some of us may be social media reluctant mainly out of ignorance and time stress factors, others although tech savvy aren’t willing to engage themselves in the tweets and scoops, liveBinders webquests, blogs and wikis daily routine not to mention LMS and Blended Learning practices which are and will keep on remaining for them “terra incognita” if no structured national organisational T&D strategies are not soon implemented.

The “No Educator Left Behind” movement is as crucial as the “No Child Left Behind” Campaign.

Image

Source:Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson

Teaching the Generation X  Educators iAttitudes is a difficult task requiring a innovating inspirational approach on behalf of the educational strategists.  In the meantime, teachers, trainers, librarians will have to rely on their own resources to successfully keep up with the Digital Generation-driven learning habits and techniques.

Web 2.0 technologies are here to stay!!  They have been indispensably incorporated to our daily routines.  All fascinated by the freedom and connectivity they provide us with, everyday we come to witness how they prove to be our life jackets in worst case scenarios like the one, last April during a paleography seminar, where the lecturer, a prominent university professor, generation X technology reluctant, upon arriving at the institute realised she had left her portfolio behind.  One can’t imagine how frustrated and upset she were since there was no way to recover her notes and ppts.  Time running out, presentation delayed, whiteboard blank, she had to put the whole context together  from scratch!!!

I honestly empathized with her efforts but on the other hand I couldn’t help reproching her for not having taken advantage of the significant potential of online multimedia repositories  that could have saved us all a lot of anxiety and embarrassment.