Syllabus: Construct a personal web page that covers each element
Determine an area of technology in which you intend
to extend your skills (e.g., web page construction, server setup, CD ROM
Determine an area in learning in which you wish to
extend your knowledge (e.g., problem-base learning, portfolio
assessment, design a short term professional development, etc.)
Develop a scenario five years out that describes
where you want to be and what you want to be doing
Note: In a team of no more than three people, prepare a
page on a selected reading from the choice of titles in the readings
section. You should link to this page from your personal web page, and the
link should be contextualized by one of the headings above.
Area of technology in which I wish to extend my skills: installing and
running open-source collaborative web software on sites hosted by web presence
providers. Current collaborative web software assumes the person setting up the
service has complete access to a server. Although
Swiki is simple to install and
run, the drawback for most users is that they do not have access to a computer
outside of a firewall, so the software is not useful as it can only be reached
by computers inside the firewall. OpenWiki
has some potential, but it needs modification to work on a Web Presence
Provider. The original WikiWikiWeb can
be run on a provider, but it has limitations in formatting. The ultimate goal is
to find one that is "easy" for teachers to use without having to involve their
Area of learning in which I wish to extend my knowledge: Project
collaboration in multi-age groups that includes face-to-face, synchronous, and
asynchronous collaboration. My experience with using these various modes was
strictly in same-grade groups but the current technology tools available for
collaboration when the classes can't meet face-to-face has potential for making
such collaborations easier and more productive.
Five year scenario: In five years, I'll be:
- Consulting in digital collaboration.
- Developing collaboration tools and methodologies.
- Working in an environment that permits me to try out new tools and
- Presenting scheduled seminars and courses in such collaboration and
- Evangelizing digital collaboration.
In this environment, Guy Kawasaki's Selling the Dream
is most appropriate and provides guidance and scenarios for selling the dream of
people working together.