It is a Wiki Wiki WorldThank you, so much, for inviting me to this blog. I am excited by the possibilities! For one, it seems that this crazy web has connected two people who may have met in 2001. Back in those days (pre-children), I taught FT at a branch campus of Penn State. I took a group of students on a Spring Break Challenge trip to the weather-torn Camilla, GA for a Habitat for Humanity Build. It is, to date, one of my best teaching memories. It turns out that our lovely hostess, Vicki, may have been volunteering at the water/volunteer station during our trip!
We connected because of her incredible teaching blog, and, I believe, a shared Christian outlook, but, the web, and all of these emerging technologies, has allowed us to connect. She can now go to the First Baptist Church of Camilla and tell them they served the best fried chicken I ever ate in my entire life, and she can tell me how the residents are doing in the community we served.
Technology is amazing.
Blogging and wikis are incredible tools. I met Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley from Drexel University in March, and, as a result of his inspiration, was sold on the concepts that had failed for me (blogs never worked - a wiki seemed silly). Now, I almost always publish my materials on my College English wiki, and all of my classes are linked to a blog.
Jean-Claude has some amazing tutorials that walk you through the set up process (even adding chicklets and setting up iTunes). This technology, and his use of it, has inspired me to return to a love neglected (teaching writing for science and engineering).
I am interested in everyone's thoughts about open sourcing educational materials. Vicki posted an interesting link to teacherspayteachers, and I am wondering how people feel about that concept.