Pull it all into one place – a conference (or classroom) feed
Netvibes is a tool I have played around with. See my public universe here. (screenshot below)
I sometimes make a mistake with tools. The wood gets in the way of the trees and I start developing the use of something as an example (facility) for the whole school (see subject tabs at top of image). Big mistake.
The right (?) thing to do is to make use of it yourself for your own teaching. That then serves as an example to others of how it might be used.
I just saw this tweet:
If you check out the links you’ll see a netvibes mashup of pages bringing together all the information on one conference into one place. The BLC (Building Learning Communities) conference.
I was so impressed I wrote this post. Imagine how you could bring everybodys contributions into one space. Blogposts. Tweets. Facebook updates. Links. Relevant reading material. Widgets. Not all these things are happening in my classroom right now but I like the idea of pulling everything that everybody does into one space. You could have a different page for each topic or project. You could link to it from the subject/course homepage. It might be a bit tricky to get all the work going in feedable formats but if you’re using Google Apps then all work could be published and fed out to the netvibes page, even if via a social bookmarking tool.
Obviously this would be vulnerable to misuse and abuse, but it could moreover be a fantastic way of bringing cohesion to your teaching and learning.