This episode features a conversation with Karen Montgomery, Tim Fahlberg, and Wesley Fryer about why wikis should be considered a “basic ingredient” for gourmet learning in the 21st century, and how Tim’s MathCast project is a phenomenal example of using digital storytelling technologies to learn and share our learning with others. Like writing, learning mathematics should be viewed as a process and not simply a series of final answers. Meta-cognition is the ability to “think about one’s own thinking,” and Mathcasts provide a great window into the thinking and learning process of students as well as teachers. By using a $50 graphics tablet and free digital technologies like VoiceThread, PBwiki, and software from the Jing Project, learners of any age can (and ARE) creating MathCasts to document and share their learning. The ability to comment on and provide feedback on the learning and ideas of others via VoiceThread provides superb opportunities for asynchronous, thoughtful mentoring. Possibilities abound! Check out our podcast shownotes for links to resources discussed in this episode, including our “Geek of the Week” websites! Happy Holidays to everyone from your hosts at The Technology Shopping Cart! 🙂

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Show Notes:

  1. XTimeline
  2. Karen’s Social Bookmarks
  3. Jing Project (screencasting)
  4. NPR Technology Podcast
  5. Google StreetView
  6. Google Street View Captures Boston in Controversial Detail (NPR)
  7. PBwiki
  8. Wiki in Education Case Study: St. Francois Xavier Community School
  9. Will Richardson’s Blog and Book: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
  10. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
  11. The K-12 Online Conference: A great FREE place to learn about wikis and other web 2.0 technologies
  12. Educational Technology Gourmet (Karen and Wesley’s digital learning curriculum project)
  13. The Thinking Machine Wiki (Karen Montgomery’s wiki)
  14. The Technology Shopping Cart Wiki (our podcast wiki)
  15. Make Your Own Mathcasts
  16. A portfolio page for a set of VoiceThread Mathcasts by 5th graders
  17. K-7 Mathcast 500 Project
  18. Tim Fahlberg’s Mathcast website and blog: www.mathcasts.org
  19. Darren Kuropatwa’s blog
  20. WikiPedia article for Graphics Tablet
  21. Wacom Graphic Tablets (cross-platform)
  22. Adesso CyberPad (about $150) – Has an inking pen so you can see what you’re writing when it’s hooked up as a graphics tablet (Windows-only)
  23. Consumer Guide: Graphics & Writing tablets Product Reviews

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  • Hi Wes and Karen,

    Thanks so much for mentioning the St. Francois Xavier Community School wiki on your recent podcast. Creating and developing this wiki with staff has been an awesome learning experience. As a result of the work we’ve done with our school wiki page, 7 other schools in our school division have developed wiki pages of their own! http://joevans.pbwiki.com/PRSD+School+Wiki+Pages

    Thanks so much for your ongoing contributions to educational technology. The work you do has been laying the path for other teachers around the world to follow, including myself. The teachers in our school division are getting excited about VoiceThread largely due to the examples you have shared.

    On a personal note, our paths have crossed several times in the past as part of various projects ex. K12 Online Help Desk Committee, Shared links on our respective wikis- http://joevans.pbwiki.com/Podcasting, etc. Hopefully at some point in the future we can actually meet or speak in person.

    Wishing you the Merriest of Holiday Seasons with your respective families.

    John Evans
    joevans1@gmail.com

  • Thanks for a very inspiring post. We just ended school for the Holiday ’07 break. Thanks to your podcast, I am excited to return and begin making further use of Voicethread. So far my Kindergarten students and I have been experimenting with it from a Language Arts standpoint; but my mind is racing with ways to incorporate Math into our Voicethread explorations. I don’t know if teachers are aware that Voicethread offers special accounts for educators.
    Thanks again for sharing these wonderful ideas. I am off to explore the Mathcasts.

    Cindy

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