Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Is an LMS the best tool for learning and teaching?

Would teachers create more innovative online environments if they had more flexible and modular tools they could integrate and shape into environments suitable to the particular needs and interests of their students? Would this be too inconsistent and confusing for students? It would certainly test teachers' skills (both technical and pedagogical) and would also increase their workload.

It is fair to say that the largest LMSs, such as Blackboard, could be described as Web 1.0 dinosaurs, even when their more recent releases do integrate some of the collaborative Web 2.0 technologies (such as wikis or blogs).

It seems to be the way the large LMSs are evolving, however the pace of Web 2.0 innovations is such that large LMSs may always stay a few years behind (Barbaux, 2005).

(Norman, 2005)

Blackall, L. (2005) Small Pieces in elearning, Available: http://teachandlearnonline.blogspot.com/2005/05/small-pieces-in-elearning.html

Dalsgaard, C. (2006) Social software: E-learning beyond learning management systems Available: http://www.eurodl.org/materials/contrib/2006/Christian_Dalsgaard.htm

Norman, D. (2005) Small pieces Available: http://edcommunity.apple.com/adc/tools/wp-content/smallpieces.png

Wilson, D. (2007) Is LMS a corporate competency, Learning reflections Available: http://elearnity.blogspot.com/atom.xml

Barbaux, M. (2006) Is an LMS the best tool for learning and teaching? Available:

Saturday, September 8, 2007

RSS in Plain English - Video Tutorial

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My Podcast on Podomatic

I have attempted to podcast my first trial on podomatic. I tried using a trial software named Propaganda first inwhich, the file was too large to upload.


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Video Podcast: CNN News for Students

The CNN Student News is a daily, ten-minute, commercial-free broadcast of the day's news geared
for middle and high school students. You can watch online.

CNN Student News is also a podcast. You can get the video episodes delivered to computers automatically each day in

Every edition of CNN Student News has a transcript, quick guide, and ten questions posted here which makes it a great resource for teachers to integrate podcasting into the curriculum.

Read more about CNN Student News podcasts in this article by Craig Nansen.


Galileo once said, "You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him find it within himself."

As an educator, I believe the mission of education is to provide all students with an educational enviornment. Technology is a great way to teach students and to reinforce what they have already learnt. I believe that technology can be useful to both educators and students, by providing millions of resources at our fingertips.

I have decided to a create a blog, because I believe blogs are designed to cater for everyone and in addition serve people in different ways. It has a structure which is flexible, you are able to communicate, share images, add a personal profile and promote ideas. I think it is a good management tool to be able to manage my thoughts.

What do you think of blogs? Would you use it as a management tool? Would you use it to communicate? Please share your thoughts.