Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Care to Moodle your Google (GDocs that is)?

moodle your google

Learn the basics of GDocs collaboration in ths week long fully facilitated online class. Learn a bit about G-Docs, get introduced to Moodle based online learning, and have some fun!

It's a simple search puzzle to find us: Use Google to search with these keywords:

information fluency

Follow the first link and you'll be on the path to an interesting and inexpensive online learning experience!

Questions, as always, will be cheerfully answered!

~ Dennis

1 comment:

Anna said...

This is something we've been discussing at Coggno.com. Google docs are part of a larger movement of cloud computing. A free web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and form application that allows the sharing, opening and editing of multiple users at the same time. Internet-based, free and collaborative--three qualities we're starting to see explode in the cloud computing movement.

Cloud computing is a revolutionary paradigm shift for learning systems. I remember reading a BBC article in which Bill Thompson writes that when giving a talk about technology, he likes to pull out his iPod Touch, wave it at a crowd and point out that "in the future" it will be a supercomputer with parallel processors and terabytes of storage. He goes on to admit that this "future" is actually now, as new services offer vast storage for his smartphone. If you have a wireless connection, you can play music, see photos and read Google docs as if they were local.

The implications of cloud computing for schools and companies are gigantic. For schools it means that they will only need an internet connection to make their computers fully functional.

Schools and businesses investing in Web 2.0 learning systems are not only part of a global movement of interactive and collaborative instruction, but they are also contributing to a new system that rejects the destructive cycle of e-waste which has historically dominated the electronics industry. The EPA estimates the industry recycles 60 million electronics products a year, most of which contain toxic materials and are exported to developing countries. Cloud computing could be part of a growing anti-waste revolution in the electronics industry.

Thinking "green" may suddenly shed its superficial catch-all status, and the computer industry might be forced to confront the end of its lightning speed production and dumping of e-products. Web 2.0 programs like Google docs are already a big part of this slowly growing anti-waste revolution.