A classroom without walls – Google Teacher Academy Application — from murcha.wordpress.com

Educators in Australia are being given an opportunity to be certified as Google Teachers in an Academy that is coming to Sydney in March. Part of this process is to make a 1 minute video showing on either “Motivation and Learning” or “Classroom Innovation.”

I wish to thank @edsaid for telling me how to add videos to my wordpress blog. It is to much appreciated and I will now be able to add more engaging features to my posts with this knowledge.

Here is my movie reflecting some of the connections, global interactions and collaboration that has taken place beyond our classroom walls. It is very difficult to summarize in 1 minute some of the amazing activities that we have been involved in, but it gives the viewer a glimpse and hopefully a taste for more. If you are interested in applying, check out the Google Academy. Thank you to my wonderful personal learning network and global colleagues.

Skype hits new usage record — from Mashable.com by Adam Ostrow

New Skype-sponsored Skype-in-the-Classroom Directory due out in December

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010: Final list, presentation and more — from Jane Knight

Yesterday I finalised the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 list.  Many thanks to the 545 people who shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning and contributed to the building of the list.   Although this list is available online, I also created this presentation which provides the information as a slideset – embedded below.

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Jane Hart, a Social Business Consultant, and founder
of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.

Skype falls short as a web conferencing tool for everyday business use says webconferencing-test.com — from PRWeb.com

Millions have been using Skype privately for years. With its upgraded functionality, Skype now tries to appeal to business users in search of a web conferencing solution but cannot deliver. In a test of its functionalities and a following comparison to well-established web conferencing solutions, webconferencing-test.com revealed some major drawbacks.

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Skype: Great for private chats and calls, not so great for web conferencing — from webconferencing-test.com

A Web 2.0 class: Students learn 21st century skills, collaboration, and digital citizenship — from Edutopia.org by Andrew Marcinek

Students in Van Meter, Iowa, Burlington, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are experiencing education in a new room. Yes, they still go to class in a building, with walls, doors, and windows, but there is something different about these three classrooms. They are all connected. The classroom is flat.

The Virtual Classroom
The class is designed to teach Web 2.0 skills, digital citizenship, personal network building, and social media responsibility and practice. The students in all three of these classes have never met in person; however, they have all connected via Skype and their class blogs. They have also had many professionals come and speak to them via Skype. This type of learning is limitless and allows students to broaden their scope of the world. “Since I have started using Skype and blogging,” notes Jessie Hasenwinkel, junior at Van Meter High School, “I have been able to virtually meet the people that can help me get the answers I need for what I am searching for in school and one day, in my career.”

Each week students write a blog post on topics such as defining a personal learning network, using Skype in the classroom, and how to promote blog traffic. Students subscribe to each other’s blogs using Google Reader and leave comments for each other. Some students in these three high schools have made great connections and found common interests. They are expanding their learning opportunities and through the efforts of the teachers and principals, engaging with vast community of learners.

Cisco seeking to acquire Skype: TechCrunch — Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US networking giant Cisco has made an offer to acquire Internet communications firm Skype, technology blog TechCrunch said Monday. TechCrunch, citing what it described as “one of our more reliable sources,” said the San Jose, California-based Cisco is seeking to acquire Skype before the Internet telephony company makes an initial public offering or IPO.

“Google was also rumored to be sniffing around Skype,” TechCrunch said, “but antitrust concerns may have persuaded them not to make an actual offer.”

Addendum from 9/2/10:

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From Dr. Sarah Eaton: Using Skype in the second and foreign language classroom

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