This article reflects on the rhetoric of ‘Web 2.0’ and its potential versus actual impact. The author suggests that we need to do more than look at how social networking technologies are being used generally as an indicator of their potential impact on education, arguing instead that we need to rethink what are the fundamental characteristics of learning and then see how social networking can be harnessed to maximise these characteristics to best effect. 

http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue56/conole/

 

 
 
Pearltrees is an excellent tool for curation, and could also be utilized for collective intelligence 
in the classroom. Give it a try!
 http://www.pearltrees.com/
 
 
How do you write a letter of recommendation about your own child?  The link to the article below will demonstrate how this can be done in a very effective and practical way. Enjoy!

Letter of Recommendation! 
http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/letter-recommendation/8112/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheHomescholar+(The+HomeScholar+Helper) 
 
 
Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling!

 Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior. 
Watch video at link below: 

 http://www.ted.com/ 
 
 
Stanford University offered three of their most popular computer science courses to the public fall, 2011 online for free. The courses were so popular that Stanford’s doing it again in January 2012. These courses are wonderful in helping prepare the student for the rigors of college. In addition the student is awarded a certificate of completion. 

Learn more at:
http://www.uncollege.org/archives/1441 
 
 

Great resource for home school high schoolers. These courses are great college preparation facilitators!

Watch video at link below: 

http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses