- The Wikipedia experiences about 500 edits every 3 minutes.
- MIT's courses are all available free online at http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html
- We are teaching our children keyboarding and mouse use, but that is not the way of the future.
- Friedman will release The World is Flat 3.0 this summer (containing three additional chapters).
- There is a Delicious site that allows us to see who is networked from a given Delicious site. It is available here.
- He mentioned the lack of power of a taxonomy like the Dewey Decimal System in a modern society and the creation of folksonomies to fill in the need for a new organizational system.
- He mentioned Scan This Book which is the article describing Google's attempt to scan and publish all paper-based text, ever.
- Richardson let us hear/see examples of good teaching with Web 2.0 tools:
- A first grade podcast about ants on Radio WillowWeb. Hear it here.
- Grades 3-12 students connect with astronauts. See it here.
- First graders report on their beach trip. See it here.
- US and Bangladesh students worked together in a wiki space to understand our flattening world from a global perspective. Read it here.
Richardson noted that the discussion always comes down to the "Yeah, but..." discussion. His answer is to begin by getting teachers using the technology and to model its use. An answer to the "I have to prepare my students for the test" argument is that it is possible to use these technologies to help students master the test. For those saying "There's just no time" Richardson's answer was that it's time to "suck it up" because our students deserve it. This comment was met with widespread applause.
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