Classroom 2.0 at the Office 2.0 Conference

Next week, on Thursday 6th September, I’ll be participating in a panel at the Office 2.0 conference on the topic of Classroom 2.0.

The panel was organized by the inimitable Steve Hargadon. I try to support pretty much anything Steve does. He’s been a great help to us and is a very effective advocate for educators.

We have a broad panel and we will address the potential and hurdles of bringing new web based office technologies to the classroom. I’m always glad to be on a panel where I’m likely to learn from every participant.

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  1. Posted August 30, 2007 at 7:44 am | Permalink


    I think that the most important hurdle we need to overcome is that of helping unconvinced or unsure teachers how to move from conventional apps to OSS.

    As an ‘advanced’ user of MS products I feel that there is a need to compile a table of equivalent short-cuts or where certain techniques are done differently in OO.

    Again, some of OO’s tools are ‘nicer’ than MS and we should be pointing up these attractive features to the unconverted.

    Or am I confusing the issues of OO with web2.0?

    Anyway, how about a forum specifically for ‘the Conversion Experience’?

  2. Posted August 30, 2007 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Open Source and Web 2.0 are definitely not the same but I think you’re right that a key question is how to help teachers feel comfortable with new technology, whatever it is.

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