Tomorrow we meet with representatives of the sending disctricts for a Social Studies articulation meeting. My department chairman has turned out to be a big proponent of the use of Web logs, and he’s attempting to set up a site to improve communication among the districts. (Btw, the US-Poland project is slated to get underway this week as well.) I mocked up a sample “learning object” that a teacher would post, and got the meta data search up and running. I think if we were able to collect 12-15 or so lessons by the end of the school year we’d be off to a good start.
Admittedly, it has been difficult getting people to post to these types of sites in the past. As much as I beg and plead sometimes, participation at the EdTech and Website Redesign sites is minimal. I’m sure much of it has to do with time and the general overload that most feel here. But I also think that it’s going to take a sea change in work habits for collaborative spaces like these to really take hold. That’s where most of the work is going to have to happen. Right now, it’s all introduction.