Monday, May 22, 2006

Google Alerts in the classroom

From the Google Alerts website:
"Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams"
This tool could be very interesting for anyone out there who needs or wants to monitor an issue over a period of time. To test it out, I have created an alert to monitor community schools (an issue that seems to be touching on the different areas of my work commitments right now!) on a weekly basis. I have set aside time at lunch on Tuesdays related to check out the updates then.

This could be an interesting tool to monitor updates on particular issues - however, I want to start out with small doses to make sure that I don't overload on information.

I am trying this out with another key word - educational technology - for my educatioanl technology blog. Another tool that could be helpful, as long as it is not allowed to become overwhelming.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

CCKM: Canadian Centre for Knowledge Mobilisation

Canadian Centre for Knowledge Mobilisation is an organisation that works to promote evidence-based knowledge. They have a number of literacy resources, as well as information on the effectiveness of one-on-one tutoring. The organisation provides tools such as in-depth reviews of a wide variety of evidence related to research on an issue, or brief information documents.

CCKM creates tools that make knowledge mobilisation easier and more effective by responding to the needs of users. The users are researchers who need protocols for bringing their findings to decision makers, and decision makers who need quick, convenient, and accurate reports of evidence. CCKM tools allow users to "drill up" or "drill down" on research evidence. For example, Research SPOTLIGHTS feature a sub-group of studies selected from a systematic Review of Evidence, whereas a Fact Sheet highlights the Review in just one page.
For an example of a Review of Evidence, download the Single Sex Schooling Final Report.

CCKM site

Single Sex Schooling Review of Evidence

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Literacy, etc

Lessons in Learning is published every two
weeks to provide Canadians with independent information about 'what
works' in learning.  Each publication is approximately 2,000 words, and
focusses on a specific topical issue. All articles follow a consistent
format and provide links to sources of data and related research.


Work and Learning Knowledge Centre's First Annual Symposium

The Work and Learning Knowledge Centre
will be hosting its first annual symposium in Ottawa, May 31-June 1.
This event will bring together leaders from business, labour and
education, along with government representatives, to discuss workplace
learning and training.




tres interesting. Look into this action.

Work and Learning conference

Conference on Work and Learning. Could align with GOAL strategy.

Work and Learning Knowledge Centre's First Annual Symposium

CLI site

Best tool ever. I swear. But does it automatically include the link? NO.

Awesome, wicked awesome site.