Global Learning Framework Launch

October 14th, 2009

We will be announcing the Global Learning Framework the Distance Learning Conference in Penn State on Nov 7th.Visit Global Learning Framework Official Site 

Internet Filters and Web 2.0 in K-12 Schools: Can’t they just get along?

July 12th, 2009

I developed this webinar as a tool for educators to bring IT, Admin, Teachers and Librarians all in one room in order to discuss the blocking issues and see examples of how teaching with Web 2.0 can work in the classroom. We can do this by integrating: flexible filtering, lessons building and library content in one system. It has had great reviews.I recommend that you review the content and invite the team in for a great debate and “ah ha” session. You can peek at a recorded webinar at Internet Filters and Web 2.0 in K-12 Schools: Can’t they just get along?  View Recorded Webinar

This webinar addresses the key challenges that occur when trying to use Web 2.0 applications in a school with a traditional filter. Then, it explores how to fix those issues with Internet-enriched lessons, student library portals and Web 2.0 applications.You will learn:* How to integrate filtering, lessons and Web 2.0 applications* How teachers can safely have authority over Internet content* How to keep a class focused without distractions when using blogs, wikis, and YouTube videos to teach* How to be more productive using an age-appropriate, category-based library* How to build Web-enriched lessons and share them with other educatorsTitle: Internet Filters and Web 2.0 in K-12 Schools: Can’t they just get along?

Resources for Educators

June 8th, 2009


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Why do something

April 15th, 2009

Traditional Filtering vs. Education Web 2.0

March 28th, 2009

I am seeking opinion on the issues your filtering systems have created in your schools.

I am developing a white paper and webinar for a client on the heated topic of Filtering blocking Web 2.0 applications. The core of the document states that we need solutions that the average teacher can do and that Traditional Filtering system was never designed to handle collaborative technologies. The result of limitation is that IT departments find themselves forced to make curriculum choices while at the same time professional educators have had the freedom of class content selection taken from them. In a way we threw the baby out with the bath water.

I just attended a conference where administrators were so excited about all they could do with You Tube, Blogs and Facebook while the speakers knew the school’s filter would not allow them to do most of what they saw in the conference.
Webinar and WHite Paper

I am seeking comments on how you handle these issues.
I will put this webinar online in a few weeks. I would love to hear your input.

Richard Close
Chrysalis Campaign
New Milford CT

Teaching in Livingston Zambia

January 29th, 2009

Gaming is unLearning – not learning

January 29th, 2009

I am researching web 2.0 learning applications and pondering the difficulties many of us face with our children in gaming.  It amazes me how after an hour of gaming children cannot deal with one another not to mention the dinner table. I ponder the vast dropout rate of our schools. Perhaps it comes down to the little puppet we once learned about. It was enticed to a small island with no rules, magic and consequences. The boys drink freely of a source that turns them into jackasses and off to slave labor.  Hmmmm Are we that far off from our puppet if we allow our children to go gaming that needs to kill, use magic, cheat, break all ethical rules to win? What happens if my child spends five hours a day (learning this) and then has to deal with the real world? Do you know in the official major league baseball game you can smash the first baseman in the face and run? That’s right, no umpire will say anything either. Funny huh!

After gaming I often hear the boys yell that “It’s not fair” even to do a simple task when dealing with the real world. In every game there are simple rules. But the real world is much more complex. To succeed you need grace, honesty, tolerance and talk your way out of trouble. Yet these are not the rules of gaming… are they?

As we get so obsessed about simulation, gaming and eLearning methods, we can, and are currently losing touch with the truly great values that make us human, Love.

This 72 page paper by Henry Jenkins is a brilliant read that anyone in eLearning will gasp at.

Webinar Best Practices for Nurse Educators Building eLearning Programs

January 29th, 2009

Developed and presented to 500 Nurse Educators on compliance education for Webinar Best Practices for Nurse Educators

Transformational Learning and NLP

January 29th, 2009

Worked with Dr Kramer on producing her unique LMS and integrated NLP training methods. This set the foundation for her ExtraordinarySelf programs. Revolution in eLearning White Paper

Working in Brooklyn

January 27th, 2009

The above You Tube is a donated time project that involved working with an adult learning center that provides ESOL, GED and Life skills to about 1,000 people of the streets of Brooklyn,NY. Even though the Learning Center, is a christian organization, muslims use the center as well for english and GED skills. It is an amazing place and honor to work with.