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  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 8:23 pm on November 27, 2011
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    Hello All, My elevator pitch can be found at  and the venture pitch at Cheers, Keisha

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    • Julie S 3:36 pm on November 28, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      I’m just starting my reviews and your venture captured my interest. It looks like you are proposing a solution that is similar to something we have in the business world called ‘busines intelligence’. I think that you’ve explained your concept very well and have demonstrated the credentials of your team are what is needed to be successful. The pricing model looks reasonable for starting up but I’m wondering if you thought about future upgrades or enhancement potential? I’m also wondering if there is any possibility of partnering with any of the vendors that you identified as competitors e.g. the LMS vendors?

      Also, from a risk perspective, I’m wondering if there are any concerns that you need to consider with respect to privacy regulations with respect to any of the data that you will be integrating?

      Overall I found your pitch thorough and convincing.

      – Julie

    • Kristopher 3:46 pm on November 28, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      Thanks for the pitch! It is very clear what your intended market and venture will achieve. I appreciated your voiceover in that it helped to make a connection with the pitch-er, but perhaps more visual on the screen to match the quality of the narrative could help engage the viewer.



    • Jim 6:58 pm on November 28, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hello Keisha!
      I had a look at your pitches and I must admit that your proposal would solve many problems that exist in schools. I think your elevator pitch is clear and I only had to watch it once to know your idea. My only concern would be from school systems who might say “we already use a SMS and an LMS. Switching to your system would take even more time and effort than we correctly do trying to make our systems talk to each other.” Also, I am aware of plugs that are offered by SMS and LMS companies so that SMS and LMS can talk to each other. This provides the greatest flexibility for school systems because they can choose the SMS they like the best and the LMS they like the best. How would your product be flexible?

      • Jim 7:00 pm on November 28, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Sorry – meant to say “plug-ins” not plugs 🙂

        [For some reason, the ‘edit’ button on comments is not available on this blog. So I can’t go back and change it myself…]

    • Everton Walker 8:34 pm on November 28, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      Loving the concept! This seems like serious money and such a system would work well with our system. The pitch is clear and to the point and workable. This LMS would be a good investment as it is only a matter of time before education systems globally are revolutionized through learning technologies and online learning. Making one’s name early in the market is always crucial and I hope you will follow up on this initiative.


    • ashleyross 4:17 pm on November 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      Your elevator pitch was very clear, you explained your product well and you placed yourself in a position where you appeared very confident and knowledgeable about the market. From a perspective of an EVA that doesn’t know much about all the features of different LMS & SMS products, I would have liked to have seen at least one example of what these “best features are” that you are referring to in the elevator pitch. Overall Great job. 🙂

    • Allie 5:48 pm on November 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      I think that your EP is very intriguing and engaging, and I’m keen to learn more. It seems like a really original idea! Like Ashley, I’m wondering if you could maybe provide the tiniest bit more detail about what the ‘best features’ are (and I say tiniest bit of detail because I felt that your EP had a really good level of information). I’m also wondering what the gap is between SMS and LMS that you speak of early on (true confession: have never used an SMS), and whether you could suggest what the benefits would be for end users?
      best, Allie

    • Julie S 3:26 pm on November 30, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      I’ve chosen your presentation to do a detailed review.

      I think you really have something strong here and the credentials of your team give me the confidence that your company would be able to succeed. However, I would want to see some issues addressed before I would invest.

      I think the pitch to replace two systems with one new and improved system is a hard sell. The preferred, cheaper method, in my experience is to have interfaces built between the systems and/or to build a data warehouse that pulls data from the source and develops unified views of information, typically accessible through a web browser.

      This is not to say your new system isn’t a good idea but I wouldn’t see companies that have already invested in two systems as being in the market for a third even if it is much better; at least not without a very convincing argument.

      However, it sounds like you have a market of 70% of schools who have not invested in an SMS. I don’t recall seeing an associated statistic for the LMS. So I think there may be a market you just need to focus in to the right one.

      Note on presentation format: I think there is a generally accepted rule out there against reading PowerPoint slides to your audience. You could add some compelling images and make your points much stronger. The benefits section is a good example. I needed more convincing about the value to the customer. Maybe you could make a mock-up of an illustration of a unified view of information that the student, teacher or administrator would value.

      Good luck with your venture!


    • Jim 1:27 pm on December 1, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi again Keisha,
      I wanted to delve deeper into your Venture Pitch and provide some feedback in the form of a brief EVA analysis. As a potential investor, I am looking in your venture pitch for a variety of information:

      Entrepreneur confidence?
      I was very much impressed with the clarity of both your voice and the organization of your ideas in your video venture pitch. I was beginning to wonder if there was any information about the CEO or other management team people but you did include that near the end of your venture pitch video. It gives me more confidence to know that you are a teacher and a software developer, and that you have experience. I would also like to be made aware of the people in the management team who have business backgrounds and who could lead the financial and business administration aspects of a growing company.

      Is it a good product that will be in demand?
      You spent a fair amount of time in your venture pitch describing exactly what your product is, the problems it solves, the features, and the advantages to teachers and students and administrators. However, I do have some difficulty envisioning how this database/Admin/LMS hybrid would have Facebook like look and feel. I can see the LMS system doing that okay, but not really the admin part of it. Perhaps an area that you could improve would be to elaborate on your Facebook-like affordances that differentiate your product from the many other similar products in the market.

      How big is the potential client base?
      In terms of your potential market, I think you are wise to initially target institutions that currently manage this information manually. Your potential client base is vast given that your system could be translated into many languages. However, I would assume that most educational organizations already use digital student and learning management systems. In order for these organizations to even consider switching away from their current product, you will need to demonstrate that your product is a vast improvement, cheaper, easier to maintain, and has no cost or effort to switch over to. That is a fairly tall order. If you can do it, then I think you might have a successful product.

      Can the product compete successfully on the market?
      It looks like you have examined a variety of other products on the market and one in particular intrigues me: that is the Sycamore product. I had a look at the Sycamore product on their web site and you are right it does sound very similar. In fact, on November 1, 2011, Sycamore announced that they were adding an LMS to their SMS ( You do mention that your product will have a facebook look and feel but I am still wondering if that would work with the school administration aspect. Also, there are already Facebook type social learning networks available for free to teachers and schools such as Edmodo. I also did a little search online and I found some other similar products that you might want to look at such as eduswift (, Caloris Planitia Technologies E-School Management System (, SharePoint LMS (, and there were a number of others… I hope that you understand that the point I am making is that your product would need to be paradigm shifting in order to grab clients and potential customers away from these other products that already seem to be effectively in use in many institutions.

      Are you honest about challenges?
      I was glad to see you openly discuss the challenges to your product near the end of your Venture Pitch video. I agree with all of the challenges you mention but I think that competition is a huge factor in your pitch as well as institutions that already are using software to manage these data. Your product would have to offer a significant difference in cost, ease of use, scalability, support, and capacity that would motivate educational institutions to change from what they are currently using.

      Investment risk?
      Until I can get a better sense of how this product is radically different from the many other products that do the same or similar functions in the market, I would characterize this as an investment risk and the venture in need of further refinement. I do see potential in your idea but I think perhaps a greater focus on specific markets or organizations might help with competition and marketing; or focus on creating a product that is fundamentally different and infinitely more usable or friendly that is currently in the market.

    • Doug Smith 7:31 pm on December 1, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      The elevator pitch for School Manager grabbed my attention and struck me as a product that could be poised to offer a new venture into an existing market. After viewing the venture pitch, I now have a better understanding and appreciation of the venture, along with some concerns.

      School Manager, as a product, appears to be very comprehensive and I believe it is worthwhile to merge the realms of a LMS and a SIS. From an administrative perspective this would seem to make sense. However, I’m a bit concerned about the level of adoption that teachers will take. It is vitally important that teachers and students embrace this product. There is some comfort in knowing that the developers recognize the need for familiarity with the end users.

      I would have liked to hear more about the initial market where the product will first be sold. I am unfamiliar with the Caribbean in terms of education and sales, and this makes it difficult for me to appropriately gauge the potential for success. Furthermore, while I have confidence in the developers of School Manager, I am wary of the branding that may occur from a made in the Caribbean product. Consumer prejudice, while not supported or rationalized, is nevertheless a reality that I have to consider.

      I believe that with some appropriate marketing and branding, School Manager has the potential for success. The financials are very modest, making this a somewhat low-risk, low-reward venture. Combined with my lack of knowledge of the Caribbean market, I cannot approve investment into your venture at this time. I wish you success, and hope that we can speak again when you are looking to expand into Canada or the USA.

  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 6:46 am on November 24, 2011
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      With respect to education, learning analytic s is quite appropriate and useful.  It helps to keep track of students computer mediated interactions.  For example, a learning management system like MOODLE or Blackboard could use these methods to capture a significant amount of data such as time spent on a resource or task, frequency of […]

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    • khenry 9:37 am on November 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hello Keisha,
      Thank you for your comments. Within the MET program I have seen the use of both informal and formal tracking systems; the latter using learning analytics within Moodle and Blackboard LMSs.

      From your comments I envision your support, creation and/or utilisation of a tool that can monitor student performance and participation and flag at risk students. Interventions can then be designed, introduced and evaluated. A similar system was discussed in the Horizon report,, on Purdue University’s signals system , which may be of interest to you.

      Do you currently use a system that achieves this? Can you apply such learning analytic systems, as described above, easily in your current educational practices (if not already doing so)? What are some of your opportunities, challenges and or limitations to the use of such tools? What alternative strategies or tools do you employ?

      You have highlighted some valuable aspects that may enrich conversations for activities 3 and 4 this week.


    • khenry 10:39 am on November 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hello Keisha,
      Thank you for your comments. Within the MET program I have seen the use of both informal and formal tracking systems; the latter using learning analytics within Moodle and Blackboard LMSs.

      From your comments I envision your support, creation and/or utilisation of a tool that can monitor student performance and participation and flag at risk students. Interventions can then be designed introduced and evaluated. A similar system was discussed in the Horizon report,, on Purdue University’s signals system , which may be of interest to you.

      Do you currently use a system that achieves this? Can you apply such learning analytic systems, as described above, easily in your current educational practices (if not already doing so)? What are some of your opportunities, challenges and or limitations to the use of such tools? What alternative strategies or tools do you employ?

      You have highlighted some valuable aspects that may enrich conversations for activities 3 and 4 this week.


    • Angela Novoa 12:30 pm on November 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha, I think that for the purposes of providing feedback about course structure, design, content and students’ level of participation, abilities, interests and needs is very useful. Your example about time spent on a resource or a task is very important to assess if the design of an activity needs improvement or not.


    • Everton Walker 4:29 pm on November 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      This can be very useful as a tracking system. I do have it on my wordpress blog but never really knew of the name. With this, I am able to see the date, time, type of computer, IP address, location, browser, time of last click and login time of the users. As a result, I am able to track the frequent users and those who are not visiting the site. With this data, I can encourage the delinquent ones to get on board and let them know that I am watching in the background.


    • hall 12:48 am on November 25, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      I agree with you that “a learning management system like MOODLE or Blackboard could use these methods to capture a significant amount of data”. The collected data could be used to award students grade for their participation on online class activities. Also it could be used to analyze the students’ activities in online courses which could substantiate the evaluation of courses.

  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 8:49 pm on November 17, 2011
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      Many institutions are taking advantage of teaching and learning activities that are now available as a result of the exploding mobile market.  These offer creative ways to engage and interact with students. As I lecturer at a tertiary institution, I would love to take advantage of these opportunities, however the cost of mobile gadgets […]

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    • Everton Walker 9:24 pm on November 17, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      I am of that view too. Our students are struggling to even purchase relatively cheap textbooks, let alone those expensive gadgets. For now, I guess we can only say “what if”


    • David William Price 6:37 am on November 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Why do students need iPods, iPads and iPhones? Even simple mobiles have plenty of learning potential. Refurbished gadgets tend to be a lot cheaper, and service providers like Rogers, Bell, Telus, etc. have crate loads of old mobiles that are traded in. What do they do with them? Would they be wiling to make them available cheaply or for free?

      One of the struggles in putting together this week’s materials was the temptation to focus on smartphones. Smartphones are only one version of mobile devices. Is it necessary to pursue the latest technology? If simple phones offer the same affordances, why not take advantage of them?

    • hall 10:01 am on November 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      Mlearning (Mobile learning) is becoming more popular through the development of new and unique mobile devices such Blackberrys, iPhones, and iPads. But the growth of this learning in across the globe is still uncertain. Many students are struggling to pay their school fee (tuition fee) so as to be still enrolled in a programme. Hence I do not see students especially in the developing countries affording the purchase of mobile phones.

      • David William Price 11:45 am on November 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        But… statistics show that students in developing countries are far more likely to have access to mobiles than to computers (2.2 billion mobiles vs 11 million PCs). Mobiles represent the main form of communication and learning for semi-literate people in developing nations. Mobiles are a key way of learning English for Bangladeshis, a key form of communication and learning for disadvantaged kids in South Africa, etc.

    • hall 3:56 am on November 19, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi David,

      I agree with that statistical report on 2.2 billion mobiles vs 11 million PCs. I notice most people use their phones for communication purposes not for academic. You view this site

      • David William Price 7:20 am on November 19, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        In developing countries, mobiles represent their only choice for accessing learning, such as BBC’s Janala or Urban Planet’s English or in South Africa, using MXit social networking to access novels, magazines or homework help.

        Learning is not monopolized by academic study… in many developing nations, there is no real academic option anyway. The question then becomes how to make learning available to help people improve their lives. In Bangladesh, for instance, knowing English is considered a major step towards getting completely different types of jobs… jobs that offer different levels of income and advancement.

  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 9:22 pm on November 15, 2011
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      At present I am not engaged in any form of mlearning, but from participating this week’s activities I have come to the realisation that Mobile learning is a great way to supplement teaching and learning and it poises to provide opportunities to do much more to enrich the learning experience as it is convenient […]

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    • Everton Walker 9:58 pm on November 15, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      I must agree with you. I am not impressed with those small screens and the other factors mentioned for meaningful learning to take place. In some cases, certain video format cannot be played as the mobile format doesn’t support it. Without those considerations properly sorted out, I wouldn’t get into mlearning at this time. As it relates to recording audio, videoing and all the other great benefits, it is very useful. However, size and availability to students would be major problems in my current situation.


    • David William Price 11:38 pm on November 15, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for your post.

      While it’s common to compare mobiles to PCs in terms of screen size and battery life and power, the question is what mobiles do that is unique rather than how are they crippled in comparison to bigger devices. Their unique strengths provide some pretty different ways of “meaningful learning”…. learning that is guided within the real world rather than delivered as a package. How do you think you might use that kind of situated, authentic, guided learning in the real world to replace traditional, sit-down and read/listen learning?

  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 2:52 pm on November 10, 2011
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    Activity 1 – MET Reflection I think product based assessment is heavily used in all the courses I take in the MET programme since all course required learners to arrive or produce or demonstrate their own learning. The course that stood most in my mind when I attempted to respond to this question is an […]

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    • Everton Walker 8:02 am on November 11, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      Perfect example. 565 certainly set the tone for PBA. That was a real eye-opener as I gained what no exam could ever provide. I was compelled to take charge of my own learning in a way that could only be facilitated by PBA.


    • Doug Smith 9:35 am on November 11, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I too think that 565 is a great example.
      Have you ever tried to learn a new software tool by reading about it and memorizing theory or aspects of the software? It is impossible! I had actually tried to learn how to use Moodle for a couple of months prior to ETEC 565, and got absolutely no-where. It wasn’t until I had a project with a purpose in front of me, that I was able to effectively use Moodle. So it was a pretty powerful experience.


  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 7:30 pm on November 3, 2011
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    Discussion 3: The iPad as a game changer The iPad is a game changer in education since it promises new and exciting opportunities for learning anytime and anyplace. However, is it worth the investment? My answer is a resounding yes. The iPad has many features which makes it a great tool for education. For example, […]

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    • jarvise 4:26 am on November 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      Great points. The other advantage of a digital text is that it is always updated. Just imagine the possibility of never having to order a new set of textbooks for a school. You just regularly order updates. Think of the savings in postage alone! Perhaps this will alleviate the university textbook editions issue (you know: your course is using the 7th edition that costs $150, but the 6th edition is available 2nd hand for $30; you later discover that there are only very minor differences, but page order has been changed…)

      I also like that you mention the idea of newer iterations of products coming out. How would you feel if you had bought the first ipad instead of ipad2? Probably ripped off.

      Any ipad(1) users out there?

      I wonder if it would make sense marketing-wise to guarantee that you won’t be making a newer version of a device for x-number of years. The last year prior to turnover would likely be a dead zone. But people would feel confident buying something knowing that it would be the ‘latest’ version available for a specific period of time. Thoughts?


    • Deb Giesbrecht 6:45 pm on November 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Emily – how right you are! New versions of textbooks drive me mad! Particularly if the author is the person who is teaching the course and you never actually crack the book open!

      Keisha – I love the analogy of the digital backpack – how appropriate! Much lighter than the 10 textbooks I carried to and from school all the time. Very portable and practical – with hopefully all the upgrades. I don’t think the idea of ipads in education has caught on like wildfire yet – but certainly with gamers and people who want to watch videos on the go (think kids in the backseat of a mini van on a long trip).

      The latest and greatest device is always the consumer challenge – corporations saturate the market with version 1 and then continue to make next versions to continue the cycle of mass consumerism, consumption and intake of dollars. Promising they won’t make a version for x amount of years would seriously jeopardize this cycle.

  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 1:42 pm on November 1, 2011
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    Discussion 2: iPad for e-reading. I am extremely excited about what the iPad has to offer education on the whole. I think it is a wonderful innovation that will get our students excited about learning since it offers student opportunities to engage in the teaching and learning experience. The iPad can be used in many […]

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    • hall 12:23 am on November 2, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      Thank you for your splendid post. Ipad is a very useful tool for teaching and learning and for this reason I would encourage teachers to get one. Ipad is a tool that can transform the educational system and improve students’ academic achievements.
      You mentioned that “iPad could be promoted as the tool that students will use to store their textbooks etc.” This is a very good point. In light of the fact that the world is going green and hopefully the production of printed materials will be significantly reduced so as to preserve our remaining trees and promote the use of ebooks, Ipad may be very good tool to have as educators. In regard to the point the point you raised on an Ipad App that will facilitate marking up readings as many students would do with a physical text, I am proud to inform you that there is one. You could use Openmargin software.

    • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 6:27 pm on November 3, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Conroy,

      Thank you for the information on the marking up software/app that are used on ipads. I am sure this will appeal to students and enhance overall learning.


  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 7:30 pm on October 28, 2011
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    Protecting the environment A major benefit of cloud computing is that it helps to protect the environment. It is a “going green” initiative. For example, schools can opt to use cloud computing for hosting jobs and storage that are Internet based such as email applications offered by Google or Microsoft Office Live instead of using […]

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    • Angela Novoa 5:08 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      I think that both protecting the environment and cut cost are one of the major benefits from cloud computing. Last year I worked with my students of grade 11 on ePs through a blog. At the end of the academic year their reflections on the benefits of this project were relating to caring for the environment and using a free platform as well. They appreciated not having to print and use a lot of paper as they did before with their physical portfolios.


      • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 5:34 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply


        That is so true. Printing for example cost so much and many time my students can hardly find funds to print coursework and assignments. What I have been doing lately is making use of clouds for assignment submissions. My students really appreciate this.


    • khenry 6:25 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,
      The ‘green’ benefits are great indeed. I have a no paper policy in most of my classes, which helps to save my college on printing costs. There are instances however, where such costs are transferred to the student as some students prefer to interact with printed material rather than working from a screen.
      In terms of ‘little or no flexibility in how the applications work’, I do not see this as a challenge in that most cloud technology are responsive to users’ needs and there are a myriad of them and many possibilities. Companies are also open to creating customised packages. In fact, cloud technology offers ease within such customisations at little or no extra cost –


    • Juliana 9:55 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      I am glad that you brought the “protecting the environment” aspect. Through cloud computing there is definte chance of decrease our carbon footprint and consolidating everything. And you are right in that when we use cloud computing, we do give up control. We also have to worry about their servers going down and losing our data. At least when we save our data, we can back up in a variety of ways and we have control, but through cloud computing that is not true.

      I wonder if we could get cloud insurance 🙂


      • ashleyross 12:49 am on October 30, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        I suppose I may just be used to storing all of my data in the cloud, but I am honestly much more comfortable with the backup capabilities and infrastructure at Google than I am in storing everything on my personal computer’s hard drive and maybe an external USB drive. They spend millions of dollars on making sure our data is safe and secure, and use their own cloud storage and applications for the entire company. I can’t imagine a Fortune 500 company like Google would be willing to use Google Apps if they weren’t 100% sure that the information was safe. If you still don’t trust Google to store your data safely, there is always the option of downloading a copy to your personal computer as discussed in this article: 🙂

  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 7:42 am on October 26, 2011
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    Hello All,   I reside in Jamaica.  I am a Computer studies lecturer at Teachers’ College for over ten years. I will be completing the MET programme at the end of this semester.  I have a passion for technology and I also love teaching with technology.  I am also fascinated with “files in the clouds” […]

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    • mcquaid 2:42 pm on October 26, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Keisha, I think your fear is a common one. Handing our files to someone “out there” to take care of is a big leap of faith & trust. Take Facebook, for example – ever notice in the fine print how it gives them permission t retain all of your files / info even if you delete everything down the road? Rather scary. Yet, it’s extremely popular.
      What would it take for you to have more trust in such providers / parties?

    • hall 4:10 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha and mcquaid,

      Cloud technology is great but I think it is too transparent. We cannot trust the cloud technology because it lacks confidentiality. I appreciate the information that mcquaid has suggested on Facebook about the providers’ privileges. I was unaware such information.

  • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 7:58 pm on October 18, 2011
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      I use blogs very regularly in my classroom practices since they are easy online space that give students the opportunity to create personal webpages of text, pictures, graphics, videos, and other multimedia with the same ease as creating a word processing document. They provide a space where people can post comments and engage in […]

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    • ifeoma 8:16 pm on October 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi keisha,
      Ease of use is always a good thing when it comes to technology and will no doubt score a good point for Google’s blogger especially when you are trying to catch and hold students attention.
      You just pointed out something about Blogger that caught my attention-ot having control of your blog platform. I also find that for a K-12 educational purposes this may bring up a lot of privacy and security issues.

    • bcourey 2:23 am on October 19, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I wasn’t aware of the Google interference with Blogger – that would be a big issue with any blog – personal or in a school!

    • jenaca 4:11 am on October 19, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,
      I think that’s a great idea using blogs for assignment submissions. Are the students enjoying this method? And are the students engaged with each others blogs?

      • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 6:15 am on October 19, 2011 | Log in to Reply


        Certainly students are engaged with others. Students view each others blog and they are free to make comments and have discussions.

        • Juliana 5:23 pm on October 19, 2011 | Log in to Reply

          Hi Keisha,

          What subject do your students create the eportfolio for? Have your heard them say anything about features that they would like to see in blogs?

          And here’s a question for you. You are probably the first person to talk about widgets and blogs. What is your favorite widget for educational purposes and educational purposes?


    • jarvise 12:51 pm on October 19, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      I can see why you are using blogs in this way. The first experience I had with that was in ETEC 565 last term. I loved it. It was so easy. No attaching, no worrying about format differences, and everything is there, organized, when you want to look at it later. I’ve started organizing all of my own work online, so that it stays organized and available. Now hopefully it won’t suddenly get deleted!


      • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 5:48 pm on October 20, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Quite so Jarvise, The use of wordPress was very innovative and creative. I really liked it and that is why I used it in my classroom. My students love it. The seem motivated and even participated more in class.


    • hall 4:15 am on October 20, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Keisha,

      I like WordPress. I concur with you on WordPress ease of use. Persons find it very easy to use its features such as category, theme, tools, widget, setting etc

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