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Teacher launches TeachPaperless blog.
R. Richard Wojewodzki, a teacher of Latin and Art History at the John Carroll School, has started a new blog to help teachers design and maintain paperless classrooms.
The site www.teachpaperless.com went live on February 2, 2009.
The blog is based on Wojewodzki’s experience creating and running a high school classroom in which no paper is used.
All of the students use tablet-PCs for note-taking and creating projects and all tests and quizzes are given via blogs and wikis. Over the course of an academic year, his students create digital portfolios that reflect their work-progress on a day-to-day basis.
The mission is two-fold: to save paper and material resources and to help teachers exploit the dynamic potential of the Internet.
About R. Richard Wojewodzki
Like many artists, avant-garde Baltimore musician and composer Shelly Blake-Plock has got a day job. Between the hours of 7:30AM and 3PM, the Red Room Collective member uses the name written on his birth certificate -- R. Richard Wojewodzki -- as he dons the attire of a fair-mannered Latin and Art History teacher at Bel Air's John Carroll School. He does, however, manage to pull a little of the avant-garde into the classroom.
For he is on the front line of a truly 21st century paradigm shift in education: his classroom is paperless.Shelly has spent the last few years examining the relationships between Green Thinking, Interactive Technology, and Best Practices in the Classroom. Holding degrees from Harvard and Johns Hopkins, he is a two-time selectee for the National Endownment for the Humanities Faculty Workshops and is a presenter at the 2009 AP Annual Conference on the topic of Blogs and Paperless Classrooms.
He lives in Elkridge, MD with his wife, children, several cats, and a turtle in a little old house where he continues to spend far too much time on the computer and, at least according to the neighbors, still plays his music far too loudly.
Microsoft Semblio lets educators author, assemble, and publish multimedia curriculum.
Microsoft Semblio, formerly known under the codename Grava, is an easy-to-use application for authoring, assembling, and publishing dynamic curriculum in a variety of media including audio, video, text, and animation. Semblio has three components:
A Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create and package content.
An assembly tool for educators to combine multiple types of content into a single, multimedia package.
A player that students can use to view and interact with the lessons and presentations.
The Semblio SDK is available now (download for free at www.microsoft.com/semblio), and today, Microsoft is announcing that 12 educational content solution providers including publishers, developers, testing organizations and educational consultants around the world are using the SDK to contribute to the creation and packaging of content solutions for educators.
The assembly tool and media player will be available to educators and students with the next version of Microsoft Office.
Semblio Community Blog
Source: Tech & Learning