Some of the first resources at DigitalBridgeK12.org have been posted. You can find my contributions here. If you have resources or ideas to share, you can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What's On My Mind — Blended 5.0
Years ago at the start of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, we made a conscious decision to push too hard on the "adoption" of digital textbooks. It was 2002, and digital content was not readily available. Further, the Internet was not what it is today. Streaming video was not available. Many people were still accessing the Internet via a telephone modem. Web 2.0 and the existence of web-based Learning Management Systems were still years away. And to top it all off, Maine is a non-adoption state, so we don't review textbook materials. We don't have lists of approved resources that we require schools to choose from. So, all that led is to focus on how we could support changes in pedagogy. How could we help teachers change instructional practices in light of the ubiquitous availability of a laptop for every student?
In hindsight, I think we made the right decision, but...read on