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EDITOR'S NOTES: Social Sharing and Collaboration

By David Hoffman - Posted Sep 1, 2012
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A major emphasis in education today is getting students to study and learn together—to collaborate—in anticipation of their entry into an increasingly collaborative work environment in college and beyond. So … content collaboration is our focus in this issue of Internet@Schools.

In our September features, we’re showcasing a range of companies and the resources they offer “for accessing and sharing it all,” along with examples and case studies of students creating and working together.

Victor Rivero notes in his Tools for Learning feature this month that the flow of available content out there has increased beyond fire hose pressure to what seems like the volume of the Amazon River! And that can pose a problem for locating what you want, let alone using it to work with others. As he writes, “With the number of webpages on the internet approaching the real meaning of Google--well, actually, googol (the number 1 with 100 zeroes after it)--and with collaborative tools embedded into it all, the question is  where to start.” Well, to find multiple access points, read Content Collaboration: 25 Resources for Accessing—and Sharing—It All (page 8).

And in his Pipeline column, Stephen Abram weighs in on collaboration as well this month. As usual, he frames the concept in the present and then runs with it as he peers into the future. He states flat out, “One of the great myths of our society is that of the solitary genius, the guy who invents or creates something out of the ether. It is a myth" ... because everyone, genius or average Joe, stands “on the shoulders of those who’ve gone before us … we depend for success on the support and collaboration of talents and teams that expand our own success.” That said, he discusses current and future tools for techno-enhanced collaboration and the importance of teaching and using them in school today. See The New Learning Imperative: Social Sharing and Collaboration (page 17).

There’s more this month on collaboration and the tools that enable and enhance it, particularly in the reviews, so read on.

David Hoffman , editor

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