Saturday, July 01, 2006


As this post corresponds to the period that begins May 1st, let's share this text by Dennis in which he describes how Germans celebrate that day:

I trust all list members are happily enjoying whatever you do in your part of the world on May 1st. In Germany young people load small wooden trolleys with lots of beer and walk in the woods getting drunker and drunker. I must ask my wife what it is all about....Ah... Adults march in their trade unions about earnest matters like pay and pensions and younger people have somehow updated dancing round the maypole and celebrating spring by disappearing into the woods and transfering the beer in the bottles into themselves.

Having been exposed to night and day reports from Germany this past month, we have all witnessed to what extent beer is part of all kinds of events nowadays. Whether it is nightlife or sport, everybody you see is holding a can or a bottle in their hands. Not that it is an exclusive German phenomenon. Here in Argentina the scene is not too different. Drinking beer is a favourite pastime with young people. If there's no beer, there's no fun. And this seems to be a worldwide concept.
You must be wondering what this has to do with Learning with Computers.
Basically all human behaviour has to do with LEARNING. Evidently mass media are
doing a far better job than educators at modelling attitudes and thoughts. We
are lacking impact and our message is not getting through. Just food for thought.

May was "Browsing the Web" month. We discussed how to evaluate websites, shared some useful tips about safe and fast surfing.

After so much "sport" we settled down to discussing wikis. Our PBwiki has proved to be a useful tool to collect and organize all the information we have been building as a group. I'm sure quite a few of us have felt encouraged to create our own wikis to work collaboratively with colleagues and students. At the same time some tried their hand at creating quizzes, which should be included in our list of to-do's, shouldn't it? I'm behind the group in this.

Another two months have gone by. Half of 2006 has vanished. I'm looking forward to what this group has in store for the months to come.


--;-<@ Claudia @>-;--


Gladys Baya said...

You wrote: "We
are lacking impact and our message is not getting through."
Are you feeling a bit blue, Clau? Do not feel "powerless"... You'll see, education will be "popular" once again, provided we can keep believing in it! That's why it's so important to stick together, so that we don't lose hope!

Congrats on another superb summary of the work done in the last two months! And the images are JUST perfect!


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