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Dear Emma and others
Here is a collaborative tool that some of you might be interested in checking out.
Thanks for the interesting webinar on SCoPE and all the ideas. Jo Ann

Open Wonderland to build your virtual world! Create dynamic learning environments, collaborative business applications, or interactive, multi-user simulations. Start with a blank slate, or modify an existing world. While some types of worlds can be created by end-users or 3D artists, this toolkit is designed primarily for developers familiar with the Java programming language. As a developer, you can extend any part of the system and add functionality by creating modules, the Wonderland version of plugins.

Deirdre Bonnycastle wrote,

If they see different roles as contributors to the overall project, it helps overcome issues of "so and so brings my marks down" so I have to do everything.

How very true - and also allows groups to see that if they all have naturally very similar roles, that they may have to work to ensure that all roles are covered.

Good to hear about your daughter & her research skills :)

Colby Stuart wrote,

I have found SCoPE to be a place where the sheer joy of sharing, participation and playful encounter comes alive.

I'd like to second that & the thanks that Colby gave to Sylvia - and all the participants!

I've certainly enjoyed these 3 weeks & the opportunity to play. big grin

Emma Duke-Williams wrote,

A very good point; and, the other aspect of that is how, as a group, do you make the choice? First to initiate it? Person with the loudest voice? Person who's the most persuasive? The most interoperable tool, so that as many as possible can use their favourite client etc., ?

The early adopters are the people, and places to keep your eye on.

Scope is a great source for learning about collaborative tools, particularly because we roll up our collective sleeves and use them.

Loudness and persuasive dialogue are turn-offs. Great tools are easy, fun, provides value and are useful which includes interoperability.

As a group the crowd decides. In my experience we may start with a tool - and if we find it isn't working for us we'll move to another. For example if traffic on skype makes it unusable - we move our discussion elsewhere.

Clint Lalonde, who has been participating in this seminar (mostly over in the waves, I think), is co-facilitating a discussion this week as part of his graduate course at Royal Roads University. Clint posted about his distributed discussion experiment on his blog. He is directing the course participants to a blog post by Ben Grey who writes about the differences between collaboration and cooperation. I thought I'd mention it here because Clint refers back to this SCoPE discussion, and also because there is an interesting discussion developing over there.

How's that for connecting some dots!

I came across this upcoming Google Wave webinar organized by Sloan Consortium. I thought I'd mention it here in case folks are interested in digging into educational uses of wave some more. They put on some great events at Sloan-C. I couldn't help noticing the enthusiasm in this webinar description! (bold is my own)

Google Wave – the revolutionary new free collaboration tool from the undisputed leader in online technologies promises to change the way we integrate Web 2.0 into our teaching and learning. With more than a million people worldwide already using Wave, the technology is quickly becoming the preferred new tool for online collaboration. Integrating Twitter, iframe Web windows, instant polling, drag-and-drop documents, native text chat modes, mind maps, streaming video, audio, and much more – all into a single slick Wiki platform, Wave is the ideal tool for group projects, reflective journaling, and class collaborations. This Webinar will introduce participants to the new technology and provide examples of effective uses of the technology, resource sites, and access to a Wave “sandbox” to test out the many gadgets, bots and extensions available in this exciting new technology.

Nick Kearney wrote,

wonder if the resistance I encounter frequently to the idea of mind maps is not a question of cognitive styles, but rather that many, whatever their "$:style" have their way of "mapping" the terrain.

Quite possibly! I know I've always been somewhat sceptical of the way that 'learning styles' are, in some cases very rigorously applied, after all, I'm sure most of us have differing preferences depending on the time of the day, subject, weather, no known reason, etc!

(I also know what you mean about OS maps giving you a very rich picture & visualisation of the landscape - scary how many today rely on satnav & couldn't find their way without one).