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Google in Education

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Google have pulled many of their growing education resources together at their Google in Education site, where they say that their educational initiatives focus on three key areas:
Making learning magicalEmpowering innovative communitiesBuilding a foundation of technology and access Sometimes Google just get it right - I think of their 'Don't Be Evil', just brilliant! - but here, it's just so brave to talk about magic in learning in the midst of our corporate institutions, but that is precisely what we need to capture and precisely what many institutions and processes are killing. Carl Rogers said that "the only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change" and I think Google are at the forefront of  helping people change their view of how we might learn and helping educators bring some magic back into learning. 

Blogger as course platform?

I've used blogger on a number of occasions as the main place for overall course info and communication and it works beautifully. Threaded discussions now appear in comments allowing a much more dynamic online discussion - very manageable forums in a very flexible format, way better than most VLE/MLEs I've known and not loved overmuch!