I think it was at EduCon, but it could have been from somewhere before that, or even in a twitter discussion, but Joyce Valenza was given credit for coining the phrase “I want to be a widget in your learning space.”
That got me thinking, and since I have been playing around with using iGoogle or Pageflakes as the hub of a class I am creating, I told myself to try to find out if that is possible: a teacher with a presence in their students learning space. This is the closest I have come. I built it using something called Sprout, which was fairly easy to navigate. Go check it out and see what you think of its potential.
I know I took the quote literally, but the ideas coming out of this are pretty intense:
- marketing classes designing page-specific ads
- running for student council? Why not insert widgets into your friends pages on Facebook or Myspace?
- use the RSS feed aspect of the widget to have pertinent class information displayed immediately on your widgets (edits follow the widgets wherever they are placed).
What are you ideas?