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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Your P.D.I.

A number of years ago we created a set of Web pages at Biopoint targeting Web tools. If you look at those pages, the tools contained there still have some applicability. But not that much. As most of us know, online technologies tools have changed dramatically. What hasn't changed however is the need to develop a personal digital infrastructure (P.D.I) , or those set of digital tools, available online, that support a teacher's personal productivity as well as tools that target the creation of learning environments for students.

Years ago I used Backflip, now I use I also used a third party solution to download transitory Web content, I now use Furl. I also used to build a lot of online curriculum with my online tool, I've not done a lot of that since I left the classroom, but I now wonder about structured Web investigations like WebQuests and my format, called the Project Page, and where they now fit with the new tools of the Web. The point is that much has changed but that certainly will not be a relevation to anyone.

I've redone the Web Tools page and placed it at Many of the tools you will be familiar with but if you are reading this through your aggregator, you're probably a pretty savvy technology user anyway. My intent is to provide beginners with one location to access the many tools that alot of us use on a daily basis so that they can begin building transformitive learning environments with these tools. Using these tools, and having them be part of your arsenal is critical to open source teaching and learning.

If you know of some useful tools, please let me know and I'll include them.


  • At 10:33 PM , Blogger susanvg said...

    I have just been working on a web site for the English Quebec educational community. It can be found at It is not complete (is any web site?) I have been collecting tools, some of which are linked from the collaborative tools section under leaders and some in Tools for Teachers under Teachers. Some tools are unique to Quebec's education program. I have now put links to your site as I appreciate this collection of tools. Thanks for sharing.

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