Building a Global Community of Learning
This past weekend my wife stumbled upon an incredible website, H2O Playlist. H2O is a web-based home for educational collaboration, in beta, and founded by The Berkman Center For Internet & Society at Harvard University. Educators and students alike can benefit by using this tool, which should be familiar to anyone who has used Playlists in iTunes. The concept is very similar.
H2O playlists are more than just a cool, sleek technology -- they represent a new way of thinking about education online. An H2O Playlist is a series of links to books, articles, and other materials that collectively explore an idea or set the stage for a course, discussion, or current event.
"H2O Playlists make it easy to:
- transform traditional syllabi into interactive, global learning tools
- share the reading lists of world-renowned scholars, organizations, and cultural leaders
- let interested people subscribe to playlist updates and stay current on their fields
- promote an exchange of ideas and expertise among professors, students, and researchers
- communicate and aggregate knowledge -- online and offline."