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Barbara Bray
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Google Earth telling Amazon Indians story

By Barbara Bray      July 3, 2008 -- 07:49 AM
In the SF Chronicle today, there is a story about how Google Earth is helping the Surui tribe in the Amazon by telling their story and helping protect their land. This tribe made contact less than 40 years ago and has been outfitted with GPS and computers with Internet access. The new technology is replacing bows and arrows to protect their land. Chief Almir Surui, a college graduate, came to the bay area and asked Google to provide them with technology to monitor illegal loggers and raise global awareness about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

I found another article where a new tribe was found...   more...
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What happens when a language dies?

By Barbara Bray      February 11, 2008 -- 09:05 AM
Have you ever heard of the Eyak language? With the death of Marie Smith of Alaska, this aboriginal language has died. With the spread of English and suppression of native languages, more will end.

Chief Marie Smith Jones, the last fluent speaker of the Eyak language of the Alaskan Indians, died in January at her home in Anchorage. She was 89. Chief Jones worked diligently to preserve her native tongue and other indigenous Alaskan languages. She was the last person to have learned the language the traditional way, taught as a child from her parents. A tribute in the SitNews.

Her long-time ...   more...

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Technology and Its Impact on Society and Culture

By Barbara Bray      September 25, 2007 -- 01:20 PM

Society has always been impacted by technology. Each invention has affected how people relate to one another and how cultures have expanded or ended. Technology impacts how cities grow, where people live, and who owns what. Technologies are the reason a few people are very rich, that people are more social, and that teaching and learning is changing. We are at a crucial time in history where we as educators can make a difference in how our students interact with one another ...   more...

Comments: 17   Last Comment By small Barbara Bray  October 21, 2010 -- 08:16 AM

Connecting in a Flat World

By Barbara Bray      April 3, 2007 -- 07:50 AM

Two issues I would like to explore:

  1. a desire for authentic learning opportunities
  2. creating learning experiences that are engaging and fun

How do you harness the power of like-minded individuals across long distances to reinforce online training, on-site coaching, learning with engagement, ongoing participation, and encourage them to continue coming back to their online community?

How do you phase in a community-building approac...   more...

Comments: 3   Last Comment By small Linda Ullah  April 28, 2007 -- 06:25 AM