Intuitive feed readers - now that is fascinating in potential but also scary in that perhaps, they could be manipulated (much like our searches are manipulated.) Fascinated and yet curious at the same time.
Copyright law provides educators with a separate set of rights in addition to fair use, to display (show) and perform (show or play) others' works in the classroom. This article give an oveview of copyright for educators
Wikispaces is hosting a free webinar. THe email to me today says:
"Wikispaces Education Webinar: Join us on August 6 for our Education Webinar. We'll focus on features that teachers have found useful in their classrooms and hear from Nicole Naditz, a French educator and foreign language pedagogy trainer. Nicole has used wikis in her French classrooms and as resource pools for her colleagues. Join us as she shares her wikis including an e-pal exchange and a solar power project with a school in Burkina Faso."
Dr. Bonk's new book is out and it is excellent (yes, I have a preview copy.) It has a delightful overview of what is happening with technology and global collaboration (and includes flat classroom and also a sidebar about how Dr. Bonk and I met at GAETC two years a go - kind of humorous.) Excellent book that I highly recommend, or you may want to take a look at these webcasts, webinars, free resources and podcasts about it as well. Dr. Curtis Bonk is also known a s Travelinedman
If you have a music program at your school, perhaps you should peruse some of the fascinating thing my new friend Christopher Amos, director of Distance Learning for Carnegie Hall is doing. (I met him at NECC.)
Great post by Ben Grey on his participation in Constructing Modern knowledge - he hits several things including the fact that many at the conference said that computer programming should be mandatory for all students and a presenter who said that the problem with today is that too many people have a voice.
My comments from Ben's blog are below. Great conversations happening here!
Programming - OK, on the programming thing, here are my thoughts.
We spend about a week � two weeks but I require they know how to handcode hyperlinks and images � they are just too important.
But to take 12 weeks or 6 weeks to learn a whole language � yes maybe some value � but to me the value is HOW is the language constructed or built. What are the conventions and how do I educate myself if I am interested in pursuing. What comes out of this time is kids who say either �I never want to do that� or �this is really cool, I love coding.�
They are doing very simplistic work (although the LSL object languages were pretty advanced) but since we don�t have a full course nor time in our curriculum, I do see this as an essential part of what I teach.
I�m not teaching it for the language sake but for the sake of understanding the whole body of how languages work � we talk about the different languages and what they are used for as part of Intro to Computer science and have an immersive experience.
To me, this is somewhat a comprimise between leaving it out entirely or forcing everyone to take 12 weeks of it. I just don�t know where 12 weeks would go in the curriculum.
I�ve seen kids who know C++ but don�t have a clue about the trends in IT or how to collaborate globally � I�d rather do it this way and feel happy with it as it is in my curriculum.
On newbies � Discomfort always exists when new people come on the scene of anything but I am one who truly believes that a person who truly is a charlatan will show their true colors over time. Are all conference keynotes stellar� of course not.
But to me, for all of us, we must remember that we are servants working to improve education and to have the humility to know that newbies bring a unique perspective that can be important to conversations. To forever exclude newcomers is to stagnate. We need both.
Great points, Ben � going to share this on CCT tomorrow. ;-) (Hat tip to Scott meech who tweeted me in our mutual insomia that this post is the reason he�s awake!)
I love how tweetmeme lets me track this - my all time most tweeted blog post is this one from this past April about my favorite apps and tools. It is also the single longest blog post I've written in terms of time - topping about 10 hours of work!
My new friend at CAST (and UDL expert) shared this cool resource with me called bookbuilder. This is a link to a presentation and a podcast can be found at - http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/6373.mp3 about how bookbuilder can be used as a product or tool used students to demonstrate their content knowledge.
I love how each student can have comments or information they post on their slides about a topic. This is very very cool and accessible to all! This presentation demonstrates what can be done and I can't wait to work with the back end!
ORBITER is a free flight simulator that goes beyond the confines of Earth's atmosphere. Launch the Space Shuttle from Kennedy Space Center to deploy a satellite, rendezvous with the International Space Station or take the futuristic Delta-glider for a tour through the solar system - the choice is yours
Just rewatched this video I made in March 2007 about Technology in Education (particularly in the US.) Have had some say they couldn't read what I was saying, however, it is using IM speak - you have to just read the letters I'm pointing to! Last I checked this video, I had about 2,000 views - it is now up over 25,000! Hmm - what is happening?
You can not only take advantage of the great resources open source has, but also become a part of a movement that shares more freedom of ideas. In these lectures, you’ll learn more about the open source philosophy and what it can be used for.
High School Middle School Elementary Kindergarten maths
Welcome to Mathebook.net an online Free Learning website full of fun. This website is fully interactive and will allow kids to practice and learn math with ease. Our website is designed to help students of different grades, starts from Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School and High School Math. The goal of this website is to provide new education tools to teachers, parents and off course students who can benefit from it.
One of the best ways to do that is to experiment with the courses you’d be taking when you enroll in school. With these open education resources, you can take all the classes you want — not for credit, of course — without paying a dime.
As a student, you’re used to analyzing problems from all angles and making your own deductions, independent of what anyone else tells you. But what if things didn’t always work that way? Here are 25 scary and surprising facts about brainwashing.
Children and their parents have for years enjoyed attending storytimes, checking out books and participating in a number of other educational, entertaining and participatory programs at the various locations of The Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County. StoryPlace, an interactive web site, came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the library and participating in the same types of activities the library offers.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good animation is worth ten thousand. After reading book after book about the Pacific War and finding only complicated maps with dotted lines and dashed lines crisscrossing the pages, we decided to depict the key naval and land battles using animation technology.
Save yourself money and a trip to the store! Print graph paper free from your computer. This site is perfect for science and math homework, craft projects and other graph paper needs. All graph paper files are optimized PDF documents requiring Adobe Reader for viewing.
Chirbit is a free online tool for audio sharing. Chirbit enables users to record, upload, listen to and share sound bites easily. Chirbit is simple, useful and fun. You can now use iPhone Voice Memos to post to chirbit.
Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrelevant fame invited edubloggers (educational bloggers) worldwide to post (write in our blogs) about digital technologies. Here are bookmared posts I collected from the day.
Sometimes dinner is just so good, you have to talk about it. For Eric's birthday I smoked chicken wings, made potato salad and broccoli slaw. There were other things, but it looks good like this. food is good
Create and print a pocket-sized photo album. Choose photos for you pocket album from Flickr or upload them directly from your computer. Print it out, fold it up, and share the love with family and friends.
this blog is going to try to chronicle how I use technology in an effort to teach and write more effectively. A couple of initial caveats:
1. This blog is decidedly biased towards the humanities. Both because that is where I work, and because it seems to me that is where the greatest resistance to technology has been. 2. This blog is also markedly Mac biased. While many of the hints and tricks I have developed work across a range of platforms or are web based, most of my work is done on a Mac. While there are certainly reasons to choose to run a PC over a Mac I find that for my needs, and I would argue for many in the humanities (the sciences can be a different matter) a Mac is a better choice. 3. I am by no means an expert. This is meant as a place to begin a discussion, I hope that others can contribute their experiences, hints and tips as well.
Interactivate is a suite of fifty-nine interactive mathematics assessments. These assessments allow users to track their percentage of correct and incorrect responses on each activity. Most assessments are designed for individual use although there are some activities that can be used by multiple users. Interactivate is produced by the non-profit organization
Timelines.TV is the website companion to a BAFTA award-winning television series. On Timelines.TV you will find four series of documentary videos arranged chronologically. There are three series about British history; social, political, and imperial. There is one series about the American West in the 19th Century. You can browse for videos using the timeline at the bottom of the homepage or use the drop-down menu at the top of every page. I've only had time to watch videos from the American West series, but if the rest of the videos are as good as those that I've watched, Timelines.TV is a high-quality production.
SOS Classroom offers a directory of free online educational resources for K-8 Language Arts and Math. These sites are submitted by parents and teachers, and they are all reviewed and organized by members of the SOS Classroom team!
Vizerra is a very interesting project that has great potential for use in World History and World Geography courses. Vizerra provides downloadable 3D models of famous places. All of the models offer users a tour of their selected site. Currently, there are five models and tours available on Vizerra. Vizerra aims to have a total of thirty 3D models and tours available for download by the end of 2009.
Whyzz is a website designed for the parents of three to eight year old children that are going through the "why" phase. Whyzz gives clear simple answers to the "why"questions like "why is the sky blue?" that children ask frequently. Parents can access the information on the site in two ways. The most direct way to find something on Whyzz is to type a "why" question in the "tell me" search bar at the top of every page. You can also browse the through topics in ten different categories. Click on a topic and you'll find a list of commonly asked "why" questions and their answers.
Smart Bean is an online resource designed for parent use. Smart Bean is essentially an online magazine for parents interested in learning more about online resources for learning as well as general parenting information. There seems to be particular attention given to home-schooling parents. Some of the articles you're likely to find on Smart Bean are things like Internet safety, articles on childhood diet and fitness, and a slew of articles about the role of new technologies in education.