Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
David's original statement
I tell them that teachers need:
- Time to plan, collaborate, research, assess and adapt, build, and innovate (I tell them 3 to 4 hours a day — everyday).
- Classrooms that are equipped for learning in an abundant information environment, rather than an information-scarce environment (This means wifi, a laptop in every teacher and learner’s hand, one or more projectors in each classroom, and access to the emerging technologies that channel contemporary literacy).
- Permission to safely innovate and facility to engage in professional conversations about the changes needed for relevant education.
I've been thinking about this for some time now and as I read so many bloggers who point out the need for educators to work/adapt/learn in this digital age, I wonder if we engaged in a thought experiment to imagine the ideal situation. What would it look like?
Using the points you made:
Nothing new can be added to a teachers plate (there's no room.) New must replace something they're already doing, especially 'techie' stuff because it's usually hard enough to learn as it is. So, if a teacher starts a class blog, have it replace the class newsletter, Skyping peers to conference about students? PLC time, etc. This may seem obvious, but often they still do both.
The ideal setup here can be as varied as the teachers using it, but what I'd like to think of as the base: Computer + Internet + Projector. Or access to the like. Arguments could be made that one needs a camera or smartboard or a laptop vs desktop, etc. but I would be ecstatic if those three components were as standard as a chalkboard in every classroom.
Possibly the deal breaker. With an administration supportive and invested in these changes, teachers can and will be more likely to embrace them and impress everyone with their ingenuity. With out it, they're out on a limb.
My own addition, BUT if as a teacher you have the time, ample equipment and administrators on board, yet cannot showcase student work in a way that is meaningful to them and their parents, the rest becomes meaningless.
Assessment needs to be created collaboratively by all those who use them.(see #1) Work must be digitized and web based for access to all.(see #2) The system must be universally supported so no teacher is left out on a limb.(see #3)
The assessment system must provide feedback to the students, parents and teachers about actual student work, not a subjective score placed on the work by someone.
Is all this possible? I think so.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
The students I work with were recently recognized in a national newspaper (The Christian Science Monitor) and I couldn't be more proud.
Stemming from a comment I made in Edutopia (link) earlier this year, a reporter came up and spent the day. It was a fun experience for the kids and the article was a nice way to show some of stuff we're doing in the district.
Audio Interviews: http://www.csmonitor.com/slideshows/2007/techSherpas
(The article was later sent to www.dailygood.org - interesting how stuff spreads.)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
First off, this is not a, "Sorry I haven't been blogging as much as I'd like to lately because of X, Y, or Z." post (even though I haven't)
I've always felt that the blogging platform is, in many ways, a digital rendition of an old school teaching style. One voice kicking out ideas or thoughts to a 'class' of readers. Of course there are comments and the asynchronous nature of the whole thing, but ultimately, even with all the differences they're much the same.
Not that there is anything wrong with that. There's something of blogger soul searching going on around the ole' RSS reader (Death of a blogger) these days, that some are asking why blog when we have Twitter or Ustream or ____ (Next Web 2.0 tool to be filled in tomorrow.) Tools that are more immediate and those needs better. I guess my reply would be, if this format aides ones own thought process and helps others to boot? It's a win-win.
'Nuff said on that, so why the pictures of lions and antelopes in this post? Well, creatures like these are pretty standard around the school halls of MSAD #48. We are fortunate enough to have one of the only taxidermy programs anywhere (that I know of) and host some incredible exhibits throughout the district. These have ranged from the lions you see here, to polar bears, giraffe heads, numerous deer like animals and an assortment of birds. All amazing and many taken for granted.
I rarely think about these lions as I walk by them and I chuckle whenever I'm with someone who starts as they see them for the first time. For me the pair have become part of the woodwork. One of the questions I've been asked by visitors is, "How do you stop the students from bothering them?" And I realized that for the most part, students barely see them as well.
It occurred to me that if we can do that for lions and bears, we can do that for the technology as well. I'm seeing the signs more and more that this is happening, but we'll know it's really a success when it had become part of the woodwork.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
My brother Keith teaches the Integrated Technology classes at the middle schools in MSAD #48 for grades 5-8 . Some of his comments were covered recently on the GeekEd! podcast Episode 89.
I had the opportunity to chat with the GeekEd! team last April in Episode 68.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The Search by John Battelle. It not only covers Google extensively, (up to 2005) but starts where search begins and discusses the two elements of search that are so obvious to us now, but where not at its inceptio: Discovery and Recovery.
Think about it, on the web we know the amount of info is too much to categorize, so we use search to find what we're looking for, while on our own machines we recover work (usually called Find) and pull up something we have already done. These two model are converging now with Google's Web History feature. (www.google.com/history) They record every site you've been on. Privacy issues are a huge concern with this ability to track your 'click stream.' But I have to admit - it's very useful. When I want to find that page I didn't bookmark or otherwise note, this is the easiest way to go back in time and recover it.
All these implications are discussed in The Search. It gets a little heavy with the geek speak at times, but overall a great read (listen) on something that we all use everyday.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
To view the video in full screen [Link]. (Please note the quality level is set for web streaming, for a higher quality video or DVD please contact email@example.com) Download the video for an iPod. For more information on how to put video on an iPod click here.
Bob Sprankle also podcast an audio only version of the keynote here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Student following the projected webpage from Will Richardson's Keynote on his iPhone.
Overall it was a great time for Maine educators, but I still have that lingering feeling of the 'preaching to the choir' phenomenon. The sticking question for me was, "Ok, how do we get those educators not here that are not interested - well, interested?" The response of, "They just have to be." doesn't satisfy me. Obviously they don't 'have to be' because they aren't. How much of what's shared at this conference gets back to the kids. I mean really back to the kids. How many of us go back on Monday, jazzed by what we learned, and are able to get that through to those who are decidedly not on the 'Tech Scene?' Certainly every bit helps and I really do feel there were some amazing ideas being tossed around, but I like to know that the connection is being made beyond the Civic Center. I guess for me, I'll pull out my recurring mantra of, 'Have the students do it.' Meaning, have students participate in the experience, make them be part of the solution and bring others along in the process.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
I'll also have the students interviewing participants much like we did at Alan November's Building Learning Communities conference this summer. That was a fantastic experience where our students rubbed elbows and interview many of the movers and shakers of the educational technology community like Marcos Torres, Marc Prensky, Chris Lehmann, etc. (Check out some of the interviews here.)
Also, here's the keynote presentations from the 2006 ACTEM conference.
David Warlick Keynote Presentation
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The K12 Online Conference 2007 is almost here. It runs from October 8th to the 27th. Go to k12onlineconference.org for more details. Here's a quick explanation from the website:
"The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference run by volunteers and open to everyone."You can click here for a flyer or listen to a terrific interview by Bob Sprankle, Cheryl Oakes and Alice Barr with a couple of the conferences organizers, Wes Fryer and Darren Kuropatwa.
Check out podcast #24 at: www.bobsprankle.com
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The important point of the book for me is the idea how something that didn't seem to be a big deal - a portable music player - would create such a following. It would expand well beyond the original design and has become so much more.
We received a grant in my district to improve literacy, so we purchased 500 of them. The impact for students and staff is measured by how many beg us not to take them back at the end of the year. They've become such a part of their daily routine they couldn't image life without one. I know I couldn't.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I was pretty excited that my answer was printed in the magazine.
"Get as many students in my district teaching technology to as many of the teachers in my district as I can. The students learn by teaching, and the teachers learn by listening."I was feeling pretty good about it, and showed it to my wife who reminded me that,
"Your brother was in Computer Power User magazine, he made the cover." ;-)
The added smiley wink is mine, she was, of course, teasing me, (My brother designed and built the computer on the cover.) But it helped to remind my how pervasive and easy pockets of celebrity have become. Small bits of fame that add up to more than the alloted 15 minutes these days. This fame is relative to the size of the audience, but because the are so many channels for people to connect today, anyone with a computer and modem can be a celebrity. (Or at least feel like one anyway. ;)
When showing this to one of my Video Production students, he commented:
"It makes a Noob look like a Leet."
produce something that looks like a power user (an Elite) made it."
I have to agree with Gary's description, EXCEPT that it does have educational value. It raises the bar.
To recreate the effects that effortlessly appear in one of these productions in any flavor of video editor you'd like would take a substantial amount of time, but because they are so easy to create, it makes those production values into vanilla. It's like the first time you play with GarageBand. You create a song, that really sounded like a song you'd actually want to listen to in a few minutes - wow. There was magic there. Then you play it for others and they start nodding their heads and tapping feet. More magic. But soon, the more you listened to what other made, using the program, all those loop diven tracks start sounding the same. To the point where, it's cliche, and boring.
What this has done, for students is that they have to produce better stuff. Don't get me wrong, I think that GarageBand is a fantastic tool and fun way to create quick songs, but if everyone's sounds the same - it begs you to be different.
As students create content and productions like Animoto become the baseline. It makes the quality of work of those trying to stand out have to be that much better. Our expectations increase, and educationally that's not a bad thing.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
There's a very wide range of titles, some of which I had at one time gone and signed out from the library. Viewing them online doesn't effect the number of DVD's you have from Netflix and you can watch as many as you want!
Note: The Netflix viewer wants to run on Internet Explorer. But If you'd still like to watch it through Firefox there is a cool add-on that turns a tab into IE and works fine.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
"I'm planning to buying a [enter tech item here.] What do you recommend?"Here is my patent response for buying almost all computers, digital cameras, media players, etc.
1) Wait as long as you can.
With the iPhone dropping 30% in price in two months as proof, there will never be the 'perfect' time to buy tech stuff, it's not an investment and will certainly reduce in price.
2) Set your price.
Because there are so many options when buying tech toys, there always seems to be more
features with just another just
3) Search for your price.
Because there are so many options when buying tech toys, there always seems to be more
features at small increments, so once you have the price you're willing to spend, stick to it. Otherwise you can keep upping the price until it's way more than you intended.
When I start searching for tech stuff, there are always the usual suspects: Amazon and EBay, but I like to start with a trip to CNET reviews to narrow it down to the exact one I want. Then a trip to www.currentcodes.com where I can see if there are any deals on the sites.
(BTW A couple of the tech sites I especially like are newegg.com and bhphotovideo.com)
Sunday, September 02, 2007
For those who don't know, this summer the iPhone was cracked by a 17 year old George Hotz.
By cracking it, he made the phone able to run on different networks other that AT&T, who I'm sure was not happy about the announcement. But in the weird word of cyber -law it's ok to crack a phone, just not sell or distribute the know how.
While this is all interesting on a geeky level, the real interest for me is from the rationale of George spending 500+ hours on this 'summer project' because ultimately he was bored. And where were we, the educators, in all of this.
If George came to you with this idea, what would happen? What about all the other George's in our classes. This reminds me of another story about Ashley Qualls. A 17 year old who started a website called www.whateverlife.com that provides templates for MySpace. She's since been offered $1.5 million for the site. (Which she declined, by the way.) Again, where would be she in class and what are we offering students that want to move beyond the standard multiple choice tests.
A final note on students. We must take them seriously. Not just as another aspect of our jobs, but people to engage and learn from as much as we teach them. Recently "A 16 year-old Australian student took approximately 30 minutes to bypass a government funded content filter that took $84 million to create." [link]
Students will always find an outlet for their creativity, whether we chose to benefit from their creativity is up to us.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
So anyone who reads a large number of blogs, then makes comments, and then wishes to follow up on those comments - I've found an easy way to do it. www.cocomment.com The site is still in beta, so there are some quirks, but it's been the simplest way to track the conversations I have on other blogs that I follow. They all turn up in one convenient location.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Marco Torres often talks about finding one's Yoda. A mentor who you can look to for guidance and help from but it technology questions or educational ones.
Today I found mine - My two year old son.
Here's the story:
My wife, two year old son and I were getting ready for dinner and he told his mom, "I'm hungry." While preparing the meal she said, "It's not quite ready yet."
He looked at her, tilted his head to one side and asked,
"Is it buffering?"
As this school year begins, my son reminds me that we as educators must always be mindful of what we say and do around our kids. Anything you say or do may be an educational experience for a child.
And you never know what will stick with them!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Following up on my last post, I realized that with the use of one Google login, a really good password is more important that ever. The best kinds incorporate numbers and symbols and are at least eight characters.
One way I use to remember longer passwords with a variety of symbols is to come up with a phrase where the first letter of each word comprising the password. The phrase should have at least eight words in it.
For example: "I Like To Work With Students And Teachers" becomes: "iltwwsat"
Because you're using a phrase, just say it in your head as you type the (seemingly) nonsensical word. Also, you can replace words like 'To' with '2' and maybe an 'S' with a '$' so the final result would be
Another thing you can do is add the first letter of whatever website you're on to the end of the password. That way, you have a different password for every site, but you still only have to remember one. So if you went to Amazon it would be:
while in Ebay it would be:
Don't forget to periodically it too because all the security and firewalls in the world can't stop someone if they have your password.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Take Blogger for instance, there are arguably better blogging platforms available, (Wordpress, Typepad, etc) but with Blogger, you can post directly from Google Docs or link to images in Picassa or video in Google Video - all with one login.
I'm going to get what I see as two biggest problems out of the way, 1) Access 2) Privacy 1) If you do not have reliable internet access, then you don't have Google Apps. They are working on something called Google Gears that will allow blogs from Google Reader and Gmail to download and sync with your computer whenever you on the net. 2) Privacy concerns are always a part of being online. Having so much information about yourself in one place can be scary, depending on what they do with it. For a far more detailed discussion about online privacy than I can put here, check out http://googlonymous.com
So, here are some of things you get when you 'Go Google.' (BTW It's better to setup a GMail Account not a Google Account. You'd think there should be any difference, but a GMail Account gives you more access to services.
Some of the biggest boons of using the services is hardware doesn't matter, Mac, PC, Linux as long as you have web access. And your data follows you on what ever computer you're using.
And it's all FREE. The only costs if you want to upgrade some of the services, but I have yet to have had to do that with any of them.
GMail - a web based email service, much like Hotmail or Yahoo but with 3gigs of free space.
Google Calendar - Very useful to share, publish or just manage your calendars. Especially when those you have to coordinate with have an account too.
Google Docs - an online word processing and spreadsheet application that lets you easily collaborate with other Google users. This is a terrific service that I use daily.
Blogger - Google's blogging platform
Google Reader - An aggragator that pulls info from all those blogs into on place. Works great with an iGoogle page.
iGoogle - Set up a personalize homepage that follows you with every computer you log in to.
Page Creator - Create a template driven webpage in seconds. Literally. The hardest part is selecting a color scheme. Here are a couple examples: nokomishistory.com and thetechclub.org
Google Browser Sync - If you use multiple computers, this will sync all your preferences bringing passwords and bookmarks with you.
Google Anayltics - Anyone that has a blog or web page can use this to get incredibly detailed information about their site.
Google Groups - Create, manage and work with forums. A easy way to store and encourage discussion.
Google Talk - Much like Skype, but without the ability to call a landline number. This may change, however, because Google bought Grand Central. A service that coordinates ones phone numbers.
Google Blog Search - Even though Technorati is more well known, I've found this search to actually be more thorough when looking for something.
Picassa - Google's image editor and thumbnail viewer. There are better lightweight free image editors out there (Irfanview I'm looking at you.) But, with the ability to make a Web Album with the click of a button, it can't be beat.
Google Video - This is one of those services that you can find better quality out there, but If you only need to quickly load something (and larger that 100mb YouTube) than this works fine.
Google Earth - Not a web based app, but too cool not to mention.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
What is F.U.D. you ask?
F.U.D. stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.
Something that usually Freezes, Upsets and Discourages progress.
Jeff Utecht from the Thinking Stick blog commented on this recently stating we're "Putting them in a Bubble" and I couldn't agree more.
When I discuss the use of disruptive technologies in the classroom with some teachers, their first response is, "Yeah, but how can I control it."
I am, of course, not in favor of a classroom free-for-all, but if we can't beyond the possibility that one student might type a naughty word (just like they could do now) and weigh that against all the positive discussions and collaboration that can happen, then we are truly stuck.
Yes, it's easier to ignore what the students are doing on their own at home, but what a disservice to our students. For me, it would be the equivalent of not teaching drivers education because one of the students might do something dangerous. As a system we've weighed the pros and cons and recognize value is worth more than the possible pitfalls. I hope this will carry over to the use of communication tech tools in the classroom, and we can help our students see outside the bubble.
Monday, August 13, 2007
No? Well, the placement of letters comes from a time when people could type faster than their typewriters could keep up. Keys would get jammed in a terrific mess of metal and ink. By placing frequently used keys, like vowels, in harder to reach places, users were slowed down.
Now, examine keyboard in front of you.
The placement of the keys has been the same since 1873. There are newer, redesigned keyboards that allow faster typing such as the Dvorak keyboard. Introduced in 1936 it arranges the keys for the greatest efficiency. But, overwhelmingly we use what is given to us.
What we have always known and are comfortable with.
Many teach how they were taught, and I won't belabor the point, but the world is different. It's flat right?
If I handed you a new keyboard, it would undoubtedly take time to unlearn how you type and relearn the new positions. During that time, productivity would down and frustration would ensue. Yet, with the understanding that ultimately, speed and accuracy will improve with time and practice until you have surpassed what you were capable of before.
Such is all new learning.
Don't let only what you're comfortable with limit where you can go!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
I know there are virtual desktops available, but I've found I can tweak the browser to my own specs. So, I decided to put together some of the add-ons that I've found most useful.
First, the Rules:
1. Post these rules before you give your facts
2. List 8 random facts about yourself
3. At the end of your post, choose (tag) other people and list their names, linking to them
4. Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged
So here are the 8 facts:
1. I do not like chocolate.
2. I can balance with one foot on a basketball and juggle.
3. I taught in New Zealand.
4. I'm something of a Simpsons-aholic.
5. I took an astronomy course at Colby College in 6th Grade.
6. I'm teaching my two year old to recognize Star Wars characters on sight.
7. I usually have three books going at the same time.
8. I love my job!
Tag - you're it.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Very cute and worth a listen.
I've always been a news junkie, rarely listening to music on the radio when I can listen to news. When the TV was on it was usually on a 24 hour news channels.
I thought it something of an informational nirvana - few ads, compelling content and all tailored to my schedule.
And yet, I've been recently wondering about what I'm missing. I don't mean the ads of course, but the information that I used to pick up with traditional, passive, media. When I'd flip through the news paper, I would invariably see stories that I wouldn't have been looking for, but because they're there read, find interesting and ultimately make me more informed. I wonder that because it's so easy to narrow the information stream that comes to me, am I becoming less knowledgeable about what's going on beyond my news reader.
One resource I use that helps is Digg (or better yet, Digg Swarm.) The problem is, it's not local stuff and is still pretty tech heavy in content. I haven't decided how this will all pan out yet, but in the mean time, I think I'm going to start reading the paper again.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
And as a side note, I truly believe in that title. It would be easy to say that it's the tech - (our 1to1 Maine Learning Technology Initiative has put laptops in the hands of every 7th and 8th grader, and is now moving to high school staff statewide.)
But if it was just about the technology, it would have failed long ago as so many other programs without a specific educational rational to them. There has to be an educational baseline to the technology, period. Without that, why bother.
As David mentioned, one of my students is an Apple Developer and has the opportunity to preview Apple software before release. He, as well as a number of my students, help conduct professional development for teachers throughout the year. Once again, students as teachers - teachers as students.
Friday, August 03, 2007
I noticed this in the Curious George movie last year. In one scene, the man in the yellow hat takes a cell phone image in Africa and sends it to his bosses computer in the U.S. The audience takes it in stride, but I was thinking through all the techie steps it would take pull that off. Now I know, it's a cartoon movie, but it's quite a process and I'm sure the kids see it as no big deal.
I'm not sure what to make of it yet with my own son, but I know he's already hooked.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I brought a couple of my students to Castine to interview David Warlick. We did have a great opportunity to hear him present and talk with him afterwards. David was very gracious to the kids and one of the students showed him Leopard - the new Mac OS that's coming out in October. (The student is a Mac Developer, that's right and 14 :)
Anyway, on the way home we tried listening to the interview and something had happened to it. I'm not sure but it was probably a setting or something. Ahhh, technology, you're a fickle mistress. Oh well, we took some great pictures and the students had a good time. If you want more information about the conference, check out Jim Burke's blog learninginmaine.blogspot.com and Cheryl Oakes entries on the wiki learninginmaine.pbwiki.com
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
David's blog and other online resources. can be found at http://landmark-project.com
Monday, July 30, 2007
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Back up now.
Three ways to recover quickly from a computer crash,
1) Use www.mozy.com which is an online backup service. Once it's setup, you don't have to worry about it again. Free for 2 gigs. A low tech curve, high result.
2) Back up to some drive, usb or otherwise. The easiest way to do this is use www.goodsync.com
which syncs two drives or folders as you specify. Again, once setup very very easy to use.
3) Use Google Docs. Doesn't matter what computer you're on.
This hearkens back to comments made by Karl Fish and others about "Where were the students at NECC." The podcast is here and the audio from the video is not that good, but here it is.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Some helpful sites are
Switching To The Mac: A Guide For Windows Users.
Free Atomic Learning Orientation to Mac OS 10.4 Tutorials
Mac 101: Getting Started with a Mac: http://www.apple.com/support/mac101
Thank you Mike Muir
For more information, check out MLTI High School Teacher FAQ Do
Monday, July 23, 2007
Here is the podcast link.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I will be posting photos and audio of the conference here. You can also find some of the Skype chat sessions at David Jakes blog. Some great back channel conversations.
I'd like to add one of the comments from my 9th grade student there:
"its hard beign the only kid in the chat with tonz of adults"
Hopefully we can change that feeling for all our students.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
This session: “We’re Adopting: An Adoption Strategy for Social Software in Education"
Discussion of how to get this model of the 'go getters ' in educators and make that far more pervasive throughout education.
Strategy for getting this to happen:
Identify key user groups
Understand key users
Let them evangelise
Turn these key users into trainers
Support bottom-up and emergent behaviours
Ewan discusses fear as a motivator in teaching and education. The fear is inherent in new technologies and how important it is for those 'go getters' teachers to show that they too get nervous about the new tech, but the mistakes they make is ok. It's what I've been calling the Tech Curve :)
The podcast of the session will be here: techclub.mypodcast.com
Just watched the keynote by Dr. Mitchel Resnick. He covered the PicoCrickets and Scratch. A free graphic based programming language. I really like his ideas of the Lifelong Kindergarten. How we know the play that students do in Kindergarten is a valuable time for learning.
So, how do we extend this idea that we know is right to those that just look at is and ask, "Yeah, but how do we assess it?" My answer? Project Based Learning where the students are focusing on their projects and the teachers are showcasing the where and how the educational value comes from them.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
So our first day is over from the BLC07 and already it's an amazing experience for my students and myself. We heard presentations from Ewan McIntosh and Alan November and had the opportunity to interview a number of people.
The link here goes to the podcast of Jayson's interview of Bob Sprankle.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
More link based: http://www.quintura.com
Great for kids: http://kids.quintura.com
Very cool visuals: http://www.visuwords.com
Thursday, July 12, 2007
This piece first appeared in the News Review section of The Sunday Times on August 29th 1999.I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.
This subjective view plays odd tricks on us, of course. For instance, ‘interactivity’ is one of those neologisms that Mr Humphrys likes to dangle between a pair of verbal tweezers, but the reason we suddenly need such a word is that during this century we have for the first time been dominated by non-interactive forms of entertainment: cinema, radio, recorded music and television. Before they came along all entertainment was interactive: theatre, music, sport – the performers and audience were there together, and even a respectfully silent audience exerted a powerful shaping presence on the unfolding of whatever drama they were there for. We didn’t need a special word for interactivity in the same way that we don’t (yet) need a special word for people with only one head.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Godspeed Barbara Morgan and good luck!
For more info:
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Tab Mix Plushttps://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1122
Anyway, the question asks itself, when does it become ok, to opt out or purposely make yourself unconnected. If someone knows you screen your calls, they always assume it's not for them, but when is it still polite to say, Yes I'm connected, but I'd rather be 'unavailable' right now. How will this question be answered for teachers? I know as a teacher, if a student sees that I'm online, and asks for help, I don't want to not help them, but is there an etiquette developing for this level of connectivity?
I always marvel how, if I'm standing at a counter at a store and the phone rings, the clerk will stop helping me, and work with the person on the phone. I feel a little like, "Hey, I came into the store, when did the phone trump actual human interaction?" I'm not really upset by it, I just question how far can it go. If I'm constantly connected and get emails or Instant Messages, does politeness require I answer those before having the face to face conversation?
Just some summer time thoughts . . .
Friday, July 06, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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Sunday, July 01, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Here is an example: http://www.lulu.com/content/786754
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
We also watched this video having to do with copyright and Fair Use in education.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Just a note, a number of teachers asked about the use of the iPods, please remember that while the iPod gives portability, anything you would use an iPod for, you can accomplish with your existing computer. Make sure you have iTunes version 7 (The easiest way to tell is if the CD with a blue note on it, otherwise download it here.) Also, here is the iPod Educational Use Form if you have a use for the portability iPods bring.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Did You Know? Video (This is in YouTube, so will be blocked by Bess.)
Also here is Mrs. Cochrane's class podcast, Give it a listen! learning4me.mypodcast.com
Ok, back to getting ready for tomorrow!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tomorrow, iPods and iTunes!