Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Could we help close this gap with technology?
Read article here...
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Curriki is a "community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. It is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Merry Mattson suggested this site. Go to CURRIKI.ORG
Friday, November 5, 2010
At Gizmodo today I stumbled upon a web page today entitled "The 50 Awesomest Viral Videos Under 30 Seconds Long." They followed it up with "Who has time to watch a whole viral video anymore? Between Tweeting, drinking Mountain Dew, and doing backflips, our attention spans are shorter than ever." And we wonder why we can't keep anyone's attention these days? Alright, I know you want the web page, but you'll feel guilty you did. How far we've fallen.
(disclaimer, watch at your own risk)
50 Awesomest Videos Click Here
Thursday, November 4, 2010
iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.
Click here to go to iCivics...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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Friday, October 15, 2010
“Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world,” says Bill Gates. “It will be better than any single university.”
He believes the $50,000 a year university education could be done via the web for as little as $2,000.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Photosynth takes photos (millions) that people take around the world and stitch them together to form a collage of the world. Their goal is to photosynth the whole globe. Monuments, museums, towers, bridges, buildings, panoramas of nature, everything imaginable is here. You should definitely check it out. You don't want to miss this photo database in action as it grows exponentially! Go to Photosynth.net
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
There's a problem with a traditional scientific paper. It can take months for a scientist in another lab to figure out how to replicate the experiments that are described in print. JoVE takes advantage of video technology to capture and transmit the multiple facets and intricacies of life science research. Jove is a website that was founded to encourage scientists to publish their peer-reviewed research on video. Check it out at JOVE.COM
Friday, September 17, 2010
New York Times article on U.S. plans to make major changes in standardized testing - they will be computer based
And they will also measure higher order thinking skills. Check out the article by clicking here.
Friday, June 11, 2010
"capture stills, video and time lapse. Lenses range 0-10X, 30X, 50X, 100X, 200X, 400X and 1000X. You can even connect the ProScope HR to your analog microscope, telescope or borescope. The ProScope HR is USB Video Class and needs no driver to run. You can even use the ProScope HR with programs like Skype™ or iChat™ to show others what your ProScope HR is seeing in real time over the internet!"
Jeremy brought this to my attention...
Click here to learn more...
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
1) Why do they always talk about all these cool learning ideas but we sit in rows and watch text on PowerPoint slides? However, the keynote information was pretty darn good.
2) Good Quote "A Solution in Search of a Problem"
3) Student/Teacher Laptop Programs" "Make it smaller, faster, and less expensive and it will be prevalent"
4) More and more students walking around with the internet in their pockets. Our willingness to manage all this and the time involved are what will hinder or help the situation.
5) Which is more important these days, the information or finding the information?
6) Not letting students have cell phones (for example) is just us saying we don't want to manage it. The thing is that we're going to have to manage it, with the internet in everyone's pocket eventually we won't have a choice. So we need to take the time to figure out how to manage it. Many students don't even need our network (i.e. 3G).
7) One speaker said "Not embracing it (technology and the fast pace it's moving) is criminal."
8) My favorite quote "If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less."
Finally, we should really be using Atomic Learning more on campus. It's an amazing resource for learning and testing...
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Found a site that bills itself as a "PDF Search Engine" which is, upon closer inspection, an excellent resource for eBooks. I did several obscure and not so obscure searches and got nice results. Great to download to your iPhone, iPad, computer for reading. And free! CLICK HERE |
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
And there is even free live homework help by phone or online in their Dial-A-Teacher section. You can share math problems, homework documents and more on a whiteboard. You can chat with a teacher, share homework documents, draw your geometry problems, and more. Available 4-7 pm Monday to Thursday ET when school is in session.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
See how simple here: www.dinkypage.com
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Imagine collecting all the best free educational videos made for children, and making them findable and watchable on one website. Then imagine creating many, many more such videos.
Just think: millions of great short videos, and other watchable media, explaining every topic taught in schools, in every major language on Earth.
Finally, imagine them all deeply and usefully categorized according to subject, education level, and placed in the order in which topics are typically taught."
Go to watchnow.org now...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Go to: onetruemedia.com and get started. It's a snap...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Plurk is a social networking site that allows you to work in real time with other people. For example, you add people to your Plurk group and then you can post a question to your page and live plurks will come back to you from other people on your network. It seems like it would be a great tool for teachers to network and share live and to use with students too. Plus it's a great alternative to Facebook. Try it: http://www.plurk.com
An awesome way to bring scientific facts to people in a music video way! Here is the site symphonyofscience.com and below and example of one of the videos on youtube.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Christopher Gardner was awesomely inspiring, excellent story. It sure was nice when he finally came out after all the bureaucratic Texas educators back patting, ugh... Now I'm watching a presentation on free and simple web 2.0 stuff. I'm actually a web 3.0 guy but whatever...
Oh my! He just asked people if they knew what Wikis were...
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I'll be spending all next week at the Texas Computer Education Association Convention. I'm really looking forward to exploring and reporting on all that is up and coming in the world of technology and education. I'll be posting video, photos and text directly from the convention so come back all next week to see what I've discovered. Bon Voyage!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Technology will force physical schools to adapt and go online and morph and change or die, similar to newspapers. If you look at how radically technology is changing the face of the newspaper industry, who can say it won't have the same effect on our school system? With so much content "going digital" isn't it just a matter or time before schools morph their ways "online" with "distance learning" and the like? How will that change our schools physically? What will teachers become?
And when we do produce online content, with M.I.T. and Yale and Harvard offering free online content of a wide variety of courses, how can small schools distinguish themselves and produce any content of value that will make people want to go online and learn from them and not the big boys or others who have already produced content?
What's the goal, the one unifying everything that we need from technology? It's really quite simple... One device with ubiquitous access to information via the internet. That's all we need. Paper, gone. Books, gone. Turning in physical anything, gone. With your one device (be it a tablet, a laptop, a kind of iTouch) you will be able to access and share information and collaborate. This is all you or anyone will need.
And while we're at it, one of technologies greatest promises is the way it will inform and transform student/teacher collaboration with its assessment tools. Assessment is one of the key components of technology in education. It will be big. It's time to start mining the information highway for visionary ideas on student assessment.
One more important piece of the puzzle! If kids are communicating via social networking what will become of traditional email? They don't even really use it. It's kind of "old school." We have to meet them on their turf and that is quickly becoming on Facebook and Twitter and the like, not dusty old linear email...
Well that's my two cents...
Monday, January 11, 2010
Merry forwarded me a fantastic article about the "Mad Professor" of Nottingham University. They have an absolute treasure trove of science videos, many featuring Professor Martyn Poliakoff of the University of Nottingham, at the "Nottingham Science Channel" on Youtube. With more than 6 million hits he must be doing something right. Check out the videos by clicking on Nottingham Science here
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The one, the only, the best, Project Gutenberg. Download books and pop them on your computer, eReader or iPhone and read to your pixels content. Tens of thousands of books to download free. Here is the current Top 100. I was happy to see Sherlock Holmes beat out the Kama Sutra. Works well with the free Stanza app on iPhones by the way. Check out Project Gutenberg by clicking here...
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
- Middle Ages
- 16th Century
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- Restoration and the 18th Century
- Romantic Period
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- 20th Century
Resources on American Lit, Reading Fiction, Sherlock Holmes, Medieval Literature, Major European Novels, Spanish Poetry and tons more. Please check it out here!