Friday, 30 September 2011

Why Apple is ready to kill off the iPod classic

Why Apple is ready to kill off the iPod classic:

"As we approach Apple's latest fall media event—an annual occurrence that was once described as the "iPod event," but has since morphed into the "iPhone event"—iPod fans are left wondering what will happen now that Apple's line of iconic music players have seemingly been demoted in favor of iOS. We're also fast approaching the ten-year anniversary of the introduction of the original iPod—a milestone that highlights the iPod's incredible success over the last decade, but also drives home how old fashioned the standalone iPod line really is.

Now, according to a new rumor out of TUAW relying on an inside, non-analyst source, Apple is supposedly planning to kill off the iPod shuffle and iPod classic this year. If true, that means Apple may not keep the iPod classic and shuffle around long enough for their last holiday meals. But even if the source meant in the coming fiscal year (meaning next year), it's clear that the non-touch iPods' days are numbered."


Create and publish your own books with Book Creator for iPad | TiPb

Create and publish your own books with Book Creator for iPad | TiPb:

"Book Creator for iPad is an app that lets you easily create your own books and read them in iBooks, share with friends, or even submit to the iBookstore.
This is such a great idea for an app! I imagine it being particularly great for children. Kids love writing their own little books, and doing so with Book Creator will likely make kid authors feel extra proud of their books when they are able to show them off in iBooks on an iPad."


Why the Kindle Fire Succeeds Where Honeycomb Tablets Fail | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Why the Kindle Fire Succeeds Where Honeycomb Tablets Fail | News & Opinion | PCMag.com:

"This holiday season, most Americans won't be buying Samsung Galaxy Tabs or Acer Iconias. They'll be buying Amazon Kindle Fires. That's because Amazon has learned a lesson other Android tablet manufacturers haven't: Tell buyers what you're supposed to do with the darn thing.
The Fire's $199 price will be a big component of its success, but it's not the only thing that makes the Fire compelling. If you're trying to introduce a new product category to Americans—and even with the iPad around, tablets are a new product category—you have to explain to people why they want it, in clear terms and without overwhelming them."


Did Facebook Just Change Social Networking Forever? - TIME

Did Facebook Just Change Social Networking Forever? - TIME:

"Jesse Eisenberg may have played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a Vulcan-like cypher in The Social Network, but the real Zuck is anything but emotionally distant. When he's talking about Facebook, in fact, he's generally downright ebullient. And I've never seen him more exuberantly cheerful than he was during his keynote address at his company's f8 conference in San Francisco last wee"


20 Ways to Improve Your Google+ Knowledge | Social Media Examiner

20 Ways to Improve Your Google+ Knowledge | Social Media Examiner:

"Google+ is rapidly evolving.

If you’re looking for easy ways to improve your knowledge and experience with this hot new social network, keep reading.

The fast-paced development of Google+ has become a force to be reckoned with. Social media marketers and community managers will undoubtedly feel the pressure to keep up."


The Kindle Fire Isn't an iPad Killer, It's a Non-iPad Tablet Mauler - John Paczkowski - News - AllThingsD

The Kindle Fire Isn't an iPad Killer, It's a Non-iPad Tablet Mauler - John Paczkowski - News - AllThingsD:

"With its $199 price point and vast content ecosystem, Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet seems the first real challenger to Apple’s iPad juggernaut. But it’s likely not a direct threat.
“While Amazon’s price point, installed base, digital content and cloud ecosystem will attract a certain consumer demographic to the Kindle Fire, there is still no real competitor to the iPad 2,” "


Check out the future of Wi-Fi (gigabit speeds) — Tech News and Analysis

Check out the future of Wi-Fi (gigabit speeds) — Tech News and Analysis:

"Faster in-home Wi-Fi is only one or two years away, according to Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros, who said the next generation Wi-Fi standard could deliver in-home speeds of a gigabit. During an on-camera interview at our Mobilize conference on Tuesday, Barratt explained how Wi-Fi would soon get better and faster. This is important, as the technology is the work-horse of home networking."


White House makes grants to boost online learning | eCampus News

White House makes grants to boost online learning | eCampus News:

"White House officials announced the first installation of a $2 billion grant program that could help community colleges better – and more quickly – ready students for openings in the slumping job market through industry partnerships and an expansion of free online courses that would let students move through curriculum at their own pace."


Ireland can leapfrog the world on digital education - Irish Innovation News – Siliconrepublic.com

Ireland can leapfrog the world on digital education - Irish Innovation News – Siliconrepublic.com:

"Chief education officer of Promethean Jim Wynn believes Ireland’s delay in digitising Irish schools and the curriculum could play to our advantage and help us leapfrog other countries.

Education technology giant Promethean’s chief education officer Jim Wynn is fervent in his belief that Ireland has an opportunity to leapfrog other countries in terms of technology in education, turning its disadvantage in terms of digital rollout in schools to its advantage"


Online Learning: Can Higher Education Be Fixed? The Innovative University « Online Learning Update

Online Learning: Can Higher Education Be Fixed? The Innovative University « Online Learning Update:

"For years critics have raised alarms about higher education: rapidly rising tuition costs without corresponding increases in value, a trillion dollars of student debt, compromised access, country club tenure for academics, decreasing relevance of tuition to the real world, among other issues."


Online learning opens doors to workers « Online Learning Update

Online learning opens doors to workers « Online Learning Update:

"Tyler Boldt is about to complete the four-and-a-half year pursuit of an important goal. The former hockey player won’t hold a trophy aloft when all is said and done in a couple of months, but something of more value – a college degree and the fulfilment of a deal with his employer. Boldt is finishing up the final two courses of a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Athabasca University. He began the degree four years ago at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., while he was coaching a junior team in nearby Chase."


All Generations Learn in the Cloud

All Generations Learn in the Cloud:

"As tools such as Google and YouTube gain popularity, repeated reference is made to software that’s available “in the cloud.” As a result, there has been an increased focus on how this software impacts learning. Many speculate that there might be generational differences in how software in the cloud is used for learning purposes. Generation Y, in particular, has grown up using computers and various software, which means they may be accustomed to adopting and utilizing them for learning and development. However, the argument can be made that all generations are already using software in the cloud on a daily basis, and therefore, its use for education is a given. Both formal and informal learning is afforded through software in the cloud, or cloud-based learning, and all generations are taking advantage."


My "10 Commandments" for Online Learning - eLearning Roadtrip

My "10 Commandments" for Online Learning - eLearning Roadtrip:

"Just imagine how online learning might evolve if we ever-so-engaged online learning professionals inscribed the following "commandments" somewhere on one of our personal digital tablets:"


Why Evaluate Teachers and Doctors Differently? - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week

Why Evaluate Teachers and Doctors Differently? - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week:

"It's become a mantra of reformers that the quality of teachers is the single most important in-school factor in student performance. If so, is the quality of doctors the single most important in-office factor in patient health? This question passed my mind after I read a letter to the editor written by Richard Amerling, M.D., director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, that was published in The Wall Street Journal ("Better Use of Medical Records Is Good as Far as It Goes," Sept. 26)."


Education Innovation: What It Is and Why We Need More of It - Sputnik - Education Week

Education Innovation: What It Is and Why We Need More of It - Sputnik - Education Week:

"Whether for reasons of economic growth, competitiveness, social justice or return on tax-payer investment, there is little rational argument over the need for significant improvement in U.S. educational outcomes. Further, it is irrefutable that the country has made limited improvement on most educational outcomes over the last several decades, especially when considered in the context of the increased investment over the same period. In fact, the total cost of producing each successful high school and college graduate has increased substantially over time instead of decreasing - creating what some argue is an inverted learning curve."


Teachers Told Not to Bow Heads, Pray in Public « FOX News Radio

Teachers Told Not to Bow Heads, Pray in Public « FOX News Radio:

"A Tennessee school district is under fire after a group of middle school football coaches were reprimanded for bowing their heads during a post-game prayer and teachers were warned to hide from students if they chose to pray during a nationally organized prayer event."


'Significant' pay gap for teachers in black schools

'Significant' pay gap for teachers in black schools:

"For U.S. schools with a large African-American and Latino population, the teachers are drastically short-changed, according to the latest Department of Education data. Nationwide, the department's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) shows that these teachers are paid $2,500 less on average.
The analysis, the first of its kind to look at "fiscal equity at the school-to-school spending level" took data from 2,217 school districts that are racially diverse, out of nearly 7,000 U.S. school districts tapped for the survey."


5 Reasons Collaboration Matters - Edudemic

5 Reasons Collaboration Matters - Edudemic: "1. Technological Impacts in Education: Why Collaboration Matters

Teachers are understandably annoyed when U.S. education is compared to European models. And if you want to encounter extreme displeasure, try making a comparison to the Swedish school system.

It’s not particularly helpful or constructive to make those kinds of comparisons. But suppose we were to look outside our own system for a solution to some of our seemingly unsolvable dilemmas? Where would we look?"

Paying Teachers More Matters | StudentsFirst.org

Paying Teachers More Matters | StudentsFirst.org:

"Rebecca Sibilia currently serves as the Fiscal Strategy Manger for StudentsFirst, where she is responsible for analyzing the fiscal impact of education policies, and helping policymakers and administrators implement best practices to ensure education spending ultimately drives student outcomes. Prior to her work at StudentsFirst, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In prior roles, she created congressionally funded education programs for public schools and vouchers and developed venture philanthropy programs to help low-income students access quality education opportunities.

The National Center for Education Statistics has issued a new report titled "Beginning Teacher Attrition and Mobility". It's the first glimpse into a major longitudinal study of why teachers stay in the profession, and why they leave.

Here's what we've found by tracking new teachers who entered the profession in the 2007-2008 school year, and whether they stayed after their first year of teaching: "


Tea Baggers Terrify Schools Into Not Showing Obama Back To School Speech

Tea Baggers Terrify Schools Into Not Showing Obama Back To School Speech:

"President Obama is set to deliver his third annual back to school speech today, and some school districts around the country are still too terrified to show the speech because, “it has been controversial in the past.”

In 2009 right wing parents flipped out because President Obama was going to be addressing their children without their supervision at school. Glenn Beck screamed indoctrination and the administration got their first taste of the sort of empty outrage and furor that the far right excels at creating.

Today in 2011, many school districts are so terrified of the right wing troublemakers and the headaches they bring that they are either not showing the President’s speech, or they are providing parents with an opt out form."


Reflecting on One-to-One Programs | Edutopia

Reflecting on One-to-One Programs | Edutopia:

"More and more schools are bringing laptops, netbooks, and other mobile computing devices into the classroom. Here are some thoughts on these initiatives."


Kids + TV: What They Watch Does Matter « SpanglishBaby™

Kids + TV: What They Watch Does Matter « SpanglishBaby™:

"Spongebob Squarepants is not good for your 4-year-old’s brain – at least that’s what a new study from the University of Virginia says.

Researchers divided sixty 4-year-olds into three groups. The first group watched a 9-minute clip of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, the second watched a 9-minute clip of PBS’s Caillou, and the third group drew pictures for nine minutes instead of watching television.

When the nine minutes was up, each group was tested in what psychologists call “executive function.” The results? The group that watched the slower-paced and more educational show Calliou as well as the picture-drawing groups performed equally well while the SpongeBob group scored significantly lower."


The Kindle Fire will enable the next generation of 1:1 education apps | ZDNet

The Kindle Fire will enable the next generation of 1:1 education apps | ZDNet:

"This isn’t about hardware. It’s about price, ecosystem, and some very exciting new web tech built into the Fire’s browser.

I’ve never been a big Kindle advocate in education. The lack of color and interactivity prevented it from ever being the tool of choice for textbooks that many initially hoped it would be. Amazon even had an ill-fated large-format Kindle DX that it marketed largely in the education space. Kindle apps on mobile devices and the web were definitely on the right track because the potential was there for next-gen electronic textbooks on converged devices that would resonate with students."


Sending NBC's 'Education Nation' Back to School | Labor Notes

Sending NBC's 'Education Nation' Back to School | Labor Notes:

"With NBC airing a second “Education Nation” special that resembles an infomercial for charter schools and online learning, the media watchdog group FAIR held an event Tuesday to clear the air.

The panelists at the MisEducation Nation forum in New York City said the coverage offered by NBC was, at best, misguided—a noble but seriously uninformed effort, said Leonie Haimson, a New York City public school parent and leader of Class Size Matters, which advocates for reducing the number of students per teacher."


Education Week Teacher: Getting Specific About Critical Thinking

Education Week Teacher: Getting Specific About Critical Thinking:

"All disciplines have their technical vocabulary. A lay person might use "speed" and "velocity" to refer to the same thing, but a physicist would not; a commentator might use "myth" to refer to a falsehood, but a historian of religion uses that word quite differently; an observer might use "anarchism" interchangeably with "terrorism," but a political scientist would not."


Online Learning: Student Perceptions of Teaching Presence, Social Presence and Cognitive Presence in a Virtual World « Online Learning Update

Online Learning: Student Perceptions of Teaching Presence, Social Presence and Cognitive Presence in a Virtual World « Online Learning Update:

"Presence – or having a sense of active participation – in distance education has increased with the expanding use of and affordances of communications technologies. Virtual worlds have been on the forefront of popular and education technology in the last three years and innovative methods of teaching and learning are emerging in these contexts. Using the recently validated community of inquiry (COI) instrument, this study focuses on students’ perceptions of teaching, social and cognitive presence in virtual world contexts. "


Physical development - Getting those growing hands ready for school

Physical development - Getting those growing hands ready for school:

"The preschool years are critical for getting your child’s hands strong enough and coordinated enough to use scissors, color, draw and eventually write."


Teachers and Students Mark Banned Websites Awareness Day - NYTimes.com

Teachers and Students Mark Banned Websites Awareness Day - NYTimes.com:

"Students at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colo., held a “graffiti debate” on censorship on Wednesday: Should schools block Web sites? On sheets of white butcher paper hanging in the library, they wrote lists of the pros and cons of online access."


Open Education: It’s not impossible, it’s already here | Emma Mulqueeny

Open Education: It’s not impossible, it’s already here | Emma Mulqueeny:

"Imagine a world whereby our borders are open, where data is open, where organisations are open… where education is open.

Those of you who read my blog are pretty au fait by now with the open principles of data and organisations, and we live in a world of pretty open borders – so now, just bear with me through the open education thing."


Tech4Teachers Program Will Offer Technology and Training to 300,000 NY Educators -- THE Journal

Tech4Teachers Program Will Offer Technology and Training to 300,000 NY Educators -- THE Journal:

"Microsoft, Intel, and the New York State Teacher Centers have unveiled an effort to offer access to low-cost computers and software through the Tech4Teachers Program. The program offers more than 300,000 K-12 teachers in New York a chance to purchase technology products at a discount and provides training and support to help educators use the products.
"The program aims to increase teachers' personal sophistication with technology so that they can more easily incorporate it into the classroom to enhance student learning," according to information released by Microsoft."


Can Pre-Service Teachers Meet the Demands of the Teaching Profession? - Finding Common Ground - Education Week

Can Pre-Service Teachers Meet the Demands of the Teaching Profession? - Finding Common Ground - Education Week:

"It doesn't matter whether you teach in a suburban, urban, or rural school setting, we are seeing many students enter school with diverse academic, social, and economic needs. Perhaps they have a vocabulary or language deficit that puts them behind their peers, or they lack the maturity that allows them to fit in socially; schools have been playing the role of caregiver and educator in the lives of children for decades."


Helping Bridge the Digital Divide for All 300,000 New York State Teachers - Microsoft in Education blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Helping Bridge the Digital Divide for All 300,000 New York State Teachers - Microsoft in Education blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs:

"As our culture continues to be dominated by technological innovation in our everyday lives and kids expect to learn in a digital way, its important educators feel comfortable and confident using technology in the classroom to help their students stay engaged in learning and reach their full potential. In a survey of U.S. teachers, 83% agree digital resources like classroom technology can help their students’ academic achievement, yet only 22% say they frequently use technology in the classroom. To help increase effective use of teaching with technology, we need to ensure teachers are proficient with the very latest technology tools."


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  • Education Innovation: What it is and why we need more of it t.co/lzvwOILF via @zite
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  • Online learning opens doors to workers t.co/cSHq6mDh via @zite
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  • Ireland can leapfrog the world on digital education t.co/tpPdfFB8 via @zite
  • White House makes grants to boost online learning t.co/0hs34tTu via @zite
  • Check out the future of Wi-Fi (gigabit speeds) t.co/qOFK9z3M via @zite
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Saskatoon Teachers Association not happy with deal

Saskatoon Teachers Association not happy with deal:


Saskatchewan teachers may have voted to ratify a new contract, but the Saskatoon local representing more than 3,000 teachers and substitutes is dissatisfied with the deal.
“I think it undervalues the work of our profession,” says John McGettigan, Saskatoon Teachers Association president.
The spring dispute, which saw Saskatchewan schools shut down for three days and cancelled some field trips and extracurricular activities, pivoted on teachers’ wages. Teachers wanted a 16 per cent pay hike over three years, and the province offered 5.5 per cent. The parties eventually accepted a mediator’s recommendation granting 5.5 per cent over three years plus market adjustments. Teachers at the bottom of the scale would get another five per cent, and those at the top of the scale could get 3.34 per cent more.


Thursday, 29 September 2011

HIGH SCHOOL -- 1955 vs. 2010


Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2010 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.  
Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2010 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario 3:

Ed Jeffries will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffries sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2010 - Jeffries is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability. 
Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 -
Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2010 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair WI th the psychologist. 
Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.
2010 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.  

Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2010 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher.  English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.  
Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2010- ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents -- and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again. 
Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2010 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison.  Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy. 
 
This should show how stupid we have become!

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Google Plus Traffic Went Up 1269% Last Week

Google Plus Traffic Went Up 1269% Last Week:

"New data from Experian Hitwise show a dramatic increase in traffic over the week since the service opened to everyone. Visits to Google Plus increased by 1269% last week. The site received 15 million U.S. visits, up from 1.1 million the week before. Google Plus went from ranking 54th in Hitwise's Social Networking and Forums category to ranking 8th in just one week."


Google launches a series of new HTML5 templates to change blogs

Google launches a series of new HTML5 templates to change blogs:

"I’ve always been a WordPress man myself but Google’s Blogger product is incredibly popular and today there are a bunch of new reasons to start using it yourself. The launch includes new themes that use HTML5 to completely change the look and feel of their blog templates and I have to say they look very impressive indeed. It’s not just the look that will be changing because as they say themselves…
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The "Dirty Little Secret" of Online Learning - eLearning Roadtrip

The "Dirty Little Secret" of Online Learning - eLearning Roadtrip:

"The University Professional Continuing Education Association and the Association for Continuing Higher Education recently convened a summit of education leaders to talk about the phenomenon of online learning, described in summit literature as "the biggest thing to ever hit higher education."

These days, online learning has come to the attention of presidents looking to find new student markets and to replace state dollars that many institutions have lost in recent years. These presidents see publicly traded companies running institutions like APUS and the University of Phoenix competing for student market share via online programs. They see innovative public community colleges such as Rio Salado College and the Colorado Community College Online enrolling massive numbers of students via online programs.They see flagship institutions like the University of California - Berkeley gingerly dip their toes into the online learning space. And so they want to know what they can do about online learning, too."


Education Week: Lectures Are Homework in Schools Following Khan Academy Lead

Education Week: Lectures Are Homework in Schools Following Khan Academy Lead:

"Susan Kramer watched her packed 10th grade biology class weave through rows of desks, pretending to be proteins and picking up plastic-bead “carbohydrates” and goofy “phosphate” hats as they navigated their “cell.” As they went, they explained how the cell’s interior system works.
It’s the kind of activity her students love, but one that would normally take Dr. Kramer several classes’ worth of lectures and procedures to set up, and thus be hard to find time for. The class was able to do it this year because Dr. Kramer, who has a medical degree, and some of her colleagues here at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology have moved their lectures and lab setups online to save class time for hands-on learning and discussion."


No time for maths? Use PE, the sacrificial lamb

No time for maths? Use PE, the sacrificial lamb: "

Education is not about getting the best academic results; it is about a holistic upbringing of our next generation, and cultivating a balanced life where academic or work performance, physical health, moral values and social skills are equally important. The definition of education is often skewed towards academic performance.

I hope the Education Ministry will maintain a balance in its education policy and have a way to enforce it.







Education Votes

Education Votes:

School Budget Cut Stories From Educators



"Recent budget cuts across the country have left many schools without teachers, programs and adequate funding for school modernization. Although President Obama recently unveiled a plan to put billions of dollars back into our school system, we want to hear from you about how budget cuts have affected your students and school. Below is just a brief selection of the many stories we have received on classroom crowding, program cuts and school modernization problems across the country."


Project-Based Learning 101 for Teachers Who Want t... - WeAreTeachers

Project-Based Learning 101 for Teachers Who Want t... - WeAreTeachers:

"Current research has shown that project-based learning helps improve science and math scores. According to Learning.com, classrooms that incorporate project-based assignments and activities increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) because they allow students to be involved in solving authentic problems, work with others and build real solutions. Makes you want to start incorporating project-based learning into your lessons and assignments, doesn't it? Here are the basics on how to get started."


VLEs ‘Virtuous’ Learning Environments? | In a roundabout way

VLEs ‘Virtuous’ Learning Environments? | In a roundabout way:

"There are those who believe that the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) is dead, has been for some time or needs to be slain. This issue was debated to death (see what I did there?) in 2009 but I believe there is still some mileage in a bit more of a discussion.
The debate raised its head once more on the back end of a recent ukedchat discussion about the role of social media in schools with a series of tweets between Miles Berry and Pete Yeomans amongst others. The argument as I see it is between two broad camps:"


Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects| The Committed Sardine

Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects| The Committed Sardine:

"The start of the school year offers an ideal time to introduce students to project-based learning. By starting with engaging projects, you'll grab their interest while establishing a solid foundation of important skills, such as knowing how to conduct research, engage experts, and collaborate with peers. In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, here are 20 project ideas to get learning off to a good start."


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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Amazon's Kindle Fire could be death blow to RIM's PlayBook | ZDNet

Amazon's Kindle Fire could be death blow to RIM's PlayBook | ZDNet:

"What if you could have Research in Motion’s PlayBook with different software and better content connections? And what if this tablet was cheaper than the PlayBook by a wide margin?

Those questions must be downright haunting to RIM executives right now.

MG Siegler at TechCrunch says the Kindle tablet name is Fire, but the more interesting item is that Amazon’s device looks a lot like the PlayBook. According to Ryan Block at GDGT, the Kindle tablet is a PlayBook made by Quanta.

RIM’s PlayBook has decent hardware. What it doesn’t have is apps and native email/calendar—at least yet. The PlayBook also doesn’t have much in the way of sales either—200,000 units in the last quarter or half of what was expected."


Google+ Has 43 Million Users, Up 30% Since Opening Publicly [REPORT]

Google+ Has 43 Million Users, Up 30% Since Opening Publicly [REPORT]:

"Facebook may have grabbed most of the headlines last week — but at the same time, behind the scenes, young and scrappy rival social network Google+ was grabbing a record number of new users.

According to a post by Paul Allen, Ancestry.com co-founder and unofficial Google+ statistician, Google+ is up to an estimated 43.4 million users — and roughly a third of them have been added in the few days since Google+ opened itself to the public."


Exploriments - science and maths simulations. | The Whiteboard Blog

Exploriments - science and maths simulations. | The Whiteboard Blog:

"Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning resources for enhancing understanding in Chemistry, Physics and Maths in an experiential manner. They can be used by both students and teachers. Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory, and engaging experience.
Topics covered include forces, motion, projectiles, electricity, chemical formulae, graphing and algebra. Some of the activities are available for free – with the rest available on subscription. You will need to register with the site to access the free resources, which are spread throughout the site – usually one or two free resources per section."


A Case for Lifelong Kindergarten | MindShift

A Case for Lifelong Kindergarten | MindShift:

"Could it be that the best way to learn happens in kindergarten? It’s an intriguing proposition, one that’s being explored at M.I.T. by folks like Mitch Resnick, the creator of the famous computer programming site for beginners called Scratch."


The Digital Promise Must Be a Total Learning Experience « Educational Technology and Change Journal

The Digital Promise Must Be a Total Learning Experience « Educational Technology and Change Journal:

"Ipads, Ipods, smart phones and the Internet give educators new tools to rethink learning and schools. Today there are many learning places that our children engage in daily from Sesame Street as preschoolers and other learning programs on television to formal classes in schools. As educators we must develop new ways to certify that a student has learned his or her lessons. For example, a student may watch all of Ken Burns’s Civil War or the many videos on World War II and have gained a comprehensive understanding of those history lessons. How does the education system certify these informal learning experiences? There are many blended learning opportunities available to learners."

How Using Social Media Can Help You with Your Online College Classes

How Using Social Media Can Help You with Your Online College Classes:

"Taking an online college class might sound like an easy “A” that gives lazier students a chance to sleep in and spend class time in their pajamas and robe instead of dressing and showering the way we used to before the Internet changed everything. However, thanks to the advent of new technologies, increased Internet speeds and a constant stream of information and communication, college campuses are learning new ways to adapt social media into their online curriculum as well as their traditional classrooms outside of the Internet. Here’s why…"


Facebook 101: Teaching Social Media in Schools and Universities | Splash Media

Facebook 101: Teaching Social Media in Schools and Universities | Splash Media:

"Splash Media wants to find out how schools are teaching social media. So today we begin an ongoing series of conversations with college and university instructors/officials from around the U.S. We’re asking: how are you teaching social media in the classroom?"


Single sex or coeducation. Which is better? Mamamia

Single sex or coeducation. Which is better? Mamamia:

"Students who attend single sex schools are no better educated than those who attend co-ed schools.

Well, in America anyway."


Common Standards Will Test Teachers, and the Education Industry - State EdWatch - Education Week

Common Standards Will Test Teachers, and the Education Industry - State EdWatch - Education Week:

"The shift toward common academic standards will bring big challenges for schools and the teachers who work in them—and also for the vast education industry, which needs to develop products that not only are aligned with those academic goals, but also deliver content in ways that make sense of today's tech-savvy student population."


One Million Classrooms Worldwide Connected By Skype | Care2 Causes

One Million Classrooms Worldwide Connected By Skype | Care2 Causes:

"It’s a brand new world of education, and Skype is leading the way. No longer simply a software application that allows users to make free voice calls over the Internet, its goal is to sign up a million classrooms and bring them together to share exciting projects and ideas.

Communicating around the world via the Internet is not new. My son, who is now 27, was in sixth grade when he took part in MayaQuest, a program that connected teachers and students with an expedition team in Central America as they explored the mysterious collapse of the ancient Maya civilization. Every day for two weeks, my son and his classmates talked to the experts via email and watched them as they made their way on bikes."


Exam board to penalise private school pupils - Telegraph

Exam board to penalise private school pupils - Telegraph:

"A new A-level ranking system which would encourage universities to discriminate against pupils form private schools, will be unveiled today by Britain’s largest exam board."


Ensure Catholic schools' mission can continue, Archbishop Gomez urges :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Ensure Catholic schools' mission can continue, Archbishop Gomez urges :: Catholic News Agency (CNA):

"Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 27, 2011 / 02:44 am (CNA).- Catholic schools make a “major contribution” to the Los Angeles region’s social fabric and to the common good of the country as a whole, Archbishop José H. Gomez said as he encouraged Catholics to be generous in supporting their school systems.

“Education remains essential to our Church’s mission. Catholic schools have given generations of immigrants and minority groups a way out of poverty and a chance to become leaders in our civic and cultural life, he said in a Sept. 23 column in the archdiocesan paper The Tidings.

“We need to make sure this Catholic mission of hope and uplift continues for our newest Americans and in the face of new challenges in our cities.”"


Five Facebook Changes and What You Need to Know | Social Media Examiner

Five Facebook Changes and What You Need to Know | Social Media Examiner:

"Are you wondering what to make of all the new Facebook changes?

This article takes a detailed look at how the News Ticker, Smart Lists, News Feed, Subscribe feature and Timeline will impact marketers and business owners."


Quote of the day

Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.

Evil Twin

Evil twin

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  • Five Facebook Changes and What You Need to Know t.co/NeJKWaGO via @zite
  • Ensure Catholic schools' mission can continue, Archbishop Gomez urges t.co/fkKY2eTx via @zite
  • Exam board to penalise private school pupils t.co/j3c7wzAO via @zite
  • One Million Classrooms Worldwide Connected By Skype? Wow! t.co/NoE4SvTY via @zite
  • Common Standards Will Test Teachers, and the Education Industry t.co/spQrrAbs via @zite
  • Single sex or co-ed. Which is better? t.co/CBbpCiJH via @zite
  • Facebook 101: Teaching Social Media in Schools and Un iversities t.co/PB06RP0o via @zite
  • How Using Social Media Can Help You with Your Online College Classes t.co/ZRKxKu64 via @zite
  • The Digital Promise Must Be a Total Learning Experience t.co/ulFWxmyN via @zite
  • Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod t.co/WEbX3q5D via @zite
  • A Case for Lifelong Kindergarten t.co/lDAxM0fO via @zite
  • Exploriments – science and maths simulations. t.co/emkAT1TJ via @zite
  • Google+ Has 43 Million Users, Up 30% Since Opening Publicly [REPORT] t.co/1D7aY4PA via @zite
  • Amazon's Kindle Fire could be death blow to RIM's PlayBook t.co/YH0yCYkt via @zite
  • TADO Facebook's Eerie Goal: W hy Timeline Changes Everything - The Next Web t.co/aL7pRlMo
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Facebook's Eerie Goal: Why Timeline Changes Everything - The Next Web

Facebook's Eerie Goal: Why Timeline Changes Everything - The Next Web:

"For those out of the loop, Facebook just introduced the Timeline at its recent F8 Conference. Besides the obvious changes in aesthetics thanks to the Sofa acquisition, Timeline alters everything from the purpose of the Facebook profile, to the way Facebook is pushing users to rethink their own privacy.

TechCrunch recently published an article about Why The Timeline Changes Nothing. Well, they’re wrong. The timeline changes everything."


The New Facebook: 3 Major Implications

The New Facebook: 3 Major Implications:

"After the emergence of Google Plus this year, many people were wondering if Facebook had finally met its match. Maybe that's so, but Facebook has upped the ante over the past couple of weeks. It has significantly scaled up the amount of information it tracks about you - and many millions of other people. The once humble status update field has been expanded to include 5 types of "life events." You now automatically share data about what you're reading or listening to. There are more ways to follow and filter people. Those are just a few of the changes.

The big Facebook re-design has caused a predictable user backlash and media frenzy. To help you get a handle on what has changed, in this post we'll summarize the new Facebook and explore the major implications."


Editorial: Facebook’s new sharing is anything but ‘frictionless’ | This is my next...

Editorial: Facebook’s new sharing is anything but ‘frictionless’ | This is my next...:

"Just a few days ago, Facebook announced a number of significant changes, the most important of which is the morphing of personal profiles into “timelines,” where each update, tagging, event, and photo is now a “story” of one’s life. The social network will now serve for each person who uses it as a chronological catalogue of events on a line, leading inevitably to death. This is the feature which has gotten the most attention, and I have much to say about it — such as the fact that I find it truly odd to encourage what I can only describe as “instantaneous” nostalgia about events which have just happened. But, in truth, Facebook has long been heading toward this use, and though I don’t really see the attraction personally, I understand that the need to document one’s life in detail has always been an alluring prospect for the human race. The fact that the Timeline is a dumbed down version of scrapbooking — usually the domain of retired people — is also odd to me, but I won’t pretend I don’t understand the draw."


Two apps that show the depth of what Facebook shipped today — Scobleizer

Two apps that show the depth of what Facebook shipped today — Scobleizer:

"Today Mark Zuckerberg announced a sweeping set of changes to Facebook. If you, for some weird reason, weren’t aware of the changes there’s LOTS of press coverage over on Techmeme. So, instead of rehashing that, I thought I’d go and talk with developers.
Here’s the insights from them. What are they? Color (a new kind of life-sharing app for mobile phones) and Social Reader (a new kind of social news reader from the Washington Post)."


Google about to make Google Docs into a virtual hard drive called Google Drive | VentureBeat

Google about to make Google Docs into a virtual hard drive called Google Drive | VentureBeat:

"Google appears to be close to rebranding its online document service, Google Docs, as a virtual hard drive in the cloud.

A blurry screenshot (shown above) snapped by blogger and social media consultant Johannes Wigand appears to show a slightly modified version of Google Docs, called Drive. The screen appeared for a few seconds in “an event powered by Google,” Wigand reports.

The screenshot looks almost identical to the “new look” for Google Docs that’s currently available as an option in some Google accounts, except that the word “Docs” in the upper left has been changed to “Drive.” The folder menu is labeled differently as well: It’s called “My Google Drive” instead of “My Collections.”"


Take Heart, Einstein: ‘Earth-Shattering’ Science Is Relatively Rare | Wired Science | Wired.com

Take Heart, Einstein: ‘Earth-Shattering’ Science Is Relatively Rare | Wired Science | Wired.com:

"What began last week as whispered rumors posted on the physics blog Resonaances grew to a roar of articles around the world about an experiment that has seen neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light.

The findings from the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus (OPERA) collaboration at Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy show neutrinos arriving 60 nanoseconds sooner than expected, and have many eager sources suggesting the possibility of overturning Einstein’s well-known theory of relativity. While the prospect is exciting, can just one result really upend a century of physics?"


The Coming Expansion of K/12 Online Learning « Online Learning Update

The Coming Expansion of K/12 Online Learning « Online Learning Update:

"K-12 online education has grown at a rate of 30% annually. Hybrid classrooms (a blend of online and face-to-face instruction) has also begun to gain traction in main-stream K-12 education. Despite these indicators, two factors continue to hold back the growth of online learning at the K-12 level."


Online learning offers as much (if not more) « Online Learning Update

Online learning offers as much (if not more) « Online Learning Update:

"The world is changing; we no longer live in a prewired society where colleges act as “finishing schools” teaching table manners and deportment to impressionable youths. The modern world has become heavily virtualized, and education is no exception. The online medium actually enhances education in a number of ways. No one can hide in a virtual classroom — all have opportunity to participate and are expected to do so, and everyone has ample time to make contributions to class discussions, to look up citations and compose their arguments.Class discussion occurs in threaded discussion posts, meaning everyone participates and has time to read and respond to others, cite what others have said, look up reference material, and proofread their statements, all of which generally enhances the quality of class interaction."


LMS Q and A | E-Learning 24/7 Blog

LMS Q and A | E-Learning 24/7 Blog:

"Nearly on a daily basis, I receive inquiries about systems. Everything from which one should I pick, to what do I think of X or Y to whether or not, they should use a RFP.

I see it equally on sites such as Linkedin and various groups within. Questions on whether there are any good systems for under 50K (yes, plenty), what systems offer batch uploading and curriculum paths (nearly all of them), do I need a content authoring tool built in (no), it is better to have a SaaS system or on my own servers (SaaS), and many more.

People have questions and they need answers, but they need accurate answers and not “theory” or conjecture."


ePortfolios for Learning: Mobile Devices for Student Use

ePortfolios for Learning: Mobile Devices for Student Use:

"Last week I facilitated a two-day workshop on implementing electronic portfolios using Google Apps for the Richland Two School District in Columbia, SC. The participants were teachers, building-level technology specialists, and district-level curriculum supervisors. We explored how they could use their new Google Apps adoption to support their emerging 1TWO1 computing program. They have been very proactive in implementing technology in their schools, along with other educational initiatives, such as Schlechty's Working on the Work model of student engagement. We also worked on building a district-wide and school-based implementation plan for integrating electronic portfolios to support student learning.

One of the most interesting activities that I observed on my last morning, before flying home, was a meeting with high school and middle school administrators, to look at a variety of Mobile Device Options. They had the following devices on display: Apple iPad, Lenovo Android Tablet (with keyboard), Samsung and Asus Chromebooks, and Lenovo Laptop Thin Client (Windows Thin PC). A group of teachers identified the priorities for these devices (on a scale 1-5):"


Education Nation 2011: The Wait for Superman is Over

Education Nation 2011: The Wait for Superman is Over:

"To everyone out there waiting for Superman to save education, some good news: I’ve found him.

Wonder Woman too.

They sit in the back row of my language arts class. Superman gets distracted sometimes, especially on Mondays, after a weekend during which he didn’t get his two free meals a day from school. Wonder Woman sometimes puts her head on the desk because she’s tired from taking care of her younger siblings while her mom works a second job.

They’re growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, where murders are so common they sometimes don’t make the front page of the newspaper. Despite this, they come to school. They dream."


…and this is why teachers should have blogs

…and this is why teachers should have blogs:

"I have been a big advocate of blogging for teachers, but not until I started doing it myself. Personally, I realized that the time I take to sit down and reflect on what I do, what I read, or what I observe has really helped my own path as an educator and an administrator. Sometimes, for my own clarification, I go back and read my own blog to look at what I have done and how I can continuously work on it to improve. This transparent way of learning is something that I believe can not only improve the teaching profession as a whole (for example, take a look at the conversation on this Pernille Ripp post from today), but is something that could really improve learning for our students."


University education no guarantee of earnings success - The Globe and Mail

University education no guarantee of earnings success - The Globe and Mail:

"Is a bachelor’s degree going to pay off? It’s a question students and parents want answered before investing thousands in tuition fees, but Canadian universities can offer no firm guarantee of a return on investment in that expensive piece of paper.

On average, Canadian university graduates do well over a career, earning a hefty premium above those with only secondary education. But nearly one in five – more than any other country in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – still wind up at the low end of the income scale."


Should High Schools Require Students to Take Online Classes? « Online Learning Update

Should High Schools Require Students to Take Online Classes? « Online Learning Update:

"This month, the Idaho Board of Education voted to require high school students to take two of their credits online in order to qualify for graduation. It is now the fourth state to mandate that high schoolers take at least one class through distance learning (other states requiring online coursework include Alabama, Florida and Michigan). Requiring students to learn online helps improve their technological abilities and prepares them for college (where most will have at least a little online learning) and the workplace (where virtual training is becoming more popular each year). However, it may be a hardship for students in poor or rural areas where computer and internet access is not so readily available."


Quote of the day

I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, "Hey, the sign says you're open 24 hours." He said, "Yes, but not in a row."

Steven Wright

No Bull

No Bull

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  • Should High Schools Require Students to Take Online Classes? t.co/QcGRba0H via @zite
  • University education no guarantee of earnings success t.co/cruexxku via @zite
  • …And This Is Why Teachers Should Have Blogs t.co/nXpq214P via @zite
  • Project Based Learning & iPad Integration t.co/n4mqadL8 via @zite
  • The Wait for Superman is Over t.co/JdIVxmVS via @zite
  • Mobile Devices for Student Use t.co/OuCyEFqJ via @zite
  • You Are Not the Boss of Me, I Am t.co/ogCvR0tc via @zite
  • LMS Q a nd A t.co/eBPNkN0k via @zite
  • Online learning offers as much (if not more) t.co/7KXfSZLc via @zite
  • The Coming Expansion of K/12 Online Learning t.co/LtAKBybp via @zite
  • Take Heart, Einstein: 'Earth-Shattering' Science Is Relatively Rare t.co/JouAkX5o via @zite
  • Google about to make Google Docs into a virtual hard drive t.co/HScbSM6V via @zite
  • Two apps that show the depth of what Facebook shipped today t.co/akyU6jGZ via @zite
  • Editorial: Facebook's new sharing is anything but 'frictionless' t.co/0zkaMmkm via @zite
  • The New Facebook: 3 Major Implications t.co/WlKwlLgC via @zite
  • Facebook's Eerie Goal: Why Timeline Changes E verything t.co/kDK7FPZj via @zite
  • TADO How Facebook Ate the Web - How Facebook Ate the Web: ""Facebook is eating the Web. And the Web is getting s... t.co/YeA9gfjj
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Monday, 26 September 2011

How Facebook Ate the Web

How Facebook Ate the Web:

""Facebook is eating the Web. And the Web is getting smaller now, and we're trying to get our heads around it, and we're seeing it in Arab Spring."

What this means is that Facebook is not a true citizen of the Web (despite its http:// address), but an agent of revolutionary upheaval, upsetting the dictatorial establishment. This from a company whose own name ends in .com.

Well, that didn't take long, did it? Thomas Jefferson once believed the world needed a good revolution every few generations or so just to shake out the cobwebs; online business apparently needs at least an artificial one every four to five years to keep attendance up at conferences. The idea that Facebook is "eating the Web," as opposed to "Facebook is the Web," comes about because American businesses do not actually perceive the Web as interconnected. Facebook, by contrast, is."


Why Do You Blog? Getting the Most from Blogging | Social Media Today

Why Do You Blog? Getting the Most from Blogging | Social Media Today:

"There are many different types of bloggers, all with different agendas and motivation. In order to get the most from blogging it is important to understand why you are blogging. Without a clear understanding of why you need a blog it’s impossible to develop goals and guidelines to meet your blogging objective. It can also help to understand why other bloggers may be blogging. Here are a few reasons to blog:
"


Twitter Used for Social Good and to Incite Disorder | PCWorld

Twitter Used for Social Good and to Incite Disorder | PCWorld:

"Twitter and other social media sites are sparking an international debate over whether the forums serve the public good or make it easier to incite disorder."


Searching for New Ideas - Technology Review

Searching for New Ideas - Technology Review:

"Google's head of research explains why artificial intelligence is crucial to the search company's future.
By Tom Simonite
If anyone can preview the future of computing, it should be Alfred Spector, Google's director of research. Spector's team focuses on the most challenging areas of computer science research with the intention of shaping Google's future technology. During a break from a National Academy of Engineering meeting on emerging technologies hosted by his company, Spector told Technology Review's computing editor Tom Simonite about these efforts, and explained how Google funnels its users' knowledge into artificial intelligence."


Can educators in the 21st Century be content experts, but media illiterate and still be relevant? « Rliberni's Blog – Radical language

Can educators in the 21st Century be content experts, but media illiterate and still be relevant? « Rliberni's Blog – Radical language:

"Unfortunately I was unable to make this week’s edchat so I cannot speak from personal experience, but judging by this summary, it seems to have been another fantastic event! Thank you to Sarah Fudin @USCTeacher for this very insightful precis of a topic that must surely make us all stop and think. Sarah has also provided the two videos which add great weight to her thoughts on the discussion. You can find out more about Sarah in her bio at the end of the summar"


12 Tools for Online Collaboration | Online College Tips - Online Colleges

12 Tools for Online Collaboration | Online College Tips - Online Colleges:

"As an online student, making connections and working with your classmates on school projects has an added layer of complexity due to the delivery format of your courses. You may all be in the same class, but logging in from different geographic areas and at different times. So, how can you complete those group assignments, form study groups, and ask each other questions? While your school's Learning Management System (e.g. eCollege, Moodle, Blackboard) may provide some assistance with these tasks, you will also find a wide variety of tools available to help you work together online. Let's take a closer look at some of the free options you may want to consider and explore how they can be used to support your coursework."


You Matter – Yes, You the Teacher — Cybrary Man

You Matter – Yes, You the Teacher — Cybrary Man:

"I have recently been very inspired by what my good Twitter friend @AngelaMaiers is trying to do with her #youmatter mission. We definitely should let the children that we teach know that they matter to us. Not only should we be recognizing our students and believing in them but you have to realize that you really matter to your students. Many of your students will never let you know how you have affected them."


Educating The Social Network Generation - Finding Common Ground - Education Week

Educating The Social Network Generation - Finding Common Ground - Education Week:

"Facebook, as well as Twitter, are great social networking tools for adults and teenagers. It allows for everyone to connect in a variety of ways. Although it can be a useful tool for home and schools, there are advantages and disadvantages of using Facebook and Twitter as well. As we go further through the 21st century, we are all still learning more and more about ourselves and the world around us through the lens that social networking offers us."


21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 By Tina Barseghian - School Leadership 2.0

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 By Tina Barseghian - School Leadership 2.0:

"Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day. How close are we to this? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he’s seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition."


Blended Learning – Cutting Edge Or A Double-Edged Sword? | Emerging Education Technology

Blended Learning – Cutting Edge Or A Double-Edged Sword? | Emerging Education Technology:

"Excellent presentation provides thorough overview of process, tools, and lessons learned in university’s implementation of blended learning curriculum.

Instructional Designer and Teacher Kimberly Greene provides deep insights into Brandman University’s implementation of a blended learning environment in their School of Education. In the presentation, Greene discusses the goals of the effort, many of the technologies and approaches used, and identifies what worked well and w"


The Innovative Educator: AASL Thinks Outside the Ban with Banned Websites Awareness Day - September 28th

The Innovative Educator: AASL Thinks Outside the Ban with Banned Websites Awareness Day - September 28th:

"More than a decade into the 21st century and the very tools and sites we need to ensure student success in the world are banned and blocked in many school and learning centers. Though banning and blocking is more convenient, it is not what is right when it comes to preparing children, who will need to use and navigate these waters, for success in the 21st century. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is bringing awareness to this problem by naming September 28th “Banned Websites Awareness Day.” This serves as an extension of the American Library Association’s long-standing censorship awareness campaign, Banned Books Week, beginning September 24. This new campaign directs national attention to the important conversation of the impact filtering has on our students."


Learning together. | Connected Principals

Learning together. | Connected Principals:

"I wanted to share this post here because it’s important to share examples of how the simple use of a collaborative tool such as Google docs can lead to more meaningful learning experiences for teams! Originally posted on The Principal’s Posts."


Project-Based Learning: A Short History | Edutopia

Project-Based Learning: A Short History | Edutopia:

"Projects make the world go 'round. For almost any endeavor -- whether it's launching a space shuttle, designing a marketing campaign, conducting a trial, or staging an art exhibit -- you can find an interdisciplinary team working together to make it happen.

When the project approach takes hold in the classroom, students gain opportunities to engage in real-world problem solving too. Instead of learning about nutrition in the abstract, students act as consultants to develop a healthier school cafeteria menu. Rather than learning about the past from a textbook, students become historians as they make a documentary about an event that changed their community."


Balancing Technology and Pedagogy « Molehills out of Mountains

Balancing Technology and Pedagogy « Molehills out of Mountains:

"A recent article in the New York Times, about an Arizona school district, has garnered quite a bit of attention and raised questions about the value of technology in the classroom. The article, In Classroom of the Future, Stagnant Scores, addresses the fact that in spite of a significant investments in technology, the Kyrene School District has seen minimal gains on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS). This article has hit close to home, literally, since I live in the Kyrene district, and figuratively, since I am a proponent of educational technology."


Quote of the day

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.


Dave Barry

One grave

One grave

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  • Balancing Technology and Pedagogy t.co/hXmIEi6h via @zite
  • Project-Based Learning: A Short History t.co/JFDAB6Zq via @zite
  • Learning together. t.co/RCWXldXj via @zite
  • AASL Thinks Outside the Ban with Banned Websites Awareness Day - September 28th t.co/PF6hCZ0S via @zite
  • Blended Learning – Cutting Edge Or A Double-Edged Sword? t.co/oLMcdocO via @zite
  • 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 By Tina Barseghian t.co/nncX8Mq7 via @zite
  • YouTube.com/Teachers is launched – let's flip the classroom t.co/ZH2Jr9St via @zite
  • Educating The Social Network Generation t.co/jgiDiXdC via @zite
  • You Matter – Yes, You the Teacher t.co/tTJZzrhY via @zite
  • 12 Tools for Online Collaboration | Online College Tips – Online Colleges t.co/pEI6KUrJ via @zite
  • Can educators in the 21st Century be content experts, but media illiterate and still be relevant? t.co/7mCHk9lN via @zite
  • Searching for New Ideas t.co/EVVxQkY8 via @zite
  • Logging out of Facebook is not enough t.co/cWOiGW3p via @zite
  • Twitter Used For Social Good And To Incite Disorder t.co/uehZFN1w via @zite
  • Why Do You Blog? Getting the Most from Blogging (w/Poll) t.co/R5CDjz 5m via @zite
  • Social Media 101 for Smartie Pants (Yes, That Includes You) t.co/0e4xfwDI via @zite
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Sunday, 25 September 2011

All About the Facebook Timeline Profile, Privacy and News Feed Settings

All About the Facebook Timeline Profile, Privacy and News Feed Settings:

"By now, you’ve probably read your fair share of “What I Hate About the New Facebook Updates” to the point that you’re pretty comfortable with the fact that you hate the changes. So, as a change of pace, here are some gems that have come about from the latest updates that are actually pretty cool from the news feed to the new Facebook Timeline Profile"


The evolution of long-distance relationships in social media [Infographic]

The evolution of long-distance relationships in social media [Infographic]:

"Communication has come quite a long way. From being completely unable to keep in touch while apart, to now being able to live-stream video while chatting via several different mediums, the evolution of peer-to-peer interaction over long distances has reached a number of milestones."