After the introductions and formalities and an opening Pecha Kucha from @peterskillen and @brendasherry, we were off and running with the OTF Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century conference.
Day 1 featured a full day with Garfield Gini-Newman. The one element that stuck with me throughout Garfield’s presentation was the simple question “What should a classroom in the 21st Century look like?” Throughout the day, he touched on technology, the mind and habits of today’s students, collaborative learning, cooperative learning, and everything that it means when you’re working in a wired (wireless) universe.
As I sit to write this post, I’m tossing around the key concepts that I posted to Evernote throughout the day when I wasn’t asked for some technical support but realized instead that there are two sources that address his message better than my interrupted notetaking could.
The first is a page on the OTF website from a previous two day presentation on Critical Thinking and it’s located here. More about his work is available on The Critical Thinking Consortium website.
That’s a first blush.
Those of us who are supporting this event commented on the participant use of computers during the session. This group seems to be ready and able to proceed electronically. As you’ll note in the image above, laptops were open on all of the tables from the start. That indeed was unique when thinking back on past events.
It turned out to be a pretty good way for the group itself to self-document the day. You can check out the Twitter feed by following the hashtag #otf21c.
Even better, @tk1ng started the group on its collaborative way with a Google Document that he opened up to the public. It started as a simple chart to summarize “Opportunities”, “Challenges”, and “Implications”. What happened with the group was pretty amazing — it ended up as a forum for the group to document the day. Many of the links and references from the presentation are embedded in this document. It also opened up our thinking to the rest of the world and some folks off-site did take advantage of it. The document is available here.
I’m looking forward to Day 2 with Will Richardson and a panel discussion from Ontario Educators. Should be great. What better way to beat the heat than to enjoy some quality learning in a nicely air conditioned ballroom with some of Ontario’s finest.
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Official Google Blog: More wood behind fewer arrows
Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs. While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.
The History Game Canada
The History Game Canada is a game based on Canadian history that lets anyone play the past. Based on the award-winning, best-seller Sid Meier’s Civilization III, The History Game Canada is the “What If” game of Canada… and you’re the author. Will you replay our history or rewrite it?
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review
Mac OS X 10.7 was first shown to the public in October 2010. The presentation was understated, especially compared to the bold rhetoric that accompanied the launches of the iPhone (“Apple reinvents the phone”) and the iPad (“a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price”). Instead, Steve Jobs simply called the new operating system “a sneak peek at where we’re going with Mac OS X.”
The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC²) is an internationally renowned, non-profit association of education professionals who are committed to promoting critical thinking from primary to post-secondary education through professional development, publications and research.
Wallets versus Smartphones: Mobile Banking in Canada and the Cashless Future [Infographic] – Techvibes.com
While security remains a major concern, mobile banking is nonetheless spreading like wildfire.
It appears that convenience trumps security worries as a new report reveals Canadians are adopting banking apps on their smartphone rapidly.
Your Computer Appears to be Infected: Google Adds Malware Warning to Search Results — SiliconFilter
Google has actually detected a major a massive influx of “unusual search traffic” that’s flowing through its data centers due to malware-infested Windows machines. As Google can detect whether your machine is one of the large number of compromised PCs that harbor this malicious piece of software, it can also warn you about it.
Discuss your interest
Float lets you focus on the stuff you care about — the headlines, the stories, the information — without the usual clutter of web pages. You’re in control. Choose a reading style. Read up and down, left and right, now or later.
Bowfin Printworks – Finding Just Your Type – Serif Font Identification Guide – Search Page – Identification Tool
Serif Font Identification Guide
Why Google+ Is Different Than Facebook, According to Google
Now we know!
Why Google+ Is Different Than Facebook, According to Google – Technology – The Atlantic Wire
With the release of Google+, you possibly groaned, saying you didn’t need another social network. Google entered a very saturated market, and given its likeness to the very dominant Facebook, people have questioned its place on the Web. Can it really fill any niche that Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc. haven’t covered?
21st Century Fluencies – Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
We are rethinking the way we offer programs and facilities so that we can meet the needs of each of our students in the 21st century. We know today’s learners require new approaches, as we strive to prepare students for a future we haven’t thought of yet.
TPACK – TECHNOLOGICAL PEDAGOGICAL AND CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
Quality Rubrics / Checklist_v_Rubric
A good starting point when thinking about what tasks deserves a rubric, is to reflect on the nature of the task. What are your goals for you and your students?
Using Sophia as a Student Assessment Tool
This packet is a guide for teachers and educational leaders on how Sophia can be used as a place for students to create content as a way of demonstrating their understanding of course material.
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The Best Mac Themes for Firefox OS X: Beauty, Style & Functionality
Need to spruce up your browser? What about giving it a whole new look? Make your browsing personal again with these great Mac themes for Firefox. There is something here for all tastes, so why not take a look and see what your next favorite add-on is going to be?
Women of Google+
I started to collect a Google+ circle of women-only (aptly named ‘Women of G+’) and the idea of connecting with early adopter women in a new social networking platform is growing larger in my mind by the minute. I find it stimulating and refreshing to have a list of highly intelligent women on G+ to read every morning over coffee.
ePortfolios with GoogleApps
This Google Site has been set up by Dr. Helen Barrett to focus on the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios. On this site, there are instructions on how to use the different elements of Google Apps to maintain e-portfolios.
Zoho For Google Apps
Zoho for Google Apps brings the award-winning Zoho services to customers using Google Apps. Zoho for Google Apps makes it easier for people in your organization to collaborate, communicate and share information.
35 Ways to Use Google Apps in the Classroom NEW
40 Ways to Start Using Google Apps in 40 minutes
Tip 104 – A Google Spreadsheet Formula Everyone Should Know About!
Google forms are fabulous for gathering information, but sometimes, the data in the spreadsheet can be difficult to view. In this post, I’ll share a simple-to-implement formula and a bonus tip that will make it much easier to deal with (and even print) form-fed data!
5 Must Have Google+ Chrome Extensions | Alltopstartups
These Google+ chrome extensions add much more capabilities for you if you are on Google+. Google+ is growing rapidly with almost 18 million users. Bookmark for future use if you are not on Google+ yet. When you finally join Google+, you may need these extensions.
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