Recently, Shannon Smith (@shannoninottawa) shared a blog post from Chris Kennedy @chrkennedy entitled “Education and Social Media” which talked about the use of Social Media in British Columbia. Shannon is a big reader of education blogs so I knew that this would be good read. And, it was. Of course, the #1 imposed over the west-most province was intriguing.
In the post, Mr. Kennedy identified seven things that he thought British Columbia was uniquely #1 in their implementation of social media. It’s very difficult to argue since there was no statistics to prove the points but they are very admirable. Shannon and I had a little back and forth and we had a meeting of the minds – hey, this would be a good basis for a blog post response on the View from Ontario.
A couple of exchanges later and Shannon had created a Google Document and invited me to help edit. As we were working together on the document, she exchanged a thought in the sidebar “Would be cool to get a bunch of folks involved” and invited anyone in to help with the document. The result is a complete blog post. Since it was Shannon’s original document, the entire post will appear on her blog and she indicated that she’s got it scheduled for 7am.
Like the original, there aren’t statistics to back up any of the claims but the post does address Kennedy’s seven original points with some very concrete, Ontario examples. The post isn’t meant to be part of a spitting match but hopefully it inspires some thinking. Are the points good for a discussion of where we are and where we need to go? Are we there yet? If not, what’s it going to take to get there? Where is there?
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Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.
Do you remember your first E-Learning project? You know what I mean, the one that started it all? Some of you are sitting there reading this with a smile on your face as you laugh at the thought of stumbling your way through your first project. We’ve all been there.
Dumpr is a great little website that has lots of tools for doing creative things with your images. Simply choose an effect from the 21 on offer, upload your photograph and Dumpr will do the rest. You can then save your image to use elsewhere.
It is so interesting where ideas come from, and how a class can dramatically shift from one activity to the next. Being fluid and organic, and accepting that ideas are built on more ideas (and being flexible enough to evolve with them) leads to a dynamic environment. This is true in ecology, and also in the classroom.
Rubrics are a beast. Grrrrrrr! They are time-consuming to construct, challenging to write and sometimes hard to use effectively. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the web, plus tools to create them, and as educators,
Get ready with your “slow news day?” comments, because Microsoft has introduced an Achievement system to its Visual Studio programming environment and this is indeed a news story highlighting that fact.
It wont be too far in the future, that the next wars could well be fought in the “Clouds”! Microsoft has released a video comparing the features of its Office Web Apps to those of Googls Docs. The video suggests that Microsofts Office 365 + SkyDrive combination offers many more features and a much better user-experience than Google Docs.
Ahead of tomorrow’s announcement from Apple, other companies are throwing their hats in the DIY textbook ring. These companies are hoping to get you, the teacher, writing your own textbook or at least contributing up-to-the-minute facts so no textbook is ever out of date again.
At CES, Canonical announced its latest major project that it is calling Ubuntu TV “TV for human beings”. Much of the Ubuntu TV interface will be based on the groundwork that has already been established with the development of Unity, Canonical’s revolutionary, and sometimes polarizing, desktop environment.