I had a really spectacular opportunity today. When I read about EdCampWR, I knew that I’d like to come and join some friends from around the province. So, I let my friend @Gill_Ville know that I was interested. Her response was – of course you’re going to come down a day early and say hi to the Gill_Villeans – I had met them previously. And why wouldn’t I? It is a well connected classroom.
Then a little later, another friend from Essex County asked if I’d heard about EdCampWR. We had a chat about me going and she wondered if she could do a little self-directed PD herself. When she heard that I was going to Cambridge a day early, she wondered about the logistics of going herself and bringing home some ideas and inspiration. Then she asked another friend and before you know it, @margsang and @debbdh and I were headed east on the 401.
We got a tour of the beautiful Ryerson Public School but things were better than that. We had a chance to interact with the Gill_Villeans who would be part of the show tomorrow, showing off their work and efforts. This was a planned event / dry run so that there would be no nerves when the place is filled with Ontario Educators. In addition to us, various classes had a chance to come to the computers and see what would be on display on Saturday. We saw some of the projects that had been so much of their educational lives.
THE ADVENTURES OF GILL THE GOLDFISH – RECORDED ON A WIKI
THE GILL_VILLEANS ON TWITTER
THE GILL_VILLEANS ON EDMODO
THE SPEAKING NOTES ON LINOIT
Prominently posted to go along with all of this work is a reminder of digital citizenship. We were told that there is no one specific lesson on digital citizenship. Instead concepts are introduced and reinforced with every online activity. I really like that approach.
And, finally…lest you think the whole day is going to be about technology, even the best technology user needs a snack. As part of their program, the group has done some baking and there are all kinds of good looking snacks waiting to be consumed tomorrow.
It’s going to be a great day tomorrow.
Cheapest home PCs for kids – and schools hold key
BBC research shows the cost of a PC can be a significant barrier to getting people online at home. With this in mind, we worked closely with our partners, such as Race Online, The Post Office and 3, to help make getting access to the internet a reality for all, regardless of financial situation or technical ability.
Vizify’s TweetSheet showcases revealing details from your tweetstream, including: top followers, geographic impact, most-retweeted posts, and more.
Can iPads be SMART? « techchef4u
I will fully admit that I am not so smart when it comes to SMART. Yes, I can tell you where to find the best SMART lessons and I feel comfortable editing existing lessons using SMART’s suite of tools. However, I do not feel so comfortable creating a SMART activity from scratch.
10 steps to better blogging – SplatF
Almost 5 months into writing SplatF, I’m starting to type up some new ideas — mostly for myself, but also for folks like my ad partners — of where I’d like to take the site and what I’d like to do with it over the next year or so. But along the way, I also started to write down some reminders of how to make SplatF the best product I possibly can.
I’m posting them here, partially so I have a place to quickly find them if I need to, partially to force me to hold to them, partially out of commitment to transparency, and partially in case they’re of interest or use to anyone else.
KidSites.com – Math Sites for Kids
The best math sites on the web.
How It Works | Screenleap
How To Use Screenleap
The 21st Century Skills Teachers Should Have
Technology advancements have touched every facet of life including education. This latter has been radically transformed and teachers who do not use social media and educational technology in thier teaching no longer fit in the new system.That’s why every educator and teacher should reconsider certain values and principles .
Technology Timesavers for Teachers – myTeachersLounge
Teachers today are fortunate to have access to technological tools that make our jobs easier and minimize the paperwork involved in educating our students. I didn’t grow up with computers like today’s students did, but I’m very much on board with becoming more tech savvy and, yes, even accepting help from my students when I have technical difficulties.
5 Apps for Working From the iPad
Let’s be real about this. You can’t do everything on an iPad. As Shawn Blanc pointed out the other day, you can’t make iOS apps on it, for example. But you might be surprised by how much real work you can do on it with the right tools. If your work requires generally office-like capabilities, there are definitely iPad solutions.
The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students
The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students is the third ebook I am publishing here exclusively for Educational Technology and Mobile Learning readers. After the success of 80 Alternatives to YouTube and The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools in Education, I am expecting my readers to find this guide of the same importance if not more. Here is an excerpt from its introduction :
iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » How to Do Research Interactive Graphic
What it is: The research process can be a hard one for kids to master. As a student, I remember thinking that it was a long process of random steps that were supposed to somehow come together as a completed project.
Chrome 18 arrives with hardware-accelerated Canvas
Version 18 of the Chrome Web browser has rolled out to the stable channel. The new version includes hardware-accelerated rendering for the HTML5 Canvas element on Windows and Mac OS X.
The 5 Levels of Digital Storytelling | Digital Play
When we think of introducing web-based tools into our classrooms, as teachers we often obsess over the technical side of things. We worry about setting everything up, about dealing with passwords, about computers crashing and our students not doing what they are supposed to do.
K Krueger on Prezi
Great collection of science prezis
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The year is 2012 and we are well into the 21st century. How many times have you heard that you are a 21st Century teacher? Are you preparing your learners for the 21st century? It’s time to move beyond the term ‘teaching and learning in the 21st century’- we’re teaching and learning in the NOW Century!
With Spring arriving, ECOO has opened up its proposals database to you. Our conference this year will be October 24th – 26th, 2012 at the Sheraton Parkway North Hotel in Richmond Hill. This call for presentations will close on April 23rd.
Start here: http://ecoo.org/conference2012/call-for-proposals/
We’re hoping you’ll take the opportunity to share your experiences with your colleagues from around the province and indeed, the world. We are the showcase for innovation in Ontario and look forward to seeing the diversity of learning approaches involving technology that you can offer to the education community.
Sessions are typically one hour long (but we’re open to your ideas!) and you will have access to the internet and a projector (and a whiteboard if needed). We encourage you to be imaginative in content, process and product. We’re here to support you sharing your story with participants so let us know what you’re thinking.
One Lead Presenter will receive a day’s free registration; you can have as many co-presenters as required (for example, a panel or a class presentation). Vendors, of course, will need to arrange a booth in the coming months. Information for vendors and the opening of registration will be available on our website http://www.ecoo.org soon.
For those of you experienced in presenting, why not consider bringing in a novice presenter to share and support? Developing multiple entry points is not just good practice in the classroom.
What Happens in an Internet Minute?
Do you know what happens in one minute on the Internet? In just one minute, more than 204 million emails are sent. Amazon rings up about $83,000 in sales. Around 20 million photos are viewed and 3,000 uploaded on Flickr. At least 6 million Facebook pages are viewed around the world. And more than 61,000 hours of music are played on Pandora while more than 1.3 million video clips are watched on YouTube.
Free Picture Image Based Survey Questionnaire Tool | SurveyLegend
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Tinkatolli is the Epic World of Tinkering
where EVERYTHING you do helps you level up – even stuff you do in REAL LIFE!
Tip 110 – Auto Generate QR Codes in Google Spreadsheet!
Enter some text or a URL in a spreadsheet and a QR code will be automatically created – all with the help of a little formula that you’ll learn about in this tip of the week.
Android Apps | Appolicious ™ App Directory
Huge directory of applications for the Android platform
fractions idea bank
Ideas for teaching all about fractions.
Sparkol® – What’s your story?
Sparkol is Free. Use now in your web browser.
The 6 best iPad presentation apps | TabTimes
The 6 best iPad presentation apps
Google Around the World – Google in Education
Google around the world in education
Computer Science in schools is changing, with the help of business and industry – Microsoft UK Schools blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs
As children are surrounded by technology more than ever, the way computers are taught will need to change. This was reflected in a recent government announcement by Michael Gove around reforming and updating the computer science curriculum.
Researcher publishes specs for real Linux-powered Star Trek tricorder
The Star Trek tricorder has become a reality, thanks to the hobby project of a cognitive science researcher. Dr. Peter Jansen has developed a handheld mobile computing device that has a number of sophisticated embedded sensors. The device is modeled after the distinctive design of the 24th-century tricorder.
Microsoft Free Teacher Guides A Great Resource for Educators
Microsoft, The multinational corporation that develops, licenses and suports computer materials and software, has a great section for teachers and students. Microsft has created Teacher Guides where it provides free teaching tips and step by step guides for popular teacher tasks. These guides are supposed to help teachers and educators learn and explore better ways to inspire students and integrate technology in class.
25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom, By Degree Of Difficulty | Edudemic
The April issue of the Edudemic Magazine is officially ready to go and just awaiting the final stamp of approval by Apple. We’re expecting a launch date of Monday April 2nd, just fyi. In that issue, which is jam-packed once again with edtech goodness, we have a ‘Twitter Spectrum For Educators.’
A List of Great Educational Infographics
I see there is a lot of interaction with the infographics I post here and that proves that you like the visually appealing posts. I do too and I think most of the people like to learn visually. Your students would love to have visual aids integrated into their classroom . It will drive off some of the boredom that looms around and would give life to group work activities. I have been covering several infographics in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. All of these infographics are educational and can be used in classrooms.
Facebook and Twitter should be used in schools as learning tools, says new report – Education News – News – WalesOnline
A report into digital learning released today will also recommend that teachers and learners should not be prevented from using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in schools.
Seattle schools to offer digital animation, game courses – GeekWire
Budding digital animators and game programmers will soon have another option for learning those skills — through Seattle Public Schools’ new Skills Center.
Art in the Era of the Internet (and Why Open Education Matters) | Open Culture
Art in the Era of the Internet (and Why Open Education Matters)
Educational Games That Make You Sweat | MindShift
If kids are sweaty when they’re done playing the educational game Monkey Jump, the game creators will be happy.
5 Awesome iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs | TeachHUB
Technology tools, like iPads are particularly useful in meeting the diverse needs of our students with special needs. Technology makes what was once inaccessible for many of the students accessible. Since iPads are relatively easy to use and don’t have a significant demand on fine motor schools, they are becoming increasing popular for instruction of our students with special needs.
Cacoo Gives You a Virtual Whiteboard for Google+ Hangouts | Tech in Asia
We’ve written about Japanese startups Cacoo a few times before. You may recall that they operate a collaborative web service that can be used to create diagrams, charts, and mind maps with others. Just now I received a mail from them saying that Cacoo now can work in Google Hangouts.
62% Of Adults Worldwide Now Use Social Media (But Email Is Still More Popular) [STUDY] – AllTwitter
More than six in ten (62 percent) online citizens around the world use the internet for social networking, reveals a new study from independent market research company Ipsos.
Google Now Accepting Student Applications For Its 2012 Summer of Code
Google has officially opened registration for this year’s Summer of Code. Started in 2005, the program offers paid internships for students who want to code open-source projects.
Evernote for Android adds speech-to-text and custom widgets in latest update — Engadget
If you’ve been putting Evernote through its paces on your Android device, a new update adds a few more bells and whistles. First, the outfit has integrated speech-to-text transcription to go alongside its existing audio notes feature. Don’t worry, the original audio is also attached to each note and the new tool can be disabled for sound-only reminders. This feature only works with Android 4.0 tech and “certain other devices” though.
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If you’re fortunate enough to have access to YouTube in your school, you know that you’ve got access to many, many videos that can certainly engage, excite, and motivate the students in your class. The biggest challenge is finding videos that are worthwhile and suitable for your specific purpose. There are so many great resources but there are some that just don’t make it.
Finding these resources are easier with the advent of the YouTube Education Channel. There is no doubt that there is a great deal of content there as I’ve written about earlier in this blog. But, how about the really, really, really good stuff. TEDx good.
Even looking through the TEDx resource looking for the best can be tedious. Good tedious, to be sure, because you’ll see such great content.
Now, there’s another alternative. TED has a TEDEducation channel on YouTube.
This channel provides access to some of the very best. At present, there are five categories: Awesome Nature, How Things Work, Playing with Language, Questions No One (Yet) Knows the Answer To, and Inventions That Shaped History. In these categories, as they sit, you’ll see some of the very best educational videos of quality.
As with any video that you’ll find on YouTube, the related videos can be a terrific launching pad to more great content.
You won’t find at 22 second quickies here. It’s the content that we’ve come accustomed to with TEDx videos but specially curated for education. If you have access to YouTube, you need to take a good long look at what’s available.
edulicious – edulicious – Tablets or Laptops? Ask the Right Questions.
TABLETS OR LAPTOPS? ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.
Tech Talk for Teachers: PowerPoints with Personality
Whether you love ’em, hate ’em, or fall somewhere in between, PowerPoint presentations have become something of a staple in every teacher’s bag of technology tricks. Some of us create our own PowerPoints to present curriculum content, some of us have our students create them to show they’ve learned the curriculum content, and some of us do a little of each.
The Cockroach Beatbox – YouTube
By dissecting a cockroach … yes, live on stage … TED Fellow and neuroscientist Greg Gage shows how brains receive and deliver electric impulses — and how legs can respond. (Launching a series on Awesome Nature)
15 of the coolest hidden Google tricks | memeburn
They’re built into practically every Google product — if you look hard enough, you’ll find that entering the right search term or typing a code can make Google collapse, spin or create fictional characters. Here are 15 easter eggs (hidden, entertaining things developers build into a website or program) for you to discover the next time you’re Googling.
How to Educate More Creative Problem-Solvers – Mirian Graddick-Weir – Harvard Business Review
Technological innovation accounted for almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, but the country’s standing as the world’s indisputable innovation leader is now at risk. In December, China surpassed the United States as the leading global patent filer — the first time any country has overtaken America.
Google Street View boards train through Swiss Alps – Digital Life – Digital Life | siliconrepublic.com – Ireland’s Technology News Service
Armchair travellers can now journey by train through the Swiss Alps thanks to Google Street View.
The internet search giant’s online service that lets users explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery has captured vistas for the first time by train.
Dubai’s Chief of Police: Prosecute Twitter Users who Criticize the UAE
Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tami, Chief of Dubai Police, has spoken out against the use of Twitter to criticize the UAE government, calling for legal action to be taken against offenders, Gulf News reports.
Referring to the recent criticism of the UAE government by the country’s tweeting Muslim Brotherhood, Tamim said, “I call on the country’s top member of the judiciary to take legal action against that faction of tweeters, who abused our nation and leaders.”
Open Education Practices: A User Guide for Organisations – Wikibooks, open books for an open world
These pages are intended to stimulate critical thought and discussion about Information and Communication Technology, and whether it is enabling a social movement. Perhaps we could start this discussion with a consideration of what literacy means today, and how the choices we make in tools, and policies we use to govern practice with those tools, affect those have on the development of that literacy.
Revisiting Cell Phones Bans in Schools — THE Journal
Twenty-four percent of K-12 schools ban cell phones altogether, and 62 percent allow phones on school grounds but ban them in the classroom, according to the most recent national data available. But it’s about time for those schools to rethink those bans, said Kevin M. Thomas, assistant professor of education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, who spoke at the 67th ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit in Philadelphia this weekend.
Screenleap Brings You One Click Screensharing
Screensharing is an important part of being able to hold business meetings from remote locations, and most of the services out there cost money and require annoying software installation. Google+ Hangouts recently got screen sharing as a feature, but it requires everyone to be signed up, logged in, and on the platform.
Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible | MindShift
Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs know this as adults. But in schools, the notion of failure is complicated.
15 Favorite iPad Apps As Selected By Teachers | Emerging Education Technology
Out of 125 responses from teachers indicating their top 3 apps, these are the apps that were listed most often.
Over the last few weeks, we ran a survey asking teachers to tell us about two or three of their favorite iPad apps that they use in an education-related context. Today we share the apps that were listed most often, and include some feedback from teachers regarding why they like them so much.
Education funding cut in 2012 budget | People for Education
Caps on high school credits, school closings, amalgamating school boards all on the menu for education in Ontario
Educational Technology Guy: Hojoki – make all your cloud apps work together – very cool & free
Hojoki is a new service I just learned about from the Hojoki team. It’s a very cool idea – it takes all of your online productivity apps and turns them into a newsfeed and collaborative space to work on projects.
Digitize Student Work With the Three Ring App
Three Ring is a new free service offering free Android and iPhone apps for digitizing and organizing student work. Using the app teachers can take a picture of a student’s work and upload it to a free Three Ring account. Three Ring offers teachers a lot of organizational flexibility. You could organize artifacts by student name, class, date, or just about any other tagging system that works for you.
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Part of my morning reading routine takes me to my Alltop page. It’s been a great source of resources, serendipity, and my primary RSS feed.
I started using Alltop like most people, I suspect, just wandering around and pulling in resources as they struck my fancy.
I was very excited when they introduced the concept of a MyAlltop page and jumped on it. As I look now, that was way back in 2009. It was a chance to put together a resource for reading and it did the job very nicely. Since the day that I first created it, my Alltop page has been one of the starting tabs in my browser. For the longest time, that’s where I did my reading. Then, with the advent of Zite on the iPad, I wanted to access my resources from there. Since Alltop is on the web, it was a snap to open the resource in a web browser. Here’s today’s content from my Dolphin Browser.
This week, though, it became a great deal better. Alltop released an iPad application. I was all over it right away.
The content is the same but you’ll notice that it’s considerably more readable and uses the iPad screen real estate considerably better than in the browser. Tapping on a story opens an introduction to the story and you have the option to head to the full story if you are so inclined. As with any good news browser, of course you have the ability to share to Twitter, Facebook or Email.
You’re not limited to just your reading. Bookmark your favourites or see what’s popular will just let you while away the hours reading the great content that’s posted to the web daily.
If you’ve never used Alltop before, I would encourage you to at least go to the web site and see the power of the site. Once you’re convinced, the next logical step would be to get the application for your iPad and enjoy it there.