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.
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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
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.