The annual ISTE Conference was this week. It’s at a really bad time for Ontario Classroom teachers. The school year is winding down and so it’s difficult to leave classrooms for a professional development event such as this. But, consultants and coaches can leave their posts and mingle with educators from around the world. The very technology savvy of that group try to share their learning with others while away. That’s the focus for this week’s post.
Day 1 at ISTE 12
Brenda Sherry had the first of the posts that I read about the event. She focused her thoughts on the connections and the people that she met enroute and at the conference.
Mark Carbone shared his thoughts about being “normal” or not in a technological world. If you know Mark, you’ll know that he’s multi-dexterous. Familiar with so many platforms and technologies, he wonders what “normal” is in this day and age. I thought that was a pretty interesting approach that he took and shared my thoughts in a reply to his post.
Bottom line, I wonder just what “normal” means? I do know that when I want an answer or someone to bounce a thought off, Mark is one of many at the top of my list. A guy who carries 57 varieties of mobile technology has just got to know the answer.
My friend and partner at Minds on Media and OTF Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Kelly Moore, had the opportunity to attend. She was sharing some good content on Twitter as well. A few of her shares are in this Storify document
I’m hoping that, as time passes, there will be more sharing and leadings from those fortunate enough to attend and that it gets shared in the Ontario context.
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Mural.ly is a big flexible Playspace to collect anything from the web, grow ideas and show them in an easy way.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Google+ Anymore | Jeffbullas’s Blog
12 months later it appears that it is now the third largest social network in the English speaking world behind Twitter and of course Facebook.
Nik’s Learning Technology Blog: How I use social media for my professional development
This my own attempt to outline my digital media learning experience, or at least part of it.
Google vs everyone: an epic war on many fronts — Tech News and Analysis
And this week it seems it is Google’s turn. So far, it has announced massive upgrades to its search platform, the newest version of Android (Jellybean), the Google Glass, the Nexus 7 tablet and a new multimedia device, Nexus Q. It is also likely to introduce a new cloud offering at its Google I/O event, as I reported earlier.
Project Glass Is The Future Of Google | TechCrunch
“The charter of Google X is to take bold risks and push the edges of technology beyond what they’ve been to where the future might be,” Sergey Brin told a small group of reporters duing demo of Project Glass. “We want you to be less of a slave to your devices. It’s been really liberating and I’m really excited to share it with all of you.”
The 25 Best Teaching and Learning Websites of 2012
AASL ( American Association of School Librarians ) has recently published a post featuring some of the best teaching and learning websites for this year. I have reviewed this post and chekced the websites they included ( most of which have been reviewed here ) and decided to share with you their list.
BlueStacks brings Android apps to OS X, wolves planning a rest with some lambs — Engadget
BlueStacks is releasing the first public alpha of its Android App Player capable of running on OS X.
Educators Guide to the use of Pinterest in Education
No sooner do we finish working a certain guide then the idea for a new one pops up. After published the free Teachers guides on the use of Facebook, social networking, graphic organizers, blogs, QR Codes, and Evernote ( There are many many more guides that I can not mention all of them here but will soon include them in a free ebook ) the turn has come to Pinterest.
181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time | Edudemic
Back in 2009, we published 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School. But in nearly three years, Google has developed new products, discontinued a few, and offered new features, and more people have found great ways to save time with Google.
Bill Gates: Tablets in the classroom have ‘really horrible track record’ – MacDailyNews – Welcome Home
Bill Gates: Tablets in the classroom have ‘really horrible track record’
Apple’s Core Market Is Under Attack! (AAPL, GOOG)
Google now says that more than 500 districts in the U.S. and Europe actively use Chromebooks to aid in classroom learning. In one particular case, Leyden High School District in Illinois is in the process of providing Chromebooks to its more than 3,500 students.
Skeptic » Skepticism 101 » Welcome to Skepticism 101! The Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center
THE SKEPTICAL STUDIES CURRICULUM RESOURCE CENTER is a comprehensive, free repository of resources for teaching students how to think skeptically. This Center contains an ever-growing selection of books, reading lists, course syllabi, in-class exercises, PowerPoint presentations, student projects, papers, and videos that you may download and use in your own classes.
Google shows Apple: We made ours in the U.S.A. | Business Tech – CNET News
Google’s Nexus Q has one small but important distinction that Apple can’t claim.
On the underside of Google’s wireless home media player is the message: “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.”
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