This video appeared embedded in an article I read this morning, “Walled in on the Web? Limits of the LMS“. Stephen Downes talks about the difference between LMS and PLE. He really documents and puts forth a strong warning about the dangers of being locked out of the learning process by a simple implementation of a LMS well and offers solutions to get around this.
If you’re considering teaching with any LMS, you should read the original article and watch this video. Are you considering all angles?
BTW, you’ve got to like his open source presentation tools…
Today, the Computer Science Teachers’ Association released its newest document “K-8 Computer Science: Building a Solid Foundation”. The document is a collection of articles from The Voice with content specifically targeted for the K-8 classroom.
Patrice Gams, the chair of the K-8 Task Force introduced the document in a mailing to members of the CSTA.
It provides a review of current thought on K–8 CS education, explores how CS topics and concepts can impact learning the K–8 classroom, and offers practical strategies and resources. Here you will find updates on research from higher education including a study at Harvey Mudd College on a new approach to teaching middle school CS curriculum, ideas on teaching CS skills by playing criminal detective using databases, and suggestions for planning afterschool and summer CS camps.
Computer Science K–8: Building a Strong Foundation provides plans for integrating CS into classes as diverse as fine arts and mathematics, and the personal experiences of dozens of classroom teachers using a wide variety of tools and techniques. Examples abound. Multi-media stories can be crafted in language arts classes, multi-level computer games can be designed in mathematics, and art and music projects can be delivered through electronic media. And of course, problem solving is an integral part of any CS activity.
Increasing high-quality CS content in K–8 education may help reverse students’ alarming enrollment and career-choice trends by illustrating, for all students, the potential for personal power afforded by computing skills. Researchers are considering the possibility that early exposure will translate into increased enrollment and a life-time engagement in CS. It is believed that positive experiences at an early age will motivate students to further explore the opportunities that a CS education has to offer. It’s important to take advantage of this developmental stage to build a CS literate and functional population. It is in everyone’s best interest and we have the tools to make it happen.
The document may be downloaded here.
Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas | Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher
Since attending the Google Teacher Academy in April, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about each Google application. The result? I am realizing how little I actually knew about these tools and how tragically I was underutilizing them! Take Google Docs, for example. I have been using Google Docs for a couple of years, yet I had no idea how much I could actually do with docs personally or with my students.
KeePass Password Safe
This is the official website of KeePass, the free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.
iOS for .NET Devs | iJoshSmith
My book is finally done! iOS Programming for .NET Developers has been a labor of love. I wrote this book to help .NET devs leverage their existing skills to understand iOS programming. When I first moved to the iOS world no book like it existed, but I sure wish it had.
Dell’s Ubuntu Laptop Program Enters Beta, ‘Blows Away’ Expectations | PCWorld Business Center
Dell’s Ubuntu Laptop Program Enters Beta, ‘Blows Away’ Expectations
The C Programming Language – Part 0 – OnCoding
If Programming Languages were cars, C would be a rough and tumble sports car crossed with a jeep. Not for everybody, but damned good to have when you want one
Yammer – the next step for social networking in schools? – Microsoft UK Schools blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs
Yammer, the enterprise social network and one of Microsoft’s most recent acquisitions, allows you to collaborate, communicate and share your thoughts within your network, be it a school or business.
Vjeux » Image Layout Algorithm – Google Plus
Google Plus has a really nice image gallery. They somehow managed to display all the photos without cropping, without reordering and without any holes. We are going to see how they did it in this blog post.
Excellent Printing Apps for your iPad
iPad ‘s ecosystem is built in such a secure and strong way that it makes it hard for developers to enrich it with apps particularly productivity ones. This is something Android-enhanced tablets do not have for Android makes it open softare and any developer can come up with their own apps to add to Google Play. I personally love both iPad and Android tablets and have considerations for each one of them.
Flipped Video Lessons for Continuous Assessment | StudyEgg
Learning is simple with a great guide.
Watch short video clips and
answer questions to take the
simplest path to mastery.
Lynda.com Tackles Blended Learning — Campus Technology
At the Campus Technology 2012 conference taking place this week in Boston, Laurie Burruss, professor at Pasadena City College and education consultant for lynda.com, will offer up tips for faculty members looking to move their teaching “beyond the classroom walls.”
Can We Fix Computer Science Education in America? | Techland | TIME.com
Can We Fix Computer Science Education in America?
Chrome Beats Safari on iPad
Finally, there’s a reason (sorry many actually!) to stick to a single browser on iPad – Google Chrome.
Bloggers and Journalists: not as dissimilar as you may think | anna spargo-ryan
If you don’t know The Punch, it’s essentially an opinion based website comprised of a series of “serious” blogs. Today they are running a story about Blogging and Journalism, and why the two ne’er shall meet. Because journalism is Proper Writing and blogging is Poetry About Dog Poop.
25 Ways To Create Contagious Content (Infographic) | Business 2 Community
Content is the foundation for blogs and websites. It is what makes your readers and viewers come back for more.
The range and type of content that is available on a social web is extensive and includes multimedia such as videos, images and infographics and of course plain old simple text.
Kids Safety: 6 Things Parents Should Know About Tumblr
Popular with teens and tweens, Tumblr is a microblogging site that provides a platform for blogging that is super simple and user-friendly. An important kids safety question: does your teen have a Tumbleblog? If so, there are 6 important things about the site you should know.
Secrets of Blog Posts that Get Tons of Comments — The Book Designer
When you’re a new blogger, you dream of the time when readers will visit your blog and leave a comment. Isn’t that true?
You want the sign that someone has noticed, the social engagement, the “social proof” that your blog is worth stopping for.
With easy-to-use interface and seamless integration,
EverClip lets you clip anything to Evernote effortlessly.
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