Have you registered yet for the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) annual conference. It’s being held October 24 – 26 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill. It’s not too late! Online registration will be open until October 12, 2012 so don’t delay!
The ECOO conference is run by educational volunteers for educators and at $100 a day, it’s the best self-directed PD you’ll find.
ECOO 2012 Highlights include:
Keynotes: John Seely Brown, Michael Fullan and Nora Young
Expert Panel discussion with the Keynotes
Special Wednesday Pre-Conference sessions including:
Minds on Media: Bring-Your-Own-Laptop Event
OAGEE/ESRI: Geo-spatial Technologies in the Classroom
OAME: Software for Teaching Math
OSLA: Google Apps for Education
National Film Board: Teaching Through Animation: Using NFB films and activities in your classroom
World Class Exhibit Area
Workshop Speakers from around the province and beyond
Vendor demonstrations of new software and hardware including Desire2Learn, Apple and Google
Educator twitter meetup event
Beautiful venue and reduced prices for ECOO Attendees at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill So, visit ecoo.org and REGISTER!
Hope to see you there!!!
Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO)
It really is a sad thing.
I’m not talking about a blog that someone started because they took an AQ course and had to create one for that purpose or one that seemed like the thing to do and generated a post or two. I’m talking about a blog that goes back as far as I can remember. Alfred Thompson’s “Computer Science Teacher” dates back to 2005 and received its last post a week ago.
The blog was truly unique. There are a few good blogs for computer science but Alfred always took a humanist approach to computer science in K-12. It was written at a level that both new and experienced computer science teachers could read and learn something new directly applicable to the classroom.
The focus was always on Microsoft products and Alfred was never hesitant to show us how to use the free resources as well as the commercial products. It was through Alfred’s blog that I learned about Kodu and played around with it here.
His blog was also one of those great vehicles that you can truly say introduced me to Alfred long before I met him. Instead of those awkward moments when you first meet someone, we just launched into a continued discussion that we began online. He was always on top of the latest and shared to the fullest. I recall fondly bugging Alfred in his hotel room in Irvine as the poor guy was trying to chomp down a late lunch.
In addition to reading his blog and interacting on Facebook, I’ve attended a number of his sessions given at the Computer Science Teachers’ Association conference. The most recent session was at Irvine where Alfred participated in a mobile programming smackdown. Alfred’s Windows Phone app took on Apple and Google’s development tool. I took his ideas back and created my own Phone application and blogged about it here.
Fortunately, while the original blog will no longer be updated, it will stay in place and Alfred will continue his rich tradition of sharing his learning and being an advocate for computer science teachers everywhere. He will continue his efforts at his new home on Blogger. Today’s post asks “Are You The Best Part of a Student’s Day?” Not only a great read for computer science teacher, but change the context to any subject area and it’s still relevant.
I wish Alfred all the best in his new endeavour and wherever his learning takes him. Thanks for all your hard efforts in the past. Onward and upward!
Youtify – The Web Music Player
Search and play YouTube videos through one spot
Best Sources To Hunt For Free PSDs
“When working on a web project, ready-to-use and high-quality design elements can help a lot in improving the output.
These can be icons, badges, buttons, UI elements, etc. And, they save so much time if you already know where to hunt for them.
Here are the places to find high-quality, modern and free PSDs to beautify your designs:”
Google Launches Native YouTube App for iPhone – Mac Rumors
“As promised, Google has introduced a native YouTube app for iPhone. We had previously reported that Apple will be removing the dedicated YouTube app from iOS 6 which is due to be released in the near future. At the time, Google promised that a native iOS app was in the works. YouTube had previously been one of the built-in iOS apps since the original iPhone launch. “
Pinterest Hacked Accounts Spill Spam Onto Facebook, Twitter
“Pinterest users are taking to Facebook and Twitter to complain about their hacked accounts, in what appears to be yet another round of spammers attacking the pinboard-style photo sharing site. In fact, many users are noticing that their friends and followers are pushing Pinterest spam to Facebook (showing up on users’ Timelines and thus friends’ Tickers as well as News Feeds) and Twitter, since users often link the social networks together for cross-posting purposes.”
25 Great Essay topics for Students – Edgalaxy – Cool Stuff For Nerdy Teachers – Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet.
“Thankfully I have put together a list of 25 great essay topics that might just make that process a little easier. Enjoy. And remember to add any other great suggestions in the comment section below.”
Teaching With Tablets| The Committed Sardine
“In this infographic, Online Universities shows us how tablets are being incorporated into the classroom, which tablets are most popular, and why their use as an educational tool continues to be so successful.”
Metacognition Curriculum (Lesson 1 of ?) | Action-Reaction
“This year, I’m trying to formally introduce my students to various research relating to mindset, how people learn, and metacognition. Today’s lesson was the first.”
Blocks with friends: How to run your own Minecraft server | Ars Technica
“Minecraft is a sandbox-type game where you gather materials and use them to create things, which is about as understated a description as “the sun is a big bright light in the sky.” The poster child for indie gaming success, Minecraft began as a basement coding project by hat-wearing Swede Markus Persson in 2010; it has since become a bona fide phenomenon.”
Superintendent to decide fate of no-zero teacher – Calgary – CBC News
The high-school physics teacher who refused to go along with his school’s “no zero” policy will meet with the public school superintendent Monday to discuss the fate of his job.”
Five Uses For A USB Stick You Didn’t Know About
“We’ve all used USB sticks to transport files between computers and back up our files, but there are other cool things you can do with a USB stick. You can use one to lock and unlock your computer — just like in the movies. You can also use a USB flash drive to quickly connect to a wireless network on all your PCs, increase your computer’s performance, or even run a web server – directly from the USB stick itself.”
A Visual: The Workflow of Social Learning | TeachThought
Jane Hart from the Center for Learning & Performance Technologies released the following clickable guide to learning in a social organization.
Elementary school nixes homework | eSchool News
“Instead of assigning homework, teachers at Gaithersburg Elementary School in Maryland are asking students to spend 30 minutes a night reading, Fox 5 reports. After conducting a review of work students were sent home with, Principal Stephanie Brant and her staff concluded the majority of assignments were worksheets that did not relate to what students were studying in the classroom.”
Teachers iPad Screen Sharing Apps
“Screen sharing is not only limited to desktops and laptops for now with the advance of mobile technology there emerged some great apps that allow users to do the same on their smartphones and tablets. If we take iPad as an example, there are a variety of such apps in itunes market some are free and others are pro.”
Class size, teacher’s pay and spending: which countries spend the most and pay the least in education? | News | guardian.co.uk
“If you have a child in school in the developed world, there’s only one place you can get comprehensive data on how their education is different to that in other OECD countries. It’s called Pisa and it’s published today. See how the UK, US, Germany, France and more compare”
for the love of learning: Before the computer could change School, School changed the computer
“There is a lot of talk about how technology is disrupting education in ways that allows students to learn in different ways at any pace, any place and any time. Some elements of education reform has a lot of us pondering how technology will impact schools.”
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