New blog post: iPads for Administrators? http://bit.ly/9FG9Zp
New blog post: An Exemplary Scribe Blog Post, Pecha Kutcha Presentation, and Screencast http://bit.ly/c4NOeF
Good read: Thoughts on Flash by Steve Jobs http://ow.ly/1F1a8 (background on why Apple doesn’t like/support Flash on mobiles)
@tsbray Sounds great. Hunt, Texas is not as exotic but I’m sure the time offline will be wonderful none-the-less. :-)
Just finished a couple of scheduled blog posts for this weekend. I’m actually going to be offline for a few days. Looking forward to it! :-)
New blog post: Hide FarmVille Status Updates on Facebook http://bit.ly/9p0bLZ
The opportunity to spend several hours in conversation with a wise mentor and artist is a precious gift.
New blog post: What I Hope You Learned (A Technology 4 Teachers Pecha Kutcha Presentation) http://bit.ly/9gY2Yo
It’s very difficult to beat “The Best Nest” as a bedtime story, esp when it’s read with expression :-)
Watched bit of “The Princess Bride” on my iPad. (love that film btw - Hero=Westley, close to “Wesley”) Resolution from iPod version was OK
@jdwilliams no I didn’t… thanks 4ur feedback. I went back to the archive & indeed there was no audio - yikes! I needed a 9 yr old helper!
listening to @janeinjava REALLY makes we wish we had schools using PYP here in OK. Where, or where, are the inquiry-based classrooms in OK?
school of @janeinjava in Indonesia opens Facebook at 3 pm after school is out, but maintain monitoring roles - lots of conversations result
4 Ways One Non-Profit Uses Location to Increase Engagement: http://bit.ly/dv8fF8
Well bummer. I had a mic malfunction about 30 min into my first class today, so I didn’t get any lecture audio after that. Oh well.
@jdwilliams well no - but I certainly took your feedback as a helpful advisory rather than a complaint!
Finished last regular day of college classes today (Tech4Teachers) -Pecha Kutcha presos by students were fun! More4 our finals day next week
@jdwilliams I will check the recording - sorry about that! Hopefully the audio and mic settings were ok but I may have messed up :-(
Last day of Tech4Teachers in Spring2010 - live on Ustream now, please join us - podcasting and Pecha Kutcha presos http://ow.ly/1Ebf1
New blog post: Graffiti at Classen SAS http://bit.ly/bUVSEt
@elemenous Congrats and good luck to you, Lucy! That’s very exciting news!!! Best wishes.
New blog post: Music by Yukon, Oklahoma students aboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus http://bit.ly/9QlRVR
Here’s proof the hours I spent assembling a trampoline in our backyard yesterday were/are well worth the effort :-) http://ow.ly/1DYxH
New blog post: Apple laptop battery cycle charges and warranty coverage http://bit.ly/bKxUVR
the school in Indonesia where @janeinjava teaches is 1:1 and they actually have their own “Genius Bar” for support - and an integrator!
@Neilstephenson yes! We need that inquiry focus in our schools here too tho! We need to shift our educational political culture…
PYP works even better with all this technology, teachers as facilitators using guiding questions based in the curriculum @janeinjava
Very exciting meeting this afternoon sharing ideas for a summer Creativity Institute in OKC, focus on digital media expression options
New blog post: Always moderate membership in educational networking sites http://bit.ly/dnOwGq
Reading WashPost: Online games may not boost brainpower (exercise is better!) http://flne.ws/24184159 on Fluent News
@mediapeople parenting is a huge influence2 The documentary focuses mainly on the influence of tech but parental roles r discussed2
@smeech yes that is correct - you need the free Netflix CD for Wii
2nd day of state testing today for my 6th grader. Ironically “We’re Not Gonna Take It” was on the radio enroute to school this morning.
The Army Experience Center in Philly - high tech recruiting via intense digital simulations. War as a game. Wow. http://ow.ly/1DsS0
Why should people be surprised some drone/Predator pilots suffer PTSD? These pilots ARE killing people. Virtual screen = real life @dig_nat
Going to war has meant the same thing for 5000 years… but compare that now to the life of a Predator pilot… via @dig_nat
@smeech No I’ve never had it crash (the Netflix app) on any of our Mac laptops. Now watching via our Wii. No problems, great quality!
Amazing discussion of Creech AFB and drone pilot warriors http://ow.ly/1DsMQ
technology [like WOW] is not isolating people, it is giving them new ways to be intimate via @dig_nat
@teacherspirit OK ;-) I thought you were being serious!
Avg hours per week in WOW is 10. But many spend MANY, MANY more via @dig_nat
@teacherspirit So how many of those jobs are there today? We don’t have toll booth operators in Oklahoma. All booths are automated.
I think we live in the most distractible era of history EVER. If we fail to help kids learn to be productive amidst distractions, we #fail
Todd Oppenheimer (The Flickring Mind) is worried about kids getting bored, brain bifurcation, and immediate gratification via @dig_nat
Jason Levy: No one would ever argue we should take the oxygen away from our kids. The same goes for technology. via @dig_nat
Jason Levy: What jobs exist NOW which require people to just sit in their seats and be quiet? via @dig_nat
@geoffcain …some topics while multi-tasking. I agree that deep thinking can be challenged by distractions, even email, much less facebook
@geoffcain Her point wasn’t that someone can’t physically be in class and multi-task - it is that it’s not possible to think deeply about…
Korean gov’t is assertively addressing Internet addiction in 2nd grade, preaching about “healthy Internet use” and limited gaming @dig_nat
@geoffcain I think profs everywhere are struggling with students who are much more distracted in class than their predecessors were
3 year study in Korea on Internet addiction led to the condition now being treated as a psychological disorder via @dig_nat
@garystager Yes. My 1st tech course in grad school in 95 assigned “Life on the Screen” as required reading.
the point is to be our most creative selves, not to distract ourselves to death - Sherry Turkle in Digital Nation http://ow.ly/1DrVI
Listening to Sherry Turkle discuss how students today at MIT are drinking the kool aide of multi-tasking, and unable to focus for thinking
Just figured out the PBS special “Digital Nation” is available via Netflix streaming - woo hoo! Watching it now on our Wii.
@khokanson no kidding! Very cool here in OK tonight… Feels more like fall. I want spring back! :-)
Good lookin’ moon risin’ tonight over central Oklahoma
New blog post: Powerful Stopmotion video on Children’s Rights http://bit.ly/cpjjj2
New blog post: Thanks for making a difference for kids every day http://bit.ly/aICCmQ
@LearnBoost How exactly do you define “submit it… and see if it takes off?”
Just noticed my next blog post will be my 4000th. I wonder if I should do something special? Any suggestions?
@zbpipe I agree with you - open web publishing for students is VERY important for many reasons. Have you posted on this topic?
New blog post: Online Student Portfolios: What Tools Are Best? http://bit.ly/bEEYhI
Cloud computing to double by 2012 - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/…
New blog post: Embedding a Google Document in a Google Site Page http://bit.ly/c8kfN1
Giving up for tonight on more homework grading for my Tech4Teachers class. Exciting to see some GREAT screencasts. Now I am the learner. :-)
@nctplarry thanks Larry :-)
Finished grading about 20 student assignments on WebCT/Blackboard watching “Pearl Harbor” with my wife. Hard2 imagine sacrifices of WWII….
@teryl_magee well, a bit of one. End of term. I’m actually pretty pleased with how I setup the grading with this class. Still a lot4 the end
109 assignments turned in to grade in WebCT/Blackboard tonight and tomorrow. Thank goodness for web-based turn in and rubrics.
New blog post: Creativity unleashed with LEGO Stopmotion music videos and movie scene re-enactments http://bit.ly/bSwQ2k
Newsweek: Facebook’s play to take over the entire Internet (web 3.0 getting a big boost) http://flne.ws/24130635 on Fluent News
@DoremiGirl I didn’t - thanks for the share!
I removed Google Ad Sense from my personal Google Sites wiki. Distracting and not worth it. http://ow.ly/1CA6e
New blog post: Join conversations in the LIVE DEN Virtual Conference http://bit.ly/9O48U8
The Discovery Education Spring 2010 conference is underway LIVE, right NOW! Join in! http://ow.ly/1CyGV
@iTechSpec I did have a USB powered fan / cooler pad for awhile which helped… fan eventually broke, but it might be worth another try.
@VeraFBirkenbihl thanks for the tips. I’ll try those. :-)
@rujero yes, MacBook Pro - does flash heat up the processor like that?
I look forward to the day when my laptop doesn’t get so hot it practically cooks my legs…
@shareski ok I will!
New blog post: ODLA 2010: Technology Trends http://bit.ly/dcNBgM
New blog post: Remembering “Go Green, Go Electric” from Earth Day 2009 http://bit.ly/cuPqtg
New blog post: Working hard to get the public excited about MINIMUM standards http://bit.ly/980Suq
@shareski I would LOVE to do that! I’ve really enjoyed the experience but BOY have there ever been a lot of lessons learned…
@VeraFBirkenbihl thanks :-)
@mpondu Yes, I love Skitch! Used it along with Screenr for the screencasts
With my wife, finalizing student work portfolios for our 9 and 6 year olds, for school transfer applications for next year
One of the best decisions I made this semester was to setup a FAQ blog for my students! http://ow.ly/1BZFo
Grading student assignments in WebCT / Blackboard now…
New blog post: Criticism of School District Content Filtering Policies is not a personal attack on ALL tech directors http://bit.ly/c0VcpM
New blog post: Welcome to the University of Oklahoma: Home of a FAKE Guest WiFi Network http://bit.ly/b5rRkU
@rujero wow - thanks for sharing that link!
Great day of learning and networking at #odla2010 - wish we had more time together!!!
I’ve noticed a big uptick yesterday and today on my #wordpress spam messages :-( Someone must have IDed a new exploit.
@cpriest hmmm - well that is definitely a different way to look at that situation. I’ll stick w/ a “regular” heater or fire if I can!
Implications big4 schools, learning, & personal digital devices- Reading: Computers Just Keep Getting Cheaper and Better http://ow.ly/1qvRCM
Just turned in our transfer requests and student portfolios to become Wilson Wolves next year. Fingers now crossed!
@rujero I knew Apple doesn’t allow Flash on mobile devices, but had never heard that Flash is a major contributor to laptop heat problems
@hmundahl thank you for creating it and sharing the story of its creation!
@VeraFBirkenbihl I definitely agree… But a necessary evil due to spam
Someone needs to invent/code a website like compfight or flickrstorm which will send all traffic thru a https tunnel 2bypass content filters
Great meeting today reviewing details 4 our summer COV workshops! Open slots are still available! http://ow.ly/1BUOT
New blog post: USA Today for iPad application features beautiful photos of the day http://bit.ly/cH713W
New Gmail search skill 4me today: search syntax “has:attachment: can be used with “from:email” to show emails from 1 person with attchs #gct
#wordpress gurus: What is your favorite plug-in for showing several linked images in the header of your theme? a marquee - prob 3-5 images?
With 2 weeks left in the term, a graph of my undergrad students’ assignment submissions in Blackboard would look fairly exponential :-)
If anyone is attending ODLA tomorrow in Norman, OK and can carpool from Edmond, please contact me. :-)
@techfacil yes! We would love to have you join our class! :-)
@budtheteacher SOME “tool talk” is needed esp when tchrs r entirely unfamiliar w the tools- but as u point out the focus must b on learning
@budtheteacher I do appreciate your challenges on whether it’s appropriate to “be tooly” in conversations about tech & learning :-)
New blog post: A morning of Skype connections http://bit.ly/c9pnxa
@budtheteacher I think Google Docs as a tool, like computers generally, is differentiated from chalk since it’s so protean / versatile
Just sent out a text message broadcast alert to my students for tomorrow’s open lab using http://www.textmarks.com
@cbell619 I really like having students design surveys and polls with Google Forms, and then using spreadsheet functions to analyze results
@courosa that’s hilarious. Maybe he’s been watching CSPAN archives of Ronald Reagan speeches from the 1980s during the cold war.
Downloading FLV video archived from this morning’s #pi4bl T4T classes, to edit for today’s published lecturecast
@glovely thanks Gail!!! I will give that email a try. Have a beautiful day :-)
@mscofino Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers today Kim. Stay safe. So crazy to read about the Bangkok protests you are near :-(
Flickrstorm has not worked when you click the disk to view the archived/saved images for several weeks now. Anyone know who to contact?
@Twilliamson15 I definitely recommend the Seedlings at Bit by Bit podcast!
@TheGilch absolutely! The best kind!
@rdeich I think it will be easier to try and measure effectiveness via student test scores, so that is the path politicos will follow :-(
@mcduffiec thanks for the offer but no - just had those students this am
Great EdWeek post on whether it is moral for teachers to try & convince kids their state test scores really matter http://ow.ly/1qvDJs
Reading WashPost: Pakistan holding thousands in indefinite detention, officials say http://flne.ws/24114876 on Fluent News
If you can skype into our UCO technology 4 teachers class this morning, please send me a twitter direct message with your skype ID. Thanks!
New blog post: Mandatory Reading for School Reformers and Transformers: Alvin Toffler’s 2007 Interview in EduTopia http://bit.ly/9MYCWZ
New blog post: Do District IT Staff Spout FUD at Macs, Linux, or BYOT Proposals? http://bit.ly/at4DZ0
Boy do I ever love @TripIt for booking travel. The option to email travel confirmations to the site is so slick! :-)
Rumors swirling around Peter Jackson & the movie “The Hobbit” confirm we shouldn’t believe all we read online! http://ow.ly/1AVqk