Tuesday, July 31, 2007
David's blog and other online resources. can be found at http://landmark-project.com
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Back up now.
Three ways to recover quickly from a computer crash,
1) Use www.mozy.com which is an online backup service. Once it's setup, you don't have to worry about it again. Free for 2 gigs. A low tech curve, high result.
2) Back up to some drive, usb or otherwise. The easiest way to do this is use www.goodsync.com
which syncs two drives or folders as you specify. Again, once setup very very easy to use.
3) Use Google Docs. Doesn't matter what computer you're on.
This hearkens back to comments made by Karl Fish and others about "Where were the students at NECC." The podcast is here and the audio from the video is not that good, but here it is.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Some helpful sites are
Switching To The Mac: A Guide For Windows Users.
Free Atomic Learning Orientation to Mac OS 10.4 Tutorials
Mac 101: Getting Started with a Mac: http://www.apple.com/support/mac101
Thank you Mike Muir
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Monday, July 23, 2007
Here is the podcast link.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I will be posting photos and audio of the conference here. You can also find some of the Skype chat sessions at David Jakes blog. Some great back channel conversations.
I'd like to add one of the comments from my 9th grade student there:
"its hard beign the only kid in the chat with tonz of adults"
Hopefully we can change that feeling for all our students.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
This session: “We’re Adopting: An Adoption Strategy for Social Software in Education"
Discussion of how to get this model of the 'go getters ' in educators and make that far more pervasive throughout education.
Strategy for getting this to happen:
Identify key user groups
Understand key users
Let them evangelise
Turn these key users into trainers
Support bottom-up and emergent behaviours
Ewan discusses fear as a motivator in teaching and education. The fear is inherent in new technologies and how important it is for those 'go getters' teachers to show that they too get nervous about the new tech, but the mistakes they make is ok. It's what I've been calling the Tech Curve :)
The podcast of the session will be here: techclub.mypodcast.com
Just watched the keynote by Dr. Mitchel Resnick. He covered the PicoCrickets and Scratch. A free graphic based programming language. I really like his ideas of the Lifelong Kindergarten. How we know the play that students do in Kindergarten is a valuable time for learning.
So, how do we extend this idea that we know is right to those that just look at is and ask, "Yeah, but how do we assess it?" My answer? Project Based Learning where the students are focusing on their projects and the teachers are showcasing the where and how the educational value comes from them.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
So our first day is over from the BLC07 and already it's an amazing experience for my students and myself. We heard presentations from Ewan McIntosh and Alan November and had the opportunity to interview a number of people.
The link here goes to the podcast of Jayson's interview of Bob Sprankle.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
More link based: http://www.quintura.com
Great for kids: http://kids.quintura.com
Very cool visuals: http://www.visuwords.com
Thursday, July 12, 2007
This piece first appeared in the News Review section of The Sunday Times on August 29th 1999.I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.
This subjective view plays odd tricks on us, of course. For instance, ‘interactivity’ is one of those neologisms that Mr Humphrys likes to dangle between a pair of verbal tweezers, but the reason we suddenly need such a word is that during this century we have for the first time been dominated by non-interactive forms of entertainment: cinema, radio, recorded music and television. Before they came along all entertainment was interactive: theatre, music, sport – the performers and audience were there together, and even a respectfully silent audience exerted a powerful shaping presence on the unfolding of whatever drama they were there for. We didn’t need a special word for interactivity in the same way that we don’t (yet) need a special word for people with only one head.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Godspeed Barbara Morgan and good luck!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Tab Mix Plushttps://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1122
Anyway, the question asks itself, when does it become ok, to opt out or purposely make yourself unconnected. If someone knows you screen your calls, they always assume it's not for them, but when is it still polite to say, Yes I'm connected, but I'd rather be 'unavailable' right now. How will this question be answered for teachers? I know as a teacher, if a student sees that I'm online, and asks for help, I don't want to not help them, but is there an etiquette developing for this level of connectivity?
I always marvel how, if I'm standing at a counter at a store and the phone rings, the clerk will stop helping me, and work with the person on the phone. I feel a little like, "Hey, I came into the store, when did the phone trump actual human interaction?" I'm not really upset by it, I just question how far can it go. If I'm constantly connected and get emails or Instant Messages, does politeness require I answer those before having the face to face conversation?
Just some summer time thoughts . . .
Friday, July 06, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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Sunday, July 01, 2007