"One other thing I am working on is developing a curriculum/project where the students learn to build circuit boards that connect with Scratch. The circuit boards would have sensors for environmental inputs and outputs so that the real world and the…"
You raise a really good point.
I am not sure. Two years ago, I may have said that the teachers need to be the experts, but now I am not so sure. If there is a colleague or tech facilitator in the building who can help the teacher introduce…"
"I have students who sometimes want to make posters instead of whatever.
I finally realized that they feel comfortable with posters -- they "own" posters. So, started allowing discovery/play time so that they could "own" the other…"
I have actually seen that it is easier and more productive to make use of these tools with the students, then share the results with others.
Once people (teachers, admins) have some reality about the tools, they consider adopting them."
With your PhD work in Education Technology, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
Hi Gerald. I am impressed with your quest for a PH.D. in educational technology. I'm a sixth grade teacher in Brandon, SD. social studies. I am a blogger. htt://waterforsixthgrade.blogspot.com Check it out! any ideas, suggestions would be much appreciated
Hi Gerald. I was wondering if you have any colleagues and studetns who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Evan Morikawa. I am a 20 year old student from Olin College of Engineering (near Boston). I am a part of a group of six Olin students who are taking a year off to pursue interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, which brought us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! I found you in a search for "middle school" on Classroom2.0, and since our project is specific to middle schools and uses new learning technology, I thought you might be interested. Our company is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. We hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, individualized learning, goal setting, reflection, and effective feedback and evaluation. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools and individual teachers will want to use to improve their students' learning in and out of the classroom.
Our team is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs.
Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, check out alightlearning.com, or do anything you like!
Hi, this is Kevin. Hope your summer is going well and you had some time to relax.
I've started a new Ning network for Middle School Science Teachers and I thought you might like to join. I thought it would be really good to have just middle school science teachers share some of their labs, demos, concerns, what works and what doesn't about teaching this level. Hope to see you there.
Thanks again, Gerald! I now understand that almost every addition is possible by using html text that someone else has fortunately written. (You could earn a Ph.D. in blog assistance, too, by the way--an honorary one or something...)
Gerald--At your teachingownership blog, I noticed an "On the Media" (The News Tower) bar that I could hear audio with (an NPR story about the new noises in classrooms). How did you do this? I'd like to incorporate something like it, or adopt it, please.