I think this is a tremendously positive change and one that is long overdue. In addition to seeming like good common sense to me, it could save states a huge amount of money. It could also be another crack in the travesty of the educational bureaucracy that is… Continue
I do a lot of professional development on integration, and I am always surprised by how many teachers, even those who use computers every day, don't know what I consider "must-know" tech skills. I'm not talking so much about broad areas like word processing or spreadsheets, but more small skills that make life easier no matter what application you're using.
I have been talking for a while about the need to get technology integration more into the mainstream of curriculum discussions. Technology shouldn't be a separate subject or another thing to implement -- it should be one of the tools we use to accomplish our curriculum goals.
One way to move this to the mainstream is for experts like all of us to present not only at technology conferences, but at curriculum conferences.
Another way to do this is to get involved in… Continue
I've been thinking about creating a high quality curriculum resource that is open and have focused in on writing as a subject matter. Why? First and foremost, I love writing and think it has the ability to transform lives. Beyond that, it transfers to all other subject areas and grade levels, and success in writing is correlated to success in many other endeavors. Writing is fun and rewarding. Technology can… Continue
I have been having some interesting discussions in the last couple weeks about a challenging, but important, policy question for you: Should all student blogging (in a school environment) be moderated?
I have been thinking a lot about vocabulary lately. It seems to me that it's such a fundamental part of academic success and something that lends itself to technology and potentially building some great reusable resources.
"Come see the launch of Edubook 2.0 in the Educational Publishing Pavilion (EPP), Hall 4.2. EduBook 2.0, the next generation textbook from MindPicture Institute of Technology features revolutionary technology. In our books, every abstract point is visualized by a unified image that exactly reflects its essential abstract meaning. Through reading these integrations of images and text, the audience will intuitively understand and easily remember the… Continue
Many in the edublogger communityare in a funk this summer. The enumerated reasons vary, but for many, it seems to have to do with trying to change the world and then watching it pretty much stay the same.
After NECC, I personally am left with a strong sense of “preaching to the choir.” The vast majority of people who go to… Continue
I am very excited to (finally) be able to show the new project we've been working on -- the first kids open dictionary. The first phase of this is the collaborative, wiki-based dictionary builder. If you have a second, check out the site and make a quick addition to a definition (or edit one someone else has done).
This project grew out of the need we have seen in classrooms and other informal learning environments for a dictionary… Continue
Oh yes! Oh yes! The Web 2.0 app I've been waiting for is now Web 2.0, free and online. It's Photoshop Express! (Sign up fast to get the personal URL of your choice. :)
It's beta and undoubtedly new features will be added, but right now it lets you upload photos, crop, rotate, retouch, etc. The interface seems very intuitive (compared to Photoshop or the Gimp) And, of course, optionally,… Continue
I am getting increasingly interested in the area of Open Content and Open Educational Resources (OER).
This is educational content that is "copyleft" licensed to permit sharing among users worldwide. The philosophy is similar to Open Source software, but this is for content. Groups that are doing work in this area include OER Commons, Wikibooks, Curriki, and others.… Continue