Hi Tim. I was wondering if any of your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some other educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
Nice page Tim, lots of info. I've been working with Bob Chappell and ExploreLearning for the past year and he is a GREAT guy! If you'd like more info on Gizmos, or just some links to good gizmos check out my wiki, and the link titled: the greatest gizmo list ever.
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who have taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, 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. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, 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.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
Hi there! This shari from Sony - I am working on project involving video and technology in K-12. I would love to hear how your district is integrating video production into curriculum with students and teachers both using the tools.
Tim: Thank you for sending out the link re: the Texas Virtual School Network. I made it to the 20 min mark (I assume, since there is no time stamp on the vid) and found myself struggling to remain interested. The vast majority of their talking points (i.e. bullet points) could have been sent out as a 2-5 page PDF...and they could have done a 5-10 min video that actually put some energy into 'selling' the program. The video is void of any effort to engage the audience or show what the courses/portals even look like. Was 57 min of a video really necessary? Do you -- from your professional seat -- think this video/launch was a success? Again, thank you for keeping me in the loop...but I am hoping that the state will do a deep-think as to the value of hour long videos if this is what they envision will be the outcome.
Maybe this was the same message that I received, but didn't bother to read.
My comment is that the voices saying that Ed Tech funding is off base have always been there...especially in the silence of teachers who were afraid to speak out against the wasted expenditure on Ed Tech.
Not that the equipment that was purchased wasn't quality, but that the equipment reached old age and hung around as senile equipment for years past its refresh time...underused.
The problem is that Ed Tech folks never bothered to show...
* How we can increase student achievement with this stuff
* How we can measure that increase
* How this stuff decreases the amount of work that teachers have to do
In addition, the technology budgets were out of whack!
Too little funding was allocated for identifying exactly what technology integration would produce, and too little funding went to show exactly what gains student made in learning that they could only have made by using the technology.
Too little funding was allocated for teacher professional development, and almost nothing was allocated for building the back-end infrastructure and programming that would automate technology use by teachers and students.
In short, until definitive, replicable student achievement; directly related to technology produces measureable curricular content area results...attributable to technology...there will always be murmuring.
And teachers will address these issues in silence, and in stonewalling the extra work that integrating the technology takes...work they undertake without an expectation that students will learn more by using the technology.
I address some of these issues in an upcoming newsletter article, and I intend to address them further at NECC Open Source programs.
I also have a set of online Technology Integration Web links pointing to the reasons for the "Failed Technology Integration" history that we anguish over.
I was reading information you have on technology in our schools. I am meeting with our district IT person on Tuesday afternoon. I am so green when it comes to technology. I never thought I would be doing as much as I am doing on the computer. My CALL537 class has more than stretched my horizons. I find myself getting very frustrated when I prepare something for my students and then we can't use it because of the filters. I feel that I need to build a good relationship with our IT person. So.... I will go in Tuesday with a few requests and questions. Hopefully, over time I will be able to use materials that I want to use.
Thank you and have a great weekend,
P.S. I know that I only know a few of the 100's of things that could be used in my classroom.
I like your idea of asking the "Why" of Educational Technology.
I have a long series of newsletter articles on the problems of not asking this question, especially as it relates to Open Source and the "Failed" Technology Integration (Glacial) Movement."
I suppose that I wrote those articles because of so many "Flames" from the Open Source Zealots, but those folks don't have a clue that education is about teaching...and that teaching is about measurable student outcomes.
Those folks also haven't figured out that when you ask the "Why" question, and forget about technology, think about "Educational Tool," then the Mac becomes the clear choice.
If you would like a bibliography list and links to my newsletter articles, please let me know.
Continue with this vein of "tell it like it is" thinking. Answering this question is at lease a decade overdue.
Hi everyone. I need your help again.
I was asked to switch the name and the location of my Byte Speed website...(Dont ask, it involved lawyers). Anyway, I was wondering if every one of my friends here on Classroom 20 could click onto my new site and give it a whirl? I am changed the look and feel, but I have a feeling I missed a few thing.