Archive for the ‘integration’ Tag

Kahn Acadamy

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Great Video to generate some conversations about the ever changing approach to education.


Is this the future of reading?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

As I was scanning my twitter feed I came across a tweet from Alec Couros about the future of books. His link led me to the following video and after watching I reflected on the idea that this may be the new social media based approach to reading. Do you think this concept/ device carries with it the future of reading?

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

Self Organizing Education

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

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Do you think the set up Sugata Mitra uses in his experiments would work in transforming traditional classrooms into technology rich research centers?

In states where end of grade testing determines content and subsequently the pacing of the content throughout the year, do you believe Sugata’s approach could be used to improve test scores and meet the annual yearly progress (APY) set forth by the Education bureaucracy?

New web 2.0 Tool

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

VoiceThread overview

I got a chance to utilize a web 2.0 tool VoiceThread. To view the presentation click here. In order to complete my project it required syncing my flickr photo set to VoiceThread. Not too bad out of all the things that could go wrong. I was really impressed with how easy it was to upload and attach both written and audio comments. Also I was able to trouble shoot my Mac’s web cam so the video would work although I haven’t had a chance to use it yet as there was subtle frustration in its not working as I was putting the project together. If you have already viewed the presentation and this read is a follow up make sure to check back through the presentation for some video posts.

Heroic Games

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

This video poses a very important question  about video games. Can we use online video games to solve real world problems? Jane McGonigal believes not only is it possible but she has created online games based around generating social networks around critical global issues. Make sure to watch the video to decide for yourself but here is what we (I watched this with two of my sixth grade classes today) think… the majority of the class believes that games can be used to solve world problems. What a hopeful group of students! These students have made good progress and although the other students may not believe in  the power of games it does not reflect their love of playing all sorts of games. As the rest of the classes  watch this today check back for comments and further thoughts.

Here are the links to the Games mentioned in the video:

Play it before you live it!

World Without Oil



Check out the into video for Evoke.

Another look at Sixth Sense Technology

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Today I had an opportunity to share with my sixth grade class the video about Sixth Sense Technology. I was so pumped about their reactions I had to go and see if there had been any updates since I last posted about the emerging technology. Here is what I found.

Pay Attention

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I feel this video captures a portion of how I see technology impacting the classroom and the new style of learning emerging as technology becomes interwoven with our classrooms. Students have so much more access to the world around them and our encouragement and guidence is still needed to help them understand and interpret their place within the knowledge in order to help them be successful throughout life. However, are we catering to the students too much by using technology as attention maintainence tools? Is this approach akin to using video games as a baby sitter? Could students lose some of the fundamental skills if too much technology is used? Thoughts?

The Semantic Web (Web 3.0)

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Here is a great video highlighting the transition into web 3.0. There is a lot of information out there and how do we tackle all of it? Integration? Sources? Finding the right file. Tags. Its all about the data!