Archive for the ‘technology’ Tag

Educational Technology Stack

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Educational Technology Stack

This is a stack of technology related links aimed at supporting teachers in their development and implementation of 21st Century skills in their classrooms. Share and pass along to your colleagues. Thanks 

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Boys and Video Games

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Great TED talk about the perception of boy, education and video gaming.

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?

http://player.vimeo.com/video/15142335

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.

(Synopsis taken from TED.com click here for site redirection)

Video from TED.com

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?

Ning Mini sponsor

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

In response to my last post Alec Couros gave me a heads about Pearson, a global leader in online and offline education for pre-K through college and the opportunity to have Pearson sponsor my Ning mini site. Of course I immediately went to the sign up page and applied. I was surprised at the quick turn around with their response and their acceptance of sponsoring Slightly Shumay. So here we go again with another school year starting in a week and things are already starting off on a good note. Here’s to hoping goodness will come all year long.

If there is anyone out there who knows of some accessible technology grants for education I am looking to set up my class this year with a tablet or two in order to provide more technology experience in the classroom.

Our Changing Brain

Friday, May 28th, 2010
Being involved in the exploration of using web 2.0 tools in classrooms as a part of inquiry based learning is really exciting. With all the instant gratification via quicker responses and more purposeful searching we may tend to believe we are actually doing more in depth work. Since we can scan, clip, note, save or post nearly anything we find instantly we may begin to feel somewhat like an authority in certain disciplines. However, this is not what research is telling us. The article I clipped the attached section from shares further information about brain research in the area of mapping neurological response of people as they interact with google based searches. Although there is a lot of brain activity, as measured by Whole Brain MRI machines, this does not mean that more is better. We may be making new connections but are the new connections beneficial? Will students benefit from web-based inquiry explorations? what do you think?
clipped from www.wired.com
What kind of brain is the Web giving us? That question will no doubt be the subject of a great deal of research in the years ahead. Already, though, there is much we know or can surmise—and the news is quite disturbing. Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists, and educators point to the same conclusion: When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning. Even as the Internet grants us easy access to vast amounts of information, it is turning us into shallower thinkers, literally changing the structure of our brain.
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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.

Negative Impact of viral videos

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Along with the notoriety of posting a video that goes viral can have, there is also a menasing side to web based fame as some youth find out the hard way.
clipped from www.theglobeandmail.com

“Because social networking is so much a norm, I’m not sure that it would occupy the kind of space and attention that we give it – we who didn’t grow up with this – as children who see it as part of their landscape.”

But Toronto bullying expert Peggy Moss isn’t so sure. When she speaks with teachers and parents at her workshops, she finds many have retained crystal clear memories of their own bullies, even 35 years later.

“We’re starting to know what the impact of bullying is. We have a better sense of how much that wounds us going forward,” said the former hate-crime prosecutor.

Ms. Moss said that while kids who “stick out” have long acted out to regain some control over their lives, the few boundaries that exist at school around bullying often disappear on the Web.

“My concern with the Internet is that we don’t yet know all of the ramifications around the interactions in that space.”

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Web Etiquette

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

There is a lot of concern around student behavior online and rightfully so. Since the advent of online networks students have been faced with the same face to face social issues they had experienced on the playground. Cyberbullying is a mojor concern and can have equally devistating effects as face to face bullying, and I would even say more so due to the substancial size of the audience online bullying can have. Instead of only a few people, mostly those within ear shot, hearing the comments they are saved for all those who would visit the webpage or the comments can be forwarded to a vast number of email groups lists or friends lists. Tamar Weinberg provides a well thought out guide to surviving and interacting in appropriate ways online. Tamar highlites the major social sites and provides a guide for fostering and maintaining online relationships (both professional and personal). Here is a screenshot captured using Jing capturing a part of her conclusion thoughts. For the full article follow this link. The Ultimate Social Media Etiquette Handbook.

Social networking for Minors

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
One of the continuing trends in todays society is the use of social networking sites. Naturally the use of social networking is starting to make its way into the classroom. One of the emerging needs is etiquette on the web (webiquette). This article highlights a new site Togetherville that allows parents to utilize thier facebook connections to develop a network with their children and model proper online behaviors.
clipped from bits.blogs.nytimes.com
Togetherville allows parents to build a social circle for their children based on their own collection of Facebook friends. The children can then interact with the children of their parents’ friends, and specific adults that their parents have chosen, in a semi-private environment. The content on the site is curated, so children can play games, make art projects and watch or share videos, but everything they have access to has been vetted in advance, Mr. Dhillon said. Children can comment on their friends’ posts directly through drop-down menus of preselected phrases. If a user wants to say something that is not on the list, he can submit a request that it be added.
“We teach kids from a very early age, never let your identity be online, never let anyone know who you are, but we’re teaching some bad things,” he said. “Kids don’t learn how to be accountable.”  
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