Archive for April, 2006

Introduction to iLife ’06 in Education, Take II

Monday, April 24th, 2006

For the second week in a row, I start the week by teaching an Introduction to iLife ‘06 in Education. This is a full day class this time, so we won’t be quite as rushed. We should get a good hour per application and then some.

For use in the class, I’ve provided links to the course description, the promotional tours, and the multimedia tutorials. I’ve also included a link to the Apple Learning Interchange, which can serve as inspiration for using iLife in Education. Finally, there is a link to the participant evaluation survey page, too.

Course Description

Apple – iLife – QuickTour

iLife ‘06 Multimedia Tutorials

Apple Learning Interchange

Participant Evaluation Survey

In patient pursuit of the possible… ;)

In Patient Pursuit of the Possible

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

I have a new favorite Bruner line. I first came across this and dropped it in my outliner months ago, but rediscovered it as I wrote tonight. (And I’m happy to report six pages of draft completed tonight). From my outliner:

“The political process… is slow, perhaps, but is committed to the patient pursuit of the possible.” (Bruner, 1966, p. 23)

I’m often less than thrilled by the political process, especially with respect to education, but I am sympathetic to Bruner’s perspective. It does, after all, sound quite a bit like Bono’s perspective. (With respect to his two careers, the rock star turned political advocate has said that U2 is about the impossible, while politics is about the possible.)

Primarily, though, I fell in love with the sentiment of being in patient pursuit of the possible… a feeling that I think often gets educators (and educational technologists) through many of the rough spots. It’s also not a half bad philosophy for someone pursuing a dissertation. I was even tempted (for a moment) to change the tag line of this blog. :)

It would even make a good title for a blog… or a book. Hm.

In the meantime, perhaps it will make a good way to sign off at the end of a post or an email.

In patient pursuit of the possible,



Bruner, J. S. (1966). Toward a theory of instruction. Cambridge, Ma: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Change Windows drive letters

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Change Windows drive letters (Via Lifehacker.) Sometimes when users plug a USB drive into a Windows machine, the drive does not appear with a letter on My Computer. This is usually because a backup drive or network drive (even a disconnected one) occupies the letter that the USB drive is used to occupying… such as say, the E: drive. As we’re now giving AB 75 administrators USB drives, this problem has come up a few times and I’ve had to struggle to remember how to change drive letters (I don’t spend that much hands on time with Windows anymore.) Thankfully I’ve always remembered so far, but now I can just look up this post next time I need to. Perhaps it will be useful for some of you as well.

MI Global Conference 2006

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Blogs, Wikis, MMORPGs, and YASNS: Shaking Up Traditional Education6 (Via MI Global Conference 2006.) This session, which I discovered through weblogg-ed because Will Richardson is speaking, looks amazing. This is the first thing I’ve seen that covers my two Ed Tech passions in one program: the read/write web and MMORGPs. I wish I could be there. I wonder what content, if any, will be available after the fact. In any case, it is exciting to see these things getting some traction. :)

Do you need a secret decoder ring to decipher this session’s title? The students and new young workers collectively called “digital natives” certainly don’t. For the millions of children and adults weaned on cell phones, video games and the World Wide Web, digital tools like weblogs (blogs), massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), community-authored websites (wikis) and social networking services (YASNS) are an integral part of their daily lives. The implications of this sea change in how users relate to technology go beyond the “technology as friend, not foe” level. These tools are providing fundamentally new ways for people to connect and learn. This roundtable session brings together a collection of leading researchers and opinion leaders to explain and discuss the new “web-2.0” world that is shaking up the traditional education and corporate-training establishments. Copies of David Weinberger’s book, “The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual,” will be provided to session attendees.

Present at CUE 2007 – “Sharing the Summit”

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Present at CUE 2007 – “Sharing the Summit” (Via CUE News.) “CUE is now accepting submissions for Workshops, Seminars and Concurrent Sessions.” As a member of the CUE conference planning committee, I am passing this on. I hope to see you speaking at the conference next year. ;)

Open Source Lab Plans for NECC 2006 in San Diego

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Open Source Lab Plans for NECC 2006 in San Diego (Via K12 Open Source.) I know where I will be spending some of my time at NECC this July. Steve Hargadon even worked Will Richardson into the Open Source Pavilion speaking schedule. It looks like Chris Walsh will also be touching on open source read/write web tools. Click through to see the full list of speakers. You might also check out Steve’s thoughts on a Fair Comparison of Microsoft Office and Open Office (Via K12 Open Source.). It’s also worth pointing out that Steve understands Technology and the Transforming of Education (Via Steve Hargadon.)

IT versus Teaching

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Responding to George (Via Mark’s edtechblog.) Mark Ahlness responds to Doug Johnson on the issues of reliability/security versus creaitvity/experimentation, adopted software versus teacher creativity, and “established best practices” versus teacher experimentation. I haven’t pointed to a post like this in some time… these are the issues that used to occupy me as a site tech coordinator who had one foot squarely in each camp – teaching and IT. Now, sadly, I’m a bit further from both.

See more on this topic from the Thinking Stick:

I was almost right! (Via The Thinking Stick.)

Creativity vs Experimentation (Via The Thinking Stick.)

The Legal Responsibilities of Blog Providers

Monday, April 17th, 2006

The Legal Responsibilities of Blog Providers (Via BLOGSAVVY: your professional blog consultant.) Some districts I work with are, or are considering, hosting their own blog services for their students and teaches. If you are in this situation, you may find this post from BlogSavvy interesting… and full of worthwhile links.

Using “Making History” at Oak Hill

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Using “Making History” at Oak Hill (Via Silversprite.) This is exciting news. Dave McDivitt, the teacher who appeared in our Games in Education webcast now has a blog where he is reflecting on his use of the game Making History in his classes. He’s currently a few days into using the game with a new group of students. As he leads the way for many educators, his reflections are enlightening and I look forward to following this process more closely and more in depth than we ever could just listening to him speak on a webcast – or at a conference.

iLife ’06 Multimedia Tutorials

Monday, April 17th, 2006

I start my week back at work this morning with a brief Introduction to iLife ’06 for Educators class this morning. It comes with the software. :)

In preparing for this I realized that you no longer need to be a .Mac member to access the tutorials. This is good news for the class. I’ve shared links to the promotional tours and to the multimedia tutorials below. I’ve also included a link to the Apple Learning Interchange, which includes a host of ideas for using iLife in Education.

Apple – iLife – QuickTour

iLife ’06 Multimedia Tutorials

Apple Learning Interchange

Unfortunately, you still need to be a .Mac member to take advantage of all the great features of iWeb and the new iLife ’06. :)

UPDATE: We’re running this class again on Monday the 24th if you are interested. Get the software and the class for less than the cost of the software! Visit to register.