Prof replaces term papers with Wikipedia contributions, suffering ensues
Via David Brussin… this is a fantastic idea and the article touches on some of the hurdles and concerns. Even if all students can’t contribute to the wikipedia, they can certainly contribute to a school or class wiki.
(tags: wikis wikipedia research)
babywagner » home
Eva and I were talking baby prep last night… and the Baby Wagner wiki was born. Come help us know what to register for (or by) – and help us name Baby Wagner. What else can we do with a baby wiki?
(tags: baby wikis)
Twitter / Mark Wagner: For an upcoming ITM post: please share…
I posted this to twitter: “For an upcoming ITM post: please share uses of ustream with students. I’ll share them in the post.” No need to click through. Leave your links in the comments here on the blog.
(tags: ustream infinitethinkingmachine)
Archive for October, 2007
Last Monday I led a technology workshop for administrators. Specifically, this was the Orange County Department of Education’s AB 430, Module 3, Day 2. Among other things, this day now includes an introduction to the read/write web for administrators. This was added when I re-wrote the OCDE version of the curriculum in early 2006. Last week was the first time I significantly updated the segment since that time. Day 1 with this cohort was my favorite administrator training yet, so I needed to step up day two to match.
As in day 1, I moved the introductory slides into a Google Docs presentation and invited folks from around the world to participate (via a post on twitter). In order to engage any potential visitors I created a “discussion prompt” based on one of the introductory anecdotes I usually tell on Day 2. One of the anecdotes is based on excerpts from Lary Cuban’s (2001) “Over Sold and Over Used” – but that tends to generate some negative responses and is beginning to be a bit dated. So, I turned to the other segment, “A Message From the Future.”
And it’s time I tell this story here on the blog…
I begin by telling the participants that I’m a big U2 fan and that back in 2004 the band released the song Miracle Drug on their latest album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. I explain the history of the song in person, but the wikipedia article captures it well:
It was written about Irish writer Christopher Nolan, with whom the band attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School. Bono said of Nolan:
“We all went to the same school and just as we were leaving, a fellow called Christopher Nolan arrived. He had been deprived of oxygen for two hours when he was born, so he was paraplegic. But his mother believed he could understand what was going on and used to teach him at home. Eventually, they discovered a drug that allowed him to move one muscle in his neck. So they attached this unicorn device to his forehead and he learned to type. And out of him came all these poems that he’d been storing up in his head. Then he put out a collection called Dam-Burst of Dreams, which won a load of awards and he went off to university and became a genius. All because of a mother’s love and a medical breakthrough.”
There’s a line in the song that says “with science and the human heart, there is no limit.” That line, and the suggestion that positive social good can come of the marriage between these two things, captures much of the reason behind why I am involved in educational technology.
But the following story captures it even better…
I saw several of the shows from the following Vertigo Tour, and I was lucky enough to hear bootlegged recordings of a few others. In many of the shows Bono would use the introduction of this song (while Edge, the guitarist, played a beautiful and echoing guitar riff) to express his appreciation for doctors, nurses, and others in the medical field. In one particular show (in Toronto, if memory serves), he told a story instead. He said that the beautiful riff was the sound that Edge’s spaceship made when they first met him over 20 years ago. Bono seemed to make up the story as he went along, sort of chuckling along the way. In the story, Edge descended from the sky and stepped out of the space ship. Larry Mullen, the drummer, asked him where he was from and he said “the future.” Adam Clayton, the basist, asked him what it was like there, and he said “it’s better.” At that moment the band launched into the anthemic song about science and the human heart.
It was an emotional goose bump raising moment for me. And it also perfectly captured why I’m in educational technology. I believe that brining new technologies to bear on education can make the future a better place for our students.
This segment was much better fodder for inspiring edubloggers to share with principals! I decided to ask them to share “a message from the future… for the principals of today.” I was thrilled to have a few edubloggers drop in and give thoughtful responses to the question. David Warlick gave his two cents, as did Darren Draper, Chris (Betcher I believe), and Susan from Virginia (I didn’t catch her last name). A few others popped in and out. The messages really had an effect on the principals and inspired their own answers when I turned the question to them next. After the fact I went back and used Jing to capture the Google chat in the side bar. Click here or on the picture to watch the screencast.
We usually spent our discussion time on the Larry Cuban material, but this turned out to be a much more moving discussion. I plan to focus more on this segment in future AB 430 Module 3 Day 2 workshops… and I expect I’ll use it in other workshops as well. I’ve told the story often, but never asked for others’ “messages from the future.”
So… if you had a message from the future for the school principals of today, what would that be?
The Art of Letting Bad Things Happen (and Weapons of Mass Distraction) (Via The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss.) This was the first – and last – post I read in my aggregator this evening. Tim Ferriss brought us the Four Hour Work Week (which has already impacted my work flow, and which could revolutionize my work flow if I let it). Now he brings us these words of wisdom.
Oftentimes, in order to do the big things, you have to let the small bad things happen. This is a skill we want to cultivate.
The rest of the post is worth reading, too, so be sure to click through. For my part, I’m off to relax right now – and tomorrow I’m starting the day with a workout and then some reflective blogging. ;)
How Jott Links Work
Post on twitter by speaking into your cell phone using Jott Links.
(tags: twitter jott)
Teachers’ lack of fair use education hinders learning, sets bad example
Kelly Dumont (I think) tweeted this earlier this week… like Hall Davidson’s old workshops on the topic, the article suggests that teachers have a lot more freedom to use copyrighted material than they may think. Professional development is one solution.
injenuity » Blog Archive » Authentic Presenting
Jennifer Jones continues to write things that catch my eye. Here she offers up the idea of authentic presenting. I suspect it’s a concept I’ll come back to…
The Four Eyed Technologist » Blog Archive » Blogging: It isn’t about the Writing
Ryan Bretag expands on the “blogging begins with reading” idea… with specific suggestions for reading blogs with a class and links to many resources.
WiZiQ Online Teaching | Distance Education | E-Learning and Tutoring
Many of us discovered WiZiQ recently when “it” tried to follow us on twitter. Then Dean Shareski posted about a good experience with WiZiQ, which is similar to elluminate, but free… so I’m saving and sharing it.
GoogleAppsEd2-717009.jpg (JPEG Image, 837×507 pixels)
Vicki Davis tweeted a link to this graphic which depicts how students can use various Google tools and how those tools are interrelated.
onlinefacilitation » Twitter Collaboration Stories
This wiki asks “How have you used twitter to collaborate?” and there are several stories already aggregated there. Add yours.
NASA Learning Technologies (LT)
NASA released a study about “Research Challenges in the Design of Massively Multiplayer Games for Education and Training.” Thanks again to injenuity for the link.
(tags: edugames mmorpg nasa)
How many people use RSS anyway?
This is a very important question for edubloggers… Scoble shares that Feedburner reports “that they have 65.6 million subscribers.” I’m sure that’s inflated, but it’s more than I (or Scoble) expected.
Screenshot Tour: First Look at Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
I will certainly check this out, but is it relevant at all (in the era of Open Office and Google Docs)? Should schools ever spend money on an office suite again?
(tags: microsoft office)
Does CIPA mandate…filtering settings?
John Pederson quotes form the ALA’s FAQ related to CIPA. He highlights the flexibility available to libraries (and schools). To be clear, we *can* give students access to web publishing tools. Like NCLB, the law is not as bad as the implementation.
(tags: CIPA internetsafety)
Nancy Willard’s Voice of Reason
I guess I need to order this book to keep up on the topic for my own Internet Awareness and Safety workshops… or Cybersafety as it seems to be more popularly called in education circles.
The Google Model
The SMUHSD tech professional development blog discusses Google’s 20% time as a model for schools. This is a more thoughtful treatment than my post following one of the Google Teacher Academies: http://edtechvalley.blogspot.com/2007/10/google-model.html
(tags: googleined schoolchange)
Send a personalized message to your friends from Optimus Prime!
Miguel posted about this. I sent a message to Eva while she was shopping. She laughed so hard people stared, but she brought home the DVD!
mark wagner – Google Search
Arg! I got knocked from the top again, only a few short days after first making it there. It’s still much better than my 5th place finish last month and before, though. How ’bout the link love folks? :)
theory.isthereason » Why that new Flock rocks my world…
Kevin Lim posted about the beta of Flock 1.0. It looked interesting enough to try out again, and I think I’ll be using it for a few days…
(tags: flock webbrowser)
Games for leadership training | learnandteachonline.com
“Jon Udell’s latest on IT Conversations is an interview with a 17-year-old gamer and a USC prof who researches the social and economic impact of gaming.” Haven’t heard it yet myself, but I’m bookmarking it for later. :)
theory.isthereason » Today’s Links: Feeding the “Self-Help” Web one link at a time…
I clicked through to several Kevin Lim posts today. This one lead me to Slife, an application for tracking how you spend your time on the computer. UPDATE: There’s too many limits on the free trial version. Interesting slife sharing features, though.
(tags: time selfhelp)
Around the Corner v2 – MGuhlin.net – Educational Gaming
Here’s another games in education interview for later, this one comes via Miguel.
Twitter / dbrussin
David Brussin, “Entrepreneur at large, ” is twittering now. He’s an old friend from High School and very successful in the *real* tech industry. I’m sure educators would benefit from following him – and vice versa I’d hope. ;)
(tags: twitter davidbrussin)
Wish I could remember who tweeted this earlier in the week. It’s actaully rather cool: “It’s a service that allows you to save, play back and share web browsing sessions.” It doesn’t capture mouse clicks, only an annotated series of pages.
TED | Talks | Will Wright: Toys that make worlds (video)
Jen from injenuity sent me the link to this a few days ago. Sadly, it seems the game (Spore) has been indefinitely shelved (thanks for the update, Sabine). It had a lot of educational potential.
(tags: edugames spore)
Steve Hargadon: 200 Students Help Create Video on Education, Model Collaboration
Steve links to two powerful (and viral) videos by Professor Michael Wesch and his students.
(tags: web2 video)
Jo McKleay tweeted this a few days ago. Mr Cahill links to new 9th grade student bloggers in the right hand column of his blog. Check out Tegan’s blog for example.
miTreo.com » TreoTwit (en)
A twitter client for networked Palm devices like the Treo. Someone tweeted this days ago. It’s been in an open tab all week and I’m finally trying it out as I type this. Update: It’s pretty lame. Just using a combo of SMS and mobile web is the same.
(tags: twitter palm treo)
Building out the Choir (Techlearning blog)
Steve Dembo makes a good point about the need to build the choir rather than preach to it. I’m worried though about how well the choir will hang together as we add to it. Will new members get the same benefit as early members? Or do we need many choirs? (tags: learningnetworks)
Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog – Blue Skunk Blog – Making Nancy’s message sticky
A great take on Internet Awareness and Safety from Doug Johnson. At iJohnPederson’s suggestion, he is calling for “sticky” stories.
Monthly CUEtoYOU Workshops in Palm Springs (Via CUE.org.) I just posted this over at the CUE site and thought I’d pass it on here. Palm Springs is only a 90 minute frive (or less) from Orange and San Diego Counties, so these Saturday workshops are within range of anyone in Southern California. If you would attend the conference, you can attend these workshops. Spread the word. :)
Some of the most popular events of the annual CUE conference in Palm Springs are the hands-on workshops. Now you can enjoy hands-on workshops in Palm Springs year round! Cahuilla CUE, a local affiliate of CUE, Inc. is hosting monthly workshop at the Palm Springs Unified School District Professional Development Center (across the street from the conference center). Each workshop is a three-hour experience facilitated by a CUE Lead Learner on a Saturday morning (or afternoon). Topics include read/write web applications (such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts), multi-media applications (such as editing images, audio, and video), and exciting new applications from Google. Classes are offered for both Windows XP and Mac OS X.
Is Palm Springs too far to drive on a Saturday morning? Host a series of CUEtoYOU Featured Workshops in your area.
iPod touch online applications for education
Kathy Schrock has been exploring her iPod Touch and it’s educational potential. This list was worth saving and sharing. Presumably these apps would work with an iPhone, too.
The Classroom as a Studio
Wenzloff writes about Clarence Fisher suggesting the classroom should be thought of as a “studio… a place that is creative, working, and louder than a typical educational setting.” Tonight this idea is resonating with me.
Drive a High Performance Blog and Watch Your Numbers Go Up
I enjoy both race car metaphors and posts about effective blogging. Thanks, Liz.
Apple – Web apps – All Categories
Tony Vincent pointed me to this extensive list of web applications that will work with the iPod touch and iPhone… a great supplement for those who want more than Kathy Schrock’s list. :)
(tags: ipod iphone)