Archive for December, 2007

Links for 2007-12-12

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
  • Why Are You Reading All That News? | 43 Folders
    Via Chris Craft. Merlin Mann at 43 folders has a suggestion for getting to “in-box zero” with your feed reader… click “Mark All as Read” more often. I got to the point with Twitter where I don’t sweat missing stuff, but need to with RSS, even after cut.
    (tags: productivity rss)
  • Tip 31 – Fuzzmail
    Tammy Worcester posted a challenge to see if we can find good educational uses for fuzzmail, along with a fun demo. At the least I can imagine using it to show the writing process and to create videos a la the machine is us.
    (tags: writing cooltool)
  • Home > Tweeterboard : Conversation Analytics for Twitter
    This site gauges “popularity” on twitter using several variables. Mostly it’s a good way to learn what’s valued, view your stats, and compare to others, but it can be “gamed” if one is trying for ratings. Add /user/yourusername to view your own.
    (tags: twitter)

Small Plane In The Snow

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

I’m about to board this plane in Denver. There’s snow on the ground here… and on the ground in Kearny, Nebraska. Chris Walsh and I are headed to Kearny and then Hastings, Nebraska (slowly by car) for a full day hands-on workshop… Search, Learn, Share: Getting The Most From Google Tools in Education. I’ll post a link to the wiki tomorrow morning when we go live, but this is meant to to be a fast paced train-the-trainer day based on the Google Teacher Academies. Meanwhile, Chris and I are talking the future (or next steps) of Professional Development in education… I’m sure there’s more to follow. For the time being, we’ve got to board this plane and hope these men aren’t looking at anything serious.

Links for 2007-12-08

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

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Friday, December 7th, 2007

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Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Links for 2007-12-03

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Will Richardson in Monterey

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Will is talking about how the read/write web is changing everything… including journalism. He mentioned that we can take a picture, write a blog post, and put it online – all from our phone… so I was motivated to do just that. I used to do this more when attending conferences, but this week I’ve been playing with the Flip Video instead. The pictures are much better, but there’s an interesting side effect… I haven’t been making the time to write and post as I go… since I’ve been panning to edit the video later. I think I need to switch to the video equivalent of Flickr… perhaps YouTube, but is there an automatic blog posting feature like this?

More on Will and the CLMS conference soon. Meanwhile, watch twitter for updates.

UPDATE: During the break between sessions I set up a Flip -> iMovie -> YouTube workflow for myself. Click on the image to the left for a brief clip that shows the number of laptops in the audience and then Will explaining the point of his talk, which I tweeted earlier:

Will’s point is the opposite of others here… He’s saying “this is about you and how you learn” instead of just “let your students do it.”

My tweet generated several responses from other educators on Twitter, which may be worth sharing/archiving here:

Durff Durff @markwagner valid point-aren’t we the role models? it is about all the learners – us & them about 2 hours ago from web in reply to markwagner
John Pederson ijohnpederson @markwagner Reminds me of SNB’s “You can’t give away something you don’t own. Among my favorite posts ever. about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to markwagner
jexplorer jexplorer @markwagner @mobileminded isn’t this really about mentorer learning vs creating an environment for individual learning? about 2 hours ago from web in reply to markwagner
Bud Hunt budtheteacher @markwagner: Yep. I say in presentations that we should never do something to or with students that we won ‘t do ourselves. about 2 hours ago from web in reply to markwagner
Brian C. Smith mobileminded @markwagner I’ve begun to understand that to be true more and more. Makes sense as the focus is on personal learning. Then students. about 2 hours ago from TwitBin in reply to markwagner

This post has turned into something of an experiment. It all worked, but embedding YouTube is a no go in WordPress and posting the linked image was an extra step. Too, the embedded tweets worked, but required manually editing code. I may be trying more posts like this in the future, and if any of you have ideas how I might improve my process of embedding video (or twitter), please let me know.