Use a phone or camera to play this socially conscious game: “How does peace play out in our lives? In a four-step process, you’ll explore and share yourself, your fears, your community, and your vision for making peace.”
(tags: edugames socialchange)
Introducing Prologue « WordPress.com
This is a very cool WordPress theme that allows you to create something like a custom social microblogging site (a la Twitter) for your colleagues and or friends. I like the looks of the groups feature in particular.
(tags: socialmicroblogging wordpress)
Julie Lindsay Presentation Links wiki / Personal Learning Networks
A succinct (and well designed) slide show explaining Personal Learning Networks (developed through blogs, twitter, etc.), by Julie Lindsay.
Apple Learning Interchange – Meeting Diverse Learner Needs
On this page of Dianna Williamson and Chris Hill’s Diverse Learner site on the Apple Learning Interchange (ALI) shares a cool automator script that turns text files into audio files, great for blind students or those who are auditory learners.
Archive for January, 2008
The Secret to Raising Smart Kids: Scientific American
Someone must’ve tweeted this a few days ago. It caught my attention: “Hint: Don’t tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on effort—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life.”
Writing a Book in Google Docs
This is a great model for any of us – or our students to follow in collaboratively creating a document… even a book.
Generation YES Blog » Blog Archive » Students as Substitutes
I love this idea from Sylvia Martinez and would definitely try this out if I were still in a high school classroom. Too bad Eva can’t try it with her Kindergarteners when she’s on maternity leave. ;)
Twitter Fan Wiki / Hashtags
I’m surprised twitter hash tags haven’t taken off in edublogger circles. Like the @ replies it adds functionality to a twitter update and can provide searchable tags using something like tweetscan.com.
At long last, here’s the video I shot with the OCDE last summer. It turned out alright and I hope some of you might be able to use it with parents or teachers in your area as a conversation starter or an online resource.
Apple – Education – iLife and iWork K-12 School Site License
In case you hadn’t heard: “Apple is introducing K-12 site licenses for both iLife and iWork. At just $249* for either suite, your students gain access to the best tools to prepare them for life and work using critical 21st century skills.”
(tags: osx ilife08)
Serious Games Institute – Home – The SGI – Serious about Games
This looks a bit like a UK version of the Serious Games Summit. It’s primarily for developers, but I’ll need to explore this site a bit more myself.
The KYVL for Kids Research Portal – How to do research Home Base
This looks like a kid friendly alternaitve to the Big 6 information literacy skills (not that the Big 6 aren’t kid friendly).
1:22 pm – Yesterday I completed the summary for the motivation and engagement section. It took approximately two hours to complete. My first summary today, the context section, took about an hour. Social Learning is taking longer. I hope to finish all of the summaries this afternoon and send out the Round 3 survey today.
1:44 pm – Social Learning took about 90 minutes to compose. I believe that 21st century skills and reflection will go much more quickly… and I am considering cutting the “other” category from this round. I think I fished out any interesting responses last time… and with the extra added reading for questions 1 through 5, I’d love to be able to cut one question again.
3:06 pm – The reflection section was very short, so I’m considering still keeping the “other” question. Working on it now.
4:43 pm – I just emailed out the Round 3 questionnaire. In the end I decided to focus the final (6th) question on the issues that the participants focused on in Round 2. So, question 6 focused on logistics, including cost, resistance, and organizational change. Other more minor benefits and concerns were dropped from this round. I look forward to the results. Perhaps in the intervening week I will read more for the literature realignment.
2:02 pm – Back to coding again. I’m noting that there is a developing consensus. Some participants are saying things such as “all the responses above are very valid,” “nothing to add,” and “there is absolutely no question.”
3:56 pm – For question five, I created a slightly difference coding scheme using one of the following letters as the second character in the code:
a – agree
d – disagree
i – idea
4:53 pm – I’ve completed coding. I’m unsure how to proceed with composing Round 3. I used an outliner to arrange and group codes for Round 2. But there are many more codes for Round 3 and I’m unsure if that approach will work, but I am attempting it to begin with.
5:12 pm – The outline approach appears promising. I also ran a “Count” report in TAMS, which lists all codes and their frequency of appearance. I imported this into a numbers spreadsheet and sorted by the number of appearances. 86 of the 119 codes I’ve used only appear once, so my first two characters (which categorize the codes) are critical in making the information useful. Those characters are driving my organization of the codes in my outliner, which will in turn drive my composition of the round three questions. It is already clear that my six Round 3 questions will focus on these topics:
1. Motivation and Engagement
2. Context-Embedded Learning
3. Social Learning
4. 21st Century Skills (for which I am seeking a different name.)
6. Logistics (including resistance and time.)
The outline went well and I think I’m ready to compose new summaries (tomorrow). I still wonder about how best to approach the questions. Perhaps I will ask them what statement they disagree with (or agree with) most strongly and why.
Please pitch in by passing on this press release to traditional media, including major national outlets. See Gary Stager’s original release and list of media here.
(1/23/08 Philadelphia, PA)
First-of-its-kind Educon 2.0 conference to be held in Philadelphia, January 25-27, 2008. Conference organized online by educators seeking to invent the future of public education.
More than 200 educators from 30 states will participate in the unique Educon 2.0 Conference this Friday-Sunday at the Philadelphia Public Schools’ Science and Leadership Academy. The conference will feature 45 presentations and conversations about improving public education and keeping it viable in the digital age. Unlike many discussions of schooling and education reform, Educon 2.0 provides a venue in which practicing educators will shape the future of their profession. Classroom teachers and world-renowned education leaders will travel to Philadelphia at their-own expense to share the Educon 2.0 experience. Educon 2.0 represents a grassroots movement with growing influence.
Conference sessions will be webcast and archived so others may share in the experience, regardless of geography. Web 2.0 tools, including: Wikis, blogs, Twitter, Ning and uStream.tv will be used to keep the conference alive long after the physical conference ends.
Educon 2.0 represents the following opportunities for members of the media:
- Access to leading futurists, authors and education experts
- Examples of innovative classroom practice using computers and the read/write web
- Visit one of the nation’s most innovative and high-tech public school, The Science and Leadership Academy
- Discuss the affordances and constraints of social networking, online collaboration, research and blogging with high school students and their teachers
- Learn how emerging Web technologies are being used to shape the future of teaching and learning
View the complete program and pre-conference discussions at: http://educon20.wikispaces.com/
For more information, contact:
Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy
Address: 55 N. 22nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
classroom2dot0 » Local Workshops
Steve Hargadon has organized some local workshops for educators in the San Francisco area, sponsored by wikispaces. Check it out if you’re in the area… and consider hosting others if you’re elsewhere.
School Tycoon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This game allows the player to create and run a school. I’m interested seeing how the system we all work with is simulated… and trying to sus out some of the underlying assumptions that drive the model.
I’ve seen this before, but @MBAmom on twitter pointed it out to me again this morning for use in a workshop about data analysis. It added some much needed humor to the session… and provided the admins with a cool they could use. :)
Fluid – Free Site Specific Browser for Mac OS X Leopard
Someone tweeted this earlier and I’m using it now: “Create site specific browsers (SSBs) to run each of your favorite webapps as a separate desktop application.”
FOX Broadcasting Company: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
I was looking forward to this show, but it’s even more well done than I hoped. They use many of Freeman’s deepening and interesting techniques. It’s not for the squeamish, though.
Coveritlive: Live Blogging Tool – timlauer.org
This looks very cool, and I’m linking to Tim Lauer’s post because it’s easier to get the gist of it there than on the product’s website.
(tags: blogging tools)
8:36 pm – Last night I setup TAMS Analyzer for Round 2 analysis. I needed to re-learn how to create a new xtprj file and begin populating the code browser. With that preparation out of the way, tonight I begin coding the Round 2 responses so I can compose round three. In the previous round, the direction was very clear. Participant responses to my initial questions provided the detail necessary to write summaries for Round 2 and ask more focused questions. Now, though, the amount of detail looks overwhelming. How do I proceed?
In the case of the “other” question (question #5 in Round 2), the direction is clear. The issues that were ignored will not reappear in Round 3. There were two or three clear “favorites” (wether as benefits or concerns) that will reappear in Round 3. However, with the first four questions (motivation, context, inquiry, and social learning), the participants have provided still more data. Perhaps after I’ve coded the responses the direction will be clear. If I were to predict at this point I would guess that Round 3 might take this form: longer more detailed summaries followed by a question similar to Round 2 number 5 that asks them to take issue with one benefit and/or one concern. That way, what I will be left with is an even better “summary” for the final consensus check, when they will be asked to rate their level of consensus with the final summary. I’ll move forward with this in mind.
8:44 pm – My coding scheme has improved. I now include a two letter sequence before the primary word of the code. The first letter denotes the question topic (such as “m” for motivation) and the second letter denotes the response (such as “b” for benefit). Additional responses are listed below:
b – benefit
c – concern
n – need
i – idea
I’m here with a room full of administrators from my old district, and we’re discussing these three familiar questions:
1. What is a blog? A community, a place to post information, a web log… interactive… there’s an expectation of interaction… allows people to comment… subjective (as opposed to objective)… uncensored (could be concerning if students have blogs)… how is a blog different from MySpace?
2. What is the read/write web? you can read stuff… and then write!… is that like IM? or Blackboard?… wikipedia.. you can edit and collaborate (in a document)… visionary…
3. What do these technologies mean for your students? unlimited access to information (or opinion)… they have to learn to filter all this information… we may need to focus on this element more…
I can tell it’s 2008, but we still have our work cut out for us. Please leave comments for these administrators sharing your thoughts.
NHR – Network Home Redirector
I would’ve loved this in my days as a site tech coordinator, and I’ll recommend it to my clients: “redirect some [home directory] traffic to the local machine, instead of taxing your network and your AFP servers.”
(tags: homedirectory osx server)
I also would’ve been stoked to have this site. Amanda Kunes assembled these resources for her Leopard Server workshop at the Macworld Educator Academy.
(tags: osx server)
edublogs: 10 Top Tips for Unplanning the Perfect Unconference
Ewan McIntosh shared this in a comment here (to help with CLMS Tech conference prep). His tips are definitely worth passing on.
SAS Teacher Websites
Jeff Utecht’s video tutorials for configuring settings in wordpressmu (multi user).
(tags: wordpressMU blogging)