Archive for August, 2008
- Custom Video: Google Reader in Plain English | Common Craft – Explanations In Plain English This has been linked to often in the last 24 hours or so, but I want it easily accessible to my readers, too. It’s the latest installment in Common Craft’s excellent video series. Each video explains a technical tool in non-technical terms (with quaint but effective “paper” animation). In this case, the team explains the use of Google Reader. Cool. tags: google, googlereader, video, commoncraft, rss
I should’ve posted this a year ago, but since I’ve just got an email request for the document I’m taking this opportunity to set that to right and post it here on the blog. Here is the overview from the document:
This Knowledge Area Module (KAM) focuses on developing a working theory of school change that can be used to guide the integration of emerging educational technologies, such as video games and simulations. To produce a preliminary theory, the breadth portion of the KAM begins with a synthesis of Senge, Evans, and Fullanâ€™s work in school change. Then to further develop the theory, this is followed in the depth portion of the KAM by a synthesis of prominent theories of professional learning communities. Prominent theorists who are included in this examination are DuFour & DuFour, Wald & Castlebury, Huffman & Hipp, Roberts & Pruit, Hord, and Stone & Cuper. In addition, an annotated bibliography of 15 articles is also appended to the depth demonstration. Throughout the breadth and the depth portions of the KAM, these theories of school change are related to the integration of emerging educational technologies, such as video games and simulations. Finally, the application portion concludes with the explicated design of a three-hour professional development session to provide educational leaders with guidance in facilitating the process of implementing school change of this sort at their sites and in their programs.
The full text is available for download here: Core Knowledge Area Module Number 3: Principles of Social Systems – School Change and the Integration of Video Games as an Educational Technology.
Also, here’s a link to a post with the overview of my previous two KAMs, with the full text again available for download: Social Constructivist Theory and Video Games in Education
- reQall: What’s reQall I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks like a possible alternative to Jott, which just started charging (and which the teachers in my multimedia workshop just learned about today). It also looks like it might play the roll of Remember the Milk or I Want Sandy. Let me know what you think if you’ve tried it.tags: audio, tools, productivity
- Adding photo favorites on Google Picasa I’m currently leading a four day multimedia workshop for teachers. They learned Picasa and Picasa Web on day one, so I imagine some will be glad to hear about this new feature.tags: google, picasa
- Fire Uploader I have another new favorite Firefox extension… among other things, Fire Uploader can mass upload documents to Google Docs – just like an old school FTP program. Now you can “move into” the cloud by dragging and dropping. tags: googledocs, firefox, tools
This is a demo post in front of a room full of teachers [in the] Laguna Beach Unified School District. We’re about a half a mile [from] the ocean and I think everybody is itching to be out of here in 30 minutes. listen
Powered by Jott
UPDATE: I spoke this post into my phone and the words above were transcribed by Jott. The parts I edited after the fact are now in brackets.
Despite this thoughtful tweet, I’m now welcomed by the message below when I check in on my daily blog post settings at diigo. Well, I’m not loving this service. Any suggestions?
Sorry, we are either doing a backend upgrade, or experiencing some temporary difficulties.
Please try again later.
If the problem persists, please kindly report to us.
So a few days ago I jumped ship from del.icio.us becuase their updates broke the daily blog post feature. I starting using diigo for my social bookmarking… just in time for their updates to break their daily blog post feature! They swear it will be back up tonight, so I’ve just bookmarked something good. :)
In the meantime, here’s a few gems from the last few days:
- Official Google Blog: Bring the political process to life in your classroom If you haven’t seen it at the Google for Educators site already, this project is getting more attention now: “With technology producing such dramatic changes in American politics, we want to make sure it’s easy for teachers to bring some of the best Internet tools into the classroom to help students get engaged.” Tags: politics, google, googleined, elections on 2008-08-19 and saved by 3 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from googleblog.blogspot.com
- ConverStations: Twitter + Yahoo Pipes = Signal I’m starting to learn a bit about Yahoo Pipes so I can prototype my new product idea (at David Brussin’s suggestion). Denis Grice sent me this how to post on creating a Pipe to filter twitter. Of course, TweetDeck can do this now, but it’s still a cool place to start with Pipes. Tags: yahoopipes, pipes, twitter on 2008-08-19 and saved by 30 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About
- Going Google: Talking with Google Certified teacher Erica Hartman – NJ.com: Jersey Blogs Cool. This is a transcript of an interview with new GCT Erica Harman in which she talks about the Google Teacher Academy. Tags: gta, googleteacheracademy, gct, googlecertifiedteacher on 2008-08-19 and saved by 4 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from blog.nj.com
- lbenitez . Luis Benitez . Socialize Me: Has Social Software killed eLearning ? My new reader subscriptions and setup brought me this post – from outside the usual echo chamber. This guy’s a software engineer who has worked on Learning Management Systems… and prefers his blog. Tags: learning, blogs, socialsoftware on 2008-08-19 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.lbenitez.com
- Social Media: Inspire: Innovation starts with education This looks interesting – but the site didn’t pull me in: “A couple of weeks ago Intel launched a new education-focused online community called Inspire. The site is now live at Inspiredbyeducation.com . The goal of the new site and community is to highlight the educational experiences that inspire people, allowing consumers and influencers alike to engage in improving the quality of education.” Tags: inspiration, intel on 2008-08-19 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.socialmedia.biz
- Rethinking Contemporary Teacher PD | Teaching Generation Z I found this thought provoking as a professional developer – I imagine many teachers might as well. Tags: professionaldevelopment on 2008-08-18 and saved by 2 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from gwegner.edublogs.org
- The Power of Educational Technology: If at first you don’t fail, try, try again. I love the title of this post more than anything else. Love it. Tags: risktaking, failure on 2008-08-18 and saved by 2 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from edtechpower.blogspot.com
- Donklephant Â» Blog Archive Â» Higher Education – Dangerously Close to Becoming Irrelevant This post might be a good discussion starter – even among k12 educators: “Associate Professor David Wiley, Ph.D., raised more than a few eyebrows when he informed panel members that higher education in America was ‘in very real danger of becoming irreleva Tags: education on 2008-08-18 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from donklephant.com
- InfoQ: Opinions: Why Most Social Software Fail and how to Avoid it More advice I’ll need to heed – and this article goes on in greater detail (and again I wonder what this model means to education, or at least to learning): “Why [do] some social sites have great success while others fail to reach out to the users? In his Tags: socialsoftware on 2008-08-18 and saved by 3 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.infoq.com
- Learning To Live With Less: Constraints, Rules And Web Startups Advice I may soon have to heed: “I believe web services benefit from doing less, not more. I believe that allowing the users to stitch web apps together to get increased functionality is better than a web service trying to do everything for everyone.” Doe Tags: startups, constraints on 2008-08-18 and saved by 2 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.alleyinsider.com
- Clark Aldrich’s Style Guide for Serious Games and Simulations: A Taxonomy of Interactivity From Clark Aldrich: “we need to nurture cultures around interactivity that are independent of any technology. We need vocabulary and expectations around interactivity itself.” He follows up with a 6 level taxonomy of interactivity. Tags: interactivity, edugames on 2008-08-18 and saved by 5 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from clarkaldrich.blogspot.com
- Remote Access: When the Exception is the Rule A thoughtful post from Clarence Fisher: “How can we customize the experience for each of the learners we work with and still remain sane? A lot of it revolves around the tools we use.” Tags: education on 2008-08-18 and saved by 2 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from remoteaccess.typepad.com
- AideRSS + GoogleReader Firefox extension I spent some time today playing with new tools – and this is by far the greatest potential enhancement to my workflow. It helps the Good stuff in my perennially 1000+ unread items rise to the top. :) Tags: googlereader, rss, aiderss on 2008-08-18 and saved by 29 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from gr.aiderss.com
- Official Google Reader Blog: Pick your friends! Google Reader now allows more control over who you share with, but unfortunately it looks like it still has to be a subset of your Google chat contacts. It would be nice to be able to add someone to reader and not chat. Tags: googlereader, google on 2008-08-18 and saved by 2 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from googlereader.blogspot.com
- ScribeFire – Fire Up Your Blogging! My new favorite blogging tool. I’ve had it installed for a long time, but finally fell in love with it. It’s easily accessible as a firefox plugin and has a great combination of WYSIWIG features (which allow you to cut and paste a surprising amount of web Tags: blogging on 2008-08-18 and saved by 35 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.scribefire.com
- http://www.tigerlogic.com/ChunkIt Via GCT Cheryl Davis. Another clever search add on. I haven’t tried it yet. Tags: search on 2008-08-18 and saved by 2 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.tigerlogic.com
- Surf Canyon – Free Browser Add-On for Real-Time Personalized Search A cool add-on for most major search engines, which visually pulls out results relevant to one you choose with no need to rerwite your search. Tags: search on 2008-08-18 and saved by 2 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.surfcanyon.com
- Brain Rules for Presenters 131 slides by Garr reynolds about how to create good presentations (based on good neuro science)… and amazingly the slides don’t get old! Teachers and professional developers, check this out. Tags: presentations on 2008-08-18 and saved by 9 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.slideshare.net
- Daily Blog Posts With Diigo ‘Just used these slides by Christy Tucker to set up my daily blog post with diigo – in place of the del.icio.us post that wasn’t working anymore. Tags: socialbookmarking, diigo on 2008-08-18 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.slideshare.net
Charter Schools Bloom In New Orleans
by Andrea Hsu
Listen Now [3 min 55 sec]
All Things Considered, August 14, 2008 Â· Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a laboratory of sorts for charter schools.
Seven new ones are opening this month â€” supported by millions of dollars in federal and private grants.
The funding draws educators like 28-year-old Channa Cook to New Orleans.
Del.icio.us hasn’t been posting my daily links for a few weeks – I guess there’s some kind of upgrade going on over there. So I’ve finally (and happily) jumped ship to Diigo, which should post a daily post tonight. In the meantime, here’s everything from del.icio.us that didn’t get posted here, including some real gems. Enjoy.
Note: I imported all my bookmarks from del.icio.us to diigo already – and then just cut and paste this list into ScribeFire and cleaned it up. I have a new favorite blogging tool now, too. ;)
- Creating Student Accounts Using One Gmail Account | The Edublogger Good directions for creating the Gmail “+” account for your students – in order to sign them up for other web services, such as edublogs. Thanks @gailhd for the link. :) Tags: gmail on 2008-08-13 and saved by11 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from theedublogger.edublogs.org
- Exclusive: Google Translate comes to the iPhone – Crave at CNET.co.uk GCT Eric Marcos tipped me off to this by posting that “Google Translator for the iPhone has a sleek new look, and I like it! On the iPhone, go to google.com, click “More” to get to the Translator.” So I sought out the story and shared it here. Tags: no_tag on 2008-08-09 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from crave.cnet.co.uk
- Free Video Chat and Video Conferencing from ooVoo Jenith Mishne sent me a link to this, but I haven’t tried it yet. Some of the features look interesting, especially these: Talk face-to-face with up to six people & Send and receive video messages. I’ll have to try it out. Let me know if you do. Tags: video, videoconference on 2008-08-09 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.oovoo.com
- Stock Photography: Search Royalty Free Images & Photos I’ve known about this for a long time, but finally explored it. I think I’ll be using this service to spruce up my future presentation slides – and blog posts. Tags: images, presentations, blogs on 2008-08-09 and saved by241 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.istockphoto.com
- Home | Sprout Builder – Create living content. This tab’s been open all week and I forget where I got the link from, but someone was raving about it. I haven’t explored it yet, but perhaps some of you will envision innovative ways students and teachers can use this. Tags: sprout, multimedia on 2008-08-09 and saved by158 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from sproutbuilder.com
- YouTube – Teachers and Principals Talk about Google Docs This is a new video from Google about Google Docs – for educators by educators. You might see several familiar Google Certified Teachers if you check it out. ;) Tags: googledocs, googleined on 2008-08-09 and saved by8 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About
- Announcement – How to for Beginners | Google Groups It’s official, Google Page Creator is closing up shop. Sites is a pretty awesome wiki-like service (but NOT a wiki due to its lack of an anonymous editing option), but many teachers found the simpler Google Pages valuable as well. I’ll be interested to se Tags: googlepages, googlesites on 2008-08-09 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About
- Hankâ€™s History Hour This is the blog and podcast of a real-world 17 year-old student at the Redondo Beach Unified School District. It’s awesome. Just read some of the comments… especially on the “About Hank” page: http://hankshistoryhour.com/about/#comment-295 Tags: edubblog, studentblogs on 2008-08-09 and saved by2 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from hankshistoryhour.com
- Celestia: Home Stu Woodward of Beach Cities CUE pointed out this open source app to me. It’s a 3D model of the Solar System, which can be manipulated in many cool ways (including speeding up time). This would be fantastic for kids to interact with at any age they are le Tags: celestia, astronomy on 2008-08-09 and saved by95 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.shatters.net
- WordPress â€º Blog Â» WordPress 2.6 I’m considering an upgrade to WordPress 2.6 (since there’s now some significant new features), but I’m not sure how much of a pain this is going to be. Can any of you shed any light on this? Tags: wordpress on 2008-08-09 and saved by10 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from wordpress.org
- My library – Google Book Search I finally dove into the My Library feature in Google Books this week. I love it. I added most of the key books from the shelves behind me. You can search them here. (I just wish they weren’t in the order I added them when you browse.) There’s already teac Tags: google, googlebooks, googleined on 2008-08-09 –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from books.google.com
- Google Tutor: Tutorials and Tips for Google Users Via GCT Cheryl Davis – tutorials, tips, and advice for Google Users. It’s not education specific, but for the geek in you this will be good – and you might dream up novel classroom applications to boot. Tags: google, googleined on 2008-08-08 and saved by71 people –All Annotations (0) –Cached –About more from www.googletutor.com
The next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) has been announced. I’ve said this before, but I’m thrilled to be involved with this project – and to share it with you here on the this blog. As with all previous GTA events, tech savvy educators and professional developers in the local area can apply to participate in the special full-day workshop. And as with the last GTA, the application process is also open to anyone, including educators out of the area, out of the state, or even out of the country (with the understanding that Google doesn’t cover travel or lodging). In other words, any of you who feel you meet the criteria for application are invited to apply!
Below is the official announcement and invitation to apply:
Google Teacher Academy – ChicagoChicago, ILSeptember 24, 2008——————————————————–Applications Due: August 24, 2008
We are pleased to announce that another round of Google’s FREE training program for K-12 educators is coming to the windy city! Outstanding educators from around the world are encouraged to apply for the Google Teacher Academy taking place on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.
The GTA is an intensive, one-day event (8:30am-7:30pm) where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, collaborate with exceptional educators, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, GTA participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region.
50 outstanding educators from around the world will be selected to attend the GTA based on their passion for teaching, their experience as leaders, and their use of technology in K-12 settings. Each applicant is REQUIRED to produce and submit an original one-minute video on either of the following topics: “Motivation and Learning” or “Classroom Innovation.” Applications for the event in Chicago are due on August 24, 2008. If possible, please use Google Video or YouTube to post these original videos. Participants must provide their own travel, and if necessary, their own lodging. Though we will give preference to K-12 educators within a 90-minute local commute of an Academy event, anyone may apply.
Learn more about the program and the application at http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html
The GTAs have been a wonderful experience for everyone involved, with 97% of all attendees rating the GTA as “outstanding.”
Here are a few quotes from GTA participants:—————————————-“The academy was everything I hoped for and more! I can’t wait to plan out ways to use the tools we learned about, to share my experiences with my colleagues and to re-connect with the other academy participants!”—————————————-“The focus on innovation in education, and not just about the tools, was right on target.”—————————————-“I appreciate the opportunity to be connected to a group of educators that are passionate about preparing students for the 21st century. I feel inspired and able to meet the challenges that lie ahead!”—————————————-“Until now, I had never attended a conference where I was so engaged and loving every minute of it.”—————————————-“This was easily the most important professional development experience I have ever had as an educator. World-class tools demonstrated by world-class people at a world-class facility. THANK YOU!”—————————————-“I love [the Google Certified Teacher community] for the ideas and inspiration that comes flowing to and from it…folks share professional development strategies (technology or otherwise) that have worked. It’s nice to have a variety of ways to assist others and having that variety also provides spice for those of us responsible for doing the providing.”—————————————-
Feel free to send any questions to “firstname.lastname@example.org”, and please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in joining us.
We’re looking forward to another great event!
– The GTA Team
——————————————————–Google Teacher AcademySeptember 24, 2008Chicago, IL
Applications Due: August 24, 2008
Note: Another GTA is currently being planned for New York City in November 2008. Sign up for the Google Teacher Newsletter on the front page of Google for Educators site to receive more detailed information soon.
I’m excited that Google has continued it’s support for this program and that we’ve been able to announce another GTA so soon after the last one. (And, as you may have noted, there’s one more coming before the end of the year!) Thanks goes to Cristin Frodella for making this happen at Google, and to the folks at CUE (particularly Mike Lawrence) and at WestEd (particularly Allison Merrick) for making this a reality. Thanks also go to Lucy Gray for her role in planning the Chicago event.
See you in Chicago! ;)
Incidentally, I know I’ve been posting about Google a lot lately, but in addition to my paid role as the coordinator of the GTA I’m just genuinely excited by a lot of what they’re doing these days. :)