- The College Issue – The Tell-All Campus Tour – NYTimes.com A great story of a young entrepreneur creating social software for perspective college students. You might as well share with your high school students. ;) tags: unigo, socialsoftware, entrepreneur
- Tweetake Â» Start Here Back up your tweets, friends, and more. Winds up in csv file. Cool. tags: twitter, backup, tweetake
- Using Twitter as an Education Tool – Search Engine Watch (SEW) A brief article: “Innovations are popping up everywhere as educators find more uses for Twitter and other social media tools to cater to 21st century students.” tags: twitter, education
- Google Audio Indexing Behold the future: “Google Audio Indexing is a new technology from Google that allows users to better search and watch videos from various YouTube channels. It uses speech technology to find spoken words inside videos and lets the user jump to the right portion of the video where these words are spoken. ” Is this why Goog411 was free? ;) tags: gaudi, audio, google
- Google Moderator From the announcement: “Google Moderator is a small application initially created for submitting and voting on the questions for Google’s tech talks.” In essence you can add questions and ask others to vote on which questions you’ll ask. I suppose it doesn’t have to be questions they vote on though right? tags: googlemoderator
- 10th Birthday Not to be missed: “Google’s 10th birthday celebration. Check out our interactive timeline, Project 10 to the 100, and stories about how to use our products.” tags: google
- Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Forgotten attachment detector This should win some kind of award for funniest and most useful feature: “Many of us have experienced the embarrassment of having sent a message without attaching the file we said we were going to attach. Turn on the Forgotten Attachment Detector in Labs, and you’ll get an alert if you mention attaching a file but forget to do so.” tags: gmail
- Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Right-side Labels and Chat From Emily Chang, gmail engineer: “I can see both my Labels and my Chat buddies at the same time, with one on the left and one on the right.” In gmail, click on settings and then labs to enable this feature. tags: gmail
- Official Google Docs Blog: Calling all teachers: Share your ideas and projects We want to collect your example projects and ideas for how to best use Google Docs (documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and forms) in the classroom. We’ll collect your ideas and share them with all educators on our Docs page on the Google for Educators site. tags: googledocs
- Official Google Docs Blog: It’s about communication, not the tool From the introduction: “A few weeks ago, Tom Barrett wrote about how he introduces Year 5 students to Google Docs. This week he shares some common challenges teachers face when students begin working together on collaborative projects.” tags: googledocs
- Official Google Docs Blog: The dreaded bibliography Google Docs has bibliography templates now. It won’t do the work for you, but at least these are good models for your graduate work – or to share with your students. tags: googledocs, writing
- Google “In Quotes” Enter a topic in the search box to see what the candidates say about the topic… in their own words. Google returns only direct quotes. This is a great way to learn about the issues for the upcoming election. Share this with your students. :) tags: google, politics
Archive for September, 2008
I just received an email from the ILC staff offering edubloggers the opportunity to extend a discount to their readers. Here’s the text of the offer:
The Innovative Learning Conference (ILC) 2008, will be held October 14-16 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., and is devoted to sharing innovative educational strategies for advancing K-12 student achievement.
Registration is taking place NOW, with an early-bird discount available through Oct. 6. In addition, readers of this blog can get an extra discount of $40 by registering online by Oct. 6 at www.ilc2008.org and typing in the promotional code ORG40.
This conference is a â€œmust-attendâ€ professional development opportunity, offering educators, administrators and technology leaders a chance to experience first-hand the latest innovations in classroom technology. More than 150 concurrent sessions and over 60 workshops will provide thought-provoking strategies, applications and practices. ILC 2008 will also feature an expansive exhibit hall where attendees can view the latest products and services from some of the nationâ€™s leading technology companies, with more than 100 top solution providers in attendance.
For more information on the conference, please visit www.ilc2008.org.
If you attend the conference, be sure to also drop in on the edublogger meetup at 7 pm on Wednesday evening at the Gordon Biersch: http://www.edubloggercon.com/ilc2008
- tooble – YouTube on your iPod Lucy Gray tipped me off to this cool way to download YouTube videos on a Mac. Apparently it is less hassle than using Download Helper on Firefox. tags: youtube, tooble, tools
- NEW APPLE Macbook 4GB RAM 320GB Core 2 Duo Mac Notebook – eBay (item 260288380155 end time Oct-16-08 15:20:53 PDT) If I go in for a new Macbook, I’m considering this (more than) fully maxed out Macbook on ebay for a savings of several hundred dollars over the Apple store. :) tags: macbook
- Video Games in the Classroom – Teaching the Scientific Method to Digital Natives – OpenEducation.net An article about Constance Steinkuehler’s recent research into video games and learning. Specifically, this talks about ways players gather data to test hypothesis and solve problems in an MMORPG. tags: gamesined, videogames
- Using advanced search – Help Center I wanted to do some specialized queries in gmail and found this very helpful. Incidentally, the “-” operator still works to remove specific types of results from your search… so you can search for mail that is starred but not from a specific user, for example. tags: gmail, search
- My advice to Google Teacher Academy applicants: ya gotta believe! | Welcome to NCS-Tech! Kevin Jarrett posted this a couple of days ago, but this link is just in time for the next GTA on the 24th! tags: googleteacheracademy, googleined
CUE, ACSA, and Tical are partnering for the second year in a row to put together a premier educational technology conference – designed exclusively for administrators. The call for submissions is now open (but only until October 1st). So if you are an administrator who is implementing or supporting educational technology at your site, consider sharing your successes and solutions with your colleagues at this elite event. Here’s the official announcement from CUE:
The second annual Leadership 3.0 Symposium will take place April 2â€“4, 2009 in San Diego’s beautiful Mission Valley. This is the premier technology leadership event for administrators, by administrators, and we encourage the administrators among you to consider submitting a proposal to present a 75 minute breakout session. If youâ€™re not an administrator, encourage one of the visionary administrators you know to present!
Visit the Leadership 3.0 web site for full details. Important: October 1 is the proposal deadline, so don’t delay!
Executive Director, CUE
The Leadership 3.0 Symposium is a
collaboration of ACSA, CUE, and TICAL.
Visit www.lead3.org for more info!
Leave a comment if you’re planning to attend, if you have any questions about the event, or if you have testimonials from last year to share. I hope to see some of you in San Diego!
- PodPiperâ€™s Digital Education Â» Blog Archive Â» Copyright-friendly Digital Images and Media Ted Lai helps us find images online that students and teachers have permission to use in their projects. tags: images
- Walden – Commencement I’m thinking about doing this in January. The end of my Ph.D. program was a bit anti-climactic. I added my credentials to my bio and cards etc, but there was no party, no vacation, no new hobby – with Clark now I don’t think I’ll be taking up race car driving after all… but we’ll see… I did just buy my first set of golf clubs ever, though. :) tags: walden, andlife
- News from The Associated Press While “not every kid is a gamer” becomes less and less true, “not every gamer likes the same games” becomes more and more true. Both were themes in the literature when I was researching for my dissertation. tags: gamesined
- Addict-o-matic This site looks very cool (and has some features of a product I’ve started moving forward with – I’ll have to adjust). This links to a sample search using “Google Teacher Academy.” Addict-o-matic brings back and displays results from various other services. It’s a somewhat more visual (and customizable) meta search engine I guess. tags: search
- spartaconnections Â» home Here’s the wiki for the course mentioned in the previous link, again sent to me by GCT Erica Hartman. tags: socialsoftware
- Connections 6th Grade GCT Erica Hartman mentioned this out-of-the-box course, so I asked if she had any links she could send me. This document was one: “Connections is a unique and ground breaking class that is a hybrid of writing across the curriculum, critical thinking and analysis, research, technology, communications, problem solving, and current events.” tags: socialsoftware
- Barack Obama | Change We Need | Watch Barack’s Speech on Education If you haven’t seen it (and want to), here’s a 35 minute speech from Barack Obama on his education policy. I’ve reviewed it in this blog before – and may post a review of this video later. tags: politics, obama, education
- The Thinking Stick | NSDC and conversations Jeff responded to a comment from me and let me know that this post was links to the origin of the 25% PD figure. I’ll want to cite this in the future, probably for my “Maybe You Should Drive: Taking Control of Your Own Professional Development” session at CUE if not sooner. tags: professionaldevelopment, pd
- The Thinking Stick | My 25% PD I was wanting to site Jeff Utecht’s old “25% PD” philosophy and my initial search turned up this representative post. tags: professionaldevelopment, pd
- Video for Education Edition – Google Apps for Administrators If you haven’t seen this yet… it’s great that Google is adding this service to Google Apps, and it’s great that it will be free for education (for a while), but this $10 per user gets ugly really fast in schools. I remember turning down services that wanted $1 per user as too expensive: “Google Video for education will be free to Education Edition customers until March 8th 2009. After March 8th, 2009, the cost of the video service will be $10 per user per year.” tags: video
The next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) has been announced! I’ve said this before, but Iâ€™m thrilled to be involved with this project – and to share it with you here on 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 two events, 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 doesnâ€™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 – NYCNew York, New YorkNovember 18, 2008——————————————————–Applications Due: October 10, 2008
We are pleased to announce that another round of Google’s FREE training program for K-12 educators is coming to The Big Apple! Outstanding educators from around the world are encouraged to apply for the Google Teacher Academy taking place on Tuesday November 18, 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 New York City are due on October 10, 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 “email@example.com”, 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 Academy – NYCNew York, New YorkNovember 18, 2008——————————————————–Applications Due: October 10, 2008
I hope to see some of you in New York! Also, we hope to be announcing additional events and additional locations in 2009, so stay tuned.
- AllVoices Via Kathy Jacobs. This seems like a great concept and a thriving site: “The first open media site where anyone can report from anywhere.” tags: news, socialsoftware
- Google Student Blog Via Lucy Gray. This looks like a fantastic idea, but there’s only one post so far so time will tell. It’s a blog for students by Google. It promises to include tips for students and to be participatory in a way as well. tags: googleined
- Edmodo – Microblogging For Education Edmodo allows you to create a sort of closed social microblogging enviornment (like twitter) for students and teachers. However, for “real life” use, it’s kinda lame. You have to know a person or group to publish anything. Also, for “safe” school use, it seems odd that as you type in a user name it autosuggests existing users. tags: microblogging, education
- Free Mobile Alerts: One-to-many text messaging and voicemail Â» Moving at the Speed of Creativity Here’s a great post by Wes Fryer, including two cell phone based services I hadn’t heard of before, textmarks and phonevite. If you’re interested in using cell phones in education, check this out. tags: phonesined
- Eduwonk Â» Blog Archive Â» 10 Principles Driving Obamaâ€™s Education Plan I’ve discussed Obama’s education plan (and McCain’s) on this blog before. It’s about time for me to revisit those plans (and others) here. In the meantime, here’s a fairly succinct article. tags: politics, education, obama
- blog.iphone-dev.org | QuickPwn – Mac Chris Craft posted this on twitter a week or so ago, and I finally “jailbroke” my iPhone (running the 2.0 software) a few days ago. It’s great to be able play with it again, but there’s nothing sufficiently cool to warrant advocating educators jailbreak their phone the way I did before the 2.0 upgrade… yet. tags: iphone
As part of my role as educational technology coordinator for the California League of High Schools I was asked to write an article for High School Educator, a magazine which goes out to every public high school in California. This is a chance to reach outside the echo-chamber of educational technology, so I was particularly excited about writing it. I’m also relatively happy about how it came out. I look forward to any comments or feedback you might leave.
When I was a high school English teacher, I was lucky enough to work in a relatively collaborative environment. The English department had a lounge where we met at break and lunch each day. We shared our questions, frustrations, and solutions… and plenty of funny or heartwarming stories. At the time, the people in that room were the core of my personal learning network.
As great as that was, our learning was restricted to the views of a few colleagues at one particular school. Many other teachers aren’t even so lucky. They may be the only person teaching their subject at the site – or they may feel isolated for a variety of other common reasons. You may be lucky enough to have a core group of people you learn from at your site, or you may be one of the many who feel more isolated than connected. In either case, there are now exciting new ways to take charge of your own professional development and build your own personal learning network using online tools.
Many educators are now exploring revolutionary new online tools with their students: blogs, wikis, podcasts, and more – including new social tools like Ning and Twitter. Some or all of these may be unfamiliar to you, and the unending cycle of new tools can be daunting to many teachers. Fortunately, it’s not necessary to master every specific tool. Instead, it is more important for educators to know how to build an online personal learning network, regardless of the tool. Whatever the medium, participation in a personal learning network requires four critical behaviors.
Chief among these is the need to make connections. This isn’t accomplished by asking others to read, listen to, or view the things you post. This is accomplished by reading, listening to, and viewing what others post. If you read an interesting blog post or listen to an enlightening podcast, leave a comment. If someone else makes a keen observation or asks an important question, respond. Others then have an opportunity to discover you as a like-minded person, whose own work might be interesting to them.
Your responses to others can also help you meet the need to make contributions. Any community is only as strong as the contributions made by its members. Just as you might benefit from posts made by others who teach the same subject or grade that you do, they might also benefit from your experience. If you’ve come across a challenge in your classroom or at your school, chances are many others are dealing with the same issue; if you have a solution, share it. If you have a great lesson, a great project, or a great rubric, post it for others. Your unique experience in the specific context in which you work is valuable – and on a global scale it’s potential valuable to a great many others.
Over time, these interactions will help you build relationships with fellow educators around the world, enabling you to make conversations. I’ve been lucky enough to discover like-minded educators in Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Shanghai, Qatar, and elsewhere around the world. I now consider many of these people colleagues and friends. Some of our connections are no longer work related, as we share things about our lives, our families, and our hobbies. Just as you can build friendships through conversations with those who happen to work on your campus, so you can build relationships with others (who may have much more in common with you) around the world.
As a contributing member of a community of colleagues and friends, you and your questions are likely to be well received when you make requests. The best way to learn something new is to ask others who might know more about it. I often find my network of fellow learners to be the quickest way to receive an answer I need – and the richest source of meaningful feedback on new ideas or projects I’m working on. I make every effort to share the materials I develop and the solutions I discover, and in return I find the community I share with fantastically receptive to my own calls for help.
You don’t need to be a tech guru or even a techie teacher to get started building your own online personal learning network. You might start by reading (and commenting) on others’ blogs. Then create your own blog when you feel you’re ready for a place to share your own thoughts. A blog is merely an easily created, easily updated website, so anyone can do it. If you can email, you can blog!
Or, you might join the Classroom 2.0 social network, which is 10,000 educators strong, meaning there is always great new content – and no pressure for any particular member to be responsible for it. It’s likeMySpace, Facebook, or LinkedIn, but for teachers who want to improve education in the 21st century. Teachers just like you.
Alternatively, you might try Twitter, a popular “social microblogging” service that allows users to post short messages and to “follow” the messages of others. Start by following someone you respect, and then explore the people they follow. If you see someone new posting links and questions that are relevant to you, considering following them as well. Twitter is an easy and efficient way to connect and share with others.
Of course, you may be more drawn to the collaborative nature of wikis, the auditory power of podcasts, or any number of newer tools, including video chat or streaming video – or older tools, like email listservs or online discussion boards. But whatever medium you choose, building a personal learning network will still require making connections, making contributions, making conversations, and making requests. Practicing these four things can be a rewarding part of controlling your own professional development.
- Join the “edublogosphere”:
- Pick three blogs to read. You might try these three to begin with – and then see what other sites they link to:
- Create and write your own blog when you’re ready: http://edublogs.org
- Use RSS to read more when you’re ready: http://reader.google.com
- Join Classroom 2.0: http://classroom20.ning.com
- Join Twitter and Follow Others: http://twitter.com
- Follow Dr. Wagner: http://twitter.com/markwagner
More Ways to Network:
- Create your own wiki (add free): http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers/
- Create your own podcast: http://www.podomatic.com
- Create your own streaming video channel: http://www.ustream.tv
- Find and share other educational videos: http://edublogs.tv
- Create your own discussion group: http://groups.google.com
- Create your own social network: http://www.ning.com
- Remove the adds: http://tinyurl.com/eduning
- Setup Social Microblogging for Students: http://www.edmodo.com/
To learn more about “Learning to Network and Networking to Learn” in a high-energy face-to-face environment, come to the CLHS and CUE Technology Conference in Monterey, California on December 4, 5, and 6, 2008. http://clhs.net/conferences/tech.htm
To inquire about related professional development opportunities provided by CLHS for your staff at your site, contact CLHS staff or contact Dr. Wagner directly. firstname.lastname@example.org