Archive for February, 2009

Links for February 19th

Friday, February 20th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 19th:

  • I See Ewe – A Fun iPhone Game For Preschool Children – I might try this iPhone game with Clark… it looks like it might be developmentally appropriate, the iPhone interface suits him, and it's bound to be better than most of the desktop games he's tried. Most are dreadful. Please comment if you have any other software suggestions for a 1 year old. :)
  • Join the Internet Blackout – Protest Against Guilt Upon Accusation Laws in NZ — Creative Freedom Foundation (creativefreedom.org.nz) – This is happening in New Zealand, but you might wish to join the blackout movement in protest: "Laws regulating the act of copying have failed to keep pace with technology and soon ISPs will be forced to take down internet connections and websites of anyone accused (not convicted) of copyright infringement."
  • Institute of Play – Via Jeremy Davis… Wow. This is a public 6-12 school in Manhattan. From the about page: "Working across a diverse community of players, the Institute of Play leverages games and play as critical contexts for learning, innovation, and change in the 21st century. We bring non-traditional audiences into innovative spaces of production and learning through partnerships with the game industry, academia, government, science, technology, and the arts." Cool. I'd love to do a second dissertation studying what goes on there. :)
  • Can I choose which Applications show up on my network? – This help page might be considered a required part of any workshop that introduces educators to Ning, particularly if they will be creating networks to use with their students. Via Vicki Davis on Twitter, I beleive… it's been a few days since I opened this tab. ;)

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Links for February 17th

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 17th:

  • MNet Blog – Via Alec Couros – This is a resource for helping students learn about "the ethical and legal implications of cyber bullying, while promoting positive and ethical Internet use." I'll likely be adding this to the Internet Awareness wiki, too.
  • schools | Common Sense Media – I'll be leading Internet Awareness and Safety workshops again this spring. I'll be updating my agenda and materials, so I was glad to see this featured on the Google For Educators page: "With information on everything from cyberbullying to cell phones, this free parent media education program gives schools everything necessary to help parents raise smart, responsible kids.
    • Customizable materials organized by grade
    • Interactive workshops and videos to engage parents
    • Advice from a community of educators like you"
  • QuickPWN – Thanks to a lot of chatter on Twitter about jailbreaking iPhones (and to @shareski specifically), I finally jailbroke my iPhone again. I already love these gems: Cycorder (really good video recording), iPhoneModem (a really easy way to share the iPhone's Internet connection with my laptop), TVOut (which allows me to display any app – not just pictures and videos – on an external display), and hClipboard, which allows me to cut and paste!
  • U2.com | Official News – I'll be setting my DVR to record Letterman on the week of the CUE conference (March 2-6). To promote their new album, which "drops" on the 3rd, U2 will be the musical guest on the show for an entire week.

View all of my shared items and notes at my Google Reader Shared Items page.

Links for February 16th

Monday, February 16th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 16th:

  • Two White Papers Released | The Education Arcade – MIT's Education Arcade has released two new whitepapers, "Moving Learning Games Forward" & "Using the Technology of Today in the Classroom Today." The whole site has also gotten a makeover since I last saw it. I thought the project was dead, but perhaps some new life has been breathed into it. :)

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Links for February 15th

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 15th:

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Links for February 12th

Friday, February 13th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 12th:

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Links for February 11th

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 11th:

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Edubloggercon West at CUE & An Edublogger Meetup at CLMS

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Every year at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), a group of educational bloggers (or edubloggers) gathers for a full day edubloggercon, an “unconference” where the sessions and topics are decided by the participants. It’s an exciting and high-energy social learning experience.

A west coast version of the edubloggercon takes place each year at the CUE conference in Palm Springs. Steve Hargadon, Jen Wagner, and I have begun talking about planning the event. Please add your name to the “I’m Attending” page if you’ll be at CUE (or in the area), and please join us in planning the event.

Edubloggercon – WEST

  • Palm Springs, Ca

  • March 4, 2009

Smaller more informal edublogger meetups take place at many other smaller (or non ed tech) conferences throughout the year. An edublogger meetup has just been added for the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) conference in San Diego this March. This event is a great opportunity to get “outside the echo chamber” of ed tech. We hope that any of you who will be in attendance (or in the area) will join us for fun and inspiring conversation about technology, learning, and life.

Edublogger Meetup – CLMS 2009

  • San Diego, Ca

  • March 13, 2009

NOTE: It’s not too late to register for the CLMS conference and receive the early-bird discount. Also, in light of state budget challenges, CLMS is offering special discount rates. Get the special two-day pass for $165 and come to the edublogger meetup on Friday night! See the CLMS website for details:

http://www.clms.net/conferences/clms.htm

I hope to see you at one of these events soon – or at the edubloggercon in Washington, DC in June. :)

Links for February 10th

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 10th:

  • edubloggercon » cue2009 – I hope many of you are planing to attend the free edubloggercon on March 4th (the day before the CUE conference) in Palm Springs. Visit this wiki to add your name to the attendance page and to participate in the planning as preparations get underway.

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Classroom Learning 2.0

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I was thrilled to be asked by Peggy Ericson, Director of CTAP Region 1, to provide this introductory video for the Classroom Learning 2.0 project.



Classroom Learning 2.0 is an online tutorial brought to you by CTAP Region 1 and the California School Library Association (CSLA) 2.0 Team. It is designed for you to do on your own or as a part of a group. This is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and play. Participants are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques, and “how to’s” both in person and through their blogs. Participation is free and open to anyone. If you join the fun, please revisit this blog and leave a comment about what you’re learning.

Links for February 8th

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 8th:

  • Hang in there Jack – The Latest on the Condition of Jack Box – I noticed the hangintherejack.com in a recent Jack in The Box commercial and visited this site for some cutting edge entertainment/advertising. It's a great model for a new-media version of the student mockumentary. :)
  • Official Google Reader Blog: Share anything. Anytime. Anywhere. – This "Note in Reader" feature of Google Reader is my new social bookmarking tool of choice. Combined with postalicious (linked to yesterday), it now also generates a daily link post on my blog. :)
  • Transform rural communities with your investment – Finally, here's an option in the middle ground, paying 3% per year with a 9 month turn around.
  • Aid the working families of NorthEast India – This particular investing opportunity has a quick turn around (3 months), but pays only 2% per year. I think I'll try it out to see how the system works.
  • Earn 5% return and lift people from global poverty – I've been exploring the socially beneficial investing opportunities at MicroPlace, and this has the highest rate of return (even though your money will be tied up for two years).
  • Listing all ideas – Ideablob: where ideas grow – This site is a great idea in social entrepreneurism, and there are 232 ideas under education alone. I may fly a few ideas here… of course, then I should contribute advice as well… as can you. :) From their about page: “Great ideas are generated every day by people all across the country, and now these ideas have a place to live and grow. Eligible individuals can submit their business ideas to ideablob.com, and based on votes from the ideablob.com online community – which includes other innovators as well as friends, family, colleagues, associates, teachers and mentors – one idea every month will win $10,000.”
  • Change.org – I joined when I signed a petition on their Education page. There's lots of other important causes represented as well. From their about page: "Today as citizens of the world, we face a daunting array of social and environmental problems ranging from health care and education to global warming and economic inequality. For each of these issues, whether local or global in scope, there are millions of people who care passionately about working for change but lack the information and opportunities necessary to translate their interest into effective action. Change.org aims to address this need by serving as the central platform informing and empowering movements for social change around the most important issues of our time."

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