Google Wave Use Cases: Education
An article with ideas about using Wave in Education.
(tags: wave google googlewave education)
School of One – School Of One – New York City Department of Education
We're talking personal learning playlists, personalized schedules, and daily assessments to make changes to both! "The mission of School of One is to provide students with personalized, effective, and dynamic classroom instruction so that teachers have more time to focus on the quality of their instruction."
(tags: innovation education)
Create | Disney
Kerpoof was bought by Disney… look what they made. :)
(tags: kerpoof images multimedia disney create)
Pearls Before Swine free online comic strip library at comics.com
A very funny cartoon about Google. :)
(tags: google funny)
12 Essential Rules to Follow When Designing a Logo | Webdesigner Depot
Since I'm rebranding edtechlife soon, this caught my eye…
(tags: brand design logo)
Google Chrome released for Mac
Cool: Google has released an official developer preview of Google Chrome for the Mac. Rather than digging through nightly development builds, you can download the developer preview of the WebKit-based browser at Google's official webpage.
(tags: chrome google)
Open Office 4 Kids is good for adults, too
Sweet! A simplified version of Open Office… for kids – that's also very good for adults. I tried it and it's slick.
(tags: openoffice opensource)
Writing on the walls with white-board paint – Holy Kaw!
For @djakes… here's an article about turning walls into whiteboards with special paint. :)
(tags: environment learning)
Getting It Wrong: Surprising Tips on How to Learn: Scientific American
Kids learn BETTER by failing… so teachers should setup the conditions for instructive failure. :)
(tags: learning failure risktaking)
TextExpander: Mac Typing Shortcut Utility Saves You Time!
Robert Craven suggested this app to me when he saw how much I loved Jumpcut. And, yup, I LOVE TextExander too. :)
(tags: textexpander tools)
Learn Sign Language – Signing Time News » Coming Soon: Signing Time Academy
Wow. Here's another new business model being launched by Rachel Coleman and the folks at Signing Time: "The Signing Time Academy will certify instructors to teach Signing Time and Baby Signing Time Classes in their communities. You can become an instructor or enjoy attending classes with other parents and children."
(tags: rachelcoleman signingtime)
Official Google Blog: RT @google: Tweets and updates and search, oh my!
The future of Google and real-time search. :)
(tags: google search realtime)
Agenda – Virtual School Symposium 2009
Going to iNACOL's VSS conference? Or are you an online teacher (or a teacher in TX)? You might consider signing up for the Google Workshop for Online Educators (a face-to-face event) with Wes Freyer and Lisa Thumann.
Least stressful jobs – Education/Training Consultant (1) – Money Magazine
I can't believe my job was listed as the least stressful! I suppose there are lots of variable in how this job is approached… and perhaps educational technology consultant is another story altogether. ;)
Feature: State of the Blogosphere 2009 – Technorati
I haven't gotten to this yet, but every year this report illuminates interesting trends: "This year’s topics include: professional blogging activities, brands in the blogosphere, monetization, twitter & micro-blogging and bloggers’ impact on US and World events."
(tags: blogging technorati)
google-sites-liberation – Project Hosting on Google Code
This tool from Google's data liberation front helps you import and export entire Google Sites. Thanks to Chris Walsh for sharing this with me.
(tags: sites googlesites google)
Official Google Blog: Introducing Google Building Maker
This looks cool – and might make a great real-world project for students: "We like to think of Building Maker as a cross between Google Maps and a gigantic bin of building blocks. Basically, you pick a building and construct a model of it using aerial photos and simple 3D shapes – both of which we provide. When you're done, we take a look at your model. If it looks right, and if a better model doesn't already exist, we add it to the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth. You can make a whole building in a few minutes."
(tags: googlemaps buildingmaker)
Google Wave as a Replacement for Email
This site is down as I write this annotation, but it's a compelling article about how Google Wave's best use might be as a replacement for email. I hope the article comes back online.
(tags: wave google)
Help Rename Edtechlife – Google Moderator
I've started with two basic ideas. Please offer your own suggestions. :)
Rachel Coleman Fitness
It looks like Rachel Coleman of signing time is branching out… I'm interested as an entrepreneur if nothing else.
(tags: fitness rachelcoleman)
Archive for October, 2009
The next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) has been announced! I’ve said this several times before, but I’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 four 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 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:
The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. The GTA is an intensive, one-day event (8:30 am -7:30 pm) 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.
Here are a few quotes from GTA participants:
I hope to see some of you in DC! Also, we hope to be announcing additional events and additional locations in 2010, so stay tuned.
PS. Meanwhile… CUE’s Google Workshop for (Online) Educators has been added to iNACOL’s Virtual Schools Symposium (VSS) in Austin, Texas:
In addition to the two formal sessions I submitted here are a few others I hope to find a place for at the edubloggercon and/or ISTE Live. And in this case, your comments can actually make more of a difference, since these sessions won’t be “accepted” for months – the community wiki page for edubloggercon isn’t even up yet. :)
Maybe You Should Drive: Taking Control of Your Professional Development – This is a session I submitted last year (sans research) that I’d really love to lead at some point, and it might be even better as an unconference session.
Passion and Professional Development – This is a session I submitted in 2008 that I was also disappointed not to have accepted, and which I’d still love to lead… and which also might be better as an unconference session.
Educational Entrepreneurship – This is really only the figment of an idea, but it’s really got me excited right now. I’d love to put my head together with others in this space and see what we might learn from each other… and accomplish. I’m even thinking a Ning network focused on educational entrepreneurship might be a valuable thing. I wonder how many people would participate…
In addition to these ideas, I’m hoping CUE might once again provide a Google Workshop for Educators (resources here) or Google Workshop for Administrators as part of the formal conference. More soon on this if it flies…
This session has been evolving over the past year or so, and I’ve used versions of it with several local districts, with administrators in the AB 430 Module 3 program in Orange County, and in the Google Workshop for Administrators we’ve developed at CUE. In any case, it gets better at every iteration (thanks in large part to the generous sharing of the participants) and I hope I’ll get the chance to share these resources in Colorado. Here is the ISTE2010 version, complete with supporting research. I’d love to hear any comments or thoughts you might have on the topic – and of course I’d love to hear about any projects you know of that might be good examples to share. :)
Extend Your PLC Online: Google Docs for Professional Learning Communities (ISTE 2010 Submission)
I started delivering a version of this session earlier this year and the first full version of it was my Keynote at the New Tech Network all schools conference this summer. I’ve since refined it for some local districts and other occasions. Here is the ISTE2010 version, complete with supporting research. I’d love to hear any comments or thoughts you might have on the topic – and of course I’d love to hear about any projects you know of that might be good examples to share. :)
Social, Global, and Green: Education in a Changing World (ISTE 2010 Submission)
Amazon.com: Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds: Strategies for Online Instruction (Online Teaching and Learning Series (OTL)) (9780470438343): Clark Aldrich: Books
And this book from Clark Aldrich came out last month… yes, that's two books in two months for Aldrich. "This practical guide, written by education game expert Clark Aldrich, shows faculty members and instructional designers how to identify opportunities for building games, simulations, and virtual environments into the curriculum; how to successfully incorporate these interactive environments to enhance student learning; and how to measure the learning outcomes. It also discusses how to build institutional support for using and financing more complex simulations. The book includes frameworks, tips, case studies and other real examples, and resources."
(tags: clarkaldrich edugames simulations)
Amazon.com: The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games: How the Most Valuable Content Will be Created in the Age Beyond Gutenberg to Google (Pfeiffer) (9780470462737): Clark Aldrich: Books
Clark Aldrich's latest book is now available from Amazon.
From the inside flap: The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games offers an encyclopedic overview and complete lexicon for those who care about the next generation of educational media. This is the essential reference for not only those directly involved in simulations and serious games, but also for researchers and writers, computer game designers, policy makers, and entrepreneurs.
"Ready to blow your mind? Spend 15 seconds reading Clark Aldrich's The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games. Witty, fast-paced, and non-linear—it's Spock meets Alton Brown." —Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., The Family Coach
(tags: clarkaldrich edugames simulations)
CreateSpace: Self-Publish and Distribute Your Books, Video and Music On-Demand
I'm considering Amazon's CreateSpace as an alternative to Lulu's self-publishing print-on-demand services. CreateSpace looks appropriate for a wider variety of media, including music and movies as well.
Wikispaces Blog » Blog Archive » Using Wikis to Rebuild Cultures in Northern Uganda
Wikispaces introduces us to "BOSCO, an organization using wikis and technology to help give the isolated and war-affected people of Northern Uganda a voice in the global community."