Conference Smartguide Launched! (Via CUE News.) I’m passing on another important announcement about the CUE conference. (I should’ve made a CUE category a long time ago… I will before the conference, but not tonight.)
Linux Solutions for Schools & Businesses This is a link to Steve Hargadon’s Technology Rescue program for schools, based on the K12 Linux Terminal Server Project (K12LTSP), including Open Office and Firefox. Steve is running a k12ltsp Linux lab at the CUE conference next week. On Thursday afternoon, he and I will also be interviewed by CUE’s Chris Walsh for the live webcast of the event and a later podcast. The following day, I will lead a session called “Free as in Freedom: An Introduction to Open Source Software in Education.” My passion for Open Source in Education rarely has such an outlet, so I’m excited about all of these things. Check out Steve’s service… it seems a noble way to make money in the education market. Also, Check out his blog, and another he keeps on k12 open source. (Like most blogger blogs, both have a hidden ATOM feed… amend /atom.xml to either URL to subscribe.)
CUE Conference Schedule Online! (Via CUE News.) Still trying to decide whether the CUE conference is for you? Interested in planning how you would best spend your time in Palm Springs? Check out the online scheduling tools offered by CUE.
There, did that sound Mike Lawrence enough for a CUE announcement? ;)
CUE Conference Preview Podcast Live! (Via cue News.) CUE Tips: “Download these fun audio podcasts for a quick summary of daily events, info on new activities, tips on how to get the most from the conference, previews from conference speakers, and much more!”
Pop on over and listen, especially if you are going or considering going to the conference in March. Some of the OCDE promos made it into the podcasts. :)
40 Developmental Assets (Via Stacy Deeble-Reynolds.) The 40 Developmental Assets presented at this site form the backbone of the “Using Technology to Support the Whole Child” presentation Stacy is developing for the upcoming CUE conference. The presentation will be the final event in a series of five sessions in the OCDE Mobile Mac Lab on Saturday of the conference. Here is the blurb on the event from our Spring 2006 Newsletter:
In Construction Paper for the 21st Century, discover how free on-line media enables students to collaborate as they mix, mash and re-create the web. Then, in Blogs are the New Crayons, learn how to take advantage of the read/write web so that you can quickly and easily post professional quality interactive multimedia content for your students, parents, and community. Bringing the Real World Into the Classroom will demonstrate the value of creating a collaborative classroom environment that uses videoconferencing to connect to real world experts, museums, educational organizations and other classrooms. Participants in Take it to the Next Level: Video Games in Education will be introduced to cutting edge theories on digital game-based learning, including the benefits, drawbacks, and controversial issues. Finally, More to the Story: Using Technology to Support the Whole Child will present creative ways technology can be used to support 40 developmental assets such as adult role models, service to others, social justice, sense of purpose, and a positive view of personal future.
I’m more and more interested in this final session; as I IMed Stacy recently:
I’m excited because it’s a powerful approach to life… it goes right to the heart of what education and technology are for in my mind… and its something people want to know, which isn’t being provided right now. I hope this is only the beginning of it at OCDE.
If you’re an educator in California, we hope to see you in Palm Springs in March. :)
Going to the CUE conference in Palm Springs this March? Add yourself to the Frappr map. :)
UPDATE: I am posting this the morning after writing it. Blogger was down last night… and Google News (my browser homepage) and Google! Did anyone else experience this phenomenon? It was downright weird. I’m not sure if this is exactly what is under Dave Winer’s skin, but perhaps we have come to depend on Google too much. Anyway, my post, which is itself just an update…
Today I was in Palm Springs for the conference planning committee meeting… preparing for the Computer Using Educators conference in March, something I highly recommend to all California educators! This year the OCDE Educational Technology unit will be running a room (with a mobile iBook lab) throughout the conference, hosting CUE workshops, and providing some exclusive OCDE content.
Tomorrow and Friday I will attend a Professional Learning Community training with the DeFours, finishing my 7 (working) days out of the office, which will make next week a busy one, too… but I suppose that never changes.
Regardless, I have notes on nine more sessions at the Serious Games Summit, though, and will be blogging that before moving on with my research this weekend. I think the re-processing will be useful for my coming project, which explores social constructivist principles of societal development. The comments on my keynote post are a powerful motivator, too! Thank you for those.