Google Buzz Makes Gmail Social
And the big news today is of course… Google Buzz, Google's Twitter (and Facebook) like social microblogging service, with welcome features such as threaded discussions – and unwelcome ones, such as mandatory integration with Gmail. We'll see…
(tags: googleined microblogging buzz)
CUE : Google Workshop for Educators at SVCUE
A new Google Workshop for Educators is now open for registration. It'll be March 27, 2010 from 8:30am to 3:30pm in San Jose. If you're in the area, I hope you can join us.
(tags: googleined cuetoyou cue gwe)
Free Conference Call, Phone Conferencing, Teleconferences – FreeConferenceCall.com
I went looking for a free conference calling alternative and found freeconferencecall.com (go figure). It turns out to be super easy to setup and use… the only drawback is the lack of an 800 number, but it is free after all, and that seems to be par for the course. There's always Skype (and similar services), but when it has to be a phone, this is a pretty easy alternative.
(tags: conferencecall phone meetings)
Project Management | Task Management | Google Apps | Social Productivity | Manymoon
This project management site is social in nature, includes Google Apps integration, and comes recommended by Katie Winchell at the California League of Middle School. I'm planning to play around with it, but have my eye on a few others too.
(tags: projectmanagement googleapps)
Google looks to enter tablet war with Apple's iPad – Feb. 4, 2010
Here's another (even more exciting) iPad related story: "As the fanfare over Apple's new iPad reaches a fever pitch, Google is not standing idly by. The search giant has already unveiled concept designs for its own version of a tablet, though it's unlikely that a Google tablet will hit store shelves until at least 2011."
(tags: ipad google chromeos)
Textbook Publishers Embrace iPad Apps for Education
Here's an interesting iPad in Education development: "Textbook publishers have already enlisted the third-party services of developers to build adaptations of textbooks for the iPad, the Wall Street Journal reports."
The Electric Educator: Using Google Calendar for Lesson Planning
This resource caught my eye, because among other things we are adding a Google Calendar segment to the GTA for Administrators in San Antonio next month. John Sowash's post (and video) will definitely be on the list of resources we share.
(tags: googleined googlecalendar calendar)
David Jakes Presentation Resources – On the Development of Learning Spaces
Another great educon slideshare… I also made my way through it in pieces – and recommend it to others. The visuals sustain it as an inspirational reflection tool, even without a conversation.
(tags: learning spaces change)
Field Guide for Change Agents | Sliced Bread
This slideshare presentation (created at Educon 2.2) is inspirational. I made my way through it in spare moments over the past couple of days. :)
(tags: socialchange leadership)
Innovating Toward Excellence: Education Entrepreneurs and the Transformation of Public Education | NewSchools Venture Fund
This is the site of a venture fund focused on educational entrepreneurship. Hm. I'm sure there's something to be learned here, but it's not the "network" I want. ;)
UnLtd || Welcome to UnLtd
And another social entrepreneurship resources – but still not the educational entrepreneur network I'm hoping to find (or create): "UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs – people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality."
Connecting and Celebrating Social Entrepreneurs | Skoll Foundation
It seems social entrepreneur resources are the closest thing to the educational entrepreneur resources I'm looking for. Here's another one: "The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are proven leaders whose approaches and solutions to social problems are helping to better the lives and circumstances of countless underserved or disadvantaged individuals."
By Social Entrepreneurs, For Social Entrepreneurs® — Social Edge
This looks like a network of 9 bloggers rather than the social network I hoped it would be… but it may still be a good resource for my educational entrepreneurship efforts.
Cyberbullying Research Center – findings, stories, cases, downloads, fact sheets, tips and strategies, news headlines, a blog, and other helpful resources
A cyberbullying resource (via Ted Lai)
(tags: internetsafety cyberbullying)
Digital Citizenship Education
This is a free digital citizenship program (mostly related to creative content, which I take to me intellectual property)… also via Ted Lai.
(tags: internetsafety ethics)
FBI-SOS: Safe Online Surfing
Via Ted Lai (though I believe Burt Lo shared this with me before). This is the FBI's Safe Online Surfing site for educators, students, and parents.
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)
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."
Educational Games, Worksheets & Homework Help for Kids, Parents and Teachers | Game Classroom
This educational game site is for grades k-6.
(tags: edugames elementary)
Screenr – Create screencasts and screen recordings the easy way
This is amazingly easy! As they say, "now you can create screencasts for your followers as easily as you tweet. Just click the record button and you'll have your ready-to-tweet screencast in seconds."
(tags: twitter video screencasting)
Twitter Friends Network Browser
A very cool (but limited) Twitter network visualization tool.
(tags: twitter visualization network)
Google Lets You Custom-Print Millions of Public Domain Books | Epicenter | Wired.com
Google's Book deals are finally coming to fruition…
The Data Liberation Front (the Data Liberation Front)
Very cool: "The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products."
(tags: google data import export)
Waybe – From the digital to the real world – Home
This is cool… waybe prints out paper paterns that can be cut and folded into 3D presentations of objects designed in Google SketchUp.
(tags: google sketchup 3d)
Roadtrip Nation: Define your own road in life!
These folks will be speaking at the annual CLHS and CLMS conferences. Their amazing program helps students answer the question "what do I want to do with my life?" It's for students "interested in exploring the world outside their comfort zone, talking with individuals who chose to define their own road in life, and sharing their experiences with our generation." Very cool.
(tags: roadtripnation clms clhs)
Google Fast Flip
Here's another great new (very visual) way to browse the news from Google.
(tags: google news)