Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Educational Mac Podcast #35-December 31, 2006

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End of the year 2006. It has been a year that has flown past for me, personally and professionally. The Future of The Educational Mac New work related podcasts coming Okay, enough about the future. It is time to look at the past, as in the past year. As I mentioned at the top of the show, this year has flown by for me. So it is good for me to stop and reflect a little bit. I am going to go into year-end list mode. Now everyone does 5 item or 10 item lists, but in honor of the year 2006 I am going to present my top six lists in 5 categories. I was too lazy to do six.
Category One–My top podcast listens (non-educational) One that is gone that I really miss it The Wizards of Technology. The passing of Digital Bill was a shock and leaves a big hole in the tech podcasting community.
6. Your Mac Life–Shawn King irritates the he** out of me, but he does a pretty good job with guests and I am jealous as all get out that he and Lisa are working with and for David Pogue.
5. iLife Zone–I really like this Mac-centric podcast, especially when they actually focus on the iLife tools. I have learned quite a few new tricks and tips from this one.
4. Mac OS Ken –I used to really like Inside Mac Radio, but when Ken and Laura Burstein left/were kicked out, a lot of the life went out of the show. I was glad that Ken started his own show. It is nice to have a daily dose of Mac news in a podcast format.
3. Daily Giz Whiz–If you don't listen to this daily show from Leo Leporte and Dick DeBartolo, you are missing 15 minutes of fun a day. I really like it when Dick talks about Mad Magazine or his work on The Match Game.
2. ESPN's Pardon the Interruption–I use to be a complete sports nut. I got a little tired of sports talk radio though. I do love this show from ESPN though and since I don't have cable or a dish it is great to be able to get this show as a podcast.
1. TWIT–Okay, I know it is not Mac specific. I also know that I should probably despise John C. Dvorak, but he and the TWIT show are a guilty pleasure each week. When Leo threatened to quit the show a few months ago, I really panicked.

Category Two–Top Educational Podcast listens. This list has changed. It seems that many of the early shows that I listened to have gone away. I miss One Big Head, Teach42 (I'll give Steve a pass because of the baby), Paradigm Shift, and Room 208.
6. Teaching for the Future with Dave LaMorte–This is a fairly new one that I am still getting a handle on, but as an up and coming teacher, he has a lot of good things to say.
5. The Savvy Technologist–This one may have to go into the gone away pile soon. Tim Wilson is a great podcaster. His new job has apparently bitten into his podcasting time. I hope he can get it back going again.
4. Moving at the Speed of Creativity–Wes Fryer is one who has kept up and I really like his deep thinking on topics. I do sometimes have trouble with the length of some of the shows though.
3. Geek!Ed!–The band of merry educational technologists from Michigan put out an entertaining show each week. I usually learn something too. Can you say WII.
2. Connect Learning–David Warlick continues to produce, particularly when presenting at a conference. I really enjoy those shows and he lets the audience participate and we get to hear what others are thinking and questioning. His keynote for the K12 Online Conference was outstanding.
1. Infinite Thinking Machine–This again is a fairly new show. It is a vidcast, but professionally done by Chris Walsh and others. They have also enlisted Vint Cerf to do segments which are great. With the few shows they have done, they have quickly become my favorite.

Category 3–Blogs My blog subscription list is overly long and I spend too much time daily perusing new posts. However, here are 6 educational blogs I would never prune.
6. 21st Century Collaborative–Sheryl's blog is a must stop for me. She is really on top of what is going on in EdTech. Her leadership on the K12 online conference was spectacular as well.
5. The Fischbowl–Karl Fisch gives a great accounting of what goes on in his school with Web 2.0 and other tools. His trilogy of videos are also great tools.
4. Dangerously Irrelevant–Scott McLeod does a great job of presenting the case that our administrators are ill-prepared for the task of integrating technology in our schools. If I were to enter an administrative program I would want it to be Scott's.
3. Moving at the Speed of Creativity–Wes Fryer is one of the most prolific edubloggers out there. I can't say I fully read all of his posts but there is always at least one a day that makes my head hurt.
2. 2 Cents Worth–David's blog is another one that makes my head hurt on a consistent basis. But what I really like is the conversations he sparks in the edublogosphere.
1. Weblogg-ed–I am not sure I got Will Richardson until I heard him speak at NECC this year. Now I do and I am glad that many others listen. Will is one that I believe will help change education in this country.

Category 4–Educational Events 6. Work–Lots of changes, not many for the better. Overload on things that I don't feel are that important but that others do. On the plus side we are beginning to see the roll out of social software tools in the district as well as a couple of other projects that could prove interesting.
5. UCET Conference–This one because I was responsible for it. It is amazing what a small group of dedicated individuals can do.
4. K12 Online Conference–I was not involved except as a participant, but see #5 above.
3. EduBlogger Meetup at NECC–Putting faces with voices and written words was terrific. It makes the online life much more compelling for me.
2. NECC–This is usually the highlight of the year for me. It was a great conference. But what made it great was all of the conversations going on around and throughout the conference, but not at the conference.
1. David Warlick's visit to JSD. David spelled out things for our district that maybe we weren't quite ready to hear. But his message did get through and is making an impact now almost a year later. We will get to hear David again this year as he keynotes the UCET 2007 conference.

Category 5–Favorite Toys/Gadgets/Software of the Year (Ones that I have personally experienced) 6. Bluetooth Headset for Cell Phone–This one was really a necessity because the speaker on my phone is useless. I look like a reject from Star Trek TNG, but I can answer phone calls and didn't have to give up the phone I really like.
5. Logitech USB Headset–This has made the podcast easier to produce and I hope easier on your ears.
4. HP LaserJet 3050 All-in-One. This one I got for Christmas and I love it. My Stylus C86 has been crapping out for the past few months and I was getting tired of replacing ink every month. The 3050 is an older model, but it is perfect for my needs. I love having a laser printer again. The other capabilities are cake.
3. Magnavox 15" HDTV Monitor–We bought this as a replacement TV for our custom van. However, I have used it more as a 2nd monitor for my laptop at home. It makes a big difference to have the extra screen real estate available to work in.
2. Comic Life–Although this has been out almost 2 years, I finally wised up to it this year. It is so versatile, yet easy to use. I have had teachers who wouldn't do anything with their students in a lab before spend weeks on different projects. I love this software.
1. Video iPod–I really believe this device can revolutionize what teachers do in the classroom. To be able to download video and show it on a TV or projector easily could really be a boon. This device in conjunction with our statewide media download service should really be a useful tool in our teachers arsenal.

Well those are my lists and year end wrap up so to speak. I hope all of you and yours have had a marvelous winter season. It's now time to get back to work. I hope that 2007 brings you enjoyment and enrichment.
See you in a few!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Holidays from the Educational Mac

Whatever you may be celebrating this time of year. Best Wishes to all.
Kelly @ The Educational Mac

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wow, What a Concept!

As I continue through the day, something has struck me. I can clearly remember when my youngest child was born 11 years ago. There was some pretty amazing technology in the room. Today as I look around my mom's room, what strikes me is that there is even more technology and it has been completely integrated into the hospital routine and experience. My mom's nurse is older than I am (and that's all I am saying about that), but she uses the computer in the room to input Mom's vitals every half-hour. I wonder if she had to go to hours and hours of professional development .

There are doctors, nurses, aides all using computers at various stations in the hallways. (I would have paid $100 for a digital camera to take a picture of the doctor using a Dell computer, looking at iMacs on the Apple website. I need a new cell phone with decent picture taking abilities.) While I am sure that they have all received training, there is no debate over whether they will use it or not. They just do. What to they use it for? To share information and data (can you say collaborate) to help do their jobs to the best of their ability.


Makes the Waiting Much Better

So I am at the hospital waiting for my mother to come out of surgery (scheduled not emergency). I brought my laptop for the 2+ hour wait, to work on a presentation. I open up the PowerBook and the Airport signal indicator shows a full strength signal. Could it possibly be? Yes, the hospital has free public wi-fi available. Now I'll never get the presentation done.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Not a Podcast Vidcast

Get the vodcast here Between business and vacationing a podcast has been impossible this month. I did however put together a little gadget review for a meeting that I had to bail on tomorrow. So I am posting that and hope I that you will forgive my laziness this month.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Have a Good Rest Digital Bill!

A report from MacMerc has informed us of the passing of "Digital Bill", Bill Douthett of the Wizards of Technology Podcast and website. The WOT was one of the first technology podcasts and the second podcast I subscribed to in Dec. of '04. Bill gave us advice on starting TEM and I will always be grateful. I will miss Bill and the podcast. To his friends and family, The Educational Mac expresses our condolences
See You in a Few, Bill!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Educational Mac Podcast #34-September 23, 2006

Show notes for TEM #34
Thanks for Listening
Apple introduces new iMacs, new iPods, an iTV, and oh yeah, movies.
An interview with one of the founders of PB Wiki, Ramit Sethi.
My new videocast venture, a purely indulgent work called Rewind. The feed is feed://
See You in a Few!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The New iMacs

The new iMacs yesterday are very impressive. A lot has been made in the Mac press about the $999 iMac. If you check the specs, this is the iMac for education offered to everyone. Apparently though the restriction on the educational iMac for $899 for institutional puchase only has been lifted. If you log into the education store for individual purchase you can now select the $899 iMac. See You in a Few!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

A New Venture

No, I am not giving up The Educational Mac. But I am starting a new adventure in blogging/podcasting/vidcasting. The project was born out of my passion and belief in the power of storytelling, in particular, Digital Storytelling. Having organized a film festival for our elementary schools for the past 3 years, I see the need for examples for the students. I also want to be able to show the power of the tools we have available today. So I am embarking on a personal project to be one of those examples.
Through my life I have not been very good at keeping a journal. As I get older I am feeling a void because of the lack of a personal voice. Therefore this project is going to be my life story told in reverse from where I am now. The project is called Rewind. I realize it is in some ways a vanity project, but it is something I want to leave behind for my posterity.
However, I also see it as a way of putting my actions where my mouth is. If you would like to visit my personal time machine on occasion feel free to visit Rewind. The first entry will be available on Monday, Sept. 4th.
As I began, The Educational Mac is not going away, I will be back within a week with a new podcast, so...
See You in a Few!

p.s. I am going to try a few things with Rewind including submitting to You Tube, Google Video and maybe a few others. The Feedburner feed for the project is feed://

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Educational Mac Podcast #33-August 9, 2006

Show Notes Interview with Zane about his Apple Camp experience
NECC Final Thoughts
Comic Life Review
Comic Life Tutorial
The Savvy Technologist podcast with Comic Life creators
A couple of thoughts about everything swirling around the Read/Write Web or Web 2.0 or whatever you choose to call it.
See You in a Few!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Live at Apple Camp

I am at the movie making Apple Camp with my son, Zane. I have found out a couple of things. 1) My son is much more shy around strangers than I realized. 2) He gets really quiet when he gets shy. I don't know if he is bored or just looking bored.
The Apple Store staff is doing a great job of working with the kids. The group my son is in is having a hard time coming up with ideas. But the camp counselor is working through it with them. It will be fun to see what they come up with.
I think this concept is a great idea from Apple and I hope they continue it in the future.
Zane and I are going to record a podcast later about the experience from his point of view.

Friday, July 07, 2006

TEM Podcast 32 -NECC2006 Special #2

A great day at NECC.
One Laptop Per Child - Nicholas Negroponte Blog Entry
Your school media channel-Chris Walsh Blog Entry
Award Winning Digital Photography - Arnie Abrams
The Mega VCR -Hall Davidson
A Web of Connections - Will Richardson (I lost my blog entry, but here and here are a couple of good summations of the session).
The Savvy Technologist Edublogger Meetup
Roger Wagner

Digital Photography-The Good, the Bad, The Ugly - Leslie Fisher

Leslie knows digital photography. I have seen her present before. Top problems with Digital Photography
Not Close Enough
Not in Focus-Press the shutter button halfway down to set the focus.
Camera Shake - What causes it? Lack of lighting. What can you do about it? Tripod or table, set a time, change the settings, use a flash.
Boring Composition-Use Law of thirds. Look for lines, Sapce makes you think, Shoot High/Shoot Low, If I see another...
Ignoring the background
Missing the Moment - Why does it happen? Camera trying to expose for everything. Use Sports mode. Warning, the faster the shot, the less light brought into the camera. Watch for underexposed shots.
Too Much Flash
Too little Flash
Why not Vertical? Digital Zoom - Crap
Wrong Settings - Pixels, Pixel = Pixel Info. The dots that make up the overall picture, Megapixel = 1 million pixels, 1280 x 1024,is 1.3 Megapixels, The more megapixels in your camera, the bigger the picture! The better the print, Pixel dimensions will vary by brand. Take Pictures as largest quality possible.
Camera Settings
Camera Raw - Camera does not touch the image whatsoever.
Shutter priority
Aperture Priority
Exposure Compensation
White Balance Adjustment
Lighting - Friend and Foe, look for natural light sources, Hand Test Leslie is not allowed to reproduce the handout for this session due to a contract with a business, but check her site for her other handouts which are just terrific.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The MegaVCR: Media and More in Your Pocket - Hall Davidson

For me Hall Davidson is another can't miss. I have attended conferences where Hall has presented for about 10 years now. He has such a great presentation personna and knows his stuff. The things he has done with the California Multimedia Festival was the inspiration for what we have done with our district elementary film festival.
This session is about the video iPod. United Streaming license's now allow for download ing of their content. Showed a mix he did using Premiere Elements of US content with him overlayed. It is pretty amazing. Hall makes a pretty good case for teachers having video iPods. Showing other content from US on the iPod. Showed a few other videos. Now he is actually going to show the process of getting the video from download to iPod.
The thing about Hall is that no matter what he is presenting, he is entertaining and hilarious. It's too bad they didn't advertise the session better, the crowd was smaller but it was still fun and very informative.

Award Winning Digital Photography Projects - Arnie Abrams

He is referring to the DeWitt Jones Keynote yesterday and mentions the creativity aspect. He will focus more on bringing this to the classroom. Handout available at Arnie's website.
Why bother
Visual Literacy
Visual Learners
Visual subjects
NETS Standards
Better, cheaper, easier cameras
New, fun, motivating
Instant results
Have your own darkroom
Cross-curricular projects
The Week That Was
Safety Do's and Dont's Poster
Research Project rather than paper
Getting Started with Digital Photography
Start with a specific assignment in mind
Portrait, motion, documentation
Going on assignment
Which is the Fake?
Make a commercial

Language Arts
Photo sequences or Every Picture Tells a Story . Story starters
Book Reports that come to life
Bilingual Photo Dictionary
Human Letters
Photo Flash Cards
Mystery Objects
Parts of Speech

Special effects Photography - Time-lapse, Stop Motion, Panorama, Spin Object
Extreme Close Ups
Adopt a Tree

Social Studies
Virtual Postcards
Politics and Pictures
Two Sides to a Story
History Figure Cube
Our Town-Past, Present & Future

Math Projects
Pictures of Math
Counting Items
Human Bar Chart
Fraction Photos

Social Skills
Illustrating Emotions

Teacher Tools
Visual Seating Chart
Student ID Cards
Enhance Field Trips

Camera Management Tips
Inexpensive cameras for student use
Standardize equipment
No "hand-offs"
Keep a camera handy
Keep spare batteries charged
Lots of memory cards

Digital Workflow
1. Capture - Shoot the picture, or scan, or have film transferred to digital, get a picture from the internet.
2. Transfer - Upload the pictures to a computer via the camera or a card reader
3. Edit - crop, correct or enhance.
4. Share - Print or share the photos electronically, back up to a CD or DVD

Useful web links at

Project Management Tips
Training Session
Student Licenses
Copy the Manual
Organize images into folders
Store file on external drives or CD/DVD
De-emphasize printing
Share photos on the web-Web photo albums
This session was as full at the DP session I attended yesterday. But I think this crowd got more out of it. The presentation was better and filled out the session time much better. Both presenters obviously enjoy digital photography, but Arnie showed more of a passion for it.

Building Your Own Media Empire - Chris Walsh

Subtitle: Podcasting to Improve Communication & Training in Education Communities (handouts at Looking at community driven content.
1 - Understand Podcasting
2 - See/hear in action
3 - Create a simple podcast
RSS makes it all possible.
Your digital news wire.
It's democratic distribution of content
"The Long Tail" - Something for everyone
Blogs - Text entries, published periodically
Podcasts - audio/video episodes, published periodically (interesting comment on the content being personal)
Why Now? - ease of distribution, more bandwidth, better mobile devices
Time Shifting - listen or watch anytime
Place Shifting - listen or watch "anywhere"
Enables learning everywhere & all of the time
Student Voices
Professional Development
Community Outreach
Home Communication
Plays examples of podcasts - they are listed on the handout. Doing an example podcast using the Odeo Studio
This was a very well planned out and executed session.

One Laptop Per Child-Nicholas Negroponte

The big keynote for the conference this year is Nicholas Negroponte and the "$100" laptop. He begins by talking about the project as a journey. Mentions Seymour Papert and his view on students programming and the benefits thereof. Negroponte spends much of his time in underdeveloped countries. Technology isn't about teaching, it's about learning. Introduces the concept of the $100 laptop.
Three basic principles - 1-Use technology to learn learning, not to learn something.
2-Teaching is one but not the only way to achieve learning.
3-Leverage children themselves.
History of his involvement in bringing technology to underdeveloped nations. Started with a few computers in a few locations, then moved to telecommunication(wifi, wimax, etc.) Communication is not a problem today. Project in Cambodia. At the same time Papert worked with the state of Maine on their laptop project. In Maine, they have discovered that teaching and learning is different. What is One Laptop Per Child? 1 - A non-profit entity of $30M funding for non-recurring engineering costs.
2 - About Scale, Scale, scale being global is curcial. Launch 5-10 million in 2007, 50-150 million 2008 > 5 large diverse countries.
3 - To provide to children: to own, to take home, to use seamlessly.
Partners Google, eBay, AMD, News Corp, Brightstar, Marvell, Nortel, Red Hat, 3M, Chi Mei, Quanta, Satellite - TBA, UN, IADB
A lot of laptops. How to get to $100.
•No sales, marketing distribution
•First Purchase Order 5-10M units
•Reduce display cost leveraging backlight innovation
500 Mhz AMD x86 processor
128M dRAM
512M Flash
>2 W nominal, can be human powered
3 USB ports
Stereo sound, with 2 audio out
WIFI mesh network
Dual mode Display - Spatial Color, Backlit, Transmissive, OLPC LCD Display, Sunlight Readable, Reflective
Camera under consideration
Working model should be on floor shortly Open Source
Skinny Linux
Instant on
Will be faster than your laptop
Parallel Commercial Channels
Whitebox and brands
Private labels
Maintenance by the kids
Design - not cheap, not toy
Color coding of machine for revision purposes. A pivot screen. Crank moved to power supply to reduce wear on the laptop. Part of the Package
$1000 server with 300GB
Inter-school wireless connections Satellite back haul, where needed Mesh
About Launch, global, simultaneous, in quantities of one million each.
Launch countries - Brazil, Nigeria, Thailand, Argentina Central American plan with IADB, In discussion with : China, India, Egypt, Mexico, Bangladesh, Arab League
Why not in the USA?
Buy the $400 Intel Laptop
We do not treat malaria here
Too many school districts
Reverse chain: OLPC's problems are different
Time Line
Nov. 17 Announced WSIS
Dec. 12 Quanta agreed to build
May '06 final country commitments
Q4 '06 developer rollout
Laptop price commitment $100 target price end of 2008, price will float based on : currency, memory, nickel, cobalt. $138 anticipated in 2007 constantly lowering, $50 target price in 2010. Gray market issues - Economics
Initial and launch: Central government funded.
Single order
Philanthropic Organizations
Child-to-child funding
Commercial subsidy
One country paying for another
Side Effects
Linux on the desktop
No caps lock key
Power conciousness, more human power
No bloated software
stop featuritis
Viral telecommunications
Peer to peer everything
Learning by doing
Contribute ideas to If personally intertested or want a developer board, send e-mails to:

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Telling the New Story

If I had to choose only one session to attend here at NECC, this is the one that I would choose. David Warlick presents the case for Telling the New Story so well that I don't tire of hearing it. Part of the fun of David's sessions is listening to the music he has created, or music that his son plays. The only way education will change is if we can Tell a New Story about education. We have been in the industrial age education system for so long David is not optimistic that it can change. However he has seen pockets. Examples of what can happen when teachers and student are given technology that they can use to bridge gaps. The handouts for the session can be found at David's Site. David's civics teacher predicted in 1967 that everyone would have a computer by the year 2000. Leadership - 3 types - There is the leader that is the master. There is the leader that is the creator, inventor. The leader that can tell a compelling new story. The current education system was designed to prepare people to work in straight rows, working on repetitive tasks, for their entire career. Uses The World is Flat to talk about what we need to prepare our students for today. Also talks about Richard Florida's work. Picture of David's son in "cockpit." We see technology, he experiences information. The kids today are super human. They have invisible tentacles that reach through walls and around the world. They take them to where they need to go. Then they come into the classroom and we cut off the tentacles, and they don't like it. A story from a Techie Children believe that "...everything is clickable, even their parents." -Vinod Khosla "There is no longer a need to teach kids the facts..." In the classroom today we need to create learners who are specialized and/or adaptable.
The Long Tail effect.
When we have new questions, where do the new answers come from? One of the answers will be something that somebody said yesterday on a blog or wiki.
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Sessions attended today-BTW, I have to hand it to ISTE and the NECC crew this year. The wireless access throughout the conference center is terrific. There were a few slowdowns, but the access seemed very robust. Once again, I applaud conference organizers. They really stepped up after the lack of access last year.
San Diego is a great place for conferences. I have attended many here and just love it. I think if I could afford to live anyplace I wanted, San Diego would be in the top 3 of my choices. Speaking of affordability. I can't believe there are still hotels that charge you so much for a night's stay and still won't provide free internet access. When Best is Free: An Educator's Guide to Open Source
Blog Entry
Podcasting and Podcatching for the Absolute Beginner
Blog Entry
Telling the New Story: Promoting Visions for 21st Century Classrooms
Blog Entry
Say Cheese! Using Digital Cameras in the Classroom
Blog Entry
Apple introduces a lower cost iMac for education.
See You in a Few! (hours that is)
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Podcasting and Podcatching for the Absolute Beginner

Dr. Larry Anderson has organized the session and has gathered several great podcasters. Ted Lai - co-authored iLife in the Classroom '06 with Jim Heid, David Warlick, Lucy Gray, Tim Wilson. There is a wiki set up at David's site that will contain notes taken by participants in the session. Ted and Tim are introducing the basics, talking about RSS. Defining Podcasts and Podcasting. The big thing about podcasting is the timeshifting aspect. Facts Doesn't require an iPod, Timeshifting, Not platform specific, Democratization.
Timeline - Podcasting officially began in Summer of 2004, Curry and Winer, Term coined in Sept. 2004, Thousands of podcasters online now. Fastest growing technology use in history.
Vocabulary - RSS, XML, enclosure, aggregator, blog, syndication.
David describes the relationship between blogging and podcasting, unfortunately the bandwidth suck is going big time and he can't get anywhere fast online.
Lucy is now going over podcatching in iTunes and my battery is about dead, so I am going to shorten this one and hope I can find an open outlet somewhere.

David Thornberg on Open Source-When the Best is Free

In the Sails Pavillion. I kind of like this setting for a session, it is very open and there will be a lot of noise, but it is sunny and airy, not at all like the usual stuffy conference room. Dr. Thornburg begins by talking about the platform agnostic nature of open source. Has written a book called When the Best is Free. A benefit of open source is that it tends to get updated a lot. The cost benefit can be impressive. Edubuntu is the only operating system that was designed for schools. Now playing a game. Contestant picks a card, the card reads Audacity. Talks about what Audacity can replace (Sound Forge). BTW-The session is packed with people standing around the edges. I have a feeling open source is going to be a huge topic at the conference.
Now the program he is demonstrating is Inkscape. Line art drawing tool comparable to Illustrator.
(I just realized I left my extra battery at the hotel, doh!)
Next up is NVU, it is a wysiwyg web editor. Now in the game is NetLogo. It is a free Logo software, but not open source yet. The next software is Blender. It is a 3-D modeling tool that can also do 3-D animation. He will not demonstrate Blender but is showing a film that was created using Blender. Blender has been used in feature films, notably Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Dia is a diagramming software comparable to Visio. The SRO crowd has stayed pretty much intact. I am a little surprised as the session has moved a little slowly, at least for my taste.
Final software is Tuxpaint. It is a paint program for kids, comparable to KidPix. This has been an informative session, but again could have moved a little faster.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

NECC 2006 Schedule

I have to admit that I have had a hard time getting very excited about NECC for a variety of reasons. However as the time is close at hand, I can feel the anticipation building as I look forward to seeing distant friends and meeting new ones. Here is my tentative schedule for NECC. I will update as I settle on a few more sessions. Remember, Be the first to introduce yourself to me each day (5,6, & 7) and I will have a shiny iTunes gift card for you.
Kelly Dumont NECC 2006 Tentative Schedule ---------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday, July 5
10:00-11:00am Podcasting and Podcatching for the Absolute Beginner
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11:45am-1:00pm Extraordinary Visions
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2:00-3:00pm Telling the New Story: Promoting Visions for 21st Century Classrooms NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm Introducing the Read/Write Web: Challenges, Opportunities, and Implications NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm Say Cheese! Using Digital Cameras in the Classroom
Thursday, July 6
7:15-8:15am Tom Snyder Breakfast
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8:30-9:45am One Laptop Per Child
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11:00am-12:00pm A One Hour Tour: Navigating Primary Sources on the Internet
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12:00-1:00pm Sandisk Lunch NOTES: Time Conflict
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12:30-1:30pm Award-Winning Digital Photography Projects for the Classroom NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm The MegaVCR: Media and More in Your Pocket NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm Using Technology to Support 21st-Century Literacy Skills NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything
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5:00-6:00pm Savvy Technologist Podcast
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8:00-10:00pm EduBlogger Meetup
Friday, July 7
8:30-9:30am The Good, Bad, and Ugly: Taking Digital Pictures Effectively
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11:30am-12:30pm iLearn, Therefore iPod
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2:30-3:30pm Open Technologies: What They Mean for You and Your Students
See You in a Few! (For some, quite literally)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Blogging and Podcasting NECC

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The list of those who have publicly volunteered to blog and podcast NECC '06 has been put up here.
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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Find Me at NECC!

Okay, in case you missed it in the podcast. I am bringing 3-$15.00 iTunes gift cards with me to NECC. I will give one away on the 5th, one on the 6th and one on the 7th. The first listener each day who comes up to me and says, "Hi Kelly, I listen to The Educational Mac," will receive the gift card for that day. As I mentioned on the podcast, I am going to limit this to listeners that I do not know or that I have not met in person before. Beginning on the 4th I will give clues as to where I will be at the conference the next day. I will also give information as to what I am wearing or other ways to identify me that day. I am looking forward to meeting listeners in San Diego.
See You in a Few!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

TEM Podcast 30b-The Real #30

Whoops, I skipped a number there. So Podcast 30 is really 29 and 30b here is the real 30. My Bad!
Show Notes
eMac replacement in the works?
Apple Camp for kids this summer
Apple sells PowerSchool to Pearson Assessment, then Pearson turns around and purchases Chancery Software. Nothing like cornering the market on everything.
Dell opening two stores, but you can't walk out with anything you purchase. What is not to get here?
MacBook hands on
iWeb Review. Addtional iWeb templates available from iLife Stuff, and Lamiavia. Problem uploading with 1.1 update. The website I am maintaining using iWeb, Black Ice.
One Minute Book Review of Naked Conversations
NECC 2006-San Diego, CA July 5-7
Apps I Use-StickyBrain
Interview with Richard Miller of FreeMacWare
Cousin Calculator
See You in a Few!
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Thursday, May 18, 2006


I am posting this entry from a black MacBook at The Apple Store-Gateway in Salt Lake City. I love this machine. I am still undecided on the screen (the glare does bother me a bit). I actually love the keyboard (although I wouldn’t want to have to replace it). The Macbook is very responsive in opening applications. I really like this machine.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Rising from the Grave, so to speak

It has been over 4 months since I recorded the last podcast. I have talked several times about life getting in the way of this labor of love. Well it happened again. Well, that and general laziness. Much has happened over the general Macintosh landscape in 4 months. I am not sure that much has happened over the Macs in education landscape though. It has really been pretty quiet.
I am not sure there is a lot in this podcast either. But I do mention the new MacBooks, iLife '06, my daughter's softball team website that I am creating with iWeb, and our 3rd annual elementary film festival.
See You in a Few!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Can We All Just Pack Up and Go Home Now?

Well, just as it seems some are getting it, here comes the other end of the cow. I was fortunate to be in the company of our state Ed-Tech Director this morning touring some model technology classrooms. He actually got a call from one of the highest rated radio stations in the state. They actually alerted him to the article and asked for his opinion. What he did is get them to come out to the school and talk to a teacher from one of these model classrooms. The report will air in the morning, but at least we go a chance to talk about what technology in the classroom is really about.

Monday, April 03, 2006

AppZapper for Free

MacZot is trying a new tack in moving software. For the new release of AppZapper, which is a great uninstaller, they are looking to get 259 blog links. If that happens then everybody who registers will receive AppZapper for free. Go to MacZot for more information.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Wow, sombody may actually get it!

My cousin posted this quote to his blog today. It seems like at least one person outside of education may get it. I used to think Mark Cuban was a lucky, rich doofus (no offense, Mr. Cuban). But more and more I see him saying some pretty intelligent things. This is one of the best I have seen... In the past, you had to memorize knowledge because there was a cost to finding it. Now, what can't you find in 30 seconds or less? We live an open-book-test life that requires a completely different skill set. Thru ZD Net from Time Magazine

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Social PD

Well, my conference duties are over and still no podcast. It really is from lack of effort. I have been rather lazy about a lot of things since the conference, but I am starting to get caught up. A long day on Friday and then I should be in the clear for a week or so. One thing has struck me this past week though and strangely enough I have heard others talk about it or write about it this week. That thing is the concept of podcasts and blog entries as professional development. I follow about 30 educational blogs at this time and subscribe to about 8 "educational" podcasts. I subscribe to a variety of other podcasts as well. I check my reader several times a day. I check for new podcasts to download every hour or so. What I am getting from this is my own personal professional development. I have several instructors like, Wesley , David , Bob , Will , Miguel , Tim , Steve , and several others. What I learn about is diverse. Sometimes I am learning about new tools, sometimes about new ideas or pedagogies. Sometimes I really agree with what is being said and sometimes I don't. If I disagree with one of the instructors long enough, I drop him from my reader or podcast subscriptions and find another. The biggest thing to me is that I am choosing what I am learning. I control the pacing of the instruction, the time of the intstruction, and the place where I receive the instruction. Isn't this what professional development should be for all (I know, don't generalize, or overstate) teachers. I wonder what would happen if we could supply teachers with media players and teach them how to find the content in various media forms. Would they find their own ground and use the tools to continue their learning. Teachers have so little time, but most are driving, walking, riding for a various amount of time each day. I do a lot of driving in my current position, and instead of listening to the same sports story over and over I now spend the time learning really cool things. When I have a few minutes spend on the computer I don't have to go looking for new information about my interests, the information is there waiting for me. The tools are there I feel a more urgent need every day to share them with educators I come in contact with. Why shouldn't they have the opportunity to find their own professional development.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A Most Useful Site

I mentioned this site in the last podcast, but I feel the need to bring it up again. it is Everyday they list a new freeware application for Macs. Not everything is for everyone, but the last two days have been terrific finds.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Thinking in a new way

The one thing about spending time with David Warlick is that within a few minutes you will be thinking in new ways. David did a terrific job of working with our district folk yesterday. I saw the faces of people go through many emotions yesterday, but the common one was the deep thinking look. As David taught and challenged our district I could see a lot nodding heads as well. This will get our new round of technology planning off to flying start.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

A Great Dinner

I had the opportunity to dine with David Warlick this evening. He is working with our district tomorrow. It is so refreshing to hear a progressive voice. Whenever I listen to David the thought keeps running through my mind, What is it going to take to really make changes in public education? What is it that will really prepare my children for the flat world? Can it be done within the confines of the current system. I am afraid I know the answer. I think I can help my children through the system by adding to what they are getting in the system, but what about all of the rest of the kids. Who is going to do it for them, if not their teachers?
I am really interested to see the reaction to the message David will share tomorrow.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Educational Mac Podcast #28-Feb 4, 2006

Show Notes
One Year of the Educational Mac
It's been over a month! Where has the time gone?
The blog is active again at
Where is the time going?
Rehash of Apple's Macworld announcements
Apple moves into #1 spot in education in Western Europe
iLife '06 Reviews Rollout
Learn to Podcast series
Educational Technology Conferences-UCET
My new best desktop friend–StickyWindows
FreeMacBlog and FreeMacWare
Preview of next show
See You in a Few!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Here We Go Again

I have been waiting for the Fantastico installer to update to Wordpress 2.0 and here it is. I am going to start posting here again on a regular basis. I even remember why I was waiting. One click import from the Blogger version. All new postings will be continue to be cross posted here and at I am still working on a new podcast. Hopefully by this weekend.
See You in a Few!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New Show on Thursday

I was going to do a show tonight, but decided to wait until I get my copy of iLife '06 tomorrow! I should have it tomorrow afternoon. I will review my predictions(I told you I sucked at predictions) and also what else happened at the Keynote and the 1st days of Macworld as I see them pertaining to K-12 education.
See You in a Few!