Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Will Richardson's Workshop-Empowering Practice: Leveraging the Read/Write Web for Professional Growth

Notes to Self in parenthesis (Doing this reminds me of how bad a note taker I was in college. Obviously not a very good live blogger either). willsworkshop-6.jpg This is an introductory workshop for the tools of the read/write web. It is about how to use the tools for the educators own professional practice.
BTW-Working on a PC and yes it is killing me. Dang noisy keyboards. These are hugely disruptive times because of these technologies.The important piece to this is learning to create your own learning environments, because this is what are students are going to need to learn to do. A little discussion about blocking the tools, etc. First working with Wikis. Using Wikispaces. The intelligence services of the US are using a wiki. Difference between wikis and blogs. Blogs about conversation, wikis about dumping information. Wikispaces not cooperating so we're switching to Google. Looking at Google Reader. Describing RSS and how Google Reader Works. Going over how to subscribe to feeds with Reader. Spending a lot of time on features of Google Reader (Shared Items, Tags (which I haven't used, but great idea). Now looking at Del.icio.us. (It too is being a little balky. I actually think it is the network here). Now playing with PageFlakes. Haven't done so before, kind of like Google Reader on steroids. (Will is doing a great job of handling all of the hiccups). Going back to Wikispaces with the hope that it will behave now. It is working much better. (I have been a pretty strong proponent of PBWiki, but I am thinking that Wikispaces is easier to use. I need to do a wiki bake-off). Now looking at blogs. Using LearnerBlogs or Edublogs. They too are being flakey. Will thinks these are due to actual problems at the sites. Will wishes that things were working better so he could show his workflow. I wish so too. Going through Wordpress features. Addressing how to get these tools used effectively in schools. It's all about the personal networking and learning. As usual the conversation at the end makes the difference. willsworkshop-5.jpg Great job Will! n07s688 necc07 necc2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

Lunch with Ron Clark

Our team was invited to a luncheon sponsored by Promethean. The lunch speaker was Ron Clark, author of The Essential 55. He really was inspiring. It was fun to see someone who is so energetic and passionate about working with kids. I tried to record it, but screwed up of course. Thanks to Jeff Anderson from Audio Enhancements for inviting us to attend. , ,

Where is it Happening?

Be warned, this is a rant post. Somethings I have observed this morning. Why would you make it so it takes 7 minutes to get out of a session room. Hopefully that will not be so bad as people get more spread out. If you only have one major way to get out of an area keep it as clear as possible.
I spent my first little bit of time on the exhibit floor, went to see the new HyperStudio. It is supposed to be out later this summer. Again I may question its relevance in today's world, but I still want it. I think I just spent the most money per ounce for any soft drink I have ever had. It is worse than the airport.
By the way, if you want to know where it is happening here, stay close to the Blogger Cafe on Level 2. bloggercafe-2.jpg

Leslie Fisher–Gadget Queeen

Leslie Fisher–Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets
Utility Software
SnapzPro Adium (www.adiumx.com)
If you have more than 215 fonts the system will only give you access to Times Roman Italics
Clip Art
Art Explosion 750,000
ClipArt. com
High end photos www.gettyimages.com
Digital Cameras
Canon Powershot TX1
7.1 MP
Image Stabilization
HD Movies
ISO 1600 for low light
Sony DSC T100
8.1 MP, 5x Optical Zoom
11 Scene Modes
3 in. Monitor
Camera Slow?
It could be the card
Memory cards have speed rating
Cheaper the card slower the picture taking
Buy professional level cards–about $10 extra per card
Use a card reader to save on camera battery life
Use www.smugmug.com for uploading pictures
Free-$99.00 per year
When something goes wrong with your card
Image Rescue from Lexar
Television and Music
Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick
USB to Cable or RCA $129.00
Mac and PC
Soundsticks II–$199
TivoTivo to Go is basically a web server $299-$899
Hooks up to TV and Internet
Login anywhere via internet and watch your shows
Also allows you to watch live TV
Home Theatre Nuts
Logitech Harmony 890 Remote
Universal Remote
Web Interface to set up remote
Mecca for iPod people www.belkin.com
Old School Music
iTTUSB–USB Turntable $134.00
Phone Tidbits
iPhone–Is there anything else right now
Virtual Laser Keyboard–http://www.virtual-laser-keyboard.com
Verizon and Spring Aircard
Keyspan Presenter Remote $59.00 www.keyspan.com
Solar device charger–www.solio.com $99.00
Computer bags
Messenger Bag $125.00 www.timbuk2.com
Sling Bags www.sfbags.com
LoPro Double bag, computer bag/camera bag.
GPS–Magellan Maestro
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Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Educational Mac Podcast #41-June 24, 2007

Day 2 for NECC–Get the Podcast Here Workshop-Finding Successful Solutions for Technology Staff Development Many great ideas for making SD more productive and more fun. Brief interview with Janet Corder of j2Training janetcorder.JPG NECC Keynote–Andrew Zolli, founder of PopTech conference. Things we as educators need to work towards in the near future. It seems like this particular audience is getting a little tired of constantly looking into the future. The Atlanta Drum Line was fantastic! atlantadrumline-2.jpg Opening Reception at Georgia Aquarium–Crowded as usual, food not scarce but hard to get to. What I am doing tomorrow. Leslie Fisher Arnie Abrams and more. See You in a Few! , ,

Friday, June 22, 2007

Not even conference time yet and great news

Well we made it to the ATL and managed dinner at the Hard of Hearing (err, Rock) Cafe.≤br> Before the conference or even the EduBloggerCon starts I have seen the best news in a long time. Mackiev has purchased the rights to HyperStudio and will be producing the long awaited version 5. The best news though is that Roger Wagner himself is going to be working with Mackiev on the update. I hope they can make it relevant in today's Ed-Tech environment, but if anyone can I think this combo can. I can't wait to get to Mackiev's booth(#316) next week.
Well tomorrow starts off with EduBloggerCon and then a group of us are off to see the Braves and the Tigers. I will try to capture some audio from the Con tomorrow and share it in a podcast.
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Off to NECC

Well the countdown is nearly over. I will be leaving with our district group in the morning for Atlanta. Yeah, I still haven't gotten a podcast out in over 2 months. It seems I went straight from kids housing problems, to new grandson, to baseball and softball and more baseball and softball. I am looking forward to a few days off from it actually.

I will be blogging and podcasting from NECC again this year with a new set of tools that will hopefully make it easier for me and better for you. So I really mean it this time when I say...

See You in a Few!

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

An interesting lesson...

This post and comments on David Warlick's blog don't quite make my head hurt, but come close. I do believe the nature of information is changing, but more obviously the delivery of that information has changed as well.
I was teaching a Jr. Achievement lesson in my son's class today. It was basically about information and how delivery has changed. For part of the lesson the students were to copy the text of a paragraph much like a scribe previous to the invention of a press would. They were to copy it exactly as it appeared in their books and the passage was done in a pretty crazy font. I had them work on it for about 10 minutes and most only got the 1st line done and their hands were pretty cramped.
I want then to show how today we could make contact and get information directly and nearly instantaneously. I had fired up iChat earlier hoping someone in my buddy list from outside of Utah might be available for a video chat. There wasn't so next I Twittered a request and got a couple of responses, but no one was available at the time I needed or had the necessary equipment available. I was resigned to using someone in the district. However, as I fired up iChat while the students were scribing, David Warlick himself appeared as available and I imposed upon his time. I really appreciate the 10 minutes David spent with us.
It was pretty cool for the kids to go from feeling what a scribe might have went through to get one single copy of information ready to being able video chat. Keeping in mind that this was a video chat from Riverton, UT to a distinguish North Carolinian who happened to be in Toronto, Canada today. The funnest part for the kids was that they found out their teacher was also from North Carolina. So we had to North Carolinians talking to each other, one in Utah the other in Toronto.
David made a point during our chat that left an immpresson on the kids. He talked about how when he was their age, his world was his town basically. He knew few people outside of his world. They didn't even make long distance phone calls because of the cost. Yet today these kids talked to that same person via video conference without (directly) paying anything.
Thanks again David, it made for very interesting lesson!
See You in a Few!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

NECC Schedule...subject to slight modification!

Two posts in one day, don't anyone faint.

Beyond the planner information I am excited about the Edublogger Con on Saturday the 23rd.

Conference Planner for Kelly Dumont

Sunday, June 24

SUA204 Finding Successful Solutions for Technology Staff Development [Workshop]
Location: GWCC B211

Monday, June 25

Almost All New Return of the Gadgets! [Session]
Location: GWCC Murphy 1


Personal Computing: New Solutions for the Classroom @ Web 2.0 [Session]
Location: GWCC B211

AFI Screen Education Center: Digital Filmmaking in the Core Curriculum [Session]
Location: GWCC Murphy 4


Cool Tools: Incorporating Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom [Session]
Location: GWCC B302


Making the Laptop Disappear: Moving to Seamless Integration [Session]
Location: GWCC B212

Digital Photography and Video Projects for Improving Learning [Session]
Location: GWCC B217

Innovating the 21st-Century Learning Environment [Session]
Location: GWCC Murphy 1

Tuesday, June 26

TA414 Empowering Practice: Leveraging the Read/Write Web for Professional Growth [Workshop]
Location: OMNI International C


iChat, iSight, therefore iFix: Integrating Sound, Video, Jabber for Support [Session]
Location: GWCC B208

New Tools, New Schools: Starting the Conversation about Web 2.0 [Session]
Location: GWCC B207

Podcasting for Professional Development: Innovative Strategies for Syndicated Success [Session]
Location: GWCC B208


Starting From Scratch: Building School 2.0 [Session]
Location: GWCC B201


Constructivist Teaching with Technology: Learning with Laptops [Session]
Location: GWCC B208


The REAL Work of 21st-Century Skills [Session]
Location: GWCC B217

Wednesday, June 27
I Didn’t Know You Could Do That with an iPod! [Session]
Location: GWCC B208

Expanding Boundaries of Learning: Designing Rigorous and Globally Connected Assignments [Session]
Location: GWCC Murphy 1

Closing Keynote [Session]
Location: GWCC Murphy Ballroom

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Darren Draper–TTIX Keynote

Teaching in the Digital AgeIntroducing self, T4 Site, Podcasts, National University, Blog http://drapestakes.blogspot.com, family

Talks about the fact that he is preaching to the choir.

70 Million blogs- some of them have to be good - david sifri, Technorati

Tags ttix07, presenters name (firstlast)

Todays topic is change, not money, school change, student change, teacher change

40% of teachers in Utah are older than 50

Teachers are stuck in a rut

In helping teachers, we help students

Technology for teachers
Other things are out there.

Times have changed, we're not in the 90's

"We live in a world where the only thing constant is change!" Ian Jukes

Just 2 years ago life was different

2 years ago... There were nine planets Brad and Jen now Brad and Angelina Tsunami New Orleans pre Katrina Virginia Tech just another school
No Windows Vista No XBOX 360, PS3, Wii Just beginning video podcasts AJAX just beginning No YouTube, TeacherTube No Twitter

Back to Jukes quote.
The only question is how do we keep up.

Karl Fisch-We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet. These are amazing times Students have changed...

Two year-old daughter on computer clicking mouse–Who taught her?
The kids pick it up.

Photo of daughter showing grandpa how to use his iPod-Who is teaching whom?

Children today are growing up immersed in media.

83% Children 0-6 use a screen media in a typical day
65% Live in a home where the TV is on at least 1/2 the time

Kids are active consumers.

77% turn on the TV by themselves
67% ask for particular shows
62% use remote to change channels

4-6 year olds

70% have used a computer
27% use a computer in a typical day
56% without parents

Kids want to Create

They've created a new language
IM Speak

Abbreviations all parents should know http://www.netlingo.com

Books now being written in IM
Lauren myracle

Dying Language

IM Speak vs Latin

Kids don't care that the language is dying

No one can stop them from doing it. Not even teachers.

"These teens were born into a digital world where the expect to be able to create, consume, remix, and share Lee Raimi-PEW

65,000 uploads per day to YouTube, 2700 uploads per hour, 45 per minute

57% of online teens create content for the internet

Sharing-Creative Commons

Showing videos from YouTube

Guitar Canon–20.9 million views
Hey Clip–14.7 milion views
Fast Food Freestyle–6.6 million views
Toto Africa Machinima–14,000 views

Lot's of creativity–Can't we harness that in our schools

Sunday Bloody Sunday–President Bush

Is it goofy?
Is it Useful?

Generation D
Digital Natives
Button-Pushing Generation

One Key Question

Are we Engaging Them?

More times than not we are not.

Our schools are changing (slowly)

One way we can adapt is to use the technology that our kids already love.

Keynote handout will be available at http://www.ttix.org