Friday, January 29, 2010

ICE Conference - Workshops - Registration Closes Feb. 3rd

Workshop Registration Closes on February 3!

ICE Conference 2010There are only a few days remaining if you plan to sign up for any of the remaining full-day or half-day workshops at ICE Conference 2010. Workshop registration will close on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, so if you are interested in enrolling in any of the workshops that still have some seats remaining, we encourage you to act soon before they fill. Remember that if you are also planning to attend one or both of the general conference days, you can register for all of these events at one time by visiting our online registration system.

There are still openings in several workshops that cover a wide range of topics and grade levels. If you are looking to become more proficient in the use of software applications, you can find workshops on Joomla, Dreamweaver, Moodle, VoiceThread, GarageBand, iWork, and many others. Since workshops are structured as "hands on" learning experiences, you will be able to try out all of the tools and features while the ideas are fresh in your mind.

If you are more interested in exploring concepts that are not tied to specific software applications, the list of available workshops includes topics such as building school web sites, creating online learning modules, using geocaching as a learning experience, creating your own audiobooks, and incorporating blogs and wikis into classroom activities. Sessions on social networking sites, open source software, video production, Google resources, and Internet safety also have a few remaining seats.

Remember that if you register for a half-day workshop that meets from 10:00 am-12:30 pm on Thursday or Friday, you are also registered for all other general conference events for that day. You can attend the Keynote presentation before the workshop and sit in on other breakout sessions or visit the Exhibit Hall after the workshop.

ICE Conference 2010: A Learning Odyssey
Dates: February 23-26, 2010, at Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center in St. Charles, Illinois
Read more about conference registration guidelines at
or click this link to take you directly to the online registration form.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 01/29/2010

  • - This is the graphic design portfolio of Michael Deal. Projects include infographics, branding, type design, print design, apparel design and photography.

    tags: graphic, beatles, visualisation, visualliteracy

  • Large district example of Google Apps use and Deployment

    tags: googleapps, googlized

  • Spreadsheet of schools that use Google Apps for Education

    tags: googleapps

  • systems and are starting to use that valuable data to change classroom practice and improve student achievement, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Education.

    But school leaders are still searching for the best models to mine the data to discover the best instructional methods for students, the report says.

    “Data should be part of a feedback loop used to drive improvement at every level of the education system. This study helps us understand the kinds of data that need to be available for teachers and school leaders if they’re going to use data to improve their practice,” said Carmel Martin, assistant secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.

    In “Use of Education Data at the Local Level: From Accountability to Instructional Improvement,” researchers surveyed officials from 529 districts, conducted in-depth site visits to 36 schools in 12 districts leading the way in data usage, and analyzed secondary data from a survey of over 6,000 teachers to obtain a national picture of current data use practices at the local-level.

    tags: Data, report, accountability, racetothetop, reform

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 01/28/2010

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 01/26/2010

  • "The United States spends more on medical care per person than any country, yet life expectancy is shorter than in most other developed nations and many developing ones. Lack of health insurance is a factor in life span and contributes to an estimated 45,000 deaths a year. Why the high cost? The U.S. has a fee-for-service system—paying medical providers piecemeal for appointments, surgery, and the like. That can lead to unneeded treatment that doesn’t reliably improve a patient’s health. Says Gerard Anderson, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who studies health insurance worldwide, “More care does not necessarily mean better care.” —Michelle Andrews "

    tags: visualization, visual, visualizing, healthcare

  • tags: visualization, visual, visualizing

  • This article responds to a generation of techno-criticism in education. It contains a review of the key themes of that criticism. The context of previous efforts to reform education reframes that criticism. Within that context, the question is raised about what schools need to look and be like in order to take advantage of laptop computers and other technology. In doing so, the article presents a vision for self-organizing schools.

    tags: research, laptops, 1-1, 1:1, 1to1, technology

  • "Despite problems, laptops boost student test scores
    By John Timmer | Last updated January 25, 2010 6:30 AM
    Flickr user billaday

    The past several years have seen laptop prices plunge to commodity levels at the same time that the explosion in WiFi access has made getting them on the 'Net much easier. That's prompted an explosion of one-to-one student:laptop programs, implemented by everything from individual schools to entire states. Hard data on the effectiveness of these programs, however, has been hard to come by. The most recent issue of The Journal of Technology, Learning and Assessment is devoted to looking at these programs, and it includes some hard data suggesting that they just might help students handle standardized tests. "

    tags: laptops, 1-1

  • Now, in many respects, information has never been so free. There are more ways to spread more ideas to more people than at any moment in history. And even in authoritarian countries, information networks are helping people discover new facts and making governments more accountable.

    During his visit to China in November, for example, President Obama held a town hall meeting with an online component to highlight the importance of the internet. In response to a question that was sent in over the internet, he defended the right of people to freely access information, and said that the more freely information flows, the stronger societies become. He spoke about how access to information helps citizens hold their own governments accountable, generates new ideas, encourages creativity and entrepreneurship. The United States belief in that ground truth is what brings me here today.

    Because amid this unprecedented surge in connectivity, we must also recognize that these technologies are not an unmitigated blessing. These tools are also being exploited to undermine human progress and political rights. Just as steel can be used to build hospitals or machine guns, or nuclear power can either energize a city or destroy it, modern information networks and the technologies they support can be harnessed for good or for ill. The same networks that help organize movements for freedom also enable al-Qaida to spew hatred and incite violence against the innocent. And technologies with the potential to open up access to government and promote transparency can also be hijacked by governments to crush dissent and deny human rights.

    tags: remarks, censorship, Hillary_Clinton

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Friday, January 22, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 01/22/2010

  • Google Spreadsheets allows hyperlinks to be placed into the cells of your spreadsheet. You can either display the entire URL or use a simple title for the link, just follow this tech-recipe:

    To display the entire URL:

    Simply type the URL into the cell. When this cell is selected, an icon will appear. Clicking on the icon will take the viewer to the URL in a new window.

    To display a title instead of the URL:

    You will need to use a formula to display the title.

    (example: =hyperlink(””,”Tech-Recipes”)

    tags: techrecipes, googleapps, googlespreadsheet

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 01/21/2010

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Friday, January 15, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 01/15/2010

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Google Administrator Academy

As you may have heard Google is offering a Google Teacher's Academy for Administrators in March the day before ASCD starts. Several people have commented on this David Jakes, Kevin Jarrett, and Miguel Guhlin.

I have been asked to be one of the leaders for this session and will be somewhat involved in the planning process. So, what would you like to see out of the Academy? Let me know and I will pass it along.

You can send it in directly to the GTA Team at

My Bookmarks and Annotations 01/14/2010

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 01/12/2010

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