Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ISTE 2010 - 5 Developing Themes

I have been attending ISTE and it's pre-sessions since Saturday. Over that time I have attended edubloggercon, the Constructivist Consortium, the opening events, and a day worth of ISTE10. Over the past couple of days I have begun to see some common themes developing in the conference based on by interactions (probably influenced by my experiences heading into the conference as well). Here are the top themes I have noticed so far:


1. It has been a rough year: between budget cuts, leadership challenges, and the increasing responsibilities associated with technology in schools everyone was mentally exhausted heading into the conference. Excitement about changing practices and adding resources to schools has been tempered by budget concerns.

2. We are have some pretty big decisions looming on how we are going to handle an influx of personal mobile computing devices into our society. With the ipad, new iphone, android devices in both phone and tablet forms arriving, and the continue growth of the popularity of netbooks there are a lot more discussions of how we are going to respond to this trend as schools. These conversations center around network infrastructure, policy, instructional strategies, and preparing teachers for this change.

3. Digital Divide - the changes described in #2 above are starting to show how ugly the digital divide is coming. The difference between those able to have the world's information in their hands and those that don't is a growing social issue. When connectivity is factored in with access to hardware the problem becomes greater and more complex.

4. Assessment - many educators are struggling more with assessment and it's design. It seems as though most agree with some form of accountability attached to assessment. However, nobody has quite figured out how to do it. However, it is becoming apparent that technology will have to be involved in whatever solution does present itself, if for nothing less than efficiency alone.

5. Personalizing Education - more people are talking about changing teaching and learning to become more personal, that education has to be tailored specifically for each individual. There is a lot of frustration and confusion about how to make this happen when we are still working in an environment designed to "press out parts" rather than create individual masterpieces.

Are there any others that you are noticing, that I may not have? Let me know.


Monday, June 28, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 06/28/2010

  • Welcome to the 2010 West Point Bridge Design Contest
    HOW TO ENTER
     Welcome to the 2010 West Point Bridge Design ContestHOW TO ENTER 
     
      Download and install the West Point Bridge Designer 2010 software.
      Use the software to design and test a virtual bridge.
      Register your team.
      Log in and submit as many designs as you like.It's absolutely FREE!
     Who: U.S. students age 13 through grade 12 are eligible for prizes. Anyone else may enter our Open Competition. More about eligibility...
    When: The 2010 contest began on January 28, 2010, and the Qualifying Round ended on March 5. You can still submit designs, but they won't be eligible for national prizes. More about the contest schedule...Prizes: Each member of the first-place team earns a $5,000 scholarship. Each finalist wins a notebook computer. More about prizes...
     

      Download and install the West Point Bridge Designer 2010 software.

      Use the software to design and test a virtual bridge.

      Register your team.

      Log in and submit as many designs as you like.
    It's absolutely FREE!

     
    Who: U.S. students age 13 through grade 12 are eligible for prizes. Anyone else may enter our Open Competition. More about eligibility...

    When: The 2010 contest began on January 28, 2010, and the Qualifying Round ended on March 5. You can still submit designs, but they won't be eligible for national prizes. More about the contest schedule...
    Prizes: Each member of the first-place team earns a $5,000 scholarship. Each finalist wins a notebook computer. More about prizes...

    tags: bridge, science, physics, Design, engineering, software, simulation


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Friday, June 25, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 06/25/2010


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Essential Classroom Technologies

A question I have been asked several times over the past few months is what are the essential pieces of technology that have to be in a classroom to foster 21st century teaching and learning. With the ISTE conference coming up, and thousands of sales people reaching out for our limited technology dollars, what should we be focusing on purchasing?

I am not a big believer that just adding technology changes instruction, but even the best craftsman likes a good set of tools. Here are my most important classroom technologies:

1. A computing device with reliable, fast, and open access (only filtering what CIPA requires) to the Internet. Even one of these devices in a classroom opens the world’s information and people to our students.
2. A projection device that is visible to all students in the room. This allows all of the students in the classroom to take advantage of the information on the computer at one time.
3. A Good set of speakers. This is an item that is often overlooked. Sound is important, especially in today’s multimedia world.

Give me those 3 items and I have enough to bring the world into my classroom and after that, things can get real exciting. It opens up access to videos and other visuals, great questions and answers with a variety of points of view, and an expert on any topic I can imagine. I am only limited by my creativity, which is limited by my time. Which I still believe is the largest limiting factor in developing our instructional practices. Unfortunately, no piece of technology we add to our classrooms will give us more time, that is something we create for ourselves and dedicate to the things we find to be most important in our lives. However, dedicating a little lime to learning to leverage 3 key pieces of classroom technology can make a big difference in the lives of our kids.

Cross-posted that the TechLearning Advisors Blog

My Bookmarks and Annotations 06/17/2010

  • Datasets
    World Development Indicators (subset)World BankOECD Factbook 2009 (subset)OECD Factbook 2009Unemployment in Europe (monthly)EurostatHarmonized Index of Consumer Prices in EuropeEurostatMinimum Wage in EuropeEurostatBroadband penetration in EuropeEurostatGovernment Debt in EuropeEurostatRoad transport in EuropeEurostatUnemployment in the U.S.U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsGDP and Personal Income of the U.S. (annual)U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisGDP breakdown of the U.S. (quarterly)U.S. Bureau of Economic AnalysisRetail Sales in the U.S.U.S. Census BureauPopulation in the U.S.US Census BureauSexually Transmitted Diseases in the U.S.NCHHSTP powered by CDC WONDERMortality in the U.S.NCHS, OAE powered by CDC WONDERCancer cases in the U.S.CDC, NCI and NAACCR powered by CDC WONDERWorld Resources Institute, CAIT-U.S. 4.0World Resources Institute, CAIT-U.S. 4.0Education Statistics of CaliforniaCalifornia Department of Education

    tags: visualization, data, google, reference, datasets, tools, statistics


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Saturday, June 05, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 06/05/2010


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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 06/02/2010


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