Tuesday, December 09, 2008
In about 2 or 3 minutes the card installed the software on my computer (connected to a USB port with the included card reader), I created my Eye-Fi account, connected the card to my home wireless network, and configured the software to send my photos directly to my Flickr account.
Then I popped the card into my Kodak digital camera, snapped this photo of yours truly, and within a minute the picture was sent via wi-fi to my computer, and from my computer to Flickr. That's right, no more USB cables, the pictures are automatically transferred.
I don't know if I can use the Eye-Fi on more than one wireless network or on more than one computer, but I am very pleased that it worked as advertised. Now I can share my photos with relatives and friends that live far away within minutes after I take them.
I got my Eye-Fi Share on Buy.com for $60 shipped (it retails for $99). They also make two other products. Check out the details on their website: http://www.eye.fi/ Their most expensive card automatically geotags your photos and will upload them from anywhere (if I remember correctly) that there is wireless access.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Get Google Earth. Put the world in perspective.
Well, I did start to explore, and was VERY surprised to see this picture of a KML file and placemark bubble:
The reason for my surprise???
Lodge Grass, MT was my first teaching job! It is a very small, remote Montana town on the Crow Indian Reservation. What are the odds????
Topics include: What is Google Earth?
Becoming Familiar with Google Earth
Why Teach With Google Earth?
How to Teach With Google Earth
Working with KML
Google Earth API
Examples of Google Earth Activities
Complete List of Google Earth Activities
I'll need lots more time to explore this site, but it looks very promising!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Well, now Best Buy has taken my scavenger hunt for Christmas presents into the 21st century. Enjoy this video. It has me thinking...
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Add Sheryl to your aggregator: http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog/
Copyright tells you what you CAN'T do, Creative Commons tells you what you CAN do.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Street view is a great way to take your students on a virtual field trip. Take them to see Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Old North Church in Boston, the Golden Gate Bridge... you get the idea. Here's a demo of the new street view.
For the techies on your gift list, get to Wal Mart this Friday for some great tech bargains:
Samsung L200 10.2-megapixel digital camera with 3x zoom for $69
Kodak EasyShare CD1013 10-megapixel digital camera with 3x zoom for $79
Kodak EasyShare ZD8612 8-megapixel digital camera with 12x zoom for $149
Pure Digital Flip F230 30-minute digital camcorder for $79
JVC 30GB hard drive camcorder with 28x zoom for $249
Samsung SC-DX103 mini DVD camcorder for $179
enVue digital photo album with 3.5-inch LCD for $40
Digital picture frame with 8-inch LCD, clock, and calendar for $39
HP Photosmart A526 photo printer with 2.4-inch LCD for $49
Philips 7-inch digital photo frame alarm clock for $89***
Kodak 2GB Secure Digital memory card for $7
***Best Buy has it for $50 right NOW on their website!
Monday, November 24, 2008
And it's $186 shipped on Amazon!
I've learned that it also works with Google Sky (part of Google Earth).
It explores in some detail the 3 "genres of participation with new media": hanging out, messing around, and geeking out. And in the concluding section it has this: "Peer-based learning has unique properties that suggest alternatives to formal instruction." Here is what I found VERY interesting:
"In contrast to what they experience under the guidance of parents and teachers, with peer-based learning we see youth taking on more "grown-up" roles and ownership of their own self-presentation, learning, and evaluation of others." Isn't this the "mantra" of many school mission statements, that we make our students love learning and to become lifelong learners??? And yet it sounds to me like the students have figured this out without our (i.e. the schools) help!?!
And on the same page another money quote:
"In contexts of peer-based learning, adults can still have an important role to play, though it is not a conventionally authoritative one. In friendship-driven practices, direct adult participation is often unwelcome, but in interest-driven groups we found a much stronger role for more experienced participants to play. Unlike instructors in formal educational settings, however, these adults are passionate hobbyists and creators, and youth see them as experienced peers, not as people who have authority over them." Isn't this what the truly GREAT teachers are-- passionate and creative???
Download and read this report for yourself: http://www.macfound.org/atf/cf/%7BB0386CE3-8B29-4162-8098-E466FB856794%7D/DML_ETHNOG_WHITEPAPER.PDF
Read it here: http://monroenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081123/NEWS01/111239986
More information about the LEGO League Challenge is available online at http://www.usfirst.org.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
You can browse the resources by subject or content expectation, or do a keyword search. My search for "water" resulted in 199 websites! Each site in the list has a brief description with a link to the site, and a full record with even more information about each resource.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
When people across the country begin to feel sick, they turn to Google and search for "flu symptoms." Google is able to track these queries geographically, and aggregate the data which they are now sharing on the Google Flu Trends website: http://www.google.org/flutrends/ There's a graph, an interactive map of the USA, a link to the CDC, FAQs, and even a link to download the raw data!
Read more about it in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/technology/internet/12flu.html
I wonder if a Google Earth kml file is in the works???
The Black Friday Ads website, http://bfads.net, has compiled a growing list of great deals on technology:
- An 8 GB flash drive for $12.99
- A Motorola bluetooth headset for $9.99
- A Dell netbook for $299.
They will either publish a list of the items and prices, or, in some cases, a scanned copy of the actual Black Friday ad. Check the site daily, because some retailers have made them remove their ads citing legal reasons. An ad that's posted today may be gone tomorrow.
Monday, November 03, 2008
There are more than a few interesting quotes including:
"What the Internet has created is groups of people where there are no repercussions with being too aggressive" and "It's hard to be aggressive when you're face to face."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A Google search showed me that this is a fairly common problem, and some of the solutions were not exactly easy... until I found the Taskbar Repair Tool Plus! This little gem (did I mention it's free?) took only a few seconds to download and install, and within 10 seconds my taskbar buttons magically reappeared! Hallelujah!
Now, on a much deeper, more philosophical level... had I not "learned how to learn" I would have had to pay someone to come to my house and fix this minor, but annoying problem. But because I knew what I was looking for, I was able to Google it and find an answer within minutes. This is one example of what it means to be a "lifelong learner" and what we need to be teaching to our students (and other teachers).
Thank you Kelly's Korner! The software will also repair a whole list of other Windows XP problems. http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm
Monday, October 20, 2008
I've reviewed the Acer Aspire One on my blog. It's a great little netbook computer. Buy.com has it for $310 with free shipping!
Here's the link: http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=209875656
You can also see if there are any Buy.com coupon codes at www.retailmenot.com
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
See the inside of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Chinatown, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the Pyramids... 360 cities in all, and they're even visible in full screen mode!
Here's a link to the Pyramids: http://www.360cities.net/image/giza-pyramids
Check this site out!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
If you're interested, leave a comment with your email address. I won't publish the comment, but I'll get your email address and send you the URL and enrollment key.
Thanks for your help. The course goes "live" for 2.0 SB-CEUs on November 3. I need help testing it out on multiple browsers, OS, etc.
Here's what you can do:
- Make Any Page Printer-Friendly
- Edit any public page in your browser - no installation required!
- Change page font size and type, remove the background, and remove images
- Edit any part of the page by clicking a page element or selecting text
- Any selection can be removed, isolated or widened
- All changes are undoable
- Combine multiple webpages together - edit and print them as one document!
- Save your changes - if you have to print the same document again, just reapply your changes instead of starting over
- Reuse other people's changes - if someone else has already edited your page, just apply their changes
Monday, September 29, 2008
Take 10 minutes to read it and the many thoughtful, insightful comments that follow. And if you still have a few more minutes to spare, REFLECT!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tim is a 23 year old independent consultant, researcher and social entrepreneur now based in Oxford, UK. Nice work Tim! Thanks for sharing these.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
“The word blog is irrelevant, what's important is that it is now common, and will soon be expected, that every intelligent person (and quite a few unintelligent ones) will have a media platform where they share what they care about with the world.”
“The future of blogs will have arrived when you check your favorite blog for sports news in the morning, instead of your local paper.”
Founder / Editor
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
see more puppies
Monday, September 22, 2008
You can browse the collection by author or title, search the database by keyword or reading level, and even add titles through iTunes.
Here's the deal of the day from Buy.com! http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=204954228
$31.77 shipped free, $10 rebate, final cost: $21.77
(FYI, the same headset at Best Buy is $52.99)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.
I wonder how many of these places can be found in Google Earth?
I thought about the spirit of that story as I reflected on the past week in Toledo, Ohio, the site of an Extreme Makeover Home Edition (EMHE). Coincidentally, a couple of my colleagues were directly connected to the makeover. One of them knows the Frisch family personally, and the other colleague's wife works for the company that was in charge of building the new home. He took a week off from work to volunteer on the site, spending as long as 20 hours in one day onsite.
They both told wonderful, heartwarming stories about the family and the thousands of people who came together to provide a new home for this deserving family. But the story doesn't end with the family moving back into their home! The people and businesses of the greater Toledo area continue to collect money, and provide goods and services that will touch this family for many, many years. For example, the University of Toledo has pledged full scholarships to the 11 boys in the Frisch family (8 were adopted, 5 of them from Haiti).
On my way to work this morning I happened to hear an interview on the radio that listed some of the many ways people came together for this family. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up, and I got goosebumps to learn of this outpouring of care, love, and concern for a family that these people had never met. Wave after wave of good deeds, and this in spite of the relatively high unemployment rate and economic down turn of the local economy. (You'll be able to hear the interview after it's posted to Mary Beth & Rick's blog: http://1015theriver.com/pages/mbrick.html They've also posted some pictures)
For at least a few days now we have had a welcome respite from the bad news and the many problems in our world. We have focused our attention on all that is truly good about people despite our own personal problems. I can only hope the same goodwill is evident in the other locations that EMHE visits.
This experience illustrates the enormous power of COLLABORATION! And with the many Web 2.0 tools that are now available to students around the world, we have a responsibility to teach our children of the potential we have to change the world.
As Dr. Seuss said: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
"If you don't dive in, other people will define who you are. So you constantly stream your pictures, your thoughts, your relationship status and what you're doing--right now!-- if only to ensure the virtual version of you is accurate, or at least the one you want to present to the world." A very powerful epiphany.
Thanks to Ira Socol for pointing it out on his SpeEdChange blog, and also for his very intelligent response to the NY Times article in his post entitled "Back to the Future."
I have truly discovered the "strength of weak ties" through my RSS feeds and the people I follow on Twitter.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I looked up the homesite on Google Maps and came up with this street level view of what I believe to be the house.
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The Frisch's have 11 children, many of them adopted. Mr. Frisch is a Toledo firefighter, and Mrs. Frisch has battled medical problems. You can read more on the following websites:
Build with Buckeye.com
This episode will air in November on ABC. Bring lots of kleenex!
He in turn told me about Freescreencast.com which, like Jing, will allow you to record and then upload a screencast for free, and then to embed that recording in a blog or wiki.
I just looked at the site briefly, and it seems like a winner! Here is a sample screencast that James Hollis created with FreeScreencast:
Monday, September 08, 2008
Here's the official info from the Starbucks website: http://blogs.starbucks.com/blogs/customer/archive/2008/09/05/welcome-back-to-school-teachers.aspx
He shared the slides from a presentation he did that contradicts the old story about how a banker or doctor from 100 years ago couldn't function in a bank or hospital today, but that a teacher from 100 years ago could do quite well in a classroom.
Have a look!
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Best Friends has a YouTube channel, and here's a short video on the "Vicktory" dogs featured in the TV show.
Download the PDF here: http://www.wipo.int/freepublications/en/copyright/484/wipo_pub_484.pdf
Friday, September 05, 2008
Photo by Elevated
You can view other trailers from first second books here: http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/trailers.html
900 SMART resources are now available in netTrekker d.i.
SMART resources were developed in SMART Notebook software, correlated to curriculum standards, and can be customized to suit the needs of your classroom.
In addition to being available throughout netTrekker d.i. search results in elementary, middle and high school, SMART resources are easily accessible by performing a search and selecting SMART in the Collections refinement menu.
netTrekker d.i. is available FREE to all Michigan educators who sign up for a Michigan LearnPort account. Here's a short video tutorial I created that will show you how: http://misd.k12.mi.us/technology/training/nettrekker/player.html
Thursday, September 04, 2008
which lists MANY online comic creators from the US and abroad.
I've seen a few of these before, but there are several others that look promising.
I was not very impressed with the price/features of the Dell as compared to the Acer Aspire One netbook that I had written about previously. CDW-G has the Aspire One in white for $329. They're no longer listed on the Circuit City website. I ordered one today. I'll be sure to let you know my impressions when it arrives.
And now you can purchase a "refurbished" Asus Eee PC in your choice of 5 colors from the Geeks.com for $250!!! It only has a 7" screen though, as compared to the 9" screen on the Dell and Acer netbooks.
I would love to get a grant to outfit a class with netbooks to see what's possible. I believe this is the future of any 1:1 laptop initiatives, especially if the price point drops below $250. A few years ago, this was the price for a Palm and keyboard.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
"Consider all the things routinely done in classrooms that threaten students who are less than perfect: "Trading papers" with the student next to you. Passing tests, homework, or in-class assignments "forward." Having one student collect the work of other students. Putting grades on the front of papers. Letting students pick through a pile of graded work to find their own. Required writing on the board. Requiring students to read outloud. Demanding answers from students who are struggling. Is public humiliation a goal? Or is it just that no thought at all has gone into it?
What is funny about this is that the very same teachers who might be extremely sensitive to humiliations in physical education or on the playground ("just because I'm not good at sport shouldn't be a reason to be humiliated by being picked last, or laughed at") seem most oblivious to the everyday humiliations of struggling students in school. But those humiliations push students away from school, away from learning, and away from opportunity - and they are often pushed away long before they reach the age of eight.
So next time you look at the students in your room, and ask for an activity, consider this: Think about being in front of a room full of your peers, people you must see everyday, and being forced to do whatever you are absolutely worst at - singing opera, painting with oils, dancing ballet, doing gymnastics - in front of everyone. Now imagine them all laughing at you, and judging you worthless.
Then re-think your classroom environment. Please." - Ira Socol
Read the entire post here: http://speedchange.blogspot.com/2008/09/lives-of-others.html
But seriously, Google has a wonderful way to introduce their new "Chrome" browser: http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/index.html
I haven't tried the new browser yet, but their comic book got me to thinking (again) about how this is yet another way to tell a story--a way that many students would love to try!
I know that macs have a version of "Comic Life" pre-loaded (or at least they did a couple of years ago), and there are other free online comic creators (I'll have to go back through my Bloglines and delicious account to find them). I'd be interested to see what students could come up with if given the chance.
Check out the Google Chrome comic book, and brainstorm some assignments that students could complete in a similar way.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
My advice is to selectively turn the various "layers" on and off. Turning all the layers on at once leaves the map virtually unreadable.
I'm sure other KML files and data layers will become available over the next several days as we all anxiously wait to see where Gustav tracks.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Those teachers that have SMARTboards have the Notebook software to use to create their mathcast. If you don't have a SMARTboard you could use Microsoft Paint and your mouse to "write" with, although it's not as easy and will require some practice.
I also saw QlipBoard today, but haven't tried it yet. It may also be an option for screen captures.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
They have a lot of great information on small computers, AKA "Liliputers."
I also happened to see that they were having a logo design contest, so I did my best to come up with one that reminded me of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (remember the Liliputians??).
Returning to the Liliputing site this morning, lo and behold, there was my design among all the others that had been submitted, and even better, an online poll that allows you to vote for your favorite.
Please go to the Liliputing site, and have a look at all the designs, and, if you think mine is the best, please VOTE FOR ME! The top 3 logos, as selected by the site designers, will win Amazon gift cards.
Above is my logo. Hope you like it.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Here's the leaked specs as posted on Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5038298/leaked-dell-inspiron-910-mini-note-specs-and-release-date
And they have a way cool red color too! And it has VGA output.
Read for yourself: http://www.engadget.com/2008/08/22/acer-remembers-netbooks-were-supposed-to-be-cheap-drops-price-o/
This site is WAY BEYOND what I was able to do with ustream. You can use multiple cameras, cue up pre-recorded video clips, do storyboarding, have a ticker... very advanced stuff like a real TV station would have in their control room.
You can even embed your TV station like I'm doing here:
They're being sold on Amazon, starting at $399 for a 900mhz celeron, 9" screen, 40GB HD, and 512MB RAM that runs Linux. For $50 more you can get Windows XP.
The "second generation" specs look similar to the Acer I wrote about last night, but I don't think they're on the market yet.
With so much computing being done in the "cloud" these days, a large hard drive is not as crucial as it used to be. Battery life can be increased and weight reduced with the advent of flash hard drives. I'm very excited about the possibility of 1:1 computing with these new "netbooks." I can't wait to try one!
This one from a 52 year old Missouri teacher: "Just the very fact that I have MySpace makes them think, 'Well, maybe we can talk to this guy and open the lines of communication,' I realized this is a major way of communication for them."
Or how about this one from a school board lawyer: "As an educator, there is a line of demarcation between you and your student. It's a line that you cannot come close to, let alone step over. You've got to establish it from Day One and say, 'I'm not your buddy; I'm not your friend; I'm just your teacher.' "
One school board in Missouri has implemented a policy forbidding teachers and students from having any text-message conversations or social-networking friendships.
IMHO, schools are again trying to interpret shades of gray as either black or white. Not all teachers who use social networking sites or text-messaging to communicate with students are bad! And I'm not that naive to think that all of them are good either. But the "easy" solution is, once again, FORBID it, or BLOCK it for everyone because, as the 52 year old teacher observes, "... you are going to have people who are attracted to the profession because of easy availability of kids." And rather than increasing their efforts to identify, punish and prosecute the guilty, school boards would rather take a legitimate communication tool away from everyone.
Laparoscopic surgeons who played video games were 27 percent faster at advanced surgical procedures and made 37 percent fewer errors than those who didn't!
Parents and teachers have long suspected what was confirmed by other studies: "students who played violent games tended to be more hostile, less forgiving and believed violence to be normal compared to those who played nonviolent games. And those who played more entertainment games did poorer in school and were are greater risk of obesity."
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008