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
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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.