Sunday, December 21, 2008

People to Watch

Keep your eyes peeled on relatively new the Moixland blog and the brand new Historical History blog, as these young men are blazing trails with gaining speed.
The author of the Moixland blog is a computer science teacher at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts. This residential school is a two year charter school in Hot Springs, Arkansas affiliated with the University of Arkansas.
The author of Historical History is a new graduated teacher who is subbing for the Liberty Public School District in Missouri and a wrestling coach.
I look for good things to come from both of these young men!

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Edublogger Awards 2008

This evening I'm going to miss all the fun! I have already RSVP'd to a Christmas party in RL. An excellent post about the festivities tonight appears at SocialTech , so I only give a cursory post here. Basically, vote for posts up until the ceremony begins at The 2008 Edublog Awards . Then join the ceremony either in Second Life or at Edtechtalk on the web. Please note this picture to your right is taken directly from Josie Frasier's blog post and she gets all the credit!
Put the Edublog Awards Ceremony on your list of places to be this evening and hear Dave Cormier, Jeff Lebow, James Farmer, & Jo Kay, present the 2008 winners. Both Dave and Jeff are part of the Worldbridges community, which I have the honor of annoying as much as possible.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Network Challenge

I challenge you to mull, muse, and ponder what you have learned in the past twelve months. Predict where you need to travel next on your streams of learning. Then write a blog post about your learnings and predictions. Finally, invite others within your circle to comment on your post. Some may Twitter, Plurk, Ping, or one could just send up a flare............


Photo courtesy of SideLong, taken on October 1, 2008, covered under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license and available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/45936582@N00/2909949679

Thursday, December 11, 2008

S-L-O-W-L-Y Think, S-L-O-W-L-Y Learn

Rumination is not a quick process. To chew the cud is not just for cows. Geetha talks about a shift in education away from the current trend of fast learning.
We have separated computer technology from curriculum into its own cubby. Administrators point to "state-of-the-art" computer labs. Computer teachers teach computer courses. We have not integrated by and large. We have preserved the status quo by adding computer courses to our cafeteria curriculums.
This is not exploiting the potential of technology integration. Technology should be so integrated that it becomes invisible, seamless, and ubiquitous. By invisible, I mean the technology emphasizes the content not the technology tool used. When I speak about seamless I refer to an uninterrupted fusion of technology and curriculum. By ubiquitous I'm talking about availability to all learners where the learning is happening. Technology is best integrated into the classrooms, the hallways, the lunchrooms, the club meetings, the sports teams, anywhere learning is happening.
Much of my current disdain has to do with dissatisfaction of the separate courses, the lack of collegial collaboration, or technical support in my current situation. The hands down, absolute best part of my week are the times I get to use technology to support the learning happening in the classroom. When used in this way, I find enthusiastic teachers and students.
Today I heard a 1st grade reader make tremendous strides because she knew that the podcast will reach those at home, actively drawing them into her learning network.
Listen to Geetha and ruminate on her thoughts. Learn slowly. Enjoy the process. Don't hurry the product.

Podcast of Geetha's Global Summit Presentation

Geetha's Paper



Photo courtesy of √Čole Wind covered under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial ShareAlike 2.0 license, taken on August 31, 2007 and available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/73491156@N00/1389410796

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Literacy



How do you define literacy? I'm tending to think literacy is the ability
to understand and convey meaning using a medium.
Art, writing, music, mathematics, film, dance, what have I forgotten?