Open Educator Manifesto | Connected Principals

http://www.connectedprincipals.com/archives/3225 What’s not to love about a “manifesto?” David Truss has composed an amazing list of concise principals which he then explains in some detail and enhances with great embedded multimedia. My favorite of his theses: “I am Open, Transparent, Collaborative, and Social.” Open Educator Manifesto | Connected Principals

Standing in the Back, Watching the Screens | Connected Principals

Here’s a great little article written by a Jonathan Martin about a 1:1 laptop classroom that he observed. He describes the ways that students use their laptops and an unobtrusively-filtered network to interact with or tune out from a teacher’s lecture and ends with some wonderful recommendations for teachers and administrators. (Hint: Less lecturing, less… Continue reading Standing in the Back, Watching the Screens | Connected Principals

Automatous Monk: Music (and art) from simple programs

I have had this little midi loop generator on my home laptop for several years and have toyed with it to create simple loops that I can then drop into Garage Band or just enjoy as-is. David does quite a bit of audio-video work with his students and I suggested that he check out the… Continue reading Automatous Monk: Music (and art) from simple programs

Hull shows why Gove’s Govt can’t ban mobile phones in schools – Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning

Love seeing Ewan McIntosh at the ECIS IT Conference in London two years ago and have been following him ever since. This little article reminds me of our own ban on mobile phones in our MS classrooms and on our field trips. It is sad to me that we ask kids to put away their… Continue reading Hull shows why Gove’s Govt can’t ban mobile phones in schools – Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning

Jessica Prois: In World of Education Apps, Tech Owes Teachers Some Media Literacy

Tablet PC by pascal79 on May 25, 2005 fromhttp://www.sxc.hu/photo/299974 Here’s an essay by a teacher-turned-writer Jessica Prois that makes some excellent points about the unfocused excitement for apps that is drawing the attention of some educators. “The panel and audience discussed whether software is being created and tossed out there with no way for parents… Continue reading Jessica Prois: In World of Education Apps, Tech Owes Teachers Some Media Literacy

Reinventing the Slate

Black and White by Plusverde Apr 28, 2006 from http://www.sxc.hu/photo/516694 Gary Stager was a keynote speaker at the 2010 European Laptop Institute and I have been following him online ever since. In addition to his own blog and website, he writes for a variety of professional/educational sites/publications and even blogs about politics/education on The Huffington… Continue reading Reinventing the Slate

36 Interesting Ways to Use Moodle in the Classroom – "Google Docs"

This is sooo meta! Tom Barrett has created a Google Docs presentation about Moodle and opened it up to all of us for collaborative editing. In the time it has taken me to compose this post the number of great ideas in this presentation has increased to 40 (thanks to Joseph Thibault). Am hoping to… Continue reading 36 Interesting Ways to Use Moodle in the Classroom – "Google Docs"

Recipe for a Disruptive Keynote : Stager-to-Go

From Gary Stager’s 2009 NECC keynote presentation: “I never imagined that 19 years later we would be fastening giant pre-Gutenberg technology to classroom walls. The priest chants while the monks take dictation on their tablet PCs. Don’t “interactive” white boards require bricks and mortar while reinforcing the dominance of the front of the room?” Recipe… Continue reading Recipe for a Disruptive Keynote : Stager-to-Go

Google Apps for Education: K-12 Schools and Classrooms

I would love to adopt Google’s Apps for K-12 here at our school. Several schools in our ECIS region have taken this bold step and have enjoyed the simplicity and security that Google provides (not to mention the savings). The description on the Google Apps site contains lots of lingo worthy of Buzzword Bingo (“Staying… Continue reading Google Apps for Education: K-12 Schools and Classrooms

Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong | Video on TED.com

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf This video of Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir was shared with us recently by Michele. What a fantastic example of collaboration! As Carol just remarked, “Two thousand people…and it’s beautiful!” Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong | Video on TED.com