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

Using a Chrome notebook

One of the things that I am very curious about is a cloud-based laptop/netbook/tablet. The Google Chrome OS is already under development as a free, open-source operating system (called Chromium, by the way) and now Google is piloting their own hardware which will come preloaded with Chrome. It will be released in the States with… Continue reading Using a Chrome notebook

Learning to use Inkscape

I have been dedicating my Winter Break to learning some new things and have been successful with Inkscape thanks in large part to a great online book. The book itself is called Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program and was written by Tavmjong Bah. The book is available online (with a well organized index… Continue reading Learning to use Inkscape

Critique: Scratch

Scratch is a colorful, visually-appealing programming tool for children and teenagers. It was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, “with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, Nokia, and MIT Media Lab research consortia.” With this impressive pedigree, it is impressive that Scratch is also free software.… Continue reading Critique: Scratch

Critique: Jing

Several of my colleagues recently returned from a Middle School conference where they were inspired by teachers and guest speakers to think more creatively about their use of IT. This has resulted in a noticable uptick in interest in some of the things I have been sharing at school. I am excited that many of… Continue reading Critique: Jing

Netbook I

Uh oh! Netbooks with Linux preinstalled? I am hearing more and more about the Acer Aspire One netbook and have begun to check them out in local shops and online. The reviews have been generally positive and I can see two advantages to these little beauties: Low cost and Linux. The low cost possibility make… Continue reading Netbook I

An Enduring Legacy – Carnegie Mellon University

An Enduring Legacy – Carnegie Mellon University. Better words have already been written about the passing of Randy Pausch than I could hope to attempt here. This short post is simply a nod to a great man who promoted great ideas. I have been meaning to write about Alice here on and was saddened… Continue reading An Enduring Legacy – Carnegie Mellon University

Thoughts about Scratch@MIT

After months of anticipation, I arrived yesterday for the Scratch@MIT conference here in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). The conference is being held in the MIT Media Lab building, which is only a block away from my hotel. The morning started with a keynote by Mitchel Resnik, who introduced the Scratch Project itself and the ideas behind… Continue reading Thoughts about Scratch@MIT