Friday, December 25, 2009
It snowed on Christmas eve...I've lived in Texas for 33 years, and I can't remember it ever snowing at Christmas! Kids and granddaughter are home - it's chaos, and noise, toys everywhere - happy sounds. We got out and built a snowman after breakfast! We have lots to be thankful for this year. Everyone's healthy, happy and together. Perfect day!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Still working on Twitter! The most sensible use I've heard for it is from Miguel Guhlin. When he needs answers to technical questions, he posts the question to the people he follows and gets immediate responses.
Most recently we have setup a social network for the people in our district that are helping implement Fast ForWord on campuses at http://mansfieldisdffw.ning.com/. It's just starting, but what a powerful way to share information, best practices, and ask for help - and get more than one response! I think social networks are a great tool for students and teachers to use to share information with a larger community than their classroom.
This is probably, hands down, my favorite way to get information right now. I use Netvibes to pull information to me daily related to the work I do. Visit http://www.netvibes.com/jannorth#Daily
B.G. - what did we do before Google? I've learned many of the search tricks, but the one Jon describes about making a custom RSS feed is cool! We also use Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Sky in classrooms.
Really like http://delicious.com/ and have used that, but am working on learning Diigo. I like being able to share bookmarks with others and gain their expertise in finding cool websites!
I use my Wetpaint wiki as my personal homepage for work. It has become useful for me to post information and blended learning activities when I do staff development. After reading Jon's blog I've signed up for an Issuu account and will begin exploring it!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Within the next year -Collaborative Environments and Online Communication tools which foster teamwork and critical thinking skills. Challenge for teachers - assessing these types of skills in real time.
- Web-based tools for collaborative work like Voicethread
- Multiplayer gaming environments - Xbox anyone?
- Social networking platforms like Ning
- Virtual worlds like Teen Second Life
- Online communication tools like Skype, Twitter, and Edmodo
2-3 years - Mobile Devices and Cloud Computing
- Mobile devices like smart phones that can record audio/video, store information and access the web - much like a laptop. We will be using iPod Touch in a pilot program with PreK and 5th and 8th grade next year. $200 is an inexpensive computer...not appropriate in all situations, and not something that we want students to use all the time but...
- Mobile gaming
- Field work
- Google Docs
4-5 years - Smart Objects and the Personal Web
Smart objects are "any physical object that includes a unique identifer than can track information about that object"
- I didn't know that was what I was using, but my public library has an automated system that allows me to quickly check out books by myself-all I have to do is lay the book down on a square and a device "reads" the title, author, etc. and checks it out to me. Libraries are able to track their collection and check materials in and out.
- Inexpensive enough for students and teachers to create...check out http://reader.kaywa.com/ or http://www.shotcode.com/ to learn more. Kind of interesting...have to think about the applications to my life and job.
The Personal Web - Ability to recognize, configure, and manage online content rather than viewing it
- I've recently began using Netvibes to do this. It allows me to subscribe to content and supports my academic/professional activities. PageFlakes is another form that this takes. http://www.netvibes.com/jannorth#Daily