I Moved to eBooks…Oh, What a Mistake.

One year ago, I justified the purchase of an iPad to my wife by saying that the money I’d save on eTextbooks would more than pay for the device itself.  Of course, while this was true, it was a misleading statistic to rationalize the procurement of the fastest selling piece of technology, ever.  Not only would all my textbooks be searchable, annotatable (it’s a word!), and copy-and-paste-able, but I would get all the great apps. Continue reading

Oh, Dear God…I Was Wrong About the Kinect: An Ode to Child of Eden

I don’t expect that if you’re reading this you’ve read anything else I’ve written.  Assuming that, it would be easy to just pretend like I’ve always loved the Kinect.  That, however, would be a damn dirty lie.  Truth is, I really didn’t think the Kinect would go anywhere.  Boy howdy was I wrong.  I love it.  And, there’s one game that makes the Kinect the best innovation in gaming since the analog stick…Click inside to find out more. Continue reading

Introducing Students to Internet Research Through Symbaloo and Glogster

Similar to my previous post on trying to wrangle social networks, I’m now struggling with how to integrate all these different, wonderful resources our students have for content generation.  Three of these resources — Glogster, Symbaloo, and DiscoveryEducation — are getting some heavy airplay lately, yet they’ve primarily existed in isolation.  Click inside to see just one way you can pull them all together into a meaningful activity. Continue reading

Spies Like Us: Facebook, Parents, and Teen Privacy

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I came across this graphic last week, and had a real guttural feeling about it.  But, I promised myself I’d take a full week to mull over what I was feeling, and why.  Click inside to find out why I think this graphic doesn’t bode well for our kids. Continue reading

Google+ Circles the Classroom

Google+ is starting to gain some traction — albeit it small, compared to Facebook and Twitter — but, it might not find a niche as a way to replace Facebook and Twitter as social tools for personal and professional use.  It might actually be the perfect tool to finally bring a universal social networking tool into the classroom.

I look at some of the ways Google+ can change the social network game in education after the jump.

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Don’t Double-Dip Your Social Network Chips

Social Networks are Like Chips ‘n Dip: Take a Thought, Post it Once, and Move On!  No Double-Dipping!

It’s ridiculous out there.  Seriously.  MySpace used to be all you need.  Yes, it was horrible, and the HTML editing allowed for the most atrocious setups, but at least everything was contained in one area.  Now, we have many options.  Facebook and Twitter, while not being the only choices, are certainly the two top contenders.

Then, just two weeks ago, Google had to go and muck it all up by getting into the game (again, after not doing so well their first two times).  Now, we have three top contenders, since Google isn’t going anywhere (and, frankly, I think Google+ may end up being the better product).  Add to that other services we use to manage and share our digital lives — Flickr, Delicious, Picasa, Diigo, and more.  How do you wrangle all of these?  Well, you have some options.

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VoiceThread Best Practices

This list is a work-in-progress (some links may not work, as users can delete/remove VoiceThreads at any given time).  Enjoy!

Geometry Word Problem
Student explains to his classmates the science behind fire
Journaling the hatching of a baby chick
Student uses VoiceThread to show off her drawings
3rd Graders explain the American Revolution
Web 2.0 PLC uses VoiceThread to brainstorm ideas and the future of Web 2.0

Class goes on a “Line Hunt” around their school
6th Graders use VoiceThread to demonstrate what they know about biomes, and post pictures!
Great Low Tech usage!  Whiteboard w/math problem…SOLVE!
Simplest Form? – Students show mastery of 4th grade simplifying standard
Second Grade Spanish – Muzzy and Friends
Science Experiment
Area of a Triangle
What do you know about Anne Frank? (Amy Cobb)
Ed Tech blog about Voice Thread
Gregor the Overlander Character Map
To Kill a Mockingbird – Tenth Grade
Faces of the World
What Do You Value?
Recipe for Houisin Rice
Using Voice Thread as a Writing Prompt
Clever Voice Thread about Pants
3 Little Pigs as Told by Emille
Peace
Civil War ABC’s

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