The Oregon Trail: Official Movie Trailer

The more you know about the nascent computer education game the funnier this trailer is. I can’t tell you how many times I watched fourth graders lose everyone in their travel party because they shot more bison than they could eat or carry (or like the guy in the trailer, they spent all of their money on bullets and no other previsions). Good times in the computer lab.

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Video Fridays: Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make a Better World

I guess it’s gaming week. This selection, game designer, Jane McGonigal, goes well beyond the idea that gaming isn’t just a waste of time, but a part of human evolution and should be tapped to actually save our future…

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NGLB – No Gamer Left Behind

This is a blast from the past, going back over five-year ago, before anyone had heard of “gamification” or any such nonsense. The George Lucas Foundation as part of an Edutopia documentary explored the possible wealth of learning that might be accomplished through something that at that point was thought to be mindless anti-social entertainment: gaming and game design. More after the video… Enjoy.

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How the iPad will change education by Nick La Fountain

tug of the screen by woodleywonderworks

After the original iPad was released (back in 2010), one of my students wrote the following blog post about how the iPad will change education. 

How will the iPad change education? By Nick La Fountain

There has been a lot of talk around my campus about becoming a 1:1 school. In this vision we imagine each student owning a mobile device and integrating this device into curriculum. In the past our thoughts were limited to tablets, laptops and netbooks. While each has their pros and cons, neither really stood out as a clear winner. With the advent of the Apple iPad, it appears that there may be an opportunity to take our ideas to the next level.

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Sometimes What’s Broke in Education Can’t Be Fixed by Tech, Part 2: What Steve Jobs Said

Just before Apple announced it’s e-textbook/education event in late January, 9to5mac ran an article that harkened back to a 1996 Wired Magazine interview during which Steve Jobs famously said, “What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology.” Funny thing for someone to say who, in later years, was proud of the connection of this companies (Apple and NeXT) with education. In fact Phil Schiller began the January Apple event declaring that education and supporting education was in Apple’s DNA, beginning with putting Apple ][s in classrooms in the 1970s. And even though Schiller wanted us to focus on the newly minted iBooks 2, iBooks Author and the new iTunes U app, I could not help but notice that the salesmanship felt a bit forced with the iPad2 being continually promoted as the best possible realization of these new multimedia e-textbooks. It’s not that Schiller lacked Jobs’ reality-distortion-field as much as the message should have maintained the focus on what these new tools could empower educators and textbook authors to do without having to put so much emphasis on the already known qualities of the iPad2. Even though they pretended that the message was about how these new tools were going to revolutionize e-textbooks it kept feeling like an extended iPad commercial. Are they promoting a mission to change education or marketing a product? And how does all of this fit with Jobs’ comment about the failure(s) of education?

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Sometimes What’s Broke in Education Can’t Be Fixed by Tech, says Michael Wesch

Recently The Chronicle of Higher Education said it more emphatically with the headline: “A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice Isn’t Working.” According to the Chronicle, it seems that Internet superstar/Youtube ethnographer, Professor Michael Wesch of Kansas State … Continue reading Sometimes What’s Broke in Education Can’t Be Fixed by Tech, says Michael Wesch

SoapBox – Technology Bridge to Assist Learning or Just Another EdTech Gadget?

Social-centric news website Mashable recently ran an article on SoapBox with the headline: New App Tells Teachers When Students Are Confused. Those who have vague memories of spending their days in class daydreaming and those have spent the past few … Continue reading SoapBox – Technology Bridge to Assist Learning or Just Another EdTech Gadget?

No iPad? No problem. Make a multimedia etext with iBooks Author and share it with your students for free on any computer

2012-02-20-multimedia-etext-01by Robin Worley, Ed.D.

Pepperdine co-conspirator and digital-equity advocate Robin Worley has found a way to take the easy-of-use and multimedia functions of iBooks Author and make to resulting e-Book accessible to any device that can use Adobe Acrobat ereader software. Enjoy.

I wanted to make a multimedia etext for students, but ran into a little trouble. One, our students don’t have iPads to read the new iBooks created from iAuthor, and two, they aren’t getting them anytime soon.

But no worries, I found a way to create rich multimedia etexts or learning modules that your students can download for free on a Mac or PC. They can even take notes on it, highlight passages, and search through the entire text for a word or phrase.

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macworld2012: Day Three – Notes & Links

TT9102: Visual Note-Taking with the iPad (10:00am) Speaker: Rachel Smith, Director, Digital Facilitation Services, The Grove Consultants The iPad is the perfect tool for digital visual note-taking. Rachel pioneered this practice at Northern Voice, a Canadian blogging conference, just after the … Continue reading macworld2012: Day Three – Notes & Links

macworld2012: Day Three

TT9102: Visual Note-Taking with the iPad (10:00am)

Speaker: Rachel Smith, Director, Digital Facilitation Services, The Grove Consultants

The iPad is the perfect tool for digital visual note-taking. Rachel pioneered this practice at Northern Voice, a Canadian blogging conference, just after the first iPad was released, and her visual notes were an instant hit among conference attendees. Bring your iPad loaded with your favorite drawing tool (Rachel prefers Autodesk Sketchbook Pro) to learn how to create beautiful records of meetings, conference sessions, conversations, and ideas that strike while you’re on the train. Who Should Attend? Anyone who wants to learn to use an iPad to take visual notes. All you need is an iPad, a drawing app, and a finger. Attendees Will Learn: Basic graphic recording techniques on the iPad, including lettering and drawing simple shapes; how to use brush tools, colors, and layers effectively to make note-taking quicker and easier; how to listen for key ideas and record them using text and imagery. If there is time, Rachel will also explain how to record the strokes and create a video of the drawing (a digital Chalk Talk).

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macworld2012: Day Two

TT951: Main Stage: The Future of Learning (10:00am)

Speaker: Nick Floro, President, Sealworks Interactive Studios

Blurb: Join us for this in-depth look at how Apple design and technologies are changing learning today and what’s just around the corner. We’ll also look at HTML5, Gamification, Personalization, Mobile, and Augmented Reality to see how learning is changing. What can we learn from the buzz and new tools appearing in the consumer and corporate environments and how can we take advantage of them to help our education systems. This fun session will give you dozens of ideas and reboot your brain for fresh perspectives how to enhance your learning today. Who Should Attend? Designers, Developers and Everyone. Attendees Will Learn: – How Learning is Changing – What role does iOS have on it – What you need to know – What’s just around the corner

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