Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

Nothing will shake out the bugs and defects in anything quite like exposure to the energy and intensity of elementary students. I’ve seen nicely manufactured kid-friendly robots happily fail to drive forward after only two-weeks of exposure to elementary students. … Continue reading Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

Teaching Using Tech: Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 2

I’ve been filling out teaching/education-related job application and I was met with this little gem: Please describe your knowledge of pedagogy associated with various instructional modalities, i.e. face-­to-­face, hybrid, and online Having taught students from Kindergarten to eighth grade, freshmen … Continue reading Teaching Using Tech: Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 2

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

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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Video Fridays: A Day Made of Glass Parts 1 & 2 – A Shiny Future For Some

I was watching a shiny ubiquitous connectivity futuristic video forwarded to me by my friend CK when I suddenly realized that I was already living the wall-of-screen lifestyle. Right now I have to admit that it can wreak havoc on … Continue reading Video Fridays: A Day Made of Glass Parts 1 & 2 – A Shiny Future For Some

What Does a Tech-Savvy 21st-Century School Look Like?

What does one expect when about to tour a public school described as innovative and tech-savvy? Classrooms filled with rows and rows of white gleaming tables populated by endless computer monitors under antiseptic white fluorescent lights? Giant wall monitors in … Continue reading What Does a Tech-Savvy 21st-Century School Look Like?

The Education Way: Tech Answers Looking for Problems

Very funny video, but did you notice he said that his district dropped a macbook on him so that he could support a school-site that runs macs only and he didn’t know what to do with the thing. It’s all meant to be fun and games, but his “tech answer looking for problems” set-up brought up a whole host of memories from my thirteen-years as a public school teacher who at times was the site tech coordinator and sat on endless tech committees. I mean, who drops a foreign OS on a support technician and then says, okay you’re in charge of supporting this school site (plus all of the other sites he’s already supporting)? It’s been my observation that unless you begin with adequate tech support (as in training the tech support to handle the machines and potential volume of support requests), then you’re wasting your money in the initial technology investment. Not too many businesses could get away with that for very long.

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Video Essays on Ed-Tech: Labs vs. Classrooms (Video Resumes)

I created these video essays in 2005 when I was looking for another ed-tech job. Enjoy. Uploaded to YouTube on July 19, 2006. “Labs Versus Classrooms” is a video essay about the most effective ways to implement technology on a … Continue reading Video Essays on Ed-Tech: Labs vs. Classrooms (Video Resumes)

Video Essays on Ed-Tech: Tools to Create the Curriculum (Video Resumes)

I created these video essays in 2005 when I was looking for another ed-tech job. Enjoy. Uploaded to YouTube on July 19, 2006. “Tools to Create Curriculum” is a video essay about how I used technology to meet the needs of my students beginning from my first years as a classroom teacher to being school site tech coordinator. The Four Video Resumes: “Labs Versus Classrooms“ “Goldilocks & Tech Implementations“ “Tools to Manage The Classroom“ “Tools to Create Curriculum“ Continue reading Video Essays on Ed-Tech: Tools to Create the Curriculum (Video Resumes)

Video Essays on Ed-Tech: Tools to Manage the Classroom (Video Resumes)

I created these video essays in 2005 when I was looking for another ed-tech job. Enjoy. Uploaded to YouTube on July 19, 2006. “Tools to Manage The Classroom” is a video essay detailing my first experiences using technology as a classroom teacher. The Four Video Resumes: “Labs Versus Classrooms“ “Goldilocks & Tech Implementations“ “Tools to Manage The Classroom“ “Tools to Create Curriculum“ Continue reading Video Essays on Ed-Tech: Tools to Manage the Classroom (Video Resumes)