Clif’s Notes on Education and Technology

Interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

ITM’s Show and Tell

The Infinite Thinking Machine has put together another compilation of “amazing examples of how students are using a wide-range of innovative tools in the classroom.” Here’s a blurb from this episode’s show notes.

Dive into our Virtual Open House! We can talk all we want about “cool tools,” but it doesn’t mean much until we see how it impacts kids. So, this episode is all about students: what interests them, how they understand and generate knowledge, and the amazing things they can do when we give them the right tools and guidance. It’s time to let the kids show off!

I encourage you to visit ITM’s post related to this episode to view all of the associated resources. There are some really outstanding ideas there.

Technology in the Classroom

I ran across an interesting blog post by Leah at Tech in the Class. She sets out to build a justification for the use of technology in education. I especially found the research findings at the end of the post to be intriguing. See what you think….

Technology in the Classroom

There have been several people who have asked me “What does technology in the classroom really offer? Don’t most teachers just use technology in the classroom as a means to entertain and or stay in touch with their audience?!” Ok, so, sure I have my biases (technology in the classroom is not a trend, nor is it simply a good thing to do for efficiency reasons, it’s a must because it provides students tools to problem solve, critical think, learn more in depth, do more effective research, express their creativity, provide them access to a greater spectrum of information and knowledge, get them involved in the international community, etc.), but a recent article in the USA Today outlined the exact reasons why technology is needed in classrooms. The article reported several detrimental issues found in elementary schools that I believe can potentially be solved by integrating a few educational technologies. For example, here are a few quotes from the article, where I feel, had the schools/ teachers been using (or had access to technology) the learning environments and teaching performances would have been more effective: “The typical child in the USA stands only a one-in-14 chance of having a consistently rich, supportive elementary school experience … they found just as many signs that classrooms can be dull, bleak places where kids don’t get a lot of teacher feedback or face time… Fifth-graders spent 91.2% of class time in their seats listening to a teacher or working alone, and only 7% working in small groups, which foster social skills and critical thinking. Findings were similar in first and third grades… In fifth grade, 62% of instructional time was in literacy or math; only 24% was devoted to social studies or science… About one in seven (14%) kids had a consistently high-quality “instructional climate” all three years studied. Most classrooms had a fairly healthy “emotional climate,” but only 7% of students consistently had classrooms high in both. There was no difference between public and private schools.” If you don’t know how, or don’t believe how technology can rectify any of these issues please contact me – I would be more than pleased to talk to you about the detriments of only teaching “Reading, Writing, and basic Math” sans technology.

Tech in the Class

Technology Integration Blogs

I’ve been looking around for blogs that discuss the integration of technology with teaching and learning. I’ve used a myriad of search terms, key words, categories, tags, etc. but have been disappointed with the scarcity of conversation in blogdome on this topic. Do you know of any? Please share suggestions in the Comments section.

Karl Fisch’s “Shift Happens” Presentation

“This is a stylization of a slideshow originally created by Karl Fisch, examining globalization and America’s future in the 21st century. It is designed to stand alone, without having to be presented in person. Enjoy!”

SEC Baseball Tournament

The Bulldogs are the #4 seed in the SEC Tournament. They play Ole Miss in the first round on Wednesday.

PIDT Conference

I recently returned from the Professors of Instructional Design and Technology (PIDT) Conference.  An archive of some of the presentations and discussions from this year’s conference is emerging.  Documents, presentations, podcasts, images and more are available in the archive.

Elizabeth Boling led a discussion about Moving the Field Forward.  She used an engaging instructional strategy to focus participants on three points: What are our fears?

Spider-Man 3

I saw Spider-Man 3 tonight. The CGI and special effects were excellent, but the storyline had room for improvement. There were just too many characters’ storylines crammed into this one film. They did a good job of trying to stay true to each villain’s story. They also did a great job of bringing each character off the page and onto the screen – each of the villains look great. Overall, I thought it was really good but it is definitely the least good of the three Spider-Man movies.   Here’s looking forward to the 4th one!!!