Clif’s Notes on Education and Technology

Looking for “The Best” Technology Integration Resources

I encourage you to checkout the discussion that’s underway at The Playground regarding exemplary technology integration resources. I think that you’ll find that it has some excellent suggestions. A few of my suggestions are below. Please add your favorites the list using the Comments section.

Pay Attention

As you gear up for a new school year I encourage you to watch this video clip, Pay Attention, at least once and reflect upon its message. You might find it beneficial to review Karl Fisch’s Shift Happens before you watch this video.


UPDATE: $100 Laptop Goes into Mass Production

“The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) organisation has announced that its ruggedised laptop, the XO, is going into mass production.” In addition, OLPC will sell XO’s this Christmas.

More Video Favorites

Since posting the Water Buffalo Song a few days ago, our children have been after me to post a few more of their favorite video clips. Their very favorite is The Hairbrush Song from Veggie Tales.

They also really like Love My Lips which is also from Veggie Tales.

The Water Buffalo Song

A few days ago I posted this inspirational video involving the gift of a water buffalo. Not at all meaning to diminish the important message of that video, I now wish to share another buffalo video. Our children love this video from Veggie Tales.

It’s Everywhere

No Words Needed

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this short video speaks for itself. THIS is truly “must see TV.”

4 Generations - Water Buffalo

Teaching and Learning up in the Air

Traveling with a Lawn Chair and BalloonsHere is a cool story (Read about it here and here) that could be integrated into the curriculum in so many different ways. I’ll give a few examples to start the conversation, and then you can add your ideas in the comments section.

  • There is so much math and science involved with this endeavor (weight, altitude, speed, distance, global positioning, ballasting, weather, wind currents, and much more) that it could easily be integrated into data collection and presentation, measurement, etc. activities.
  • There is the potential to make connections to geography, maps, latitude and longitude, etc. in social studies and geography.
  • This story (or video of this story) could be used to kick-off a creative writing/ podcasting/ video/ journaling/ presentation exercise in reading, writing, speech or mass communications classes.

I’m sure you have other thoughts about using this in teaching and learning, or perhaps you’d like to expound on something already mentioned. Either way, please add your thoughts and feedback by clicking on the Comments link below.