Clif’s Notes on Education and Technology

An Introduction to Web 2.0

Title: What Is Web 2.0?

with Andi Gutmans , Co-Founder of Zend

This is a quick technical introduction. For most, I don’t think that it’s necessary that you understand everything that Andi says, but it provides a good framework on which we can continue to scaffold as we learn more about Web 2.0. (Be sure you watch BOTH of the videos on this page.)

Title: Understanding Web 2.o

By: U Tech Tips

Having watched What is Web 2.0? above will help you draw many more connections in the content of this short video. It provides a brief history of the term and helps distinguish between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 technologies by providing popular examples of each.

What Will/Should “EdTech 101” Evolve Into?

We have all taken it, taught it, criticized it, and pondered its effectiveness. We teach students a bunch of “tools”, gadgets, software, and/or hardware or a combination thereof. Currently the Microsoft Office Suite is the chosen product to teach in many EdTech 101 courses, maybe with a little Inspiration, Kid Pix, and Dreamweaver thrown in for “good measure” or “just in case a student wants to get into it.”

However, many feel that teaching all these tools doesn’t translate into these preservice teachers integrating technology. Most feel that our preservice teachers use these tools to do their “teacher stuff” but don’t let the students use it or learn with or from the technology. Basically, preservice teachers leave the EdTech 101 course with a set of skills and knowledge that is disconnected from and separate from any instructional design and technology integration theory.

We teach tools because there is always something new that comes out. Decades ago it was slide and filmstrip projectors, then televisions, video cassette recorders, computer based instruction, software tools, the Internet, DVDs, digital cameras, digital microscopes, scanners…. What’s next? Palm Pilots, iPods, and other handheld devices (some of you may already be using these)? Flash? TiVo? Final Cut? Adobe Atmosphere? Virtual reality? The evolution and progression of new technology seems to invade the EdTech 101 course so we can “keep our students up to date” or “prepare them for the [insert next century or decade here]’s” claims. The way many EdTech 101 courses are structured and the content is taught perpetuates the cycle of non-integration because we teach tools, but not integration. We show students how to use the technology tools, but don’t show them or teach them how to get the students to use them or why they should.

How can we break this cycle? Do we even want to? What would an EdTech 101 course look like if we could change it? Would preservice teachers benefit from the changes?

Polaroid Stop Motion Film

This cool short film was created with 987 Polaroid pictures and no computer compositing.

Pros and Cons of Wireless in the Classroom

I found this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education to be provocative.

Did You Know?/Shift Happens

This is one of the early versions of Karl Fisch‘s presentations. (View an updated, stylized version of this presentation here.)

Blackboard Backs Down on Patent Issues

This article is an update on the whole Open Source vs. Blackboard/WebCT legal matter. I must admit that I’m pleasantly surprised by Blackboard’s response.

And So It Begins

Welcome. This blog has been an idea of mine for quite a long time, but I’m finally getting around to making it happen (While watching Super Bowl XLI). This is intended to be a place where I can share information, ideas, etc. with others that also have an interest in education, technology and more…hence the blog’s title, Clif’s Notes on Education, Technology and More.

Let the fun begin!

Clif Mims

Prison Inmates Re-Enact Thriller Video

CNN’s Hugh Riminton reports about this Philippine prison’s program that takes its inmate rehabilitation one step at a time. You can watch their Thriller routine, one of their many re-enactments, below.