AERA Conference

The 2007 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference is this week. The Instructional Technology Special Interest Group (SIG-IT) has many good presentations scheduled throughout the conference.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, everyone.

Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing that you can be born again
Here the bells ringing, they’re singing Christ is risen from the dead

The angels up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the word, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah

Easter Song, Words and music by Annie Herring © 1974 Latter Rain Music (ASCAP)

Hoops Dreams

The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker last night in the Final Four of the NIT. It was their game to win but they blew it.

Draft of NETS-S

I read the following on ISTE’s site today. “ISTE has held Town Hall Meetings at many venues across the nation and globally to provide opportunities for public input on refreshing the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S).” You can view a PDF of a draft version of the next generation of NETS•S.

So, what do you think of the revised standards? Let the conversation begin.

If You Give a Kid an iBook

I found this exhibit from Apple’s Learning Interchange 2007 to be interesting. Here’s a blurb just to picque your interest.

We wanted to put technology in the hands of our students, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a wireless Apple iBook made the most sense,” shares Rae Niles, Curriculum Director/Technology USD 439.

Little did this school know how the learning and educational culture would change for their students. This exhibit highlights the many successes experienced when “You Give a Kid an iBook.”

After nearly five years of a one-to-one laptop computer initiative where every 10th, 11th, and 12th grade student has their own wireless Apple laptop we are still seeing an impact on the teaching and learning.

Web 2.0’s Potential Impact on Teaching and Learning

This short video is a quick primer in the merits of Web 2.0.

Title: Web 2.0 … The Machine Is Us/ing Us

By: Michael Wesch

After watching the video, consider…

This was posted on the Abilene, Kansas High School Dialogue Buzz website. It was an anonymous post, but VERY powerful. Feel free to share this with educators, parents and stakeholders about 1:1 and the power of the seamless use of technology. It seems to sum it all up!!

Let’s have a little competition at school and get ready for the future.
I will use a laptop and you will use paper and pencil. Are you ready…?I will access up-to-date information – you have a textbook that is 5 years old.

I will immediately know when I misspell a word – you have to wait until it’s graded.

I will learn how to care for technology by using it – you will read about it.

I will see math problems in 3D – you will do the odd problems.

I will create artwork and poetry and share it with the world – you will share yours with the class.

I will have 24/7 access – you have the entire class period.

I will access the most dynamic information – yours will be printed and photocopied.

I will communicate with leaders and experts using email – you will wait for Friday’s speaker.

I will select my learning style – you will use the teacher’s favorite learning style.

I will collaborate with my peers from around the world – you will collaborate with peers in your classroom.

I will take my learning as far as I want – you must wait for the rest of the class.

The cost of a laptop per year? – $250
The cost of teacher and student training? – Expensive
The cost of well educated US citizens and workforce? – Priceless

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?