Saturday, February 26, 2011
Some items worth noting:
93% of respondents were from the U.S.; only 3% a resident of a country other than the U.S., Canada, or the U.K.
70% of respondents are earlier adopters of new technologies, so there is much potential for growth
Reading on Kindles: A superior experience 4.9/5 rating
A majority of users are interested in free books
Friday, February 25, 2011
"Consumer market eBook vendors like Barnes & Noble and Amazon don’t let publishers get away with the amount of nonsense that we get stuck with through library eBook vendors. I fault the publishers for not realizing what a huge mistake they are making by not realizing that new formats are opportunities–not threats to be quashed. I fault the library eBook vendors for not standing firm and saying “no” to asinine demands. And I fault the library profession for, to date, not standing up for the rights of our users. Our job is to fight for the user, and we have done a poor job of doing that during the digital content surge."Read the entire post responding to publisher HarperCollins, and their demanded limit is 26 lifetime uses per copy:
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
|Protest at Wisconsin State Capitol on February 16|
The uprising in Madison is symptomatic of a simmering rage among the nation's teachers.
Egyptians Order Pizza for Wisconsin Protesters:
"In an act of intercontinental solidarity, an Egyptian has ordered a pizza for Wisconsin protesters, reports Politico. The call from Africa is just one of many streaming into the Madison, Wisc., pizza parlor Ian's from all over the world. So far, people from 12 countries and 38 states have rung up looking to help get free pizza to the Wisconsin protesters clustered in the Capitol. On Saturday, Ian's distributed more than 1,000 free slices and sent 300 pizzas to the Capitol."Without social media this would never happen. There is strength in numbers. However, the unions have a definite public relations problem. Read
"Who is winning the public relations fight in Wisconsin?" to understand how things in Wisconsin are likely to get nastier.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Here are the ideas of Barbara Schroeder, Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University:
Saturday, February 19, 2011
"As of February 2011, YouTube has 490 million unique users worldwide per month, who rack up an estimated 92 billion page views each month. We spend around 2.9 billion hours on YouTube in a month — over 325,000 years. And those stats are just for the main YouTube website — they don’t incorporate embedded videos or video watched on mobile devices."Social media statistics are equally impressive:
YouTube reports: "there are more than 400 tweets per minute containing a YouTube link. Meanwhile, over on Facebook over 150 years worth of YouTube videos are watched every single day."Not surprising, 20-to-35-year-old bloggers embed most of the videos (57%), followed by teenagers (20%) and bloggers over 35 (20%).” See ReadWrite Web.
Most tech saavy teachers are working to get valuable YouTube content into their schools. View Steve Dembo's impressive presentation on Digital Storytelling with YouTube. It is a compelling argument for reforming our approach to YouTube. Most school blocking is apparently useless and outdated for today's sophisticated teenager who can easily download a software to their flash drive, bring it to school, and get any blocked site they wish.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century
On-Air | Sunday, February 13, 10:30pm [note: Our local stations may not carry it, but watch the video HERE after 2/13/2011]
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12, Educators
While technology isn’t yet pervasive in every classroom, kids interact with digital media constantly, and more educators are trying to meet students where they are to incorporate digital learning into traditional lessons.
Connect Your Students with True Originals for Black History Month
This season PBS celebrates True Originals — innovators, artists, scientists, political leaders and ordinary citizens who dared to advance, challenge, improve, invent, and explore. In honor and celebration of Black History Month, PBS presents new and encore programs continuing throughout the spring season.
Thousands of hours of PBS programming are available on the PBS Video Portal at http://video.pbs.org/. The Video Portal includes a special collection for Black History Month 2011, featuring new and encore programming. Learn more at http://video.pbs.org/feature/118/.
In addition, PBS Teachers offers the activity packs Unsung Heroes in African American History at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/6929/preview and Civil Rights Movement in American Literature at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/activitypacks/reading/civil-rights-movement-in-american-literature/ for educators to use in the classroom or to post on their classroom, school, or favorite social networking websites. The activity packs are designed for multiple grade levels and contain links to African-American history-themed education resources and activities from PBS.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I am now rushing over to my Google Account (google.com/accounts) so that I can see and use multiple Google Accounts in the same browser. It is truly annoying to have to sign in and out to share things across the web. From the Official Gmail Blog:
Simply click the link next to "Multiple sign-in. "After you sign into your first account, you can sign in with up to two additional accounts from the new accounts menu in the upper right hand corner of Gmail, then easily toggle back and forth between them. You can even open multiple Gmail tabs — one for each of your accounts."This is currently available only for desktop browsers and not all Google services support multiple account sign in yet.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Just think about learners, not teacher, not students....just learners.
Friday, February 04, 2011
See also resources from our New Trier presenters on VoiceThread at the ICE Conference in St. Charles later this month.
ICE Conference 2010: A Learning Odyssey
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Half-Day Workshop 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Presenters: Suzy Tauber and MaryAnn Apple, New Trier High School
What is VoiceThread? In simple terms, it is an easily accessible Web 2.0 online program that can be used with any grade level or in any class to create collaborative presentations,digital stories, student portfolios and more. Participants will view exemplary projects,explore the program, and create a VoiceThread to use with their students.
They have developed a wonderful wiki of resources.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Isaksson used the mindmap tool Mindomo. This tool could also be used for organizing a presentation or as a brainstorming tool with students. The free version requires setting up an account and is
- 3 maps
- Basic import and export
For those of you who have read Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, there is a wonderful mindmap for all the concepts created by Anthony Johnson. I suppose you could do a book talk from the mindmap! See below: