Tag Archives: technology

Connecting and Communicating

As the old sayings go, “Teaching is an isolating profession.”  and “Every classroom is its own world.”  I never really understood those phrases before I started teaching.  How could teaching be isolating when you are around students all day?  Its own world?  There are classrooms of kids right next door! But when I finally had …

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Quest for the 21st Century Classroom

Last year I was given the task of finding a 21st century classroom. Being the geek-turned-teacher I am, I imagined smart boards on every wall and touch screen devices for every student. So we visited a few schools and spoke to their teachers and students. Some had iPads for every student. Some had technology over …

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Educational Technology Is Not About Technology

I’m a technology guy first and a teacher second.  At least I used to be.  I have a B.S. in Computer Science and 12 years as software developer so technology has been my life for many years.  But the last 8 years of teaching and parenting has changed my philosophy about technology.  Building desktop computers, …

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Technology Beyond the Computer Lab

Remember the days when you went to the computer lab to do your class projects?  Computer labs:  imposing places with strict rules and sarcastic, awkward geeks who were supposed to help you instead of making you feel like a total idiot for asking how to print.  I remember very clearly because I used to be …

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Social Media Sharing: A Double-Edged Sword

As a middle child, my life has been defined by sharing.  Most of my clothes and toys were shared to me by my older brother.  I shared many of my things with my younger sister.  To this day, whenever something wonderful happens to me, the first thing I want to do is share it with …

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Savannah Geekend Debrief

On November 5-6, I went to a conference called Geekend in Savannah.  After going last year and really learning a lot, I went again and here are my thoughts. Straight from the conference program: What is Geekend? Geekend is the annual gathering of the geek tribe in Savannah, Georgia.  Geekend is what you might call …

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Beyond Check-in Spamming: Useful Ideas for Location-Based Apps

Josh Williams of Gowalla said checking in is the gateway activity of location-based applications. In my last post, I raised the question,”Gateway to what?” Here are some ideas I have to make these programs more useful: * Create local Gowalla trips of state parks, art museums, historical sites, etc. * When you create a spot …

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How Games Can Shape Education and Local Behavior

Jesse Schnell’s presentation on games at DICE got me thinking about how games have been shaping our behavior for years.  Weight Watcher points, frequent flier miles, stamps for free smoothies, Xbox achievements:  all of these are gaming devices that shape our behavior.  Game designer Jane McGonigal’s site discusses games  she  has created that have changed …

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Florida Educational Technology Conference notes

FETC 2010 Orlando is over and here’s my take. Maybe it’s because I only attended on Friday and didn’t have much time to see the exhibits, or maybe it’s because I didn’t know anyone at the conference, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. To be fair, my last conference was Geekend 2009 …

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