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Digital Learning: 4 ways not to be cranky

A couple of days ago, I was a bit cranky. Frustrated with educators who consistently refuse, for a variety of reasons, to integrate the use of technology tools into their instruction, I went off just a little.

I’m better now.

Cause I get it. I do. Teaching is hard enough without having to learn new stuff and then find ways to insert those new things into my classroom. I still believe we need to do those things but I understand the difficulty. And I think some of the teacher resistance I’ve run across is because people need more rationale, more examples, more ease of use.

So today? Read more

Digital Learning: You’re starting to make me cranky

It’s been a fun couple of months since the holiday break. I’ve had the chance to spend time with a variety of folks doing all sorts of cool stuff. A group of us have been struggling to write questions for the social studies state assessment pilot due out this spring. (Spoiler alert: more on that later this week.)

I’ve spent time with teachers discussing social studies best practices that are aligned to the state’s recently adopted state standards. And I’ve had the opportunity to work with lots of teachers as we shared ideas and discussed ways to integrate technology into instruction.

It’s all part of what is perhaps the best job in the world. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy themselves spending time with dedicated, amazing people who literally are changing the world?

But . . . Read more

How I survived being tech naked

It’s been a couple of weeks since my tech naked experiment. If you haven’t been around since then . . . I survived. And it wasn’t that bad. In fact, it was probably a good thing.

What is tech naked?

. . . going for an extended period of time without access to, or choosing not to access, technology such as computers, internet, social media, email, and the Apple App Store.

My wife and I drove 18 hours to Florida for a sweet vacation. I decided not to take or use technology on the way or while there. No social media updates. No laptop. No email. No Twitter updates. No hashtags. And to be honest, it was a bit unsettling. I’ve gotten used to having access to information, to people, to data.

The plan was simple. Sit on the beach. And, well . . . that’s it. I packed a serious number of books along. Stashed some magazines. Planned on some naps. And because I couldn’t hide behind a phone or iPad, I figured there would be some actual human conversation with my wife.

The verdict? Read more

What’s it like to be tech naked?

I don’t know if the term has been used before. I’m pretty sure someone else coined it long ago.

Tech naked

I’m also pretty sure that I just got blocked by 50% of all school filters. Which is a shame. I think we all need to get tech naked every once in a while. What is tech naked?

. . . going for an extended period of time without access to, or choosing not to access, technology such as computers, internet, social media, email, and the Apple App Store.

(Also no Scramble with Friends.)

And it’s a good thing. There has been some interesting research about how the misuse of technology can screw with attention span and deep thinking skills. How the use of social media can be addictive. Let’s be clear. I am a firm believer of using technology as a part of everyday life, of how powerful it can be as part of the educational process.

But . . . Read more

The Webbys – great resources done well

or is it the Webbies?

Either way, the Webby Awards highlight the best of the web in over 60 categories. The winners are great and even the losers are pretty darn good.

So . . . what are some of the best for you? First, a few past winners and nominees:

A couple of current 2010 nominees:


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Haiti 360 from CNN – Breathless for a couple of reasons

I’ve been back to the Haiti 360 site documenting the Haiti earthquake multiple times and I’m never sure which emotion will show up while I’m there.

Should I be amazed at the incredibly cool technology that lets me pan and zoom 360 degrees while the three minute video clip is playing?

Or should I feel shock and astonishment at the destruction documented in the video clip?

Either way I always walk away breathless.

(Thanks to Mashable for the original link!)

By the way . . . the need continues to be great. The Red Cross and the Mennonite Central Committee are both NGOs that were on the ground before the earthquake, are there now and have wonderful reputations for using the maximum amount of donations for direct relief.

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