Instructional Media or “What’s an Overhead?”

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eReader Textbooks? A Paradigm in need of traction

October 25th, 2010 · No Comments

I just had a flash occur. One of those “ah ha!” moments. Schools are struggling with budgets. Textbooks eat away huge amounts of money each year which could be spent on other things.
What is a new paradigm existed for textbooks? Maybe it already does.
Read, Write Web reports that Kindle books now outsell print bestsellers.
What if we changed how schools deliver textbook materials?
What if books were made available to students digitally? What if, for now, schools that purchased hard copies were able to “sell” digital copies to the public to recoop part of the cost? Or maybe, to extend the paradigm, that the resources used to print the paper copies were replaced with school issued digital licenses to each student?
It raises equity issues, sure. But maybe, just maybe, we can move this idea along faster if we embraced it.

Maybe we need to start thinking of the 22nd century now, as Will Richardson, educational blogger has recently pointed out in a Tweet, since educational change takes so long.

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Social Media at the Office?! Dilbert’s View

September 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Click the comic strip to see in full view on the Dilbert site!

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History as Art

July 12th, 2010 · No Comments

The world’s history of nuclear explosions reduced to 10 minutes in the form of digital art.

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Pulling the finger out of the hole in the dam…just might lead to electricity

July 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I have written a lot about Internet filtering here and hosted a live broadcast about it.

This Edutopia report suggests there are progressive technology leaders out there prepared to take the risk. Are you one of them? Or are you satisfied with the status quo? What will our children say in 10 years about us when the rest of the educational world has already opened the Internet in more progressive ways that support 21st century learning?

Are we prepared to tap into the new energy created when the floodgates open, or are we prepared just to sit by and watch what happens. Will we be making things happen, watching things happen or saying, “What just happened?!” Canadian schools, without the economic noose around their necks that exists in the form of CIPA, the US Children’s Internet Protection Act, should be leading the way with this. Sadly, this isn’t doesn’t appear to be true.

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Canadians and Social Media…eh!

July 5th, 2010 · No Comments

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Virtual Author Visits in Your Library or Classroom – Skype An Author Network

June 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Virtual Author Visits in Your Library or Classroom – Skype An Author Network.

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This teacher needs an Apple

June 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments

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Apple Education.

Research by Online

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Welcome to the Rodcast! Live Broadcast: Internet Blocking in Schools

May 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This a link to an edited version of the Elluminate Live! broadcast I held on May 18, 2010 for Wilkes course EDIM514. It was a great experience to host and manage a live session and discussion. Thanks to those who were able to participate. The first half of the video is my presentation and the second half is the ensuing discussion. Enjoy the broadcast and add your comments to the Blog.

From Drop Box

Resources- here are the links and resources I referred to or resources I consulted when preparing my broadcast.

Will Richardson’s Google Map- What do you Block?

Will Richardson’s Weblogg-ed Blog – “Teach. Facebook. Now.”

Will Richardson’s Weblogg-ed Blog – Don’t Don’t Don’t vs. Do Do Do (as mentioned by Sue Hellman)

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Poll: Tuesday, May 18- Parents Wary but Few Limit Kid’s Use

OFSTED Report- The Safe Use of New Technologies

Wellington Grey Comic- Nick Ut’s famous Vietnam photo with added comment

The Blue Skunk Blog- Censorship by Omission

Instructional Media or “What’s an Overhead?”- My Blog Post: “What’s the Purpose of Blocking Internet Content in Schools” from April 2010

My Original Script
Internet Blocking in schools- What’s driving your Acceptable Use Policy?

The Link to the Elluminate Live archive original of this broadcast is here.

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A Great Slideshow- A Great Blog- A Great Resource!

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments

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May 1st, 2010 · No Comments

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