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the cloud

i’ve been reading lots lately about what cloud computing means for all of us, and with push notification becoming increasingly common the way in which we access information and how information finds us, is crafting the technology we use.  it’s not good enough to store information on some server and be able to access it from seemingly infinite points, now we have to make sure that information is pushed straight to us the moment it is available regardless of whether we are or not.  i think its important to acknowledge these types of trends so we can leverage them (not my favorite term, but it works) for our uses in working with teachers, and for use in the classroom.

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Posted by on June 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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a great post on default settings

i read a great blog post here today that brought up some great points about default settings and how we are more prone to leave things the way they are rather than look for ways to make things better, or to ‘think like a hacker’ as he puts it in his post.  i think the weight of what has always been expected of us as educators tends to be too much to bear for many teachers to really take an innovative approach.  think about it, if you do exactly as you are told and students fail some would have no problem absolving them of guilt because they followed all the steps in the exact order they were told.  now if a teacher were to take an innovative route the results were less than perfect then the methods would be to blame.  it really is a shame, but fear has become a powerful demotivator in our profession at times.  three cheers for the teachers who go in and change those default settings in their classrooms to make it work for their students.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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an unlikely obstacle

I came across an interesting quote today that talked about the possibility of experience being an obstacle to change and innovation. This scares me because of how divisive this could be. I fear someone would take this as a way of separating the cultures of a school as opposed to using this for reflection. Having said that…there is a lot if truth to that statement. People who cling to the old ways and don’t look into ways to keep up with the change around them can play the role of anchor. It sounds like a commercial but we are not going to solve today’s or tomorrow’s problems relying solely on past experience.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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no snake oil here

its no easy task to craft the perfect argument and i feel like that might be what i’m gearing up for on june10th.  like everyone in my group, technology seems to be consuming us recently, but it’s not in the way you might guess.  in the face of so many reasons to not embrace the ease and innovation that technological tools can bring us,  i am finding it difficult to gear up for all the “yes, but” moments that our technology mini conference may bring.  on the one hand, why would someone sign up for a 2 day technology focused professional learning event just to show up and talk about why these things cannot be done but stranger things have been known to happen.  i’m trying to prep myself by running through all the possible barriers that might be brought to light but in this case the best defense may be a good offense.  in thinking about how we roll out these tools and the messages we send early, and often, we might be able to head some of this off at the pass.  doesn’t it stand to reason that if we can highlight the invaluable aspects of these tools and really build the desire to make them a part of the classroom then our job may be done?  that is why i believe that so much hinges on the “wow” factor.  what is going to be done in our breakout sessions in the first ten minutes (brain rules anyone?) that is going to give you not only the right to be heard but also hook the audience and allow them to see the concrete possibilities for their classrooms and also the limit possibilities that exist when these tools are used appropriately?  the countdown is officially on, and one way or another my questions are going to be answered in a short 21 days.  i have no magic answers, or special catch phrases that are guaranteed to work and win the crowds over, we’re just going to have to bank on their vision and ability to see what can be done.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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