Monday, August 4, 2008

Discussion Points for Class 8/4,8/5,8/6,&8/7

First an update on our previous session's discussion about John McCain's self professed luddite leanings... This one sent in by Hannah Whang ... Thanks, Hannah! From the NY Times:

I) Access (to computers) Short in Supply? For How Long?
Unfortunately, almost all of the members of this class, learning to integrate technology into their teaching practice, report a scarcity of access to technology. Undoubtedly, this has framed participation differently than it would have if access to the technology we are focused on, was abundant in our classrooms. But is there change ahead? Below are some provocative and realistic indicators:

Nicholas Negraponte @ the TED Conference

CBS News 60 Minutes Piece on the One Laptop Per Child Project

Update 1)

Update 2)


Update 3) 8/6
on New Mini Laptops and Transformed Access to Computers

A promotional piece from Intel -

II) 21st Century Literacy
If our students are going to be online as they learn, how does this change the way they are literate?

Article “Teching Zach to Think”

Advertisment video:

Position Paper on Digital Age Literacy from NCTE
(National Council of Teachers of English)

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Video: Commentary on 21st Century Skills
The above is a talk delivered by 'Stuart Kahl, president of Measured Progress and member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills'
(FYI -

III) Are there ‘Clickers’ in your teaching future?

* Bonus clip (Related? You be the judge!)

IV) Resource (may apply to Final Project)

Moving Forward – Ways to Stay in the Ed Tech Loop (and go further)

Here are some of the more interesting and richer sources for info, resources, ideas, and access to like minded colleagues I’d like to recommend…

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) One very cool section are ‘webcast’ videos of the sessions at the recent (June 08)
NECC Conference in San Antonio (National Educational Computing Conference).
One good example: ” Information Explosion” - There are 3,000 books published ever day … There are 175,000 new blogs appearing every day with 1.6 million posts to those blogs every day… and 19.2 Billion Web Pages up currently…

SCHOLASTIC (for what most consider a print resource provider, there’s a great deal of value for teachers who want to use technology)

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
Collaboration Center – Online Directory of Projects:
Intro Video:

Technology & Learning

ASCD Smart Brief – Free News Summaries in you eMail inbox every day.Sample Issue:

eSchool News – Free and delivered to your eMail inbox

NCTE Inbox - Free and delivered to your eMail inbox

Social Networking for Teachers
Classroom 2.0
NextGen Teachers

Teachers Podcast “The New Generation of Ed Tech PD”Mark Gura and Dr. Kathy King – A new episode every 2 weeks

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