Infographic – Six Emerging Educational Technologies

» 24 February 2012 » In Commentary, Ed Tech, Social Web, Students, Teachers, Visualizations, Web 2.0 » 1 Comment

The 2011 Horizon report identified six new technologies that will affect teaching and learning in the K-12 education community over the next five years.  

"Four to five years for Personal Learning Environments to have an impact?"  perhaps the Horizon report predictions on impact is already due for an update.?

Many innovative teachers are already harnessing these tools to to reframe the information landscape of the traditional classroom.

As I noted in Innovations in Teaching and Learning: Top Down or Bottom Up?

Head to the vendor area of an educational conference and you'll see a "top-down" vision of innovation in schools - expensive stuff that delivers information - lots of flashy equipment like display systems, interactive whiteboards, etc. They might give the illusion of modern, but in fact they're just a glitzy versions of the old standby - teaching as telling. Does anyone really think there's an instructional ROI in jazzing up test prep with a "Jeopardy-style game" delivered by "cutting-edge display technology?"

In fact, the best innovation in instructional practice is coming from the "bottom up" - from teachers who find effective ways to harness the creative energy of their students. These teachers don't simply deliver information to kids, they craft lessons where students can research, collaborate, and reflect on what they're learning. They harness a flood of new platforms that enable students "see" information in new ways and support a more self-directed style of learning. Unlike the expensive wares being hawked by the convention vendors, most of these web tools are free.

In SmartPhone – Dumb School, I added

While I’ve seen some cutting edge schools / teachers that have effectively embraced mobile technology and social networking, too many educators see smartphones as a distraction from learning. Many schools block Facebook, Twitter and the rest of social web as if it was pornography.

So where’s this put our students? For many it means that they must leave their smartphone at the classroom door and surrender themselves to an information culture controlled by the adults. What’s the mobile context in schools? Not much, it’s banned as subversive to learning.

Every day in school, students must “forget” about the information control and functionally their phone gives them to browse, research, monitor, network, shop and entertain. While they might view a photo just posted to Facebook from a friend’s mobile as the catalyst to a conversation, their teacher considers it a distraction from learning.

...When students do get on a school workstation (laptop or desktop) they quickly realize that it doesn’t “know” them as well as their phone does. Their personal device carries a wealth of information that’s important to them – contacts, photos, data, memories. To the school desktop, students are just a user on the network with a limited range of permissions. The biggest problem with the school computer is that it doesn’t do “place” at all. That’s a stark contrast to students’ mobiles, which geo-browse via the growing number of locational apps and geo-tagged information stream.


Infographic credit: Saint Xavier University
Online Masters in Curriculum and Instruction

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How to Market Yourself Online? Freely Share Quality Content

» 12 February 2012 » In Commentary, How To, Publishing, Social Web » 2 Comments

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A how to for growing an audience for your thinking and my response to the question “If you could use only one method to market yourself online, what would do?”

It begins with freely sharing quality content. I use the Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0 license. Use it, share it, remix it. Just tell people where you got it, and don’t try and sell it. Remember, as the price of commodity drops, consumption increases. I include tips for using URL shorteners, hashtags and blog comments to drive traffic back to your site.

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Curating the Backchannel at the 3rd edcampPDX

» 04 February 2012 » In Events, PD, Social Web, Teachers, Visualizations » No Comments

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The 3rd edcampPDX is being held Feb 4, 2012 at Catlin Gabel School in Portland Oregon. This Storify serves as a permanent archive of the event’s social media backchannel. I’m following the hashtag #edcampPDX.
An edcamp is a unconference-style day of professional development organized and given by the local participants. It’s free, democratic, participant-driven professional development. Great teachers, interesting conversations and an excellent chance to network.

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Join Portland Educators at edCampPDX – February 4, 2012

» 19 January 2012 » In Events, PD, Teachers » No Comments

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Calling all educators from the Pacific NW. Join us in Portland on February 4, for the third edcampPDX – free, democratic, participant-driven professional development. It’s an unconference built on collaboration and dialogue, not keynotes. As one participant from a past edcamp tweeted “#EdcampPDX what an incredible day! I’m ready for September.”

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Following the Backchannel at the 2nd edcampPDX

» 11 November 2011 » In Events, PD, Social Web, Teachers, Visualizations » No Comments

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An edcamp is a unconference-style day of professional development organized and given by the local participants. The 2nd edcampPDX was held 11/11/11 at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Portland Oregon. This Storify serves as a permanent archive of the event’s social media backchannel. I’m following the hashtag #edcampPDX.

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edcampPDX 2 – Educators’ Unconference – Portland, Oregon

» 21 October 2011 » In Events, PD, Teachers » No Comments

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Calling all educators from the Pacific NW. Join us in Portland on Nov 11th, for the second edcampPDX – free, democratic, participant-driven professional development. It’s an unconference built on collaboration and dialogue, not keynotes. As one participant from the August edcamp tweeted “#EdcampPDX what an incredible day! I’m ready for September.”

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Following the Backchannel at edcampPDX

» 18 August 2011 » In Events, Social Web, Teachers, Visualizations » 1 Comment

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edcampPDX is free, democratic, participant-driven professional development. It’s an unconference built on collaboration and dialogue, not keynotes. I’m at the edcamp and documenting the event via the hashtag #edcampPDX. This Storify will remain as an artifact long after the tweetstream moves on.

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Following the Backchannel at COSA 11

» 04 August 2011 » In Events, Visualizations » No Comments

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Here’s your backchannel resource to the 2011 ODE / COSA Summer Assessment Institute in Eugene Oregon. August 3-5, 2011. It features both Wiffiti visualizer and Storify social web curating tool.

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Innovative Teachers Share Their Best Ideas for Technology in the Classroom

» 02 August 2011 » In Events, Guest post, Strategies, Teachers » No Comments

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I blogged from the 2011 US Innovative Education Forum (IEF). I was inspired by the 100 great projects presented by teachers from across the country. What impressed me most was the great diversity. Some projects were very complex in scale, others were elegant in their simplicity – presenting one great idea for the classroom. Many of the teachers will be sharing their project “how-to’s” in future guest posts here at Copy / Paste.

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Following the Backchannel at Microsoft Innovative Education Forum

» 28 July 2011 » In Events, Social Web, Visualizations » No Comments

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I’m a guest blogger attending the 2011 Partners in Learning U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF) on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. Here’s some of the Twitter stream following our #MSFTPIL hashtag. As one attendee tweeted, ” it’s like international speed dating for innovative education practices.”

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