I was in Walmart (shudder) recently and glanced at their offerings in digital cameras. I was amazed at the variety cameras available for under $100 that can take 1.3 megapixel images. However, when I checked their online options, most of their sub-$100 cameras seem to be out of stock. That got me thinking, though, so … Read More “Digital Cams for the Masses” »
Sometime back I had a little problem. I had a whole bunch of computers to get rid of. Fortunately, I had another district that wanted to buy them, so the problem was solved. In the past, we have held auctions for the general public, or online sales for our students and employees. We’ve never had … Read More “Think they could have handled this better?” »
I have just spent every free minute of this weekend touring the world, courtesy of Google Earth. This has got to be the coolest program I’ve seen in a long time.
Forget what I said yesterday about the relevancy of a Tech Boot Camp for today’s teachers. Ours went extremely well today, and we got a tremendous amount of feedback that would support continuing with our present strategy.
For the past five years, we have had a “Technology Boot Camp” in our district for new employees. I started this so that all teachers would start off with good, consistent training in our system so that they could jump right in. Originally, the Boot Camp was a two-day affair, and covered things such as policies & procedures, the district e-mail system, technology resources in the district, basic computer operations, and integration of technology into lesson plans. As we evaluate the program each year, we have trimmed the Boot Camp, and this year I’m beginning to question its effectiveness.
I gave the vendors grief yesterday with my “Drinking Game.” Understand that this was all in satire, making fun of the contrived environment of a convention exhibition floor. We maintain many partnerships with local and national vendors, and without them our program could not exist. Vendor leech – note box of trinkets, and red hat … Read More “More Vendor Observations” »
Today was spent consorting with the big gurus of EdTech. I first went to the keynote with Joel Barker. My impression – he’s full of it. Regardless of how much research and effort goes into a presentation, when they start making up words and base their presentation on those words, then they’ve lost me. For … Read More “David Thornburg vs Kathy Schrock” »
David Weinberger is a fellow with Harvard’s Institute for the Internet and Society. His keynote address did everything an opening keynote is supposed to do – challenge and inspire. Here are my pitiful attempts to summarize his remarks, hoping that I get most of the salient points… Traditionally the shape of knowledge is dendritic, as … Read More “The New Shape of Knowledge” »
Observation one First session – Death by Powerpoint. My first choice for concurrent sessions did not show up, so I headed to the second session. I had high hopes for “Contemporary Multimedia Projects”, hoping to see what new directions projects were taking beyond Powerpoint and HyperStudio. It turned out to be Death by Powerpoint. When … Read More “NECC 2005 – first observations” »
OK, there isn’t any adult beverage available, but if there were… 1. Take a drink every time you see the phrase "Changing the way…" or "Changing the face of". 2. Take a drink for every cool trinket you score. 3. Take two drinks for every cool trinket you score without having to sacrifice your vital … Read More “Exhibitors Drinking Game” »