Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Education | Glogster
This is something I hadn't seen. Its use for education was brought up recently over at Classroom 2.0.

I wasn't a fan of poster making in second grade, so I'm not gonna say how exciting this is now. Still, its another tool, and you don't have to kill trees and get paste in Kylie-Sue's hair, and it seems easy to use.

Glogster the non-educational side is pretty much set up for teen girls. It seems that the edu side is aiming for a broader audience, but perhaps with some restrictions?

Would be interesting to use this for a bit of art history. Map backgrounds, or timelines, with paintings and artists laid on. Rich content, ya know.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Computer Game, Spore, Takes Cues From Evolutionary Biology -
Just an article on games and scince, but we'll pass it on here.
Unlike the typical shoot-them-till-they’re-all-dead video game, Spore was strongly influenced by science, and in particular by evolutionary biology. Mr. Wright will appear in a documentary next Tuesday on the National Geographic Channel, sharing his new game with leading evolutionary biologists and talking with them about the evolution of complex life.Evolutionary biologists like Dr. Near and Dr. Prum, who have had a chance to try the game, like it a great deal.
Here's the Spore Website. And, a long Wikipedia article.

Monday, October 13, 2008

K12 Online Conference Started Today
In a fully online conference, lots of sessions and intereaction and live fireside chats will be happening over the next couple weeks.
The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2008 conference theme is “Amplifying Possibilities”. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 13, 2008. The following two weeks, October 20-24 and October 27-31, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog (this website) for participants to download and view. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” and a culminating “When Night Falls” event will be announced. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during the conference as well as asynchronous conversations.

Technically, it was the Preconference Keynote today, but all the same you can view “It Simply Isn’t the 20th Century Any More Is It?: So Why Would We T...

The full schedule is here. And here the Fireside chats. There are discussion groups around each presentation, and the whole thing will wind up with a live 24 hour When Night Falls

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

HP TouchSmart / Ads
You've probably seen one or more of the ads. Here they all are, for the new HP touchscreen computer.

Gets you thinking doesn't it?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Open Source Plea
I wrote a plea for help over at Common Core.