fantastic Distance Ed program, for teachers around the state on using technology in the classroom and in their lives. I'm a bit of a noob as far as tech--no certifications or anything, but I have a lot of enthusiasm and talk like a normal person--not that strange language that IT folk lapse into! :) I am really excited to be a part of this group!…
be able to get in on the action though, by using a Common File Format
(CFF). The CFF will allow teachers to open the documents in any word
processor and also gives them the option to edit and change the material
in any way. Apparently, this technology will not be seen in
North American anytime soon because of complications with whiteboard
vendors. Is this something you would like to utilize in your own
classroom? Check out the full article here.…
necting these resources with student educational progress even more problematic)
Can we minimize this problem - at least the acquiring and use side of things?
At the University of Baltimore we worked with middle school students as design partners on new media projects.
There's a couple of take-aways on this.
- As a technology development team we had kids partner up with college students. Basically they acted as subject matter experts on being kids. I think we can leverage local colleges into delivering more resources. Just need to get creative in curriculum. I think we can. (So - an after school program on college campuses)
- Despite our high tech goals, we did a lot of paper prototyping, black box AI, and role playing. We did a lot of games too using faux RFID tags, PDA's, etc etc...Its possible to at least introduce and conceptualize technology without actually having it. Granted, we did focus on faux technology - but there was real research and effort put into these projects, our kids learned about things about marine life and American history - then thought about how it could be put into a game. I suspect folks here are focused on technology as "the tool", so perhaps this doesn't quite fit. Still the question of best usage for scarce resources arises, and developing non technical (and educationally valuable) activities that "lean on" rather than require full technological support seems useful in under served areas.
(PS as for me, I build virtual worlds, which could help - but it doesn't solve the problem of limited resources)…
Chat Log: http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/globalawareness.rtf
Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) (international times here)
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tinyurl.com/futureofed.
Lucy Gray hosts a virtual panel on global awareness with an all-star line up (see below). The primary focus will be to highlight the work of many organizations including iEARN, ePals, and the Asia Society and to discuss the concept of global awareness in relation to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' frame for 21st century learning. Post your pre-show questions below.
Bio: Shari Becker Albright serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Society International Studies Schools Network, a national network of small, internationally-themed secondary schools dedicated to preparing college ready, globally competent citizens for the 21st century. Prior to joining the Asia Society, Shari served as the principal of a public, magnet school in the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas – the International School of the Americas which was the recipient of the Goldman Sachs Prize in International Education.
Bio: Originally from the US, Kim has spent the last ten years teaching internationally, beginning in Munich, Germany, continuing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and currently in Bangkok, Thailand. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Kim regularly consults with other international schools interested in implementing 21st century learning, has been profiled on a number of educational websites and journals, and has spoken at conferences and professional development sessions throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Her professional blog, Always Learning, is an invaluable resource for teachers seeking examples of authentic student engagement.
Bio: Westley is Managing Director of Skoolaborate, a global initiative, involving over 40 schools and community organisations, that uses a blended environment including online units and virtual worlds to produce engaging student learning experiences. In his day job, Westley is the MLC online learning director leading a 1 to 1 program that is recognized by many as one the best examples of blended learning world wide. Westley presents around the world on topics such as Making 1 to 1 work, Heuristics of implementing elearning, Second Life in Education, Educational Technology, Connecting Students in a Web 2.0 world and Leading in a Flat World.
URLs: http://www.skoolaborate.com, http://www.westleyfield.com
Bio: Lucy is the founder of the Global Education Collaborative, an online community designed to connect educators and organizations while promoting global awareness. She is currently employed by the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago as an education technology specialist. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher.
URLs: http://globaleducation.ning.com, http://lucygray.org
Carol Anne McGuire
Bio: Technology Integration Specialist, Apple Distinguished Educator, Discovery Star Educator, ISTE Teacher of the Year Carol Anne McGuire is an award-winning educator who began her career teaching blind and visually impaired students over 20 years ago. She is the founder and “Lead Rocker” of an international project called “Rock Our World.” ROW connects students on every continent to collaborate in music composition, filmmaking and meeting each other in live video conferences. Carol Anne has worked with companies such as Apple, Discovery, Disney, American Film Institute, Google and Will Smith.
Carol Anne Keynotes all over the world on topics such as Global Collaboration, Accessibility, Digital Storytelling, Podcasting, Technology in the Classroom and Movie Making for the Non-Techy Teacher!
URLs: www.rockourworld.org, http://rockourworld.ning.com, http://discoveryeducatorabroad.com/rockourworld
Bio: Diane Midness is Director for Professional Development for iEARN USA. She is a former high school Media Specialist and Coordinating Teacher for Technology Integration and program coordinator for The University of North Carolina’s Center for International Understanding’s International School Partnerships through Technology.
Bio: Rita is Vice President of Education Markets for ePals, a global collaborative community with more than 18 million users in 200 countries. Earlier in her career, she was director of ed tech in Miami-Dade Public Schools, the nation's fourth largest, serving students born in more than 120 countries. She won a FIPSE grant for ed tech professional development in the district. She has also been graduate program chair in Computer Education and Technology at Barry University, and earlier taught high school English and journalism in three schools in Kansas -- rural, urban and suburban. She was the Education Editor of the first online service in the U.S. with color and graphics, called VIEWTRON, in the 1980s. She has keynoted and given workshops at major ed tech conferences from coast to coast and has written ten books and more than 100 articles about ed tech and school reform. As a child, she lived in Costa Rica and attended a public girls' school in Spanish. Just before joining ePals, she helped create an ed tech plan for the public schools in the United Arab Emirates.
Bio: Sharon Peters is the Director of Technology at Hebrew Academy in Montreal, Canada. She recently won ISTE's Online Learning Award for the Darfur Video Project. In 2008 and 2009, she led teams who facilitated ICT workshops with an NGO, Teachers Without Borders Canada, to educators in the townships of South Africa and rural Kenya. She has presented keynotes at conferences and workshops throughout North America about new media literacies and global collaborative projects. Her students have participated in several award-winning international web-based collaborative projects with classes around the world using technology to support the learning goals.
Bio: Julene Reed is the Director of Academic Technology for St. George's Independent School in Memphis, TN. She is on the advisory boards of: Apple Distinguished Educators, Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, Polar Bears International, and the Tennessee Distance Learning Association.
Julene keynotes and leads workshops on Global Education, "Going Green," Web 2.0 for Education, Podcasting, Technology Integration, Digital Storytelling, Laptop Learning, Videoconferencing, 21st Century Teaching & Learning, and much more.
Bio: Michael Searson is executive director of Kean University's School for Global Education & Innovation. He is chairperson of the Xi Hu Conference on 21st Century Learning, to be held in Hangzhou, China in November 2009. His work often connects local school districts with international partners. Searson is a vice president for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education; a member of the Global Learn Asia Pacific Executive Committee; a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Advisory Board; Curriki Hearst Faculty Fellow. Searson has authored or coauthored a number of grants focusing on the integration of technology into educational settings.…
ription and additional details are included below. We're looking for a few additional ppl to help us serve as moderators for the course so let us know if you're interested in being involved. We're also looking for help to spread the word about the course so we'd love it if you were willing to share/forward the below announcement to your networks and listserves. As a number of you know, we've built a really incredible learning platform and have refined a dynamic and interactive model for online learning. We're excited to show it to you and also get your feedback for how to improve it in the weeks and months to come. Cheers,Nick ***New Technologies for Educational Practice: Online Certificate Course[http://techchange.org/new-technologies-for-educational-practice/]
In the last decade a number of new technologies have been developed which will dramatically reshape the classroom space, alter the way academic research is carried out, and increase opportunities for global access to education. A handful of teachers, practitioners and educational professionals are beginning to use social media, mobile devices, video games and other innovations to enrich the learning process, but these practices are far from mainstream.
This four week online certificate course is designed for teachers, administrators, practitioners and educational professionals working in universities and k-12 schools as well as the non profit and international development arenas. It aims to provide participants with exposure to a variety of tools and platforms that deepen dialogue, enhance curricula and improve academic research techniques. It will also explore the latest advances in online learning, virtual collaboration, and mobile learning in an effort to chart the future of teaching and education in the years to come.
Through an innovative and interactive pedagogical approach, participants can expect to develop a practical set of strategies and skills that will prepare them to apply new technologies to their work in teaching, research and educational development amid this rapidly evolving landscape.
Classroom 2.0: Tech Tools for Collaboration and Curriculum Development
Mobile Learning: Fad or Future?
New Tech Tools for Academic Research, Metrics and Evaluation
Video Games for Social Change
Social Networking and Social Media in the Classroom
Advances and trends in eLearning
Dates: The course will be held Mon February 20th – Friday March 16th (4 Weeks).
Selection of Featured Tools:
Twitter & Facebook
EpiSurveyor, FrontlineSMS, & GeoPoll
PearlTrees & Diigo
Course objectives: by the end of this course participants will:
be able to critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology in education
be able connect relevant educational theories to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
be able to manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools for educational practice
be able to design dynamic and effective strategies for using technology platforms and tools in the classroom
be able to work collaboratively with others by participating in dynamic group exercises and simulations
develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with technology to further educational objectives
Teaching Method/Class Format: The course is delivered entirely online. The total time commitment is a minimum of 7-9 hours a week. The course is designed to be highly interactive and social, but we also work hard to ensure that the majority of content can experienced in a self-paced manner. We do feature real-time interactions each week such as live discussions, live expert interviews, and live simulations. In order to accommodate busy schedules of learners from around the world we’ve set up a learning environment where participants have plenty of options and can choose the ones they’d like to be involved with depending on their availability and interest. Participants can also access all course content up to three months after course completion so if you get pulled away at the last minute for part of the course you can still revisit the material afterwards.
Course Facilitator: TechChange staff, advisory board members and a number of guest experts will all be heavily involved in the design and facilitation of the course. The lead facilitator for the course will be Nick Martin. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with significant international enducation. He is an adjunct faculty member at American University, George Mason University, George Washington University and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), and has given a number of guest lectures and speeches on the role of technology in education, peacebuilding, development and humanitarian work. Contact Nick at nick [at] techchange.org.
$595 (495 if application is submitted by February 1st)
Learn More and Apply Now: http://techchange.org/new-technologies-for-educational-practice/…
Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2009
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tinyurl.com/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event.
Allan H. Weis is the author of The Business of Changing Lives: How A High-Tech Company Invested in Kids and Creativity (Greenleaf Book Group, September 2009), a new book that details the creation and growth of his company, Advanced Network & Services (ANS). He celebrates two decades of social entrepreneurship, as ANS has earmarked all of its resources - $128,000,000 – to build national networking infrastructure and foster significant social change. He is the founder and president of ANS, a company he started in 1990 to advance education and science by accelerating the use of computer networking technology. An Internet pioneer, Mr. Weis led the ANS team that built the largest and fastest part of the Internet , which provided the underlying network for the National Science Foundation. In 1995, the assets and operations of ANS were sold to America Online Inc. With the proceeds of that sale, ANS became a preeminent force in education and philanthropy. A passionate believer in the power of the “Net” to revolutionize learning and close the educational resources gap among students, Mr. Weis founded ThinkQuest® in 1995. A philanthropic initiative designed as a competition, ThinkQuest honored its annual winners with up to $2,000,000 in scholarships and cash awards, and became the fastest growing Internet-based educational program in the world. ThinkQuest helps students and educators learn computer and networking technology as they create educational Web sites that are used as teaching tools. In 2002, ThinkQuest was donated to the Oracle Foundation, except for a successful spin-off, ThinkQuest NYC.
Mr. Weis was also instrumental in creating the Internet2 project, a collaborative program between universities and corporations to construct the next generation of the Internet. In addition, he started the National Tele-Immersion Initiative, the most challenging network application that integrates virtual reality and networked computing.
Prior to his work with ANS, Mr. Weis spent 30 years with IBM. Before he retired in 1990, Mr. Weis served as vice president of IBM’s Engineering & Scientific computing business, where he had worldwide responsibility for strategy, development and technical support for IBM’s high performance systems and applications. His department served the nation’s top research labs and universities.
Mr. Weis has served on many national committees that deal with the future of communications and computing technologies, such as the panel on Information Technology and the Conduct of Research of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a member of the World Technology Network since 2002 and was a member of the CEO Forum on Educational Technology.
Mr. Weis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, where he earned a Master of Science degree. He resides in Sarasota, Florida. For more information, please consult: www.advanced.org.…