Friday, February 24, 2012

20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders | Online Universities

20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders | Online Universities
If you want to get to the top in any field, whether it’s business, science, or even construction, you have to have some pretty solid leadership skills. Unfortunately, these kinds of skills often aren’t the sort of thing you’ll find being taught in your college courses, and may take some extra effort to learn and apply outside of your classes. While there is little substitute for leadership experience through campus organizations, hearing from experts on psychology, leadership, and business can also be a big help in giving you a basic leadership education. TED is one of the best places to find all of these diverse subjects in one place, and here we’ve collected some of the best videos for anyone, young or old, hoping to hone their leadership abilities.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

50 Sites in 60 Minutes, Volume Three

- 50 Sites in 60 Minutes, Volume Three
50 Sites in 60 Minutes, Volume Three
This is a collection of sites that I like to use in a one-hour session of professional development. I like to update it twice a year to keep things fresh and because the first two were such a huge success. The last volume received over 21,000 views on Slideshare alone. As with all my resources, feel free to use them any way you see fit and I hope you enjoy it. I've even seen this used as teaching tool for a blogging exercise at the college level. Stay tuned for volume four sometime this summer!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Web 2.0 Tools for Educators

Social media provides a variety of tools, commonly referred to as Web 2.0, that educators can use to engage students and enhance essential skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, media literacy, technological proficiency, global awareness. Other tools can be leveraged to become more efficient and effective at what we do in education.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mailvu - Unleash the Power of Video with the Simplicity of Email.


We make video easy! mailVU is a full featured video platform which enables businesses and individuals to record and distribute video content. A free version is available via, the mailVU iPhone/iPad/iTouch app, or the mailVU chrome browser plug-in. For businesses we offer an account for all your videos with branding, upload, download, and embed capability, and a customer testimonial widget. Place the  video short URLs in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn...anywhere! For service providers and Universities we offer a complete white label version implemented through our API, or by reselling our business accounts. Contact info at mailVU dot com for further details.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Your information on the web.

Digital Identity vs Digital Self. «
This is a beautiful video which outlines how your identity is formed on the web. While I am an advocate for children and adults figuring out what this means, and how to manage it, it reinforces my belief that virtual worlds are in fact a far safer place for children to begin using the Internet. I used this video with my eight year old daughter today to help explain why she wasn’t going to play some Zanga game of Facebook, not least supported by fact she doesn’t have a Facebook account. What I didn’t expect is that she largely understood the technical terms and certainly the concepts. She has learned that with her friends in our game world – so do I mind her playing vide0-games and having several avatars? No, what I fear more is what would happen if she didn’t.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Piazza - Not Just Another Message Board System

Free Technology for Teachers: Piazza - Not Just Another Message Board System
Piazza - Not Just Another Message Board System
Over the years I've reviewed quite a few services that offer teachers the ability to create private message boards for use in their courses. Here's a handful of those services. Today, I learned about one that tops all of those services.

Piazza is a free service that teachers can use to create message boards for their courses. Piazza message boards offer more than just the standard question and answer format found in the old free Ning packages, but not quite as many features as a paid service like Blackboard. Some of the highlights of Piazza are tracking of student use, options for having multiple instructors and or teaching assistants in each course, and collaborative editing of messages. Piazza also offers the things that you might expect like basic announcement posting.....

Technology Integration Professional Development Guide | Edutopia

Technology Integration Professional Development Guide | Edutopia
Technology Integration Teaching's Technology Integration professional development guide is meant for use either after completion of the Project-Based Learning Guide or with participants who are familiar with project-based learning. The guide is designed for a two- to three-hour class or session. It can be used in conjunction with trainings on technology used in classroom settings.

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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Apps for Administrators

Apps for Administrators

On this page you will find some suggested apps for Administrators as well as a link to the App on iTunes. If you have any suggestions, please add a comment to this page.

Keynote - A slideshow presentation program
Pages- A word processing program
Numbers - A spreadsheet application
iBooks - An ereader book store from Apple. You can also add your own ePubs or PDFs as well.
Notability - text to speech or just a note taking app
UPad- a flexible note taking app that includes a wide range of paper templates
iThoughtsHD - A mind map tool for the iPad
Evernote - Evernote turns the iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life.
Stick It - Sticky Notes with Bump™ - Sticky notes you can share with other iPad Users
Cramberry - Create flash cards to study from.
Bento - Manage things with 25 ready to use databases.
Common Core Standards - View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster).
Common Core Look-Fors (Mathematics) - This is an observation tool for the Standards for Mathematical Practice and Standards of Mathematical Content of the Common Core State Standards (CCSSO, 2010). Track progress through the standards.
WolframAlpha - A powerful computational search engine.


10 Free Web Conferencing Tools

We had earlier covered how telepresence helps to save cost. Similarly, virtual meetings too can save money and support environment by eliminating travel. Online presentations, meetings are now normal and pretty much every organization makes use of some form of virtual meeting on the internet. WebEx is one of the pioneer in Web Conference technology  and now it is part of Cisco. There are others like GoToMeeting, IBM Sametime etc that offer compelling features. But these services are expensive and small companies, group of people can not afford such higher premium price.....

Friday, February 03, 2012

Digital Learning: What Kids Really Want -- THE Journal

Digital Learning: What Kids Really Want -- THE Journal
According to Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans, "Today's students have their own 'student vision' for how they want to use technology for learning. That vision," she said, "is really a statement of how students want to learn in general."

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

iPaddiction: Draw Venn for iPad

iPaddiction: Draw Venn for iPad
In every classroom setting, I always start with the educational content that students need to discover and build tech tools around that. At 8:00 am yesterday, I knew we were going to discuss the two different major armies in the American Revolutionary War. With that came us describing each advantage that the armies had while fighting. This led to some differences that they had as well.

This brought me to the thought that a Venn Diagram would the perfect tool. Prior to iPads, I would have had students draw two big circles on their papers. Black and White with some Blue horizontal lines running through them. This would get the job done, but really allows for little creativity. It also allows for students to hide in their notebook.

As always, there must be an app for that! This brings me to Draw Venn for iPad. A well designed app that is visually appealing. I found it by simply searching with Google: "Venn Diagram iTunes App" Whenever I use iTunes app it simply searches the links from iTunes and usually nets plenty of choices!

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