Archive for May, 2011

Challenges to Online Learning May 31, 2011 8:00 am

Challenges to Online Learning

A new learning modality has emerged and it has the potential to turn the current model on its head. Online learning offers greater flexibility and fewer overhead costs (busing, building maintenance, etc) making it a financially viable solutions. Some, including Clayton Christenson, have predicted that online learning will become the dominant form of education within the next 20 years. Despite this bold prediction, there are a few of challenges to an educational system that is entirely online: 1. Parental supervision […]

Is Qwiki the next, best platform for digital storytelling? May 31, 2011 8:00 am

Is Qwiki the next, best platform for digital storytelling?

The Web needs something new for education. I’ve talked about this before. Teachers have been happily using Glogster,  Voicethread, and Google Apps for the past couple of years. Then the economy went in the dumper, Silicon Valley focused on “social,”  and we’ve been quietly waiting for some of the new platforms to emerge that might have education in mind. It’s been a long wait, but friends, we may have a winner (however, they may not know this yet). See, last week, […]

EdCeptional Show #11: All About Assistive Technology in Alton, IL! May 30, 2011 5:58 pm

EdCeptional Show #11: All About Assistive Technology in Alton, IL!

Greetings everyone!  A huge shout out to all of you veterans out there…Thanks for everything you do to make our country an amazing and safe place to live! Tonight we are joined with a smaller Edceptional crew than normal and one amazing special guest, assistive technology specialist Mr. Brian Dowd. Brian is an AT specialist with Alton School District in Alton, Illinois. His district’s top initiatives are the roll out of iPads and the use of Read and Write Gold […]

It Is The Network May 30, 2011 4:00 pm

It Is The Network

Joe Crede (pronounced CREE-DEE) was the starting third baseman on the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox (not to be confused with the Chicago Cubs who last won a World Series when there were only 46 states and Teddy Roosevelt was President). USA Today reported in 2002 “The 6-3 Crede . . . hits with power to all fields and makes good contact for a power hitter. He is a good athlete with soft hands, good range and a strong […]

iBroke My iPhone and Lived to Talk About It May 29, 2011 9:45 pm

iBroke My iPhone and Lived to Talk About It

Preface to post: I am passionate about using iDevices to improve the learning experience, and I personally consider my iPhone to be my lifeline. To people who know me well, this is common knowledge. Denial. As my iPhone 4 slowly slid off a stack of papers just out of my reach, I had the perfect view as I watched it drop and land face down. I heard gasps escape from every person in the crowded room. My first thought: it’s […]

EdGamer Episode 13: Have Board – Will Game May 28, 2011 5:22 pm

EdGamer Episode 13: Have Board – Will Game

Do you have trouble getting access to technology, within your school, for gaming? Board games offer a simple and nice alternative for gaming in the classroom. Gerry and I discuss our childhood board gaming experiences, which includes Candy Land and Axis and Allies. We explain why board games should be part of your classroom resources and how they can lead to learning. Listen to the Boardwalk of educational gaming podcasts!

Google Educast #17 – Gone Google with Dr. Henry Thiele May 27, 2011 3:00 pm

Google Educast #17 – Gone Google with Dr. Henry Thiele

On this episode of the Google Educast we welcome our special guest Dr. Henry Thiele for a one-on-one interview.  Hank is currently the Chief Technology Officer for District 207 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Before he moved into this role he was a technology coordinator and also taught science and music at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Hank earned his Doctorate from Roosevelt University in Chicago while investigating the impact online communication can have on learning. He is a […]

Steps in the Right Direction May 27, 2011 7:15 am

Steps in the Right Direction

There is no shortage of blogposts or news articles about the positive aspects of the use of mobile devices in schools. You’ll find quite a few right here on EdReach. The article Principals Call for Mobile and Social Technologies in Schools from THE Journal has me hopeful for those schools where mobile technologies are banned or are in short number. The article explains that the National Association of Secondary School Principals  (NASSP) has written a position statement encouraging (practically mandating) […]

Four Common Misconceptions about the Modern Gamer May 27, 2011 2:05 am

Four Common Misconceptions about the Modern Gamer

Stereotypes can be true, partially true, completely fabricated, dangerous or useful for categorization. That being said, each stereotype needs to be closely analyzed for its accuracy, particularly the completely fabricated or dangerous ones. This week, I’m taking a look at four common stereotypes about gamers that are largely inappropriate or just downright wrong. In all honesty, these fallacies can be hurtful, particularly when indulged in by educators; however they are entertaining to those who truly know gamers. Here goes: 1. Gamers […]

MacReach Show #15: APPsolutely Comical! May 26, 2011 6:49 pm

MacReach Show #15: APPsolutely Comical!

Kelly Dumont and I cover the good and the bad this week in the world of Apple… and have a few laughs along the way! MacNews: Mac malware?!?! Yes, unfortunately it is true. Apple responds by posting instructions on how to remove the Mac Defender malware… not a good sign of things to come. 500,000 apps in the App Store! We discuss a very cool infographic celebrating the half of million apps currently available in the App Store. EdMac: It is […]

Calling All School Leaders! Professional Development Matters; Don’t Rely On Luck! May 26, 2011 12:00 pm

Calling All School Leaders! Professional Development Matters; Don’t Rely On Luck!

If we want education to move forward we need school leaders who are serious about research based practices, 21st century learning, thinking, and perfecting their professional development craft.   If you are a school leader or an instructional coach I highly recommend Doug Reeve’s book: Transforming Professional Development Into Student Results. In the book Mr. Reeves goes in depth into his “Leadership and Learning Matrix”.  He examines successful ways to get away from just being ‘lucky’ as a school. Where does your school fall on the matrix? […]

EdReach Show #22: Freemium Blend May 26, 2011 8:00 am

EdReach Show #22: Freemium Blend

This week brings us the debate over whether the “freemium” model of pricing Web 2.o tools and platforms is fair and reasonable. Also, with the recent tornadoes, we share a few teaching strategies and ideas for using that as a teachable moment. Additionally, we respond to Jennifer- from Glogster EDU’s reaction to our EdRoundtable post: Have you read the morning Glog? from last week. She offers some insights to Glogster’s strategy as a new media platform, and we discuss Glogster’s […]

EdCeptional Show #10: An Inside View from an App Developer for Special Needs May 23, 2011 6:32 pm

EdCeptional Show #10: An Inside View from an App Developer for Special Needs

Tonight we welcomed Jeff and Lisa Johnson from Grembe Apps to our show. Lisa is a physical therapist and Jeff is a software engineer together they formed Grembe Apps as a way to help their child and others to communicate. Grembe apps are apps that make a difference.         To start off our roll call we shared an app that has made a difference in either a student’s life or your own childs. Jeff Johnson & Lisa […]

Be Careful Assuming May 23, 2011 4:00 pm

Be Careful Assuming

Last week, I accepted a new position with a rural school district in a town called Forreston, Illinois to be Director of Instructional Technology. It is an amazing opportunity for numerous reasons, but I am in unfamiliar territory. First, the buildings are amazing. Not that I have not worked in amazing buildings, but all three have been renovated or built recently. The oldest building was last renovated in 1996. Second, the administration is young and willing to really, I think, […]

Education Can Rock Too May 22, 2011 9:47 pm

Education Can Rock Too

After having lunch at a Hard Rock Cafe recently, I am more hopeful than ever about how technology can be used in education in the very near future. I am an avid supporter of allowing students to use touch screen devices to enhance the learning process, so I was absolutely delighted when my party was seated directly next to something that resembled an 18 by 4 foot iPad hanging on the wall. While waiting for our lunch, we were invited […]

The future of Ed Tech is “Bring Your Own Device” … BYOD May 22, 2011 8:00 am

The future of Ed Tech is “Bring Your Own Device” … BYOD

The future of Ed Tech is “Bring Your Own Device”, (BYOD), and schools will more than likely move away from providing devices for students sooner than later.  While BYOD is far too radical for many school districts at this time, it is inevitable that this is the future.  The sooner districts embrace this future and begin to plan for it, the more effective this transition will be. Today, while attending EdCampChicago, BYOD was a hot topic.  I repeatedly heard, “my […]

EdGamer Episode 12: World of Warcraft, 3D GameLab, and Games You Can Use in Your Classroom May 21, 2011 6:00 pm

EdGamer Episode 12: World of Warcraft, 3D GameLab, and Games You Can Use in Your Classroom

We brought back episode 7 guest Lucas Gillispie. He is our resident expert on the use of World of Warcraft within the classroom. Lucas discusses his curriculum and the use of machinima. Machinima is the use of real-time video graphics (from games) and creating a cinematic production. Lucas is finalizing a full year curriculum based on WoW and he has connected these lessons to the common core standards. We also discussed 3D GameLab, new games, and upcoming games, which should be helpful for those who are searching for some fun.

EdRoundtable: Have you read the morning Glog? May 20, 2011 8:18 pm

EdRoundtable: Have you read the morning Glog?

Welcome to a new column on EdReach! The EdRoundtable. One of us will throw out an idea or question, and the roundtable adds their views. This first EdRoundtable has some questions about Glogster.com, and its strength as a media platform for students. I quite like the idea of Glogster.com. Take elements of the web- videos, links, photos, text- put them together and posterize the Web; that- I get. If there’s not bandwidth problems, kids quite like the tool, too. It’s […]