Archive for Category: "Razor’s Ed"
Has the interactive whiteboard technology run its course? Is it worth the time, money and effort to install? This week on the Razor’s Ed, I look at interactive whiteboard technology and riff on if it is the right time to buy. Update: Word is the Reflection app is almost ready for PC beta testing. Stay tuned to their website for details
I received a message recently over Facebook asking when there would be more Razor’s Ed podcasts. I was flattered that someone was actually listening to my words. I realize that I have not been attentive to developing my show more. I will remedy that next week with a new show at 6PM Tuesday night. It is a very difficult concept to pull off, this show. To be critical of educational topics on a weekly basis can change the mind of [...]
All things are changing, and we are changing with them. The phrase in Latin is “Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.” This proverbial saying has also commonly be quoted as “Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis”, meaning “The times are changed and we too are changed in them (or during them).” This idea is linked back to the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus who is believed to have said: ποταμοῖσι τοῖσιν αὐτοῖσιν ἐμϐαίνουσιν, ἕτερα καὶ ἕτερα ὕδατα ἐπιρρεῖ. [...]
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think [...]
“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, . . .” – Henry David Thoreau I recently had the immense pleasure of having been recommended and listened to a presentation given by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. The presentation was titled “How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It.” In listening to the presentation, Lessig provided reference to the above quote of author, activist and philosopher Henry David [...]
In 1999, Ruth Jaynes was my first-year teacher mentor. Ruth was tasked with giving me the run down on the inner workings of Sunnybrook School District 171. While we were going over curriculum, we talked about all subjects since I was going to have a self-contained class. The was particular passion when talking with Ruth about science. What was then told to me as we went over curriculum was that Sunnybrook had never adopted a fifth grade science textbook series. [...]
Once again, the national media has made the focus on stuff in the classroom, and NOT on educational pedagogy. This story on NBC Nightly News focuses on The Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, California. The Waldorf School does not include high tech devices in their educational curriculum. That I have no problem. Listen on to hear where the problem absolutely lies in this story. Show links: The Waldorf Way: Silicon Valley school eschews technology (video) Waldorf School [...]
A ruling by the California Supreme Court granted illegal aliens in-state tuition to all public California universities as long as they completed at least three years of high school and graduated in California. What was given little notice, but made a huge impact in my yearning for more education is that people living out of state who also graduated from a California high school are eligible for in-state tuition. Hey, I graduated from Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California [...]
The iPad 1:1 in Forreston is moving along nicely. Our bandwidth usage has curtailed a bit. Students and teachers have become more comfortable with the technology in the classroom. And so far there have been two casualties with equipment. One iPad, out of almost 500 handed out to students grade six through twelve, has suffered drop damage due to just too much on the desk (cannot wait for the paperless/textbook-less classroom). The other casualty shows that learning does really happen [...]
Probably one of the scariest propositions of the iPad 1:1 Program at Forreston Junior/Senior High School was the idea that we were filtering only gambling and pornography via our Lightspeed filter system. Facebook is available. YouTube is available. iMessage is available. FaceTime is available. We have made our expectations of appropriate behavior clear to students and parents through documentation and meetings. We have almost five hundred students in grades six through twelve who have full access to these tools and [...]
This week is the return of Razor’s Ed after a long hiatus. Focus of this show is the rollout of almost 500 iPads to students in grades six through twelve, and on what has made this rollout a unique and successful experience, in particular the administration, community, teachers and infrastructure. The students are in on the act, too (as they should be).
In my last post, Are We Screwing Up The iPad, I made reference to the term “digital native” and “digital immigrant.” It is not that I like those terms first coined by Marc Prensky recently 10 years ago as a service detriment to a generation of struggling teachers, but it has become the accepted nomenclature in education. My lazy writing disservice by continuing to use this term only perpetuates this asinine idea that our brains cannot grasp certain technology in [...]
Over the next few weeks, school is back in session. Fresh paint. Waxed floors. And for some, a new cadre of iPads. Ah, the fresh iPad smell. It is not new technology. The iPad is about a year and a half old. Already we are deep into the second iteration of this device, and on the precipice of the third. But if what has transpired since the launch of the iPad, we, as educators, administrators and tech might be screwing [...]
Over the last several weeks, I have spent time thinking about the subject of access to the Internet. Even in the United States in the year 2011, Internet access is still a question and struggle for those living in rural areas. Many of my colleagues live in areas where access to the Internet offers many choices. However in rural areas, options can vary greatly neighbor to neighbor depending on topography, trees, line of sight of the nearest tower, or even [...]
Yesterday, I took a drive out to my new home in Lanark, IL. It is an area where there are many unpaved roads, roads that travel at odd angles, and friendly people who wave as they pass each other on the drive. I really love everything about the new area I am moving. Well, almost everything. While getting my utilities setup, I realized that the local cable company, Mediacom, would not service my location. I am four miles from their [...]
As a follow up to my last post about a professional development studio concept, I decided to come to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for NeoCon 2011 to see what the interior design world is selling. What I have seen is underwhelming, overwhelming and inspiring. The underwhelming – how many ergonomic office chairs can one attempt to make? On the seventh floor of the Merchandise Mart, it seemed I could not get far enough away from a cheap Chinese, Taiwanese [...]
One of my first tasks in my new position in Forreston is to take a 29′ X 21′ space and turn it into a professional development room for teachers. I was not given a clear budget amount. I was asked to dream it, propose it, and worry about the finances later. So, I fired up my copy of Google SketchUp Pro (Illinois schools and educators have access to a FREE license) and I came up with the design idea at [...]
This week on Razor’s Ed I go away from the conventional talk about technology and reflect on how college athletics has changed so much over my lifetime, and how there needs to be a focus on college sports for college kids. Do away with the donor and booster seats. You would not give high school donors the VIP treatment at football and basketball games, would you?