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This week, Gerry, half of the EdGamer team, took a trip to the Games+Learning+Society Conference (GLS8) in Madison, Wisconsin. This annual conference, in its 8th year, is the pinnacle event in the gaming and learning (education) world and features guest speakers and committee members such as Dr. James Paul Gee (ASU), Dr. Kurt Squire (UW-Madison), Crystle Martin (UW-Madison) and Eric Zimmerman (independent game designer) along with professionals from the gaming field, professors and students from ASU, UW-Madison, MIT and many, [...]
It’s summer time on EdGamer this week…well at least for some of us. In episode 54 we figure out what steps teachers would need to take this summer to get ready to use games in the classroom next year. We include some valuable links to resources and also look ahead to some great summer conferences you should consider attending! Watch out, it’s another don’t miss episode of EdGamer…summer style!
Here at EdReach, we are big fans of the educational tool Qwiki. (Did you notice the Qwiki of the Day on the sidebar?) For those of you who have not yet have the pleasure of experiencing Qwiki, it is a fantastic tool that allows you to learn about literally millions of different topics in a matter of moments. According to Wikipedia, “Qwiki is a platform that creates interactive, on-the-fly, multimedia presentations of information.” Basically, Qwiki lets you quickly learn about [...]
What happens when you throw a bunch of Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) in the middle of the Arizona desert for a week of sharing and learning? Some pretty amazing things! It was an absolute honor to be able to attend the ADE Summer Institute with such a phenomenal group of educators. The week-long institute was an opportunity for me to share, learn, and grow in ways I had never imagined. While I left the Institute with loads of valuable ideas [...]
School may be out for the summer, but iTunesU is still in session! Christine DiPaulo and Scott Meech join me this week to talk about all the great content and resources available on iTunesU, and some really great summer travel apps! MacNews: FaceTime on your TV as part of the iOS 5 update? How to prepare your Mac for Lion! EdMac: Apple Education Summer Semester Webcasts are free to attend! Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) on iTunesU Apps of the Week: [...]
Welcome to EdGamer Episode 18! As we creep closer and closer to our 20th episode we dive deeper into the world of mass gaming. Our topics of interest this week include a look at just how fast gaming is growing through social media, the way social media is corrupting the image of gaming, and how businesses are using gaming as educational tools. We also check out a great site for students where they can keep themselves busy and refresh some skills during the summer months. This week’s show is packed with tons of more great gaming and education references for you to check out. Tune in to EdGamer Episode 18!
There has been a tide of discussion on where schools are headed and what they should do to correct themselves. My thoughts go directly to one weakness, problem solving. How can I make my students (and my own children) better at this skill? Problem (or at least what I see) We need “Good deed doers,” divergent thinkers, and problem solvers. We need students who don’t need to be hand-held and spoon-fed. I tell my students this all the time, but [...]
My summer seems to be pretty busy and I am always feeling like I am doing mindless tasks. I made a conscious effort to make sure that I was completing activities that worked the mind this summer. The list below shows most of the activities that I am involved with during my “vacation.” Teacher Feast- This is a week long training camp for teachers to learn technology for the classroom. It is a great model for professional development. I am [...]
I always try to think of ways that will get teachers excited about sharing their learning experiences. At conferences, taking teachers to the session about the Personal Learning Network is usually fun. They learn about all the social networking tools that will help them. They end up signing up for Twitter- then – never use it again. I think Twitter is really one of the best resources for getting ahead in Ed, however, it’s not for everybody. Even one of [...]
With summer almost upon us (I know I still have a few days), it’s the time of year to sit back, relax, and try something different! Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you stop learning, but it gives you a time to do it in a different way, so take a look a few ideas. Podcasts: I am addicted to podcasts! I rarely listen to the radio in my car, and always have a backlog of 20 or so to [...]
It may not scare you a bit, but it scares me. I’ve worked quite hard this year to spread the love of assistive and integrative technology, to show teachers and students what can be accomplished when you turn on the fire hose of learning, how to streamline the access of knowledge with tools like Qwiki.com and Diigo.com, and what can happen when you tap into your potential as a life-long learner. That about sums up what I do in a [...]
As the temperature soars and the countdown to the end of the school year reaches single digits, everyone begins to think about summer vacation. Plans of days at the beach/pool, road trips, sleeping in, time spent with friends…many people are wishing they had become a teacher come June. Certainly the pace slows down for teachers in the summer, but if your summer is shaping up anything like mine, you are scheduling leisure time as well as work commitments. While teachers have [...]
Summer is finally here, and both students and teachers appear anxious to trade the confines of classroom life for something much more fun. The general consensus from most of my students is that they consider summer to be the best part of their year. As a teacher, hearing this sentiment verbalized makes me feel like someone just broke my iPhone: I work really hard during the school year to make learning fun and exciting for students, and summer is stereotypically [...]
Summer in the United States is almost here! Teachers and student will be basking in the glow of the sun, spending time on the beach, relaxing and resting up, AND getting a head start on preparing for the next school year. (Not to mention summer school). Even outside of summer school, summer vacation provides tremendous opportunities for learning and creating. With the tremendous explosion of eReaders (both inside and outside of schools) there is not a better time to buildout [...]