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Biggest EdTech Question: How?

Biggest EdTech Question: How?

I had a conversation with a young principal the other day. He has sixty staff, teaching K-5 level students, and he was looking for technology ideas. I had just written something about using apps in the classroom, and felt pretty good about the direction classroom technology was headed, so offered some ideas. I began with mobile devices… tablets… and talked about using them for not only going to the Internet, but for working text, images, … Read entire article »

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Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device

Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device

Most tablets can do what other tablets do, including getting students and teachers to the Internet, which is big for Google schools, especially with Google’s recent announcements to provide more in the way of education apps at their Play Store. But what can separate the right choice in tablets from the pack, today, is what comes with the tablet—out of … Read entire article »

Collaboration Is Such An Easy Word to Say

Collaboration Is Such An Easy Word to Say

I’ve heard the word collaboration used a lot lately. But what does it really mean? Collaboration is more than sitting students in a group at a table, device, or large sheet of poster board with colored markers. That’s just grouping, and something educators have always done for everything from field trips to choosing sides for games. There’s nothing new there. … Read entire article »

The Innovationizer

The Innovationizer

Would you believe I’m building an Innovationizer in my garage? The brilliant thing about the device is that it takes in all of what you’re doing now, mashes it up, and then coughs out what you really should be doing—or didn’t see at all. Sorry, you’re right, why build a machine to do what kids in your classroom, members at … Read entire article »

Unfolding Technological Wings

Unfolding Technological Wings

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.” ~Ray Bradbury I keep wondering if floating ideas—then chasing those ideas down the runway—trying to strap the wings on—makes sense. We all look for those taking risks, not holding back, and launching something unique. In most cases there isn’t a risky leap, but more of an obvious release … Read entire article »

Generations Connecting Naturally

Generations Connecting Naturally

Being in the right place at the right time—and recognizing it—is most often purely an accident. One such accident happened to me the other day, and I’m sure it happens to many—daily, too.  After years of bring your own device thinking and invention, there I was, like Ebenezer, unseen, experiencing what used to be Christmas future, but now Christmas present. On … Read entire article »

Beyond 3D: Active, Interactive Education

Beyond 3D: Active, Interactive Education

Digital games come closest to active and that’s why they’re successful on their own, and when tied to education outcomes. Arthur C. Clarke may have said it best, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I believe in Magic! Someone just asked me if I’d written anything about 3D. Well, yes, but not for some time. My thinking has sort … Read entire article »

Future Informing Education Tech

Future Informing Education Tech

It isn’t about any one type of technology, but it is about how teaching needs to change in order to involve all students—and not just a few each class time—and outside. Even the best tech educators are missing students they could be involving. Dropping a whole bunch of technology, or the hottest device on the planet into the laps of … Read entire article »

Edgewood City Schools Go Android Tablet

Edgewood City Schools Go Android Tablet

1,000 students and 70 teachers at the Edgewood City Schools, Trenton, OH are using Acer’s Iconia A200 Android tablets for their tablet education program. With 25% of consumers choosing tablets, and with that number rising daily, it’s not surprising schools are looking at the Android route, too. The percentages of Android to Apple iPads used are amazingly close, as well, … Read entire article »

Education Purchases: Price of Success

Education Purchases: Price of Success

When I was a kid, Tony-the-Grocery-Man used to drive his truck to our house. He actually drove it to each house on the street. I looked forward to it. Going to a real store was a rare occurrence. I still remember the smell of fruit, vegetables, and cigar. That truck was packed with stuff, even when Tony upgraded to a … Read entire article »

Dr. Chris Dede Talks Scaling EdTech

Dr. Chris Dede Talks Scaling EdTech

It was a pleasure catching up with Dr. Chris Dede, Harvard’s Timothy Wirth Professor of Learning Technology, in Washington, D.C. I had a chance to video interview him about wireless education philosophy and scaling education tech. He’s doing some great things with teachers, students, and augmented reality, so after you watch my talk with him, do some searching to find … Read entire article »

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet: First Video Interview

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet: First Video Interview

The latest Dell Think Tank was at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I listened and tweeted throughout. Guests at the table included students, educators, higher education professionals, superintendents, tech marketplace professionals and even a tech reviewer… or two. The audience also included some recognizable advocates for education and education technology change. I have to admit that listening and tweeting takes about … Read entire article »

Toys “R” Us: R U Kidding?

Toys “R” Us: R U Kidding?

Nope, looks like an Android 4.0 tablet will nestle alongside Buzz Lightyear and Woody at Toys “R” Us stores as well as online at http://www.toysrus.com/. All the specs and features for this Ice Cream Sandwich running Android device can be found on this Toys “R” Us page: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13044616. But where did it come from? Looks like a toy-making company, Techno Source … Read entire article »

Gavin Dykes: Learning Voice to Global Peace

Gavin Dykes: Learning Voice to Global Peace

Gavin Dykes, Education Fast Forward Fellow, talks about EFF, Peace One Day, and TakingITGlobal. The conversation covered EFF events and student debates, including From Learner Voice to Global Peace, EFF5: The Big Debate scheduled for July 10, 2012. It will be streamed live and also archived at http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en/professional-development/best-practice/education-fast-forward/. There will be student representative from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, … Read entire article »

ELMO Goes Light & HDMI Wireless

ELMO Goes Light & HDMI Wireless

At ISTE12 ELMO (http://www.elmoglobal.com/) had an interesting booth, where a young lady, named Yuka, was beautifully dressed in traditional Japanese clothing with fan as accessory—when opened the fan broadcast the word ELMO. Their How to Tablet demonstration included teaching ideas and even some origami lessons. Each time I walked by the booth there was a packed audience. I told Matt … Read entire article »

Digital Primer PD: The Revival

Digital Primer PD: The Revival

Recently, I was reminded that Broadway play revivals do extremely well. Part of that is because we like old favorites, but much of it is because younger audiences haven’t experienced the wonder of those old favorites. At the beginning of my writing about using technology with students I had one, borrowed computer in my classroom. My first article was If You … Read entire article »

APPs: It’s an Education!

APPs: It’s an Education!

I was hunting beginner-reading apps the other day and came across a “Reading Timer” by a very well known company. With further research I found that it was for timing summer reading minutes, but could be used throughout a school year. Supposedly timing reading encourages fun reading. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t get it. When I was teaching reading … Read entire article »

EdTech Experiments: Kindergartners, iPads & Gorillas

EdTech Experiments: Kindergartners, iPads & Gorillas

The other day there was a short pitch to read a blog post that went something like this: What would happen if you put iPads into a kindergarten class? Instead of clicking to read, I thought about the image that created—tossing iPads into a classroom of kindergartners—sort of the way you’d toss toys into a cage at the zoo to … Read entire article »

FluidMath: Game-like Digital Calculations

FluidMath: Game-like Digital Calculations

I recently had a conversation with a way too smart, young mathematician/entrepreneur, Don Carney, Ph.D., who gave me a one on one demonstration of something called FluidMath put out by Fluidity. I’d bravely taught 5th grade math, and even some at the 7th and 8th grade levels, so didn’t think what was left of my hair would hurt during his … Read entire article »

Challenging Tech Needed: APPly Now!

Challenging Tech Needed: APPly Now!

A little over a year ago, I remember sitting with some very intelligent people, suggesting that education publishing needed to not only get into the app marketplace, but develop ways to use apps more deeply than click offs on a screen, or as placeholders for a bunch of mismatched resources. Beyond the silence—eyes rolled back and glossed over. They just … Read entire article »

Battery Life: Beyond the Gorilla Glass

Battery Life: Beyond the Gorilla Glass

I don’t care what device; battery life should be number 1 on your checklist. Great price means nothing if the device fades out fast. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play around with, and use different computing devices—anchored, laptop, and pocket. Today, there is still nothing worse than a crash, or a power loss due to a poor battery. … Read entire article »

Dr. Robert Ballard’s 2000 Digital Chat with My Students

Dr. Robert Ballard’s 2000 Digital Chat with My Students

The following chat by Mr. Royal’s Science Students and Dr. Robert (Bob) Ballard took place June 9, 2000. The Students used iMacs in the Media Center to contact The Institute of Exploration, while other classrooms used projected computer images of the chat.  In this way, all classes were involved. Historians Alyssa and Jon archived the chat. The Dr. Robert Ballard Chat, June … Read entire article »

The Cloud Part of Reversing Presentations

The Cloud Part of Reversing Presentations

In my first Reversing the Presentation post I talked in general about moving from presenting in the shadows of a whiteboard to facing students with their handheld digital devices, and in Reverse Presentations Rejuvenate Education Industries I talked specifically about how the document camera industry could begin reversing the presentation process/best practices. In this post I’ll go another step further, … Read entire article »

Els Center of Excellence Tees Off on Autism

Els Center of Excellence Tees Off on Autism

Many people know Ernie Els as a world-famous professional Hall of Fame golfer; with a swing that is so smooth he’s called “The Big Easy.”   He is also a father of two lovely children. Els’ son is a child with autism. Some of us have seen the TV spots for the Els Center of Excellence, but I think that publication … Read entire article »

eBooks: Make Your Own!

eBooks: Make Your Own!

For some reason, I think that I have a lot to say. I know that education and tech content is in demand, so I, and everyone with a blog continue churning it out. Often I’ve looked back at what I’ve posted, and asked myself, “Wouldn’t all of this—together—be nice in a book?” It’s not an ego thing, it’s more looking … Read entire article »