Apologies …to those who got the email this morning that a new blog posting was ready and then arrived here to find a 404 Error Message! It’s been a long week! I added a few bonus items at the end of this morning’s post for the inconvenience.
Phones & Devices In School: I was recently in a school building giving a presentation on portable devices and literally, right outside the presentation room was this banner encouraging attendance hanging directly next to a warning against portable devices with a big, “NO.” I couldn’t help but snap a quick photo, yes, with my iPhone. The polarity between those two signs was almost laughable. It really drives home the point I keep trying to make about the very obvious divide between work, play and life in general outside of the K-12 building and that within the K-12 building. Outside, we rely on our portable devices constantly! Yet, inside of many schools we still treat these powerful devices as if we don’t understand them, are afraid of them, etc. After thinking about these signs on the way home I realized it would be the same as me encouraging teachers and administration to come to a training or a conference, but prohibiting all electronic devices. … and then sitting around afterward and wondering why I was having trouble getting people to attend events. This is bound to be a little controversial and that’s OK. We NEED to have discussion around this issue, because it’s not going away. One very obvious concern to me is, of course, that these devices can often level the playing field for so many students who struggle with learning and expressing knowledge in traditional ways. I’d love some comments or even some direct emails from readers on this issue.
Here’s a couple articles related to the cell phone/portable device issue:
- PBS Media Shift Article: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/08/why-schools-should-stop-banning-cell-phones-and-use-them-for-learning241.html
- Ed Week “safety” Article: Moving from Acceptable to Responsible:
Getting LOTS of eReader Questions! As we RAPIDLY move toward a digital curriculum, one of the initial questions concerns which eBook Reader a student ‘should’ use. Here’s a nice matrix that includes many, not all, eReaders:
- eBook Reader Matrix: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_Reader_Matrix
More Apps for Vision Impairments:
A Few Bonus Links that I learned about yesterday from our friends in Ohio! Thanks OCALI, especially Nick & Jim!
- ZooBurst: This is an online tool for making and/or just reading 3D Books, that can incorporate a webcam! VERY COOL possibilities here for so many state standards!
- Ookaboo: This is a place for you and your students to search for royalty-free images that can be used without the worry of copyright infringement, which many of you know is a huge issue to me. Check this one out for sure!
- Snappy Words: This is very similar to Visuwords that I’ve probably talked with many of you about over the last 5 years. Very cool visual thesaurus and a great tool to add to your bag of tricks.
REMEMBER: A few quick items you don’t want to forget about!
- PATINS TTA Grant Due October 3: www.surveymonkey.com/s/TTAGrantApp2011_12
- PATINS 5 Min Intro Video: (for any new teachers in your building): www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbHDPJLiJd8&feature=colike
- ICAM DRM Interviews Podcast: www.icam.k12.in.us/images/stories/podcasts/index.html
- Interstate Shared Webinars with OH & MI: www.patinsproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=40