Students 2-Oh (My Gosh)

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Just came across this this morning as I was skimming some “tweets” on my Twitter network this morning. Arthus, posted that he was checking on and talking up Student2.0.

I’m excited about this. I love the line “Watch out Edublogosphere… the silent majority is here” at the end of this video. I wonder, how many more students are out there doing this? While I know students are the majority in education, how many are actually doing the things that the students of Students2.0 are doing? I’m assuming that’s what this project is all about, students2.0 pushing educators and students to think and learn differently.

BTW, Arthus is one of the people who encouraged me to make a donation to OLPC through the G1G1 program.

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Getting Others Started in E-Learning

I had the pleasure of being informally interviewed by Sue Waters from Perth, Australia. Sue had reached out to her network of online colleagues (via Twitter, Google Talk, and Gmail) to solicit input on how to get other educators to experience the benefits of e-learning. The interview was a conversation and she did a good job editing out my stumbles to make me sound smarter than I am. This morning Sue sent me a message that others were listening to what I along with Darren Draper had suggested for getting others involved in e-learning.

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This video creation stuff is powerful. I need to get going on creating short informational videos… anyone have an hour or two to lend me?

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One Ning To Rule Them All?

I just posted a reply to a forum discussion about possible Skypecasts about using Ning. What was funny about this is that I posted a reply regarding the possibilty of using Steve Hargadon‘s idea for the EduBloggerWorld work. Needless to say, I think I sort of confused Steve. (Steve, I’m not an idiot, really.) But this got me thinking some more… there are so many networks, I am getting confused myself sometimes. No wonder our teachers are dizzy about technology… their heads are spinning.

Anyways, I like the simplicity of this Ning network… Education.ning.com. All education, all the time. Same education channel, same educational time. It seems that this might be the “One Ning To Rule Them All”. Well, at least for education.

So where do you start teachers new to social networking? Facebook (ah!), MySpace (ah! ah!) or with one where they know they’ll be getting into it with fellow teachers? I vote for the latter.

(cross posted on my Ning Blog)

What’s Above Your Head?

If you are a Google Earth user and you haven’t updated lately, you might want to soon. Google released it’s latest upgrade, Google Earth 4.2 [get it here] with a significant feature, a Sky view. Here is a video I found on YouTube that features Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut, being introduced to the new sky feature. You can learn more about Google Earth’s newest updates at the Google Earth Blog.

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This is just another of Google’s great updates to an already awesome application. I can only imagine this becoming a rich part of any astronomy curriculum and the millions of astronomy enthusiasts world wide.

Challenger Learning Center, Rochester, NY

I haven’t quite thought of how I might use it, but I wanted to pass it along to you all anyways. We have a strong Challenger Learning Center in our department that is run by some truly amazing guys. I’m sure they will get a kick out of the new feature an put it to good use during their space simulations with students. Oh, if you want an educational and entertaining podcast about “Earth, Mars and Everything in Between”, check out the Challenger SpaceCast.

God Speed.

Window to this EduBlogger’s World

Here is my post for the EduBloggerWorld Meet Up.

Where do you blog?
At home mostly, my work time is mainly made up of serving our students, teachers, and administrators, but is the source of many of my blog posts. I also blog from conferences and workshops and, although rarely, a meeting worthy of being blogged. 🙂 I also enjoy a good coffee shop with free wi-fi, don’t we all?


Home Office (Read some notes)


Work Office (Read some notes…)

How often do you blog?
I try to blog at least once a week as I learn more about blogging and connecting with others. I have a lot of posts brewing at anyone time, some make it to publish, some don’t. (I hope some of you experience the same or I’m just really bad (or busy)).

What do you blog about?
I started blogging about mobile technology, specifically handheld computers at Mobilemind-ed.com, but I found that having a blog dedicated to just mobile technology wasn’t working out well. I wanted more so I decided to blog here about education, learning and technology. I pepper in a few posts about mobile technology from time to time and I’m sure there will be a variety of topics concerning potential and ongoing projects that I am involved with at work.

Why is blogging so important to you?
It’s all about learning. I am learning so much from all the RSS feeds that I read. It’s truly a great system. This blog is just one way I hope to contribute back to the edublogosphere that has provided me with so much.

I also hope that this blog will stand as an example of how teachers and administrators (and ultimately students) can build connections and extend learning beyond the school walls and established school hours.

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Simply PocketCasting

Thanks to Ian Marsden for his post Pocketcasting??? which informed me of the AudioBay application and Tony Vincent's post on the Learning in Hand forums whom Ian read it from. Gotta love the breadcrumb trails! Ian calls this Pocketcasting I believe because you are not using an iPod to do record (let's face it how many are with the new iPod?). We are using our PocketPC handhelds!

Ian wrote:

I have decided to call this Pocketcasting – as opposed to the usual Podcasting which has connotations that “casting” can only be achieved through the use of an iPod. I guess you could also name it Palmcasting if this can be achieved using a Palm OS device. What about Mobcasting when doing it from a mobile phone or SmartPhone (we already have moblogs)?

AudioBay is a one stop shop for basic creation of podcasts (i.e. – Sorry, no bells and whistles or mixing in music). I believe this tool is in its infancy and is a great way to get students to practice reading, conducting interviews, capturing class time, and whatever else you can dream up. Students can just record & send their file automagically to the VoiceAtom feed that the teacher creates.

Seems AudioBay also acts as an podcatcher allowing users to listen to podcasts to which they subscribe . I like FeederReader, but haven't mastered FeederReader's podcatching features yet (lack of time and effort at this point). I'd like to try this one, because as much as I like FeederReader, it's not as too kid-friendly.

I've been looking for something like this, well, I'd say for some time now, but it isn't really. Handhelds just seem like a natural fit for some types of podcasting (i.e. – students conducting interviews). I often think of those microcassettes that reporters used to record interviews in the field. What's a microcassette?

I had to try this so… drum roll please… My first official podcast… err… PocketCast!