Share the Joy

I’m slated to conduct a session at EduCon 2.3 next weekend titled Sharing the Joy. During the time that the RFP was open I was really down about the state of education and where it seems to be headed in our country. How could one not be, right? While things were (and still are) being…

The Best Educational Ideas in the World – SXSW 2011

My friend and teacher has put out an all-call for help getting an important message out. Dr. Gary Stager has taught me a lot about learning, teaching, education and children’s “remarkable capacity for intensity”. I love that… capacity for intensity. I had the pleasure of attending the Constructivist Consortium’s Constructing Modern Knowledge last month where participants…

Moving on…

I’ve moved this blog over to http://briancsmith.org.  I will no longer be using EduBlogs.org for hosting my blog.  Thanks for the memories, I just wanted a little more control.  Now, I need to write more. If you’ve been subscribing, thank you and change your subscriptions to this new feed… http://feeds2.feedburner.com/bcsmith.  If you haven’t please consider…

Is this Copyright Infringement?

A local teacher recently confronted potential copyright infringement issues during a learning experience with what I think is a good idea.  Her solution was to encourage students to re-create photographs they found on Google Images for use in producing public service announcements. While discussing this with her, I came to wonder if the re-creation of…

How Much Remote Access?

Photo Credit: Will Lion This photo and post came through the ole aggregator today from the Remote Access blog authored by Clarence Fisher a classroom teacher up North in remote Canada.  What’s interesting about this quote by Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is that it identifies with a shift in thinking for learning and…

It’s Got to be me

I’m cynical. Pessimistic.  A nay-sayer among nay-sayers… and I’m sorry. In conversation with a small group of teachers today I realized that I’m not giving educators enough credit for being learners. Deep down I know they learn, we all learn.  So why am I generalizing them to a lot that, as I sometimes see, cannot…

What’s Not on Wikipedia?

I took a recent trip to Wikipedia to search for “21st Century Learning” and “21st Century Skills“.  As of this posting, there isn’t an article for either.  So many are sharing and preaching 21st century learning and skills for our schools and yet neither is documented on one of the best examples of collaboration for…

Digsby

I try not to write about tools, but once and awhile it can’t hurt.  Digsby’s one of those tools that you just want to talk about and share.  The gist of Digsby is that it is a one-stop-shop for many IM, email, and social network sites that you use.  In my case, I’ve tied Google…

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