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Feel the energy and learn virtually

Friday, June 27th, 2008


I woke up this morning with my head buzzing with energy, ideas, and anticipation. Like many others, I’m heading off to NECC today. This year’s conference promises to be a goldmine of ideas, conversations, and interactions.

If you can’t attend this conference, there are lots of opportunities to participate virtually. A list is below. In fact, I suspect that those who take advantage of these online resources will gain far more than those who just sit in sessions. I know that I’ll be digesting all this stuff for weeks to come.

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Differentiating Instruction with Mobile Technology

Monday, July 2nd, 2007


At NECC last week, I presented a session called “Using Mobile Technology to Differentiate and Enrich Instruction.” The ISTE folks had wanted to podcast the session, but I wasn’t crazy about the legal agreement they were using. (It wasn’t Creative Commons and gave pretty extensive rights to Apple.)

So….I created my own digital version of this session for folks to download:

Video version (streaming, for viewing in a browser; loads faster, but lower quality)

If anyone is interested in a higher resolution version to share with folks who weren’t able to attend, email me, and I’ll try to send you a CD.

For those who are interested, I audio recorded this with a very inexpensive Olympus WS-100 pocket recorder. I edited the audio in Audacity and brought it all into Windows Movie Maker for editing. The visuals included exported jpgs from my presentation slides and screen-capture videos made with Camstudio. I used HandShare to create the Palm movies (which is the same software I used to present). Creating the whole thing took about 4 hours.

It was a lot of fun making this and was a good way to reflect on my own style of presenting (and hopefully refine it for upcoming events).

I hope this is a useful resource for you all.

NECC-Closing thoughts

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Here are some of my big take-aways from NECC this year:

- There are a lot of new things going on, and they’re inspiring a lot of energy. (And I haven’t always felt this way at past conferences.)
- Web 2.0 is the being used by a lot of people in some very creative ways.
- Intelligent tagging is critical to making net-based content usable.
- Open Source, Creative Commons, and other “copyleft” licenses are catching on.
- Information literacy is an increasingly critical skill that should be a core part of school’s instructional mission.
- The goals, methods, and tools of education need to change to reflect the changing world.
- Change is happening fast and getting faster.

See you all next year in San Antonio!

NECC session-Classrooms and Libraries for the Net Gen

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

I went to a session at NECC by Doug Johnson called “Classrooms and Libraries for the Net Gen” that I really enjoyed. I read Doug’s blog, but had never seen him speak before. He is a great presenter.

The session focused on various characteristics of the Net Gen and the consequences of those for schools. Here are some observations I took away from the session:

- Doug reeled off a long list of statistics of how the Net Gen is different from boomers or even Gen X. This made me feel old, but also to be happy to be living in a time of so much excitement, energy, and positive change.

- Students in the Net Gen WANT TO LEARN. They just may want to learn different content and with different methods than schools traditionally offer.

- It was suggested that the Dewey Decimal system is losing relevance. (This inspired defensive indignation in the crowd of mostly library media specialists in the audience.) Doug talked about user/student-generated tags as a more relevant system of organization. This is definitely a trend at NECC this year. Are organizations beginning to tag analog content like library books?

- Like others here, Doug encouraged us to be more flexible in allowing students to bring electronic devices, like iPods, handhelds, and even cell phones, to school. Again this is a theme here this year. Doug suggested including students on school and district planning committees to help administration understand the new paradigms of learning of this generation.

- On the subject of filtering, Doug says, “Safety comes from education, not blocking.” Doug’s site and handouts give some thoughtful ideas for how his district is handling these issues.

- Physical place is important. Schools need to be more comfortable and even fun environments. It strikes me that this could be done for little or no cost. I was at a university earlier this week that has done a lot of things like adding nicer student spaces, etc. while simultaneously generating revenue for the school. An associate dean there pointed out to me a Starbucks in the library and said that, while students love it, the librarians were not so happy with it.

- Librarians have a central role to play in information literacy and learning in the future.

See his web page for more thought-provoking details.

Free audio resources you can use

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

The next episode of Karen’s Mashups is up, and this is my favorite show so far! In it, I highlight a variety of sources for copyleft” audio content that can be used free of charge in your own podcasts, movies, PowerPoint presentations, etc. The post includes links for all the sources used plus more.

The next show will feature similar copyleft visual content (photos, clip art, videos). I’m also presenting a session called “Using Mobile Technology to Differentiate and Enrich Instruction” at NECC. This presentation will include how to create and use this kind of content. If you’re at NECC, stop by and say hi!