Sunday, May 13, 2012

Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer time is learning time for many teachers. If you're looking for some learning opportunities to participate in this summer, here are some that I am involved in either directly as a presenter or indirectly as a publisher. These events are open to public registration. I am also presenting at a number of schools this summer. If you're interested in having me present at your school or conference this summer or in the fall, please click here.

This summer I will be presenting a series of workshops on the campus of Harvard with Tom Daccord's EdTech Teacher team. I'll be presenting during Teaching History with Technology on June 27-29 and July 30-August1. I will also be presenting Best Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers on July 16-18. Click here to learn more and to register for those workshops and others offered by EdTech Teacher. The video below highlights some of last year's EdTech Teacher workshops. 

New Hampshire educators interested in learning more about using Google Apps in their schools will be interested to learn about Google Apps Bootcamp NH. I will be presenting at each of these day long sessions on July 10-13 at four different locations in New Hampshire. Folks in the northeast, but outside of New Hampshire keep your eyes peeled for an announcement in the near future about some more Google Apps training opportunities that I am going to be a part of. 

In late July (22-28) I will be running a week of workshops on Google Apps at the Maine School of Science and Math in Limestone, Maine (yes, that is in far northern Maine). My workshops are part of their week-long STEM camp.

Lesley University has been a supporter of Free Technology for Teachers for long time. They offer some excellent online degree and certificate programs with a flexible schedule for busy educators. 

Fresno Pacific University is a new supporter of Free Technology for Teachers. FPU is offering two new courses for educators interested in learning more about cloud computing and social networking in education. 

Video - How Dark Were the Dark Ages?

Back in February I wrote about an educational and entertaining YouTube channel titled Crash Course. Crash Course offers a course on World History and a course on Biology. They are now up to 15 videos in each course. The videos are fast-paced ten to twelve minute overviews of major concepts and themes. One of the latest World History videos is The Dark Ages... How Dark Were They, Really? I've embedded that video below.

Applications for Education
The fast pace of the Crash Course videos makes them better suited to being reviews or introductions to topics rather than a replacement for lectures and documentary videos.

Burn Note Offers a Safe Way to Send Passwords

This note will self-destruct after you read it... Okay, so that's not true, but if this note was written on Burn Note it would be true. Burn Note is a free service for sending messages that self-destruct after they are read by their recipients. To use Burn Note just visit their homepage and start typing your note. When your note is complete a unique URL is generated for you to share. Once that URL has been used by someone else, it no longer works.

Applications for Education
If you have to recover passwords and send them to students or faculty, using Burn Note ensures that they won't accidentally forward that password or otherwise share it with people that shouldn't see it.