Showing posts with label Alice Barr. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alice Barr. Show all posts

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Maine and the World Lost a Great Teacher This Week

Yesterday, I received the sad news that Bob Sprankle had passed away. Bob was a pioneer and legend in Maine's educational technology community. Wes Fryer has written a moving tribute to Bob

I didn't know Bob as well as Wes did, but I do have some thoughts to share. Many years ago when this blog was just beginning, Bob invited me to appear on his podcast with Alice Barr and Cheryl Oakes. Later, Bob asked if he could record one of my presentations at ACTEM's annual conference. It was truly an honor to be on his podcast and to have him publish a recording of my presentation. It was like getting a big pat on the back from the head coach. I knew then how Bob's students must have felt in his classroom. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Google+ Updates and a Hangout Just for Educators

This morning Google announced some nice updates to the Google+ interface. There two immediately useful updates from my perspective. There is an option to rearrange the order in which your favorite apps appear on your homepage. The other useful feature is the conversation cards on the right side of your screen. The conversation cards allow you to quickly scan the conversations happening in your Google+ Circles.

Through Alice Barr's post in the Google Certified Teachers group I learned about a Google+ Hangout for educators. Titled Education on Air this live Google+ Hangout will happen on May 2nd. Education on Air is a day of hangouts hosted by teachers for teachers. Throughout the day there will be presentations centered around the following themes; Hot Topics in Educational Technology, Communication, Google Apps, Harnessing the Power of the Web, Instruction and Assessment, and Productivity. You can find the list of sessions here. Based on the list of presenters and the list of sessions, this promises to be a great opportunity to learn about some great uses of Google Apps in education.