Showing posts with label Tech Teacher Live. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tech Teacher Live. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Podcasts; Twitter, Screencasts, Games and Will Smith(?)

There are four educational/ technology podcasts that I've listened to or plan to listen to this week. You'll notice that two of the podcasts Tech Talk 4 Teachers and Tech Teacher Live both discuss the use of Twitter as a professional development tool. If you don't know what Twitter is or you're wondering how you can use it for professional development check out the podcasts or read my previous posts on the topic here, here, here, or here.

Wesley Fryer has released a new podcast episode. This current episode, podcast 261, features student perspectives on the use of technology in education. The students also discuss the use of computers for strategic gaming. It's always refreshing to hear students' perspectives on the topics teachers spend so much time discussing.

So what does Will Smith have to do with education/ tech podcasts? Well the title of this week's episode of Wicked Decent Learning is A Will Smith- Free Independence Day. In this week's episode Jeff and Dan talk about fostering independent thinking in students and teachers.

As always, simply click the links to visit the podcasts mentioned above. Alternatively, for the Tech Teacher Live podcast, you can listen here via the widget embedded in the right hand column.

Friday, June 6, 2008

For Your Weekend Listening Enjoyment

Here are four podcasts worth listening to over the weekend. Wicked Decent Learning has a special guest, Mark Spahr, in studio in their most recent podcast. This week the guys discussed team teaching. As always the podcast is an entertaining and thought provoking hour-long podcast.

Ron Kroetz's most recent podcast on Tech Teacher Live is a short episode about some of NASA's most recent efforts to get schools and students excited about space exploration.

On Tech Talk 4 Teachers, Tom Grissom, discusses developments in the low-cost computing market specifically the ASUS Eee PC. Tom also reviews a cool new service called Text 2 Mind Map that allows users to create mind maps from text messages displayed on manipulated on a SMART board.

Finally, a podcast that I've followed for months, but never shared here is WebbAlert. Webb Alert is a daily podcast that discusses developments in the Internet industry. There is something new every day and each episode, in five to six minutes, covers a wide range of Internet and technology developments.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tech and Education Podcasts for the Week

Here are some of the podcasts I'm going to make time for this week. You'll notice that I've added a new podcast to my list of must listen to items.

Louis Gray is a Silicon Valley blogger and podcaster. This week on his podcast, Elite Tech News, Louis talks with Allen Stern of Center Networks and Mark Hopkins from Mashable. There are a few topics discussed on the podcast, but the one that interests me the most is, "Twitter signal or noise?" You can find Louis Gray's blog and podcast here.

This week on Tech Teacher Live, produced by Ron Kroetz, you will find Ron talking about a neat engineering project he has been working on with his middle school students. Ron's students are building model sailboats. As always you can find Ron's podcast in the widget embedded on the right side of this blog or visit Ron's blog and podcast to find out more about what he's up to.

Tom Grissom at Eastern Illinois University is asking and discussing a great question this week on his podcast Tech Talk 4 Teachers. Tom is discussing the question, "whose responsibility is it to create Web 2.0 accounts? Is it the teachers? Is it the parents? Is it the schools?" This is a very timely topic for me as my students just finished up a project in which many of them used PhotoShow or Zoho Show to create presentations. Some of my students learned the hard way this week just how important it is to follow the directions when you receive a confirmation email.

Finally, the guys at Wicked Decent Learning, have been a little swamped this week with teaching (their real jobs), power outages (ayuh, been to Jay, Maine), and general having a life stuff so they're a little behind in production. Not to worry though, they have a great topic planned for this week's show, "teacher-parent interaction." If you've been in the teaching profession for any amount of time, you probably have some parent horror stories. Jeff and Dan would love to hear those stories so shoot them a line over at Wicked Decent Learning and check back at the end of the week for their show.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Microsoft's World Wide Telescope - History and Demonstrations

Microsoft's World Wide Telescope was made available to the general public yesterday. I've only been able to use it a few times since I installed it on my Windows machine (not available for Mac). The World Wide Telescope makes very detailed, high resolution images (scientific quality) from space available to anyone with access to a Windows based computer.

Applications for Education
The World Wide Telescope is a free download that science teachers should insist on having installed on the computers that their students use. The World Wide Telescope allows students to explore space on their own in a way never possible before yesterday. As Curtis Wong points out in his interview with Robert Scoble, the World Wide Telescope will bring space and show the Milky Way to students growing up in cities who may have never been able to see the Milky Way before. (Watch Mr. Wong's interview with Robert Scoble in the video below).

This video from Rich White demonstrates the use of the World Wide Telescope with an interactive whiteboard.

This video from Robert Scoble is an interview with two developers of the World Wide Telescope.

This is the presentation of the World Wide Telescope at the TED Conference from February 2008.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Educational Podcasts to Listen to This Week

For a couple of months I've been plugging Tech Teacher Live and Wicked Decent Learning as great podcasts for teachers interested in technology integration. I continue to listen to both of those podcasts every week and recently I've added two new items to my list of must hear and see items each week.

Tech Talk 4 Teachers
is a podcast produced by Tom Grissom at Eastern Illinois University. Each week Tom discusses topics related to education with an emphasis on technology's role in education. In the most recent episode Tom discusses the issue of depth versus breadth when looking at web 2.0 tools. Tom is looking for listener feedback this week on the question of what web 2.0 tools teachers feel warrant further investigation. Check out Tech Talk 4 Teachers and share your thoughts with Tom.

My newest must watch item is actually a Youtube channel called Palm Breeze Cafe. Palm Breeze Cafe comes from the school district of Palm Beach County, Florida. Each episode Lee Keller and Kim Cavanaugh discuss technology as it relates to education. You can watch Palm Breeze Cafe on Youtube or on the Palm Breeze Cafe website. You may also want to visit Lee's blog, A Geeky Momma's Blog for more of Lee's thoughts about education and technology.

This week on Ron Kroetz's Tech Teacher Live podcast, Ron discusses a great $50,000 scholarship opportunity for middle school students. Check out Ron's website Tech Teacher Live for more information or listen through the widget installed on the right-hand side of Free Technology 4 Teachers.

Finally, tune in to Wicked Decent Learning to hear Dan and Jeff discuss student recognition, video editing tools, and the impact of increasing food prices on school districts.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Powerset Could Make Internet Searching More Intuitive than Ever

Powerset is a new search tool that has the potential to change the way we look at search engines. Powerset searches wikipedia based on natural language rather than key word language. In other words instead of searching based on key words Powerset searches based on the meaning of the words as a whole. When you search on Powerset, Powerset scans the information on the pages of wikipedia and provides a short summary followed by a list of links to pages containing more information. For example, when I searched the phrase "who is John Denver" this is what I received in return.

This short video from Powerset explains their service.

Powerset Demo Video from officialpowerset on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
While Powerset may make searching wikipedia's millions of entries more accessible to students who haven't learned how to refine key word searches, the real value of Powerset lies in potential of the technology they employ. If the natural language capabilities of Powerset can be applied to other websites or on a larger scale, Internet search results could become easier to navigate and more directly relevant to students' research.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Technology Teacher Live Podcast Has Great Virtual Field Trips

I've been Twittering about virtual field trips for the last two days and I posted a couple of virtual field resources yesterday on this blog. Today, I checked out Ron Kroetz's Tech Teacher Live podcast to see what he has been up to. Sure enough Ron's found a couple of great virtual field trip resources. Visit Ron's website to listen to his podcast or listen by using the widget below. If you have friends and or colleagues looking for some great educational podcasts be sure to tell them about Tech Teacher Live and Wicked Decent Learning, neither one will disappoint.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: The Technology Teacher Podcast #17

Ron Kroetz just released his 17th podcast at As always Ron has a great free resource that teachers should check out. Visit Ron's website or listen to the podcast using the widget below.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Earth Day 2008 - Snapshots of Spring

Ron Kroetz, who produces Tech Teacher Live, shared couple of great resources and ideas on his most recent podcast. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is conducting an essay and photography contest for the Earth Week 2008 (April 22-29). The contest is open to students in grades 5 through 8. The photos should reflect change in the students' local environment. Along with the photo submission students should submit a short essay addressing these questions:
1. What is the change taking place in your photograph?
2. What may be causing the change?
3. Was the change expected?
4. How might the change impact surrounding area, including people?
5. How might this picture look different in the future?

Applications for Education
As Ron suggests in his podcast this contest could provide lessons for students in English, Art, and Science. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies has a great educator and parent page providing lesson plans and reference materials for students.

Check out Tech Teacher Live for more great podcasts from Ron Kroetz.