Showing posts with label mario armstrong. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mario armstrong. Show all posts

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Back to School Tech with CNN & Mario Armstrong

As I shared yesterday, the highlight of my weekend was being mentioned by Mario Armstrong during his Saturday morning CNN segment. Yesterday's segment was part of a series of back to school tech tips. I've embedded those segments below.

Yesterday's segment - and Free Technology for Teachers.

August 21 segment - Organization tools

My list of student organization tools can be found here.

August 16 segment - Laptops vs. Netbooks - Mario's recommendations.

If you're in the netbook market, I have been very happy with my Acer Netbook(affiliate link).

August 8 segment - saving money on back to school supplies including books.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Week in Review - A Mention on National TV

The big news for this week's week-in-review post was going be the news that twice this week Free Technology for Teachers reached new records for visits in a day. But as I was composing the post Mario Armstrong mentioned Free Technology for Teachers on his weekly CNN segment. I didn't have any advance notice that Mario was going to do that so, needless to say, I was stoked, jacked-up, excited, part an adjective! CNN is doing a series of back-to-school tech segments and it was during this morning's segment that the host asked Mario for a recommendation for teachers and he mentioned Free Technology for Teachers. I'll get the video up when it becomes available. Thank you Mario! Read Mario's blog post about it here.

As mentioned above, twice this week Free Technology for Teachers reached new records for visitors in a day and visitors for a week. Thank you to everyone that helped to make that possible by sharing posts on Twitter, Facebook, Diigo, and many other social networking sites. Together we can help more educators learn about free resources that can improve our students' learning experiences.

Here are the most popular items of the last week:
1. 140 New Things Being Tried In Classrooms This Fall
2. 100+ Free Textbooks from Open Culture
3. 7 Resources for Detecting and Preventing Plagiarism
4. Glogster Video Tutorial
5. 7 Sources of Free Sounds for Multimedia Projects
6. Blog, Wiki, or Doc? Which Is Right for You?
7. 7 Organization Tools for Students

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Making In-Classroom Video Viewing Better

Mario Armstrong recently encouraged me to start putting my face on my blog more often. So beginning this week, I'm going to post one short video tip every week. Hopefully, this will allow more people to put a face to the written voice of Free Technology for Teachers.

This week's tip covers making in-classroom video viewing a better learning experience. Check it out below.

If you have trouble seeing the video, please click here.

Here are some of the resources I mentioned in the video:
Todays Meet
Tiny Chat
Google Wave

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fighting the Locked Net Monster

Today, during Mario Armstrong's presentation at ISTE 2010 he introduced four challenges facing teachers and their use of technology in the classroom. One of those challenges is the "Locked Net Monster." The "Locked Net Monster" refers to school administrators and IT administrators who lock down teachers' and students' access to the web and the wonderful tools it offers. In the last year I've written a couple of posts addressing the challenge of dealing with the "Locked Net Monster." You can read one of them here and the other below.

What follows is a repost of my Least Restrictive Environment for Educators post.

In my work with special education students over the last six years, I have consistently heard from special education teachers and administrators the refrain of "creating a least restrictive environment for students." The idea being that in a least restrictive environment students have the most opportunities to experience new things, explore their creativity, and grow personally and academically. I completely agree with these ideas.

The irony I see in school leadership with regards to technology in the classroom is that often, by imposing strict internet filters, school leaders don't create a least restrictive environment for their faculty. Some of the most restrictive environments that I've heard of include the blocking of wiki services, gmail, and Google image search (which recently added Creative Commons search). By restricting access to the internet, including such innocuous things as Yahoo mail, schools limit the ability of teachers to use their creativity in lesson planning.

I understand that schools are worried about lawsuits arising from student access to the internet. At the same time if school leaders are filtering the internet out of fear or misunderstanding of the law they are not helping their teachers prepare students for life after high school. (Please note that I did not say "prepare students for the 21st century." We're a decade into the 21st century we should stop saying "21st century skills" and just say "skills" or "skills for academic and professional success.") To address these fears and misunderstandings, Wes Fryer and others created Unmasking the Digital Truth. If you're a school administrator or a teacher who works in a district that doesn't create a least restrictive internet environment, please visit Unmasking the Digital Truth.