Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 12/19/2010

  • Lessons learned from the 2010 Edublog Awards | Kirsten Winkler

    So, one can win an edublog award with 100 something votes? Goodness sakes? Are that few people voting or are there just too many categories and too many nominees in each? I don't know.

    I responded to Kristen's reflection that social media is overrated with this comment.

    “It is also a matter of taking the time to self promote! I know for me, in the past, I've sent out tons of emails and messages on facebook – asking people to vote. We sent messages through our Nings and through every vehicle we could. This year with a looming book deadline, I had to ask myself if it was something I had time to do. I didn't. In retrospect, maybe I should have but really – if that is what it takes to win an award. I don't know – I guess the crunchies are important and that works the same way although I'm so tired of hootsuite reminding me to vote in that doggone award!
    So, I would say it is a function of PERSONAL connections and also a PERSONAL desire and willingness to put oneself out there and say “Hey I want to win, please vote for me.” It is tough – when you do that you get a backlash but when you win an award – you win and no one really asks how you got it. So, I guess it is just what we have to live with for now.
    Thank you for some great reflections and for putting yourself out there. Good luck and congratulations.”

    That pretty much sums up my thoughts this year.  We didn't put out these awards through our very active flat classroom groups or anything. December was just too stressful to run a campaign.  This, however, is just the nature of the beast – like it or not social media, voting, type campaigns and awards are the nature of “the beast ‘ and we have to make time to run the campaigns if we want to thrive in the space.

    tags: education edublog

  • One Tweet CAN Change the World – The Tempered Radical

    Wonderful Blog post that you should share from the Tempered Radical, Bill Ferriter. It is about how one tweet from Karl Fisch to work with Kiva to help loan money to those who can create a business in another part of the world led his class to create a Kiva Club and how that one tweet went on to change the world.

    I would add this — one tweet cannot change the world but it can be the spark to ignite an inferno of positive change! Great post.

    tags: education learning

  • Google Cr-48 Chrome laptop preview (update: in-depth impressions!) — Engadget

    Listened on Saturday morning to This week in Tech talk about the new Google Chrome laptop. Some things they said:

    1) Difficult to get to the local hard drive — just supposed to be a temporary “shelf” – this from one who was taking screeenshots.
    2) Another had problem using it with his mifi card.
    3) A third didn't like the absence of some buttons.

    It is supposed to be a cloud device and has apps on it. Mixed reviews from the panelists. Doubt I'll get to test it, but it will be interesting to see what happens with the device. The question I have in rural america is that if this device can only be used in the cloud – what happens when you have a clear sky? (No internet) and NO ACCESS?

    Bandwidth snobbery is easy for people who live in areas with consistent cell coverage and wifi everywhere but that isn't the reality of most of us in the real world.

    tags: education learning

  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (SimpleK12 Style) – SimpleK12

    Funny take on this poem technology style.

    tags: education learning Christmas

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Bill Ferriter December 19, 2010 - 12:10 pm

Hey Vicki,

Glad that you liked my “one tweet” post. It’s funny because I’ll bet that there are a thousand teachers who could write “one tweet” posts about you as well. Your early imagination around the idea of connecting classrooms with digital tools have served as a tangible, powerful example of what’s possible when teachers are willing to think creatively about what a classroom is.

Thanks for continuing to curate, lead and share all of the rest of us!

Rock right on,

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