Sites that Caught My Eye Today 05/28/2008

  • HotCity Wireless

    HotCity Wireless, a non-profit organization, has been established to promote the use of low-cost wireless technology as a media and tool for economic, social and educational advancement to underprivileged citizens in the Philippines.

    Organizations such as this that work to provide access should be encouraged. Wow!

    tags: education, ad4dcss, digital_access

  • FireShot – Take screenshots of web pages with Firefox extension!

    Cool cool cool firefox extension that creates and edits screenshots of web pages. Soo cool!

    tags: education, geeks4, tools, edu_newapp

  • WED home – World Environment Day

    World Environment Day – -share what you'redoing — this is June 5th – it is for New Zealand but it is something I think that others may participate in.

    tags: education, environment

  • A Living Archives

    A cool project for middle school students – Living archives is fascinating.

    tags: education, learning, history, flatclassroom, curriculum, edu_news

  • Japan urges limiting kids' cell phones

    Japanese government becoming “involved” in the overuse of cell phones by japanese teenagers. This program emphasizes cell phone addiction.

    1/3 of japanese 6th graders and cell phones and 2/3rds of 9th graders have them. Interestingly, one panel wants to take texting off the phones?

    How about using texting iN school? How about letting them define words on it instead of using a dictionary? How about letting them use it in the classroom?

    Seems kind of like damming up the Mississippi – it may work for a while, but eventually, the dam is going to break.

    Yes, this is something to talk about and discuss… internet and cell phone addiction is a real issue with many kids I talk to reporting that they literally sleep with it under their pillow.

    However, just getting rid of texting, I don't think that is a good idea. As with anything in human history, every tool may be used for good or bad.

    tags: education, edu_trends, digitalcitizenship

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