"They just didn't understand where Excel would be useful for them."
-Overheard a a recent district tech committee meeting by an individual who recently gave an Excel workshop.1
I, for one, have no problem finding value.
Exhibit A: Iodine Clock Reaction
The Iodine Clock Reaction demonstrates incredibly well [...]
Originally written as a guest post over at Free Technology for Teachers.
Last semester I had students create videos that creatively describe the families of elements despite a lack of much in the way of digital video hardware, software, or technical support. There were some challenges along the way, but overall I found the project [...]
Up until a week and a half ago, I had really good attendance in all my classes. Lately there's been about 10-15% of students out sick. While it's certainly not a swine flu epidemic it's a trend that seems to be pretty likely to increase over the next month or so. There are schools somewhat [...]
"We can use Wikipedia? Our [insert subject here] teacher told us Wikipedia isn't accurate, so we couldn't use it."
I get this at the beginning of every semester from my incoming freshmen as we start doing internet research. Wikipedia articles regularly come up as one of the first couple results when students do internet searches, [...]
In my travels through the InterTubes, I find many interesting, clever, fun, or intriguing items that just cry out to be shared.
You'd think since I have this fairly well-established blog (i.e. it's been in existence for >1 year) this would be the place to share. However, I like that this blog focuses pretty specifically [...]
I realized earlier this week that I've figured out several workarounds for when I'm working on my school computer. With filtration that would have Mao crying foul mixed with a lack of administrative access to install programs or change settings, what works at home doesn't at school.
The setup PC: running Windows XP. Internets: Filtered. [...]
As I've mentioned earlier, I'm using Wikispaces for my online classroom space this year. I've been slow about getting students involved in using the wiki, mainly because of my limited experience using Wikispaces but also because of the limited time I had before the school year to do any sort of planning.
The NEA recently posted an article about teachers who have been unknowingly taped digitally recorded by their students who then posted the videos online. The article mentions some cases where teachers are clearly acting inappropriately. However, it also mentions a few cases in which the video clip was taken out of context or edited in [...]
Another education design idea I'd put in the "really?" category (along with the multi-touch desks I commented on earlier):
Flexboards! Interactive whiteboards that don't need an LCD projector to work, and include a workspace! While just a design concept, their description page at TheGreenerGrass.org has some silly things on it (IMHO).
A recent education-related post from an unlikely source was pushed my way this week regarding new touchscreen desks designed to be used in educational settings.
"Multi-touch smart desks" could be used to authentically improve instruction. However, is it the best way? The most cost-effective method? The most relevant to our students' future technology usage?