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Giving Students Voice

March 14, 2012

One of the simplest and most powerful tools I know for enlivening learning is Voicethread, a multi-­‐media slideshow application that allows multiple users to provide commentary on pictures, text, and videos in various ways.
It is fun, easy-­‐to-­‐use, and inherently collaborative.

All teachers and students in GCS have accounts at http://groton.ed.voicethread.com . My advice for those new to the program is to browse through already created content in your interest area. Here is a resource to check out:

http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/

With this, as all tech tools, I recommend planning and some pre-testing in a small way before you start a major project. Here are some ideas:

Here, below, is a Voicethread I made that you are invited to contribute to. Just click on it and choose “Comment”. If prompted for a password email me or contact a TTL.

http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=183026

It is NOT about the Technology Tools

February 29, 2012

There are a near-infinite number of resources to help us reach students more effectively. Invitations and exhortations regarding getting going with “21st Century learning” abound. The 21st Century is 12% over, so jump in if you feel you haven’t explored these waters and keep swimming if you have. We all have a lot to learn.

I plan to regularly highlight resources that can allow you to explore, ponder, envision, or execute some action in support of student learning in the few minutes you set aside for these necessary professional development tasks. (You do take 15 minutes a week to think- right?) Here is the first prompt:

It’s Not About the Technology Tools

Also, view a great template related to the above slideshow and 21st Century literacies.
More, much more, on this at: http://langwitches.wikispaces.com/

Inspiration to Teach

August 19, 2009

http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=183026

The World is Changing…

September 27, 2006

Today I created a Powerpoint hinting at the ways technology is changing teaching and learning. Roger and I edited the Powerpoint and I presented it, along with my thoughts on using blogs and other 2.0 tools to Jeff.  worldischanging.ppt

A Flat World: Not Just Dull and Drab

March 14, 2006

I have been listening to Tom Friedman’s book on my iPod as I bump around the house. While the waves of flattening he describes are as relentless as the ocean’s, part of me is inclined to see the flattening as gray, dull and drab. For those unfamiliar with his book, he illuminates many technology driven trends which are rapidly changing our economies and relationships, rendering them independent of geography. He heralds the opportunities “flattening” offers, and cautions about the risks. Being both a natural optimist and a tecnology afficianado, I find myself in a bind; I like the color of a culturally differentiated world. I don’t want to be flattened.
One aspect this flattening takes on is a corrupting militarization of schooling summed up by a local school official who recently declared that we are “in a global economic war with our classrooms the battlefield.” There is an erosion of educational values associated with Friedman’s flattening. While Yeats wrote that “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”, No Child Left Behind is about the filling of pails. The full pails seem to have the outcome, if not intent, of extinguishing many a fire.
This is not as it need be, given many of the the same flatteners at which Friedman gazes. Smartboards, blogs, and innumerable other applications of technology to education offer opportunities for unparalleled engagement and productivity in our schools, personal and social lives.
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