Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just How Far Has Educational Technology Come in a Short Time?

It has been a while since I wrote anything on this blog (just two post in 2014 all together) and while at home one day, I decided to look back at my blogger account and check out what used to be.  Upon looking at the most popular posts, I came across my "Doing a Flip Across the Curriculum" Post.  you can click here to see the post.  The post was about the use of FLIP cameras in the classroom.

Here we are, four and half years later, where are FLIP cameras?  Gone, because technology has moved that quickly.  Now, they are in just about every student's phone.  So when you go back and look at some of those suggestions on using a FLIP camera, it seems like these educational technology ideas would be so much easier with just the use of cellphones.

Four years ago, we were looking at Clicker systems and working to embed those into the curriculum.  Here we are today and we have the same occurrence.  Clickers are now our students cellphones.  There are so many options out there for clicker systems that it can be overwhelming.  Free Technology for Teachers has provided a useful post and as well as broken them down into a chart for identifying the best option that will work in your classroom.

It appears that my time away from blogging about Educational Technology has greatly impacted my own ability to keep up with the rapid changes in how we can embed technology into the classroom.  It is amazing to see how quickly technology has changed in the past 5 years.  Makes you wonder what will be next.

What changes have you seen?  What is out there now that we didn't have just 4 years ago?  What was all the rage 4 years ago that has seen its impact decrease?  What has still kept up with the changes?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Google - A Year in Search

Every year, Google recaps the previous year based on the most popular searches.  This would be a great opportunity for teachers and students to reflect back on the previous year and the events that marked 2014.  There are several events that I had already forgotten about while watching the video.  You can learn more on the official Google Blog or visit The Year in Search Google Trends home page for more information.  You can also see the video posted below.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Air Scanner - Wireless Document Camera App

Air Scanner is an App I discovered from a Facebook ad of all places.  It allows users connected to a Wifi to easily turn their iPhone into a mobile document camera.  The app provides a numerical web address that users can type into their browser.  Within the browser, whatever the camera is showing will appear within the browser window.  There is also an option to freeze the image if need be and turn on the camera's flash.

I could see Air Scanner being used by teachers to showcase student work from the desk or students could use the App to zoom in to presentations that were created on a Poster Board.  This is a free method for teachers to get a document camera and not be limited to a single location in the classroom.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Google Zeitgeist for 2013 is Available

Every year in the month of December Google releases their Year in Review based on Search popularity.  The purpose of this list is to provide people an opportunity to reflect on the people, places, and moments that caught people's attention throughout this past calendar year.  The first review I suggest viewing is the Year in Review Video which is embedded below.  This video would be a great video to show for a free writing activity, or as an introduction for a research project where students research the major events during their birth year or in another time in history.

When you examine the search history of Google you realize that is provides valuable information into what has happened in our world over the past year.  Below are the top ten global trending searches of 2013:
  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Paul Walker
  3. iPhone 5s
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Boston Marathon
  7. Royal Baby
  8. Samsung Galaxy s4
  9. PlayStation 4
  10. North Korea
For the year 2013 users can also examine the 3D Global Map that will allow users to discover popular searches for by day for cities around the world.  This would make for an interesting examination of what is popular for different regions of the world and be a popular activity in Geography or Sociology classes.  To examine previous years top searches and stories, visit the Google Zeitgeist Home Page for direct links to 2013 or the Trends Home Page for previous years back to 2001.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013 Edublog Awards

Celebrating 10 Years of the Best of the Web in Education, the 2013 Edublog Awards are now accepting nominations.  Nominations are open till December 1st.  To nominate the best of the web for awards, people must post their nominations in a blog post (Mine will be available soon) or on their website and then share the link to the nominations (instructions to do so are at the link above).  There are 19 different categories for awards .

  • Best individual blog
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best library / librarian blog
  • Best administrator blog
  • Most influential blog post of the year
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best twitter hashtag
  • Best free web tool
  • Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
  • Best educational wiki
  • Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
  • Best educational use of a social network
  • Best mobile app
  • Lifetime achievement

You can visit their website and also see previous winners, which for new people to looking to start reading blogs is a great place to start.  Here is a link to last years results.  
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