Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wordle - Obama 2010 State of the Union Address

The first Wordle is the 2009 State of the Union Address.  I wanted to include it in order to show a compare and contrast of the two speeches.

President Obama 2009 State of the Union Address:

President Obama 2010 State of the Union Address:

Thoughts?  Comments?

Wiki Wednesday #4 - Web 2.0 Guru

Nominated for a 2009 Edublog Award for Best Educational Wiki, the Web 2.0 Guru is a great Wiki for finding Web 2.0 tools as well as some information and explanation of each resource.  You can find resources by subject matter, best practices, hardware, software, cyber-citizenship and others.  You can also find links to other blogs related to technology integration and education.  The author, Chery Capozzoli  believes in the power of Web 2.0 so much that she has developed a term for the study of Web 2.0, Web2.0logy.

What I like best about the Wiki is that it is organized very well and that links to the resources you might be looking for are easy to find.  I also like the section on The Three R's.  This is an area that we are working hard and looking to improve in our district because of the movement of Internet use by such a younger generation of students and children.

Another good aspect of this Wiki is that it is not all about resources.  It is also about information and articles pertaining to the changing of education as we enter the 21st Century.  There is lots of vital information on this Wiki, and I highly recommend that you take a look and see what you can find that is of use.  But if you are just looking for Web 2.0 resources, then here is where to look.

Weather Forecasting, Education, and Technology...yes there is an analogy

So there is a winter storm coming to my section of Western Kentucky.   I have seen several forecast, but only one seems to stand out in the crowd. One News Station had a 10-15 inches graphic for our area, another news station has 3-4 inches, and a third news station has 2-6 inches.  Then you check the national websites and we have 3-4 inches and 3-6 inches.  So now, I bet you are wondering "How is the weather forecast related to educational technology?"

Let's look at that one news station; the one with 10-15 inches as a possibility.  They know it might be the more aggressive model, or the more aggressive approach.  They know it could back fire.  They know that most other weather forecasters might disagree with their forecast.  They know that other weather forecasters might not trust the same model, or maybe they are not as experienced studying that model. 

But what if they end up being right?  What if we get the 10-15 inches?  They will look like the smart ones.  They will look like the ones who took a chance.  They will be the news station that everyone will remember that got the forecast right.  They also know that if they are wrong, another weather system will come along to give them a chance to get it right.  They don't give up on the model the next time.  They just tweak how they use the model in their forecast. 

By using this forecast, their news station stands out, and makes people want to watch their news station, it also makes people talk about their forecast.  People will visit their website for more information.  And when they get it right, you will see them bragging about it in an advertisement about their news and weather during a future newscast in fact.

Educators who work at integrating technology are this news station.  They are using a different model, trying a different approach, trying to stand out in a crowd of normalcy, complacency, and the "same old, same old."  They know that there will be hiccups in using the technology, but another lesson will present itself for them to improve their lesson and technology integration techniques.  Their technology integration only enhances their lesson. 

People will want to come see how they use the technology.  People will then talk about their lesson and how they integrated technology.  That teacher will then share about how they knew the technology would work in their class.  They will write a blog post, mention it on Twitter, and share in a faculty meeting or hopefully at a District meeting.  Because when you do something that works in your classroom, you want people to know about it.

So my question to you is....which Weather Forecaster are you?