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TICAL Update

Page history last edited by Michael 11 years, 11 months ago

Here's a list of new, cool Web 2.0 sites and other related items that cadre members might want to look at.

 

If you have anything you'd like to add to the page, click on Edit Page.  The password is "webtools" (without the quotation marks). After you edit the page, click on Save. This allows others to edit.

 

 

 

Equipment Issues

 

 

 

eee PC

 

I've actually seen and used one of these and plan to purchase one. They run from $299 to $499 per unit. Here's a link to a spec sheet. And, here's some info directly from the site...

 

Mobility & Reliability

• At 7" and weighing only 0.92kg, you can take the Eee PC anywhere.

• Bumps and shocks are no longer issues. With a dependable solid-state disk, you get unparalleled shock-protection and reliability.

• Power-efficient design provides longer operating time when on the go.

Ease & Technology

• With a rapid start-up time, the Eee PC is always ready to get into action.

• No technical manual required with the specially designed, user-friendly and intuitive graphic interface .

Work and Connectivity

• You’re always connected with built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g that automatically detects and connects to the Internet at any hotspot.

• The Eee PC includes the documents and the e-mails software, and a suite of other productivity software to help keep you on track.

• Upload photos and videos and share them instantly on Flickr or YouTube without waiting till you get home.   

Media & Entertainment

• Enjoy music and videos with extensive support for a wide range of digital multimedia.

• Log on to Skype or other network, and you can connect with friends anywhere, anytime.

• Clear up wire clutter with the built-in card reader, camera, speakers, and microphone.  

 

Sustainable Classroom Model

 

Sheila mentioned equipping classrooms for tech-supported instruction. Here's a program in WA that's been very successful: Sustainable Classroom Model.

 

Professional Development Tools

 

1. The In Plain English videos from Common Craft are a great, free resource for out group. Each is 3-5 minutes long and tackles one Web 2.0 concept.

 

2. Intel Visual Ranking Tool-- Great for using in groups when you need to prioritize ideas or needs or whatever.

 

 

 

Sites

 

VoiceThread

 

Here's an example of a VoiceThread created using images that were first uploaded to the Flickr group shown above, then imported into VoiceThread.

 

 

 

 

This VoiceThread shows how a class of 3rd grade students is using VoiceThread in a language arts activity.

 

 

 

Learn more by clicking on this link.

 

 

Jing

 

When adding a link to a Jing video, you aren't able (at this time) to embed the image as you can with VoiceThread. Instead, you need to post a link when you get the Web address after clicking on Share. Here is a link to a sample Jing video that explains how to edit a page in this wiki.

 

The image below is a sample of an annotated screen shot done in Jing.

 

 

 

 

 

Peer-to-Peer TICAL?

 
I'm reading a book called Wikinomics and it describes why peer-to-peer networks outperform centralized, heirarchical web resources (http://www.wikinomics.com/index.php).  In other words, it breaks down why Web 2.0 will wipe out our old way of using the web as a static, "newspaper" tool. 
 
Here's my epiphany: What we need is MySpace for Administrators.  Imagine a future where administrators set up their own profile on a social network site and they can link with colleagues, upload resources, and where we use social bookmarking resources to direct users to the most popular, useful tools.  It emerges in nonlinear fashion and creates a true "community of practice" ... The technology tools exist to make this happen (as is evident by Friendster, Multiply, FaceBook, etc.)--we just need to figure out how to harness the infrastructure/architecture and make it happen.  If we aren't the ones to orchestrate this change, someone else certainly will. 
 
Of course, that's just my opinion ...  Devin

 

Recommended Reading

 

  • Change or Die by Alan Deutschman. Here's a link to the original article and to the book.

 

 

Governor's Budget Proposal:

 

http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/BudgetSummary/K12/32269077.html

 

While this is not specific to technology, this is a good resource that answers some of the questions that we've been discussing.  Enjoy!  Devin

 

Getting Unplugged:

 

http://www.4hourworkweek.com/ferriss-book-overview.htm

 

I recommend this book to anybody that is struggling with how to "unplug" and refresh.  I've used some of the recommendations and found that my staff, colleagues, and boss(es) have responded favorably.  Devin

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