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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Goodbeershow Number 137!

I'm laughing out loud. I was just chatting with a friend online and popped into the Goodbeershow website to check out the most recent episode so I could share the link with him; and there I was, staring out at myself from what Jeffrey T. calls "one of those one handed MySpace shots" at the tasting room of Yazoo Brewery, where...well, you can read all about it and listen yourself: Episode number 137 of the award-winning Goodbeershow podcast!

WARNING, NOT CHILD OR WORKPLACE SAFE! (due to some more or less grown-up humor).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Links for AIU Advisory Board Meeting

I'm meeting some online colleagues today (the Masters program advisory board at American Intercontinental University) via a semi-annual conference call, and I'd like to share some links to illustrate some of the discussion on the 3Di. As of now the links are scattered all over my blogs and networks, so here they are for quick reference:

SLedupotential--NECC collaboratively-contrived (by 9 educators in 9 different states)workshop proposal wiki:

SLeducation ning--recently launched socio-professional network at for stockpiling educationally relevant Second Life videos:

"Virtual or Virtually U: Educational Institutions in Second Life" Paper in the International Journal of Social Sciences, by Nancy Jennings and Chris Collins:

Kevin Jarret's Voicethread for K12onlineconference 2007:

and finally, (or not:), a presentation by Meredith Wesolowski (Meredith Snookums, SL) -- Introduction to Second Life for K12 Educators":

Twitter and What's Going On?

Logged into my iGoogle this morning, after sitting down with the espresso I set up last night. Yesterday I'd added two Twitter widgets to my iGoogle, one to read and one to post, hoping to twit a little more productively by reducing the number of clicks it takes to perform those two tasks. Top of the read window? David Warlick, and I'll quote here: dwarlick: Just read Will's post ( I'm not sure we are even capable of answering his rhetorical questions! .

So I did "just read," and I suggest you do too.

That took me to another browser start page tab, my Netvibes, to its own "Education" tab (my netvibes tabs are, in order, left-to-right, "General, Education, Second Life, Music, News, and Technology"), where I clicked on David's most recent rss-fed entry, "Sometimes Size Doesn't Matter,", where he posts a few interesting rhetorical questions of his own.

Just thought I'd start out your day or evening with some impossible though thought-provoking questions. My apologies in advance. :)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's all 1s and 0s

Heheheee. I don't even recall what freeware program I used to create this picture, quite a while ago, but I discovered it yesterday when snooping around on my backup hard drive. I thought I'd share. Click to see it full-sized :)

Maybe I should be using this as a profile pic...

Into four weeks of teaching before Winter break. I'm hoping to make it my best four weeks ever.

More later,

Friday, November 23, 2007

NYSACTE Video from Brian C. Smith

Here's a video from Darren Draper, a colleague of Brian C. Smith, who posted it at the NYSACTE site. The piece compiles a whole lot of current thought about education into an enjoyable, thought provoking set of comments and questions. It's resident on Brian's NYSACTE (New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education) conference ning. See what I mean:

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Free Choices Thanksgiving Break Week!

The bar graph above illustrates (in order of their appearance in the lab) self-reported free choices exercised by my students in the Lower School Technology for Learning Lab this morning. It's the one day of classes this week, and as such I'm offering the full class session for free choice, as long as each time a student makes a selection it's noted on the board.

The graph was created in Google Documents, which we'll be using soon in the upper grades!

Everyone have a safe and fun and thankful break!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Video from Common Sense Media and the Macarthur Foundation

Just got this from friend Kevin Jarret in one of my listserv group emails. This video, archived from an intense panel discussion hosted by Common Sense Media and others, is long, but if you have an hour and 15 minutes or so to listen (the video is mainly panel discussion and audience, but you'll want to pull back to your computer and watch the examples of student work--WOW), I highly suggest you do so.

Included in the panel is USN alumna Stacey Goodstein, who spoke to our parents and faculty in an appearance on campus just last month. I'm hoping to include some audio from that talk in an upcoming Snacks4theBrain!

Here's the video:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Second Life Cross-post

Check out my Second Life blog for news of an important event Wednesday night "inworld." Educators who aren't aware of the surging interest in SL as a pedagogical tool might be well served to open up a portion of their peripheral vision to the increasingly well-documented successes of the platform.

A quick googling of "'Second Life' 'Education'" might be a good starting place. Here, I've done it for you, saving you one more click :)

I was at the Conference on Information Technology Monday, cruising around gathering information for my Vanderbilt podcast, and though some of the hundreds of sessions available drew pretty good crowds, I have to say the only standing room only sessions I peeked into were those on Second Life (and one very interesting one on a 3D software platform for crime scene forensics education. I helped out a little in a session by John Miller, from Tacoma State College in Washington, about his NESIM (Nursing Education Simulation) Second Life site, and it was both fun and stimulating, not to mention enthusiastically embraced by the (yes, standing-room-only) attendees. That'll be the focus of my next podcast, due out in two weeks, with audio from the session and possibly even some video.

If all this picques your interest and you have a couple hours Saturday morning, there is a workshop inside Second Life for beginning educators hosted by Elven Institute, an association of real-world librarians. More info at the Elven Institute website.

Cheerio, ya'll.

Monday, November 05, 2007

A Vision of Students Today, from Michael Wesch

Michael Wesch is, as David Warlick notes today, "at it again." Wesch (a cultural anthropologist at Kansas State University) created the worldwide noted YouTube video "Web 2.0--The Machine is Us/ing Us," a digital ditty that earned him, among other noteriety, a 2007 WIRED magazine "Rave Award."

I thank David for the quick heads up on this one, via my RSS feed of his 2 Cents Worth blog. I took the time to post it here in part because it actually brought me to tears. I'd be interested to see your responses commented here.

Here's the link to Wesch's page containing the video, entitled "A Vision of Students Today," in turn embedded from YouTube.
(Not available at USN--blocked for bandwidth issues)


Vicki Davis's "Cool Cat Teacher" blog has me playing with this now: As if I needed something else to explore, LOL

To post here, use your cell phone to text message to phone number 25622 any message beginning with "@helloscott" and followed by your message. The "@helloscott" will be stripped out of the display and the message will end up on my wiffiti screen, which is embedded below. Like Vicki's doing, I'm just exploring this: It's amazing how every day there seems to be some new clever communication platform emerging. If it's true that being a life-long learner increases longevity, we all should live forever! Wiffiti me!

Friday, November 02, 2007

"Educational Change -- an Oxymoron?"

This post is actually posting to a post about a post. A meta-post?

Tom March put up what he calls a "little rant" at Tuesday about a New York Times op-ed piece by David Brooks. I want you to read the NYTimes piece, of course, but I want you to do so by way of March's very brief review of it.

Then go enjoy Brooks' remarkable little prose all about "the Sacred Order of the External Mind," It's good for a few chuckles, as well as its fair share of thought provoking moments, especially in combination with March's take on it. My own read is that Brooks is being not "a bit tongue in cheek," as Brooks describes it, but rather incredibly sarcastic. What do you think?

Have a minute?


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