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Jeff Pointek Selected ISTE2010 Keynote

Hawaii Technology Academy's Jeff Pointek has been selected to open up ISTE 2010 in Denver, Colorado June 27-July 2. The selection process gave all 85,000+ members of ISTE a voice in the pick, and I didn't vote for him: I personally wanted Chris Lehmann to open up onstage about his creative and forward-thinking work at Philadephia's Science Leadership Academy. However, I will admit that Pointek was a close runner-up for my vote, since he is the one keynote nominee I have not seen or heard present. Heck, ISTE stacked the deck for success with a tidy collection of stellar options that included the two I've already mentioned, along with Alan November, Peter H. Reynolds, and Gary Stager. I'm glad that democracy has had its way and we should have a stirring keynote address from Jeff Pointek to light the fire in Denver.

There's been a bit of twitterbuzz the past couple days following the announcement, as folks try unsuccessfully to find an article referenced during the…

USN Summer Camp Offering for Educators!

My school, University School of Nashville, offers a number of summer opportunities each year. The building some weeks seems even busier than it is in the school year. This coming summer, I'll be offering a week-long, half-day experience for teachers to give them the opportunity to explore social media and Web 2.0 tools under the guidance of moi and in the company of like-minded pioneers. You can find the description here and register for the workshop at the USN Summer Camps website, and you can investigate a bit more about the content matter at my "Web2.0forUS!" wiki. The week is limited to 16 attendees, and we expect seats to go quickly, so register soon!
The path to register is a bit long and circuitous, set up as it is mostly for children's summer camp opportunities, but I hope the following directions will help: Visit the Summer Camps websiteClick on Register NowSelect Adult from the pull-down menuScroll down and check the box for Social Media and Web2.0 for Educat…

Last Frontier Band Sales to Haiti

Not "sails," but "sales." For now and until further notice, all profit from sales of the CDBaby.com (and any other outlet--it's available pretty much everywhere, including iTunes) sale of Scott Merrick's Songs for Alaska Featuring the Last Frontier Band will go directly to Doctors Without Borders. There's been a great deal of scrutiny of the way charitable organizations disperse donated income and I'm very satisfied with the way Medicens Sans Frontieres exercises full disclosure with their little pie graph. Read more about MSF fund allocation here.

Move along now, there's nothing more to see here.

Howie DiBlasi contributes version 6 to "Did You Know" Series

Pal Howie DiBlasi, a vocal proponent for educational change to suit the changing learning styles, needs, and tools of our time, has contributed his own information packed version of the classic "Did You Know" series. While I have some issues with what may be in some subtle ways an underlying jingoism, I think it's a must see for all educators. Food for thought, ya'll, food for thought...

Teachers Prepared for Reform?

THE Journal comes through in the thought-provocation department again with its article entitled "Report Shows Teachers Not Adequately Prepared for Education Reform," By Scott Aronowitz.
Citing the report released in December by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning (CFTL), the author reports that in California, despite top-down efforts to reform education into sync with the demands of 21st century living and working, though many teachers possess the skill set to function effectively, "many more are simply not up to the task."
Details are at the article, and I'm only here to point you to that, but when you go, please budget a few minutes in your busy day to scan the comments and to add your own. This is a discussion worthy of your attention and your contribution. It certainly got me on my soapbox:
"Education reform?" A buzzphrase so hackneyed it's beyond cliche. Alvin Toffler said it, echoing some of the other best minds amongst those f…

Federal Trade Commission releases "Virtual Worlds and Kids..."

Alerted once again by my fine PLN on Twitter, I took the time to read this extensive report and I believe it is so worth sharing that I am herein expending even more attention on a brief review. I hope you will share your thoughts with me either here or at the discussion thread I've started on the SIGVE wiki. The report is entitled "Virtual Worlds and Kids: Mapping the Risks."

One might think that the Federal Trade Commission would have other more pressing topics to pursue than underage exposure to adult materials in virtual worlds, but considering some of the committee's findings I have to commend that body for its efforts here. I think the report is not only accurate assessment of the current state of the field but also balanced and objective beyond reproach. I'm sure we can look forward to further explorations by government agencies considering that:

*"The number of youth participants in online virtual worlds is projected to grow to over 15 million by 9. 20…