Saturday, July 15, 2006

Have you seen Slide yet?

This is too much fun. Make a slideshow with your photos from flickr or a number of places, or upload them directly. Then, choose your slideshow style, and get the code to add wherever you like. Ya gotta luv it!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Web 2.0 workshop

Just a reminder that on August 8th I'll be doing a workshop on Web 2.0 tools for teachers and what they mean for the classroom. I'd like to invite you to attend. It will change the way you view the web FOREVER!
Things to consider:
1. Students entering school this year will retire in 2066. What skills do you think they'll need for the world in which they'll live? More PowerPoints?
2. The Governor wants to put a laptop on the desk of each high school student in the four major subject areas. If you teach one of those classes what will you have YOUR students doing with those computers? Still more powerpoints? (In that case, save the money.)
3. The web has transformed itself into a publishing platform where anyone can be a published author. Will YOUR students be among them?
4. Tagging is the technology that made ebay and Amazon into what they are today. Do you know what that means and how it impacts teaching and learning?
6. "The long tail" refers to a business model of today that made Google what it is. Do you know what that means and why it's important for you to know it?
The online world has changed. When left to their own devices students gather information, process it, share it, and collaborate on it using the tools at hand. You REALLY need to see what's going on online or risk becomming irrelevant in the education of tomorrow's students.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

URGENT: Take Action NOW

From the site:

Last year, the phone and cable companies convinced the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts to change how the Internet is operated, making a few unelected officials responsible for a decision with billions of dollars of impact for millions of Internet consumers.

These decisions reversed the safeguards that made the Internet so great – the freedom known as “Net Neutrality,” which allows you to go anywhere you want to go on the Internet. The Internet was designed by American universities, and made available to the general public over an open platform that required phone and cable companies to treat all traffic in a neutral manner.

Now, however, the phone and cable companies boast that they will create premium lanes on the Internet for higher fees, and give preferential access to their own services and those VIPs who can afford to “pay to play.” They have already blocked certain services and have the power to block or degrade any service that competes with them:

  • Do you want the phone and cable companies to block online movies or cheaper phone service over the Internet?
  • Do you want the phone and cable companies to decide which blogs or political sites you can access?
  • Do you want phone and cable companies to give preferential Internet access to companies who pay more for “premium” delivery?
  • Do you want phone and cable companies to keep new innovations off the Internet?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then Congress needs to hear from you.