Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
You can use the following as an annoucement!
Announcing the first annual "K12 Online 2006? convention for teachers, administrators and educators around the world interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice. This year's conference is scheduled to be held over two weeks, Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30- Nov. 3 with the theme "Unleashing the Potential." The K12 Online 2006 blog has just gone live.
On the conference blog you will also find the web form we will be using for the submission of proposals. Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal. More details are on the conference blog: www.k12onlineconference.org. The blog will be updated regularly with everything you need to know about the conference.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Our goal is to break down as many barriers as possible towards what should be the objective of all educational institutions: the free flow of information.
Sharing notes is not cheating. Everyone should have every advantage possible in increasing individual knowledge.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Last night as I walked out to our home football game, with a custom-made shirt with MOODLE written across it a chant grew in the stands. The chant was "MOO-DLE, MOO-DLE". The student's cross their middle figures to make an "M" during the chant. I am waiting for the next chant to develop "We've got Moodle yes we do, we've got Moodle how 'bout you?". It is exciting to see so many Moodle fans!
Monday, September 18, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
According to this article (http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2004/03/29/focus1.html ), “This year, online enrollment for U.S. degree-granting schools represents 14 percent of all enrollments, up from less than 6 percent in 2000, a compound annual growth rate of 33 percent, according to research company IDC.” Humph! It goes on to say that 16 million people are seeking degrees online – 16 million and one, to be more precise. I started after MY online degree through Bloomsburg after that article was written. :-) Another article claims, “This fall, 2,700 charter schools are in operation across the nation, serving more than a half-million students.” And, according to this article (http://www.uscharterschools.org/cs/n/view/cs_bmsg/3912 ), “Pennsylvania now has 11 cyber charter schools, with more than 10,000 students enrolled statewide, an increase of nearly 50 percent from last year.”
Why are they leaving us? What are they looking for?
Could it be relevance? Could it be, perhaps, that they want to be able to use the tools that they are growing up with in order to study, gather information, collaborate, publish, and learn? Could it be that they’re finding the public schools to be so far behind the ball when it comes to even KNOWING about those tools that the schools have become irrelevant? David Warlick, in his “2 cents worth” blog, wrote, “Never before has a generation been so well prepared to enter the Industrial age.” *Pause for laughter* *Another pause for reflection and panic*
We’ve GOT to start using the tools that they know and use elsewhere or we WILL become irrelevant. We – the TEACHERS – MUST get hungry. We MUST seek professional development opportunities that will provide us with the skills and tools we need. We MUST take them seriously. I’ve been in too many sessions with teacher/prisoners who were there only because they HAD to be there, but NOTHING was going to make them learn anything. You know what I mean. WE must get hungry and we must make our kids get hungry, too …
… before it’s too late.
I’m offering classes – many of them evening classes – on the new web tools like Moodle, wikis, blogs (don’t panic!), and on the Web 2.0 tools in general. I’ll show you how to use RSS feeds to gather and share information with your students. I’ll show you ways that you can use the web as a publishing platform for your students and how to set up collaboration sites, and where to take notes and much more. I DO hope you’ll sign up for some of them. There is SO VERY much at stake here, and another powerpoint isn’t going to save it.
Thank you for indulging me these past few days. I’ll leave today with this blog/diary entry, “Yes, something VERY important IS happening today and we MUST heed it before it’s too late.”
Thursday, September 14, 2006
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
It's the richest in the world.
It's got the largest military
It's the center of world business.
It's got the strongest education system.
It's the world center for innovation and invention. (Got a clue, yet?)
It's currency is the world's standard of value. (You're on to it, now, eh?)
And, it's got the highest standard of living. (BINGO!)
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Yesterday we learned that we're outnumbered by the people in
Yes, well. so what?
Something else to consider: There are roughly 49 million computers shipped out each year world wide. But, according to Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the $100 laptop initiative, he will send between 50 and 100 million computers to (hungry) children world wide in the first year alone. The global competition will instantly heat up. Listen to his TED conference speech here: http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=n_negroponte
And another point from Karl Fisch's presentation, according to a former Secretary of Education, "The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 didn't exist in 2004." Whoa! How are we to prepare our kids for jobs that don't even yet exist? Well, Governor Rendell is trying to put a computer on each of the desks of the major subject areas all across PA. That should help, right? But, what will we do with those computers? I've got it! More powerpoints! Yesssss! That should do it. (Whew!) OK... next issue.
That's enough for one day. All is well with the world. My diary entry still reads, "Nothing important is happening today."
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If you read my blog (http://tipline.blogspot.com) you'll notice that I'm including the podcast (audio file) of this entry at the bottom of the post, thanks to Odeo.com.
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Monday, September 11, 2006
Nothing Important Happened Today
One of my favorite stories from History class (and there weren't many, as I recall) had to do with King George III and his diary entry on July 4, 1776. It said only, "Nothing important happened today."
In fact, EVERYTHING changed that day. Forever! How could he POSSIBLY have been so blind to the facts around him to have missed what was happening? In retrospect that comment makes him appear to be arrogant, pompous, and every bit the fool. He and his countrymen were fat and happy, and quite complacent while at the same time there were people in the world who were restless, hungry, and who wanted more. They wanted what HE had!
Lately, I've been reading books like, "The World is Flat", "Collapes: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed", and watching excellent presentations on this topic and I've got this pit in my stomach over the fear that America is fat, happy, and complacent while the rest of the world is hungry and wanting more. So let's take a look. Here are some frightening facts that I found in an excellent powerpoint by Karl Fisch. (I'll post the link later this week. I don't want you peeking.)
Karl says. If you're one in a million, in the
We'll take a breather here. Just time enough for my diary entry for today. Let's see. Nope. Nothing important is happening today.
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Friday, September 08, 2006
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Water on the Web (WOW) helps college and high school students understand and solve real-world environmental problems using advanced technology.
WOW is a complete package containing two sets of curricula, data from many lakes and rivers nationwide, extensive online primers, data interpretation and Geographic Information System Tools, and additional supporting materials.
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*** still waiting for someone to tag a del.icio.us site with "for:jgates513" - who will be the first? ***
Thursday, September 07, 2006
For growing novelty vegetables, these 1/8" thick, clear plastic forms are very effective. Just fix a mold over a growing vegetable, and the vegetable will conform to the shape of the mold.
Available in the form of an elf for shaping eggplant, melon, pumpkin, and squash, or the "pickle pair", corncob or heart (makes heart-shaped cross sections when sliced) for use with cucumber, zucchini and summer squash.
For some reason, names are being dropped from my group addresses. So, if you hear someone say that they're not getting my tips any longer have them email me and I'll add them again.