June 21, 2011
Blended Learning, EdTech, Education, Teaching
blendedlearning, EdTech, Education, face2face, hybrid, military, nontraditional, Technology, traditional, virtual, virtualhighschools
“Technology should be leveraged to provide access to more learning resources than are available in classrooms and connections to a wider set of “educators,” including teachers, parents, experts, and mentors outside the
classroom. It also should be used to enable 24/7 and lifelong learning.” -Excerpt from National Education Technology Plan 2010 Executive Summary (p.8)
The above statement makes you think that one would really benefit from using technology in education. However, the latest word on the street is that the military is limiting their recruits that have obtained their diplomas via (non-traditional) virtual high schools. This sends a strong message against blended, distance, homeschooling and any other variation of learning outside the classroom. Kinda makes you wonder if there is really a difference between graduates of the two different sides of the spectrum.
For example, if someone learns better, excels academically and obtains their diploma using online instruction, should they be excluded from serving our military? In my honest opinion, if someone has earned their diploma traditionally or non-traditionally, I feel that they should have the opportunity to serve our great country. Anyway, isn’t the ASVAB still used to evaluate recruits to see if they can ‘cut the mustard?’
June 16, 2011
EdTech, ipad, ipad, Issues, tablets, tablets
apple, EdTech, ipad, playbook, tablets
When purchasing equipment for education, you have to look at the “long haul.” Since district money is tight and purchasing technology equipment is considered as an academic investment in our children, there is no room for waste.
When equipment needs to be repaired, technicians are available on hand to troubleshoot or maintain laptops, but tablets? Hmmm… Let’s look at my main two issues with tablets.
1. Battery replacement
After a few years of recharging over and over again, I’m sure the battery life will take a turn for the worse just like any other battery dependent device.
2. Screen replacement (heaven forbid!)
Students drop stuff – Yes, it’s inevitable. Following video shows how fragile the iPad screen really is. (Please excuse the choice of words after the last drop in the video.)
June 14, 2011
I ran into this Pringles Can offer this evening after popping a few of these crispy treats. I was curious to see if it was worth investing in a total of 4 canisters of these chips. Thanks to youtube, I have the opportunity to get a preview of this sound device. After watching the following video, I just wonder what can be done to this can to increase the bass output? Modifications or hacks will surely be coming next.
June 11, 2011
Google, Online, Web 2.0
I had a conversation with one of my fellow educators the other day. Somehow the topic about “that dude” that worked for the school system that bit a child came up. I later discovered that the case got thrown out. So now all “that dude” has to do is expunge his record, right? However, I mention that you cannot expunge what come up when in Google.
Also, if the article disappears from the new server over the years, the Way Back Machine is currently archiving everything. Yes, I mean everything. Another reason to stay on the straight and narrow and try your best to stay positive & professional.