Thursday, December 29, 2011

Web Tools, iPads, email,and the Classroom

Screen Capture from TC Web Mail Usage Declines . . . .
As the year ends, I am re-posting my five most popular 2011 musings.  This one was ranked #2 in page views. (Frankly, I have no idea why, other than the title).

Matching Learning goals and Web Tools
In Leonardo’s Laptop, Ben Shneiderman provides teachers with a powerful framework, Collect-Relate-Create-Donate (CRCD), for designing student-centered learning opportunities using computers.

QR Codes + Wikipedia
QR codes – barcodes for the internet – have been around for decades and the technology is increasingly being used in everything from street advertising to museum object labels. QRpedia takes the concept one step further to allow a single QR code to send you seamlessly to the mobile-friendly version of any Wikipedia article in your own language.

How Can Web 2.0 Curation Tools Be Used in the Classroom?

 Just as Web 2.0 has expanded the traditional role of publisher to almost anyone, the role of curator now too is changing. Anyone can “curate” online material, pulling together their own collections.

What's best: an iPad or a laptop for college use?The technology options for college students continue to grow with netbooks and tablet PCs as potential alternatives to the traditional laptop computer.
Web Mail Usage Declines 59% among Teens
In introducing his messaging platform last November Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said one of the primary motivations behind Messages product strategy was that teenagers have given up on email, “High school kids don’t use email, they use SMS a lot. People want lighter weight things like SMS and IM to message each other.”
Remembering an Inspiring Teacher
Mr. Criche was part of a powerhouse English department at Lake Forest High School, a school that, I believe, knew then and knows now how to treat its teachers. Nationwide, almost half of our teachers quit before their fifth year, driven away by poor conditions and low pay, but in Lake Forest, the teachers were and are able to make careers and lives out of the profession.

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