Category Archive: Information Retrieval & Transfer

Feb 13

My new favorite use for Evernote

When I was a kid, my brother had a cassette tape recorder that was relatively portable (not too unlike this old Fisher-Price model). We made recordings of us watching television, casting baseball games, reading books, telling stories, and more. Today, those old tapes are worth about as much as gold to me now. Hearing my …

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Feb 05

Free Screen Sharing

This article is cross-posted from my class blog,¬†Spring 2012. I saw a blog post a few weeks back on FreeTech4Teachers.com that highlighted the website QuickScreenShare.com. Since we’re talking about Virtual Learning Environments this week, I thought it might be worth throwing in here. While screen sharing isn’t exactly a “Virtual Learning¬†Environment” in the way that …

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Mar 28

23 Things #12 – Screencasting

Screencasting is an area that I am (amazingly) relatively new to. It is amazing to me that I’ve gone this long without screencasting, given how often people ask me how to do things on the computer. I end up making long, detailed instructions complete with screen captures (still images) and annotations. The same activity probably …

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Nov 24

8 ways technology is improving education

Geek blog Mashable featured an article by Sarah Kessler yesterday titled, “8 ways technology is improving education” that discusses 8 key ways in which technology is (finally) impacting education. We all know how much the education world (especially public education) lags behind the corporate/industrial world in terms of technology, but thanks to ever decreasing prices, …

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Nov 20

Our students don’t need computer classes

I know my students will be ready for their future because… …I was. When you progress through your teacher education, you hear warnings like, “you teach just like you were taught.” In my case, I respond, “I certainly hope so.” I was not taught the techniques of individual tools in my education. In other words, …

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Nov 14

United States v. American Library Association

<soapbox> In researching information regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Case United States v. American Library Association, I was truly amazed how many people (blogs, etc.) are terrified that the government is about to take away their freedom to look at porn. I’m sorry folks, but pornography is not what our founding fathers had in mind …

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Oct 31

Redefining Copyright 2.0

“I believe the ethical use of information…” …is changing, whether we want it to or not. I do not believe this is from a lack of effort on the part of the education system, but rather society’s view of information as a “raw material,” as Warlick describes it in Redefining Literacy 2.0 (2008). Unlike oil, …

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Oct 25

Jicama High needs a track!

I developed a sample “Authentic assignment,” often called project- or problem-based assignments in which the audience is real and the purpose for doing the assignment is real. Not a hypothetical “Train A is leaving San Francisco at 7:15…” but a problem in which the students get an opportunity to solve a real-world problem for people …

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Oct 15

Is all writing writing?

“To teach students to write compellingly, we must give them compelling reasons to write.” – D. Warlick, Redefining Literacy 2.0 I see writing in the milieu of academia as an inverse bell curve or a parabolic curve. With interest in subject matter on the vertical axis and grade level on the horizontal, a very large …

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Oct 15

Investigative Strategies: Tags!

I have long used Google Bookmarks to maintain all of my bookmarks so that I have them no matter which computer or browser I’m running. I use tags more like folders for those, but primarily because I have used the folder method for so long it’s hard to break that habit (I do a lot …

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