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CC AD Day 1 Part 2

So far three speeches are all about the hardware and then an explanation of the layers of software involved. But no one is showing their cloud solutions at work? No video…nothing. Strange. Every thing needs a DEMO version and a sandbox. If those do not exist then how can you …

CC AD Day 1 Part 1

The conference wensite is here http://www.iirme.com/cloudcomputingabudhabi People seem down on the cloud. I think whats funny is the average person is using the cloud but just not for work. Companies want people to agree to the move due to cost and resource savings..but people do not move. I think the …

Sharing My Stats & Data

Stats & Data This LINK Will take you to a recent shared library I have setup in Google Docs. It has 3 very recent surveys and the results. 1. Classroom Technology Survey. 69 Teachers responded. 2. High School News – assessed how students want to be informed. 3. High School …

Conf-Idea 5: The Problem is at the TOP

This one is short. Efforts need to be made to change external exam structures such as IB, AP. GCSE, etc because students have skill sets that cannot be measured soley on the basis of a single three hour written exam. Students also have working portfolios that count for very little …

Conf-Idea 4: One to One is Dying

One theme at the conference is that schools need to provide the network, cloud services, and storage. However they do not need to provide laptops. Most schools are reporting that students prefer their own devices and it is a better use of a school’s resources to invest in infrastructure. I …

Conf – Idea 3: Assessment

Assessment concepts for diplomas and certifications just assume people have zero knowledge. People need the opportunity to show up and demonstrate their knowledge. This includes students. Do all students need Grade 9 math? Not if they can rpove that 75per of the curriculum is already part of their skill set. …

Session 2: QA with Heppell

People are simply asking one of the main keynote speakers Stephen Heppell. http://www.heppell.net/ He has a huge collection of projects he has done and his presentations are story based with little to no reliance on powerpoint style communication. When I say pp-style I am refering to the very linear style …

session 1 – Change Management _ Images included

Ilearn at UWCSEA One key point is that avoided a controlled one-to-one program. Students with their own tech were part of the plan. This means have modern thinking behind your network planning. They used the NETS standards but developed them visually in a map. Fianlly they created a brand for …

Conf. Note Taking Concept

Not too radical… Each day a kid is assigned to put their notes on the class blog then nominate the next student to do the same. So this continues and participation grades are assinged. It also reduces the teacher workload and gives students a chance to restructure and comment on …

21st Century Learning Conference Day 1.1

There are way more people here than I thought. Most of my focus will be on leadership sessions and library/research technology. Apple laptops are domiinating ad well as people attempting to be interesting with their Ipads.Every Ipad user has to have a laptop though to do sessions. I think this …

Are APPS Killing Students?

I am starting to notice that students in the high school and middle school where I work, are becoming dependent on Apps and stolen software. This bothers me because I am sensing they are losing actual IT skills, and the knowledge to create. Even the devices they have are limited. …

The Next Classroom Design

Today I read an article on Slashdot that lead me to an article on Slate about “21st Century Classroom Design”. As I read some of the ideas I almost feel off my chair. Especially since I was in my office at school where I can see the impact of technology …

Don’t be Pwnd ! Own Your Data

Being Pwnd means being beaten, or owned. It means losing. Making mistakes. And ultimately being embarrassed. In fact if you are publicly embarrassed we could say Uber Pwnage. When I refer to the term “system” I am referring to Content Management Systems, Learning Management Systems, School Management Systems, and possible …