Thursday, 25 June 2009
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Friday, 12 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
“Schools are anchored in the past and should be at the forefront of change not at the tail end. We should be change agents. Given the nature of our educational system a universal design model is the only way we can reach our goal." (William DeMille, 2008)
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
- During a 2.5 hour dentist appointment, you spend 2 hours thinking about student collaboration projects with Google Docs.
- At an In The Flesh Concert (local Pink Floyd cover band), you wonder how people are "connected" (like the facebook graphic)
- You have accounts for Thinkfree, Zoho, and Google Docs, you login weekly to check for updates.
- Each year you use different presentation technology, and you say that "PowerPoint is for the dinosaurs."
- You are eagerly awaiting HTML 5.
- You look at the source code of fellow instructor's webpages.
- 95% of your feeds in Google Reader are web/education related.
- Students call you a computer geek.
- You think that every student should have an
- You lecture students on the evils of internet explorer.
- Students have never heard of 95% of your software .
- You come to work early.
- You leave work late.
- You simply love your job.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
- Mobile Friendly: facebook is smart and dumbphone friendly, students can send messages, update status, etc. via text message or mobile app. Our current "connection" tool is years behind this.
- Everyone's Using It: There's about 200 million facebook users, I would say that 95% of my students are on it (they're always checking it with their cellphones during the labs)
- Excellent way to deal with questions: Questions could be posted and myself or a student could respond to it.
- It's Facebook: Connection, connection, connection!!!
- Privacy: I'll have to strictly monitor what photos others and myself put up of me on facebook. Also, since I do teach at a Canadian university, the computer people may not be happy that students are forced to use a service where data is sent to US servers (damn the Patriot Act). This is the reason why my university and others haven't switched to Google Apps.
- Internal Fighting: I heard a story about a person creating a group for his workplace, members started slinging personal insults to each other, and eventually the creator lost his job. Not cool.
- Forcing Students to use a non-university app: My university paid big bucks for its current "connection tool", administrators may not be happy if I get students to use this free app.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
First of all, Vevo is an awesome name. Along with Universal Music Group, Sony has joined up and will offer acts such as Akon, The Killers (Yes!!), Black Eyed Peas and so on. Along with music videos, Vevo will offer reality shows, video blogs and other great stuff. Personally, I can't wait for Vevo to lauch; YouTube is good, especially for home videos, but for mainstream content, it's OK. Hopefully Vevo will turn out to be a great product.