published by David Wees on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 23:34
When you rely on a service, particularly a "free" (ad-supported services aren't really free) service, you always run the risk that whomever is maintaining and controlling the service will shut it down, or strip it of functionality so as to make it less useful (or even useless) for you. This happened to Google Reader, it almost happened to Delicious, it happened to Posterous; this list will continue to grow over time.
published by David Wees on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 23:22
I've updated my presentation on social media, aimed at a parent audience (although I'm sure it could be used with educators just as easily). Embedded below. Note: The first few slides, up to slide 39, are intended to be shared fairly rapidly, to create a sense of overload in the viewer.
published by David Wees on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 22:07
In the not too distant future, there will no educational technologists. That is, there will eventually be no people who specialize primarily in teaching other people how to use technology. The reason why we have educational technologists now is that the rate of change of technology is so high that many people struggle to keep up with the changes, and so some of us have specialized in "keeping up with changes in technology."
published by David Wees on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:26
I'm working on a couple of short videos comparing the standard algorithm for a multiplication and addition, and considering some ways of using other algorithms which are more likely to make sense for students.
published by David Wees on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 11:32
Dave Cormier, in an excellent, excellent presentation, made the point that learning multiplication tables belongs to the "simple" domain of knowledge (which in his defense was probably an example he chose to help his audience understand the Cynefin framework).
published by David Wees on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 16:54
At our school we currently have open-access to the printer by our students. Unfortunately our students waste a lot of paper, usually reprinting something 10 times without checking to see if the printer is actually working and/or has enough paper. We work with students to try and improve their use of the printer, but in the mean-time, we have a lot of paper which has already been printed on one side, and which would otherwise go to waste.
Here are some ideas on what schools could potentially do with all of that paper.