I’m heading down to the Florida Keys for a few days…but it is not quite a vacation. Every year we take our entire junior class to Big Pine Key to the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute for a little “fins-on” marine biology. I’ll blog about it from the road using my iPhone at this site: http://pdsblogs.org/keys2010/
Back on the edtech beat sometime next week…see ya then.
Matt Scully is our talented Director of Instructional Technology here at Providence Day School. He is the reason I’m blogging today-I couldn’t have done all I have done without his support and encouragement. This is a cross post from his blog: Engaging the Learner.
Want to know why I love YouTube or more accurately streaming video? It is because of moments like last friday when I was struggling to decide what to do with my freshman English class. At the very moment when I was about to sign off on the easier lesson plan – the one I could do without any heaving lifting… you know the one where I do the work and the kids just watch, I heard Sir Ken Robinson in my head. I don’t mean I asked myself what would SKR do, but I literally heard his voice in my head. It was a snippet from his TEDtalk reminding me about creativity and student engagement. It was enough the get me thinking. In less than 40 minutes I had revised the outline for the entire unit and during the revision I consulted with Rives, Ian Jukes, and Sugata Mitra. These are the voices in my head and having heard the lilt of their voices, the strain of their excitement, and the depth of their passion has embedded them in what I do, how I do it, and why I do it.
Your mission if you choose to accept it is to collect the voices in your head. Search them out online, capture them with a Flip video camera, and digitize them from old cassette tapes. Check out my resources page for the beginnings of my collection.
Ok, so this gets a science-tech-nerd like me just a little excited…have you heard about this concept? Yes, it is true, and the best news is that it apparently going to be free….
If you want to skip the story, a least check out a short video of the concept. For me, WOW. This could be a powerful tool for high school and college biology courses if created properly…
Well, what do you think? Will printed textbooks be extinct in 5 years? Are schools ready for digital textbooks on devices like the iPad? Will these just be luxuries for private schools?