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Share Your Advice, Pundits!

Posted by: | February 15, 2010 | No Comment |

In a recent blog entry, I wrote:

“What a metacognitive puzzle it will be if they decide to use drill-n-practice to prepare students for technology assessments!”

Someone left a comment highlighting this problem in their school district. Here’s a challenge for edtech pundits–you know who you are–how would you respond to Paul’s situation below?

This is what my school district is currently trying to do. I am fighting this in every way possible. Believe it or not, their reason for this is that teachers do not have enough time to learn technology integration and by using drill n kill all they need is a para in a computer lab.


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TCEA 2010 Slideshow

Posted by: | February 15, 2010 | No Comment |

Thought I’d throw up this slide show of pictures I took while at TCEA 2010…


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DiigoNotes – OPEN SOURCE ECONOMIES

Posted by: | February 15, 2010 | No Comment |

Fascinating concept, if a bit inconceivable at this point for me. I’ll have to reflect on how this might work in K-12 education. Nevertheless, fascinating….

    • Open source warfare is in the process of revolutionizing war by enabling communities of small autonomous groups to successfully fight much larger foes.

    • The effectiveness of open source warfare might also apply to another area of intense competition: economics.  Simply, would it be possible for a community of small groups and/or a plethora of individuals within an open source economy to decisively outcompete the dominant global system?  I’m pretty sure the answer to that question is an unqualified yes.

    • An open source economy, a place where ideas are free from ownership, would gain a decisive competitive advantage over a traditional economy very quickly.  

    • open source economies would have a rate of innovation far in excess of traditional economies due to the speed at which innovation percolates through the system.  With each successive cycle, innovation upon innovation, the process accelerates until dominance is achieved.

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DiigoNotes – OpenOffice 3.2

Posted by: | February 15, 2010 | No Comment |
    • OpenOffice 3.2 – now now available for Windows, Mac and Linux – boasts faster start-up times than before. But the really big news is that now – finally – this open-source suite offers full compatibility with files created using Microsoft’s Office 2007.

      If you’ve ever tried opening or converting .docx and other Microsoft Office 2007 file formats outside of Office 2007 itself, you’ve likely pounded your head against more than a few walls – downloading plug-ins or struggling with online conversion services.

    • OpenOffice 3.2, which supports all the Office 2007 formats out of the box. That said, the conversion process still isn’t completely perfect, especially if you’re trying for pixel-perfect document formatting or, in my testing, spreadsheets with complicated equation cells.

    • OpenOffice 3.2 boasts improved compliance with Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2 standards as well as the ability to open password-protected Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

    • version 3.2 makes a worthwhile update for the considerable speed boost – especially in start up times.

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Dwight Goodwin, Birdville ISD

Listen to Dwight Goodwin

Some time ago, I wrote a short blog entry featuring one educator’s use of GoogleForms to create Civil War quizzes. I hadn’t met the educator–Dwight Goodwin–who prepared those, but we had a chance to meet (Thanks to Randy Rodgers) at TCEA and he shared his perspective on using GoogleForms with students.

For fun, I threw a few curve balls at him regarding FERPA, etc. to see what his response would be and I loved his answers! You’ll need to listen to him….

Dwight also shared how he’s using webcams and Skype in his district to connect to people in Uganda. Again, this was fun to discuss.

Listen to Dwight Goodwin

Thanks to ChristianStill for sharing the following image with me…it’s appropriate!


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Mini #Moodle Moot Audio at #tcea2010

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Pam Cranford, Moodle Enthusiast from White Oak ISD

Last week at TCEA, I had the opportunity to attend the MiniMoodleMoot organized by Ken Task (great job, Ken!). There were several facilitators from various districts sharing how they use Moodle in their school district. Since I arrived late, I ended up sitting in the back with my digital audio recorder. That means the sound quality isn’t all that great. That said, if you listen closely, you can catch what is happening.

As far as I know, I was the only one recording the event, so that makes my recording the best (even if the quality stinks (smile))!!! Next time, I’ll have to either get there earlier or be rude and walk up and put my digital audio recorder under the presenters’ noses.

One of the awesome presentations–aside from my school district’s presentation by Stephanie Correa (San Antonio ISD), no bias there, right?–was from Pam Cranford (White Oak ISD). I was thrilled to meet her and shake her hand after the session and her picture appears above. Other districts represented included Eustace ISD (whose representative spent some time talking about GoogleApps for Education integration into Moodle).

Listen to the MiniMoodleMoot


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Listen to SimpleK12 Twitterers

Last Friday, a tweet went out from SimpleK12 that new technology assessments were going to be done at grades 4, 8, and 12.

EdTechSandyK

Where did you hear this? RT @SimpleK12: Tech literacy will be required at 4, 8, and 12 grades. Now, nclb only says 8 #tcea2010

This caught some folks off-guard since the NCLB technology literacy assessment occurs only at grade 8. The assessment being referred to is NAEP’s technology assessment for 2012:

A discussion draft of the framework for the national assessment of technological literacy, the first to gauge students’ understanding of and skill in using a range of tools, has been presented to the board that oversees the testing program.

The computer-based National Assessment of Educational Progress in technological literacy, scheduled to be administered to a representative sample of the nation’s 4th, 8th, and 12th graders for the first time in 2012, will evaluate students’ understanding of technology tools and their design, the ways they can be used to gather information and communicate ideas, and their impact on society.
Source: EdWeek

Here are a few links to articles/blog entries about the NAEP Technology Assessment, and perhaps, Sylvia Martinez (Generation YES Blog) will give us some new insights since she’s participating in the development.

I do remember they caused some concern when they first came out. For example, Geoff Fletcher from THE Journal wrote:

WATCH OUT, tech directors. A train wreck is coming your way and you’re sure to receive some collateral damage.
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That said, I am increasingly of the opinion that the more assessment, the better. Perhaps school district leadership will take what is assessed more seriously. What a metacognitive puzzle it will be if they decide to use drill-n-practice to prepare students for technology assessments!

Listen to SimpleK12 Twitterers


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GTA for Admin – Dr. Roland Rios

Posted by: | February 14, 2010 | No Comment |

I got a kick out of Dr. Roland Rios (Ft. Sam Houston ISD Technology Director) GTA for Admin application video…


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DiigoNotes – The Last Time Around

Posted by: | February 14, 2010 | No Comment |
    • The Last Time Around

    • by Julian Aguilar
      February 10, 2010

    • Texas lawmakers are expecting to find a hole in the state budget — anywhere from $11 billion to $17 billion, maybe even more — when they return to Austin a year from now. That’s the worst forecast since 2003

    • Precipitious drops in revenue, including several months of double-digit decreases in sales tax receipts — which represent about 57 percent of the state’s total tax haul — have prompted Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus to ask state agencies for 5 percent cuts.

    • “Well, they cut Medicaid and CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program), and otherwise they pretty much balanced it on the backs of other people,” said Eva DeLuna Castro, a former analyst at the Comptroller’s office and now a budget analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “The Medicaid and CHIP cuts — I mean, that is hundreds of thousands of children losing healthcare.”

    • if I had one warning for this [upcoming] Legislature, it would be: Go for substance, not window dressing.”

    • Even the 5 percent cuts already requested will be easier said than done, says DeLuna Castro. “There’s not a lot that Texas does that’s optional. That’s what they’re going to find out when they get the descriptions of the cuts. We’re not really doing much that’s fat or duplicative or unnecessary. Everybody needs something that a state agency provides.”

    • size of the Rainy Day Fund,

    • Going in to the 2011 session, it’ll be somewhere around $8 billion dollars.”

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Image Source: http://www.slideshare.net/featured , 02/11/2010

Thanks to my professional learning network for sharing the resources I incorporated into Moodle Multimedia Slideshow–sans video clips–that I gave earlier today. I have to admit, it was pretty boring (from my perspective) preso without video clips, but maybe I’m just accustomed to the presentation+video experience!

No doubt, the presentation is getting the views that propel it to the featured page, so I won’t read too much into this.

Here’s Slideshare’s note:

Hey mguhlin!

Your presentation Moodle Multimedia is currently being featured on the SlideShare homepage by our editorial team.

We thank you for this terrific presentation, that has been chosen from amongst the thousands that are uploaded to SlideShare everday.

Congratulations! Have a Great Day!,

- the SlideShare team

p.s. Why not blog/twitter this and let the world know about this awesome masterpiece you have created?

Nice to be older, wiser, and slightly jaded!!! 8->


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