Archive for June, 2009
Just a quick thought regarding how we use Twitter . . . This afternoon, I was observing the opening plenary session of the NMC 2009 Summer Conference (#nmc2009) which was being live video streamed and tweeted. As I watched the twitter stream, I realized that even after several comments or questions posed to the group *all* of the tweets were unidirectional; they were simple broadcasts of what was being said by the presenter. There were a few tweets with commentary, but they were also individual comments with no real discussion.
My question is this…. If we’re talking about a group of people – both locally and remotely – that can all see and hear the presentation, how much value is there to broadcast tweets that simply report what’s being said? More >
In the week since Google Wave was demo’ed, I’ve written a couple of posts, read quite a few posts around the web, and have been giving Wave more thought. The question everyone is asking is, “Will Google Wave really change ‘things’ ?” Will it change the way we communicate? the way we work? the way we learn online?
Of course, all we can do at the moment is speculate. My speculation at the moment is yes, to all of the above; More >
With more time between now and the Google Wave presentation on May 28, more folks are reacting and responding. As I read articles or blog posts that are particularly relevant to education, I’m tagging them via Diigo and want to make them available in this space. More >
As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve recently been given the opportunity to explore and work with the Amazon Kindle. The goal of the short term project is to identify possible use cases for the Kindle within the organization. I’m going to focus on the instructional, classroom uses we’ve brainstormed and/or identified through research via the web; by “we,” I’m referring to several conversations @sherrymn and I have had over the past couple of weeks. We are definitely interested in any thoughts or use cases with which you may be familiar.
Content Access. First of course, eBooks and, at some point, eTextbooks could obviously be delivered via the Kindle; hopefully, More >
After having posted my first impressions of Google Wave, I want to go back and review specific segments of the video and capabilities of the application as it was demonstrated at Google I/O 2009 to consider how Google Wave may be applied to teaching and learning. Given the scope of that exercise, it may be useful to share the first step in that process.
Below are various segments of the video which I believe may be of particular importance or interest; I’ve included some annotative descriptions. The clips trim 30 minutes off of the original viewing time (as compared to the 80 minute original), and they at least make it possible to view the video in shorter clips. More >