Searching for a new camera . . .

After officially graduating yesterday, my days as a graduate student are O-V-E-R, thankfully.  I now have more time on my hands and am looking forward to spending my time on a few hobbies.  Photography will be one of them.  Task #1? Identify and buy a new camera. Of course, I’m looking for any and all advice on which camera to purchase.  If you have some, given my personal photography profile which I’ll describe below, I’d certainly appreciate the input via comments.

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Effectiveness of Colleges of Teacher Education?

I wanted to experiment with a new tool: iPadio, a web-based “phonecasting” tool with an accompanying iPhone app.  Since I haven’t had much time to blog, I leveraged iPadio and my 80 minute, one-way commute to record my thoughts on the recent story regarding the National Council on Teacher Quality research project supported by US News & World Report and the response it has elicited from educational institutions.

The articles I read regarding the story before I jumped to my own conclusions were:

  • Teachers Colleges Upset By Plan to Grade Them, New York Times, February 8, 2011: http://me.lt/4C4xt:
  • President and Dean Respond to NCTQ Project to Rate Education Programs, Montclair State University, February 9, 2011: http://me.lt/6a8bF

My thoughts follow in podcast form.

(I don’t know how often I’ll do this since I really don’t like the sound of my own voice – particularly when I’m in “rant” mode.  Plus, the point of recording it is to get thoughts “out the door” without much overhead in minutes; so the recording is very rough, perhaps too rough.  I slapped some *really bad* techno-geek music on the front and end and edited out a cough that strangely only surfaced during the podcast – not before nor after ;-)

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Levels of Classroom Use of Second Life

Speaking with a faculty member who recently (past 6 months) entered Second Life and has been exploring potential uses within his Chemistry classroom, I described four levels of classroom use of Second Life to help organize an approach to incrementally implementing the technology in the classroom: presentation tool, guided experience, self-directed experience, and student generated content.   I’m relatively certain others have previously described and likely posted something similar; if you’re aware of those, I’d be interested in your thoughts and other similar posts.    More >

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