Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Online chart creating site that is dynamic and not static

My find this week  is an online graphing tool that will pull data that is in an XML or CSV format from any where on the internet and if the data is laid out right it will creat a cool 3D chart. This is free for up to 5 charts and $10.00 a month for 500 charts. This tool will lend it's self well to School Improvment as you can see in my links, BTW this is fake data right now. Enjoy. is a very cool site.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Project based learning video

Project Based learning a video on how it could play a role in modern education.

2008 Latest Edition - Did You Know 3.0 - From Meeting in Rome this Year

2008 Latest Edition - Did You Know 3.0 - From Meeting in Rome this Year - Newly Revised Edition Created by Karl Fisch, and modified by Scott McLeod; Globalization & The Information Age. It was even adapted by Sony BMG at an executive meeting they held in Rome this year. Credits are also given to Scott McLeod, Jeff Brenman

"Shift happens" videos updated

The latest version of the "Shift happens" videos updated for autumn 2009, developed by XPLANE in partnership with The Economist. This Did You Know video focuses on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology
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Meet the State of Michigan Director of Educational Technology and Data Coordination

Meet the State of Michigan Director of Educational Technology and Data Coordination

Bruce Umpstead Biography: As State Director of Educational Technology and Data Coordination at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Bruce is responsible for implementing Michigan's online learning graduation requirement and the State Educational Technology Plan. His formal education includes B.A. in Public Administration, M.B.A. in Finance and General Management, and professional certifications in management accounting, project management, and online instruction. Before joining MDE, Bruce served as operations director for an eLearning company, project operations director for a Math/Science Partnership, and online learning faculty for a local community college. Bruce's major professional points of emphasis are using technology to support research based school improvement and innovation programs, creating incentives for technology adoption, and taking technology-based innovations to scale in education.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

60 SEC TECH How to use The Elmo Visualizer

60 SEC TECH How to use The Elmo Visualizer

Top ten tips for using technology in the classroom

Top ten tips for using technology in the classroom

Why Implement Technology into the Classroom?

Why Implement Technology into the Classroom?

This is a public service announcement created as a podcast in GarageBand discussing why teachers should implement technology into their curriculum. 
A teacher working on her master degree and she did a great job on this video

Reinventing learning in schools

Reinventing learning in schools:

How can we change student learning by getting them excited and enguaged in learning. This video shows some out side the room learning strategies to help accomplish this.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Windows 7 released

Windows 7 Released, First reports sound good for windows 7 in the educational world. Cost will be an issue for upgrading for schools. First reports are good for your current computer as the system requierments don't seem to be that extensive. Down load a trail verson today and give it  try.

Mashable Education

Mashable Education

What is Mashable education, I see a new future where educators take many online resources and mash them up in a 2.0 Web application like Google sites or a Wikki or Moodle and create a new online learning enviroment for free. The tools are here now it is just taking some time to find the tools that will best meet your needs and enguage students in learning. Here is a sample site using these tools.

These two sites are examples of what you can do to make your own online learning site.



What is Mashable?

Founded in July 2005, Mashable is the world's largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news. With more than 12.5 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the most prolific blog reviewing new Web sites and services, publishing breaking news on what's new on the web and offering social media resources and guides. Mashable's audience includes early adopters, social media enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, influencers, brands and corporations, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, Web 2.0 aficionados and technology journalists. Mashable is also popular with bloggers, Twitter and Facebook users — an increasingly influential demographic.

Michigan's largest conference for educational technology
March 10 - 12, 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Magic Mouse touch mouse

Magic Mouse a new interface that looks cool and will change the mouse interface.

Monday, October 19, 2009

School IT outsourcing and what it might look like in the spoof video

With all the budget cuts in Michigan this is an extream point of view of what could happen in school with the IT department. I do believe that purchasing outside service does have some value as you can't be the expert in every aspect of technology. But also if we outsource it all you, will have a disconnect with the IT workers and the needs of education system. This video is a spoof of what it could be like.

This video was created and published by EDS.

Running with the Squirrels

Running with the Squirrels, This is alot like Technology in education and making it all work.

A list of products that help with instructional technology education

A list of products that help with instructional technology educatiom

Scantron preformace series
Aims Web Math and Reading
Renisance Learning Math and Reading

Online Learning
Compass Learning

Home Schooling video

Why some parent may consider home school as an option. Here is some of the reason they might try just decied to give it a try. Iam not supporting there school I am only saying that their are things that are not good for children and that we need to look at these brutal facts of are current education systems out there in today's educational systems.

Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy

How we have made huge changes in telephone and travel and yet there is many of us that still want it quicker and faster and better. Check this video out it is funny.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Project based learning, not all kids learn in the same way or at the same pace. Is projected based learning a way to get to some of the other learners in are school?

A great Idea to getting kids to eat better and learn at the same time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Michigan State Director Meeting Lansing

At the state tech directors meeting in Lansing, It was a good day. They talked about how we can change student instruction. They talked about the MORE Portal that is located on Library of Michigan website ( There was some video that I will link to this blog later on YouTube called When I become a teacher and When I become a teacher Remixed. Great job by Bruce Umpstead and everyone that put this event together. I have said in the past that Technology only becomes effective when it is as simple to use as a pencil. We don't need technology to be integrated in to the curriculum it needs to instead be integral to education.

Here are some cool application online that you need to look at.
google apps
google sites
google talk

Sunday, October 4, 2009

(TPCK) Learning framework for technology integration

If you look at some of the research done on technology integration you will find that teachers are still not comfortable with the technology component of student learning. So they tend to focus on the the technology when integrated and not the learning out come.
Elizabeth Helfant refers to TPCK model as this,"TPCK is a framework that does an excellent job of explaining technology integration. In my mind, it moves technology from an integrated role to an integral one. It acknowledges the expertise associated with technology, content, and pedagogy and demonstrates the strength in overlapping any of the areas. The real power in teaching and learning occurs when all three areas overlap. As Angela Maiers said, what was once an expertise has shifted and not embracing that means never reaching the center point of the TPCK model."

Here is an article that Elizabeth Helfant wrote.