Friday, June 28, 2013

What most schools don't teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools.

Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg,, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, executive producers Hadi and Ali Partovi. owes special thanks to all the cast and the film crew, and also Microsoft, Google/YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter for helping us spread the word

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Teaching 2.0 - Doing More with Less

With the institutional resources shrinking and the costs rising, teachers are being asked to do more with less. John Seely Brown explores how technology can help.

John Seely Brown Lecture on Learning in the Digital Age

Noted writer, speaker, and educator John Seely Brown discusses learning in the digital age at a guest lecture at IU. Brown is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California and serves as an independent co-chairman for the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation.

John Seely Brown Closing Keynote 2010 NMC Conference

The 2011 Horizon Report

NMC Horizon Report : 2012 K-12 Edition

NMC Horizon Report : 2013 K-12 Edition


LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 - announced January 7th 2013 - coming out 2nd half 2013

Technically Speaking: Teacher Exploration

On this weeks Technically Speaking we take a look into the Teacher Exploration class to learn about all the hands on training and their unique style of learning.

St. Clair TEC's Mechatronics Program

Mechatronics is the merging of multiple engineering disciplines into a broader field. In the Mechatronics program, students are taught the integration of electronics, mechanics, pneumatics and programming to create economical and reliable automated systems that can be used in industrial, medical, and residential settings and in efficient transportation systems.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

Education Book Review: Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Do...

Eric Jensen On Teaching Kids In Poverty - Brain-Based Learning

Brain Based Learning To Overcome The Challenges Of teaching Kids In Poverty. http://www.teachingwithpovertyinmind....

The #1 Challenge for Teachers and School Administrators is Teaching Students Affected By Poverty. There is an element that the education community is powerless to control -- Poverty. In the past two years, the rate of poverty has grown at an alarming rate and now even traditional middle-class schools are feeling the pressure that comes with the stress of poverty.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Microsoft release special pricing for the mobile Microsoft surface market.

Microsoft is trying to compete with the Chromebooks, with the release of their Surface devices. This looks to be only a temporary reprieve from the 499.00 normal price. The Chromebook is blazing new tails, with Microsoft and Apple struggling to compete on price. It is a new day in education, the one to one world is coming on quickly. IT directors will need to make sure that their wireless networks are up to speed. This means an enterprise quality wireless network as Ruckus. The technology department will need this very soon to meet the demand of mobile computing. Microsoft Surface RT – Special EDU pricing $199 w/out keyboard - $249 w/keyboard

Find out more at this link

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ultimate Arduino Microcontroller Pack Unboxing

The Ultimate Microcontroller Pack includes everything you need to dive right into the world of microcontollers. The 100+ components allow you to complete nearly any online tutorial without having to source individual parts. Everyone from beginners to advanced users will appreciate all that the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack has to offer. This really is the ultimate parts assortment!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower on leadership

"This is a great reminder of educational technology leaders to lead your organization with confidence and integrity. "In order to be a leader a man must have followers. And to have followers, a man must have their confidence. Hence the supreme quality of a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, on a football field, in an army, or in an office. If a man's associates find him guilty of phoniness, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other. The first great need, therefore, is integrity and high purpose." ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Online Classroom demo video

Have you ever been at doing homework at night and wish that you had an instructor there to help you to understand a difficult Math problem? If so look into

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Faronics Insight Tutorial

Faronics Insight

Deep Freeze Enterprise 7.7

Mosio for Libraries Intro Video - Ask a Librarian Software | Chat + Text...

Mosio for Libraries is the leading virtual reference and patron support software for libraries. Mosio enables librarians to respond to patron questions more efficiently through a single, web-based dashboard.

Open Badges Infrastructure for the non-technical issuer

What Is A Badge?

How do we recognize and value the way we learn today? Badges are a new idea to recognize the learning that happens anywhere and share it in the places that matter.

Chicago Summer of Learning 2013

Learning happens everywhere in the city—in libraries, parks, museums and cultural institutions, community-based organizations, colleges and universities, schools, and beyond. This summer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is challenging all Chicago youth to participate in the Summer of Learning, a citywide effort to engage youth in hands-on learning opportunities—particularly in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. School stops for the summer, but learning never should.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The history of school boards

President of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, John Abbott, talks through the history of school boards in English education. A recent article in the British press suggested a return to the school board system for managing education. A good idea? John takes a look.

Born to Learn

Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn! Narrated by Damian Lewis

Why mobile learning?

Mobile learning is seen by many as a disruptive technology. This is because it has been identified as a technology which holds great potential to transform the learning and teaching within a classroom. What follows is a mashup presented at the NSWDEC 5th biennial equity conference in 2011 which explains some of the issues.

Rethinking Learning with Salman Khan

The Future of Learning

$200 Acer C7 Chromebook Overview and Specs

The Basics of Blended Learning

E-learning: How to deliver an engaging Virtual Classroom presentation

Psychological Influence: How to Change a Person's Attitude

Check out: for the whole scoop on the "Do Good, Be Good" technique.
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Research based on The Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change by Timothy Wilson.

Screenr - this is a great free web tool to create 5 Min. Videos with.


Open Source goes to High School Utah

Technology rules at Open High where their approach to learning embraces the idea that teaching shouldn't be as static as the textbooks on which it's based. Shattering traditional methods, the Open High School of Utah curriculum is built from open educational resources. These resources are the foundation for their content and are aligned with Utah state standards to ensure the highest quality educational experience. The teachers enhance with screencasts, interactive components, and engaging activities to create high quality curricula for their students.

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Guy Kawasaki: What Makes Innovation?

At Cisco Live in San Francisco, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki, author of "Reality Check," talks about the four qualities of innovation that he believes all successful products need. They are: deep, intelligent, complete, and elegant.

What is Innovation?

The Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) initiative and online community, developed by the Early Childhood Innovation Partnership, is designed to forge cross-sector collaborations and create high-impact strategies to foster innovation in the field of early childhood programs and practices. The community launched with an invitation-only conference at Harvard University on May 3-5, 2011, and this video was one of the three created specifically to set the stage for discussions at the meeting.

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What's Your Inspiration?

The Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) initiative and online community, developed by the Early Childhood Innovation Partnership, is designed to forge cross-sector collaborations and create high-impact strategies to foster innovation in the field of early childhood programs and practices. The community launched with an invitation-only conference at Harvard University on May 3-5, 2011, and this video was one of the three created specifically to set the stage for discussions at the meeting.

For more information, please visit:

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change

This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children's lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

Launched in May 2011, Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) focuses on the work of a community of more than 400 researchers, practitioners, policymakers, philanthropists, and experts in systems change from across North America. The goal of FOI is to bring about substantially greater positive impacts for vulnerable young children whose needs (or the needs of their caregivers) are not being fully met by existing policies and programs. To do that, FOI seeks to spur the field by forging cross-sector collaborations that prompt creativity, support experimentation, and learn from experience.

(Brain Hero)

Brain Hero

We know from research that is we want to help students it needs to start shortly after birth and this project is looking at ways to help this happen.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Technology Grant Avalible

Grant Opportunity

The window to apply for MACUL grants is open. The great thing this year is that MACUL membership is free, so even though you have to be a MACUL member to apply for a grant, it's as simple as going to and filling out the membership form and you're a member.

Grants are for up to $1,500 and the application deadline is Noon on June 28, 2013. For more details visit:

The Best of MACUL is headed our way!

The Best of MACUL is headed our way!
Registration is now open for the Best of MACUL; education technology workshops held this summer in 8 locations across Michigan.

Partnering with the REMC Association of Michigan, these half and full day workshops offer another opportunity to attend exemplary sessions offered by exemplary presenters.

Cost: $49/full day; $39/half day; Optional $10 lunch

Sites: Oakland Schools (7/22), Tuscola ISD (7/24), Bay Arenac ISD (7/25), Calhoun ISD (7/26), Clare-Gladwin RESD (7/30), Eastern UP ISD (8/1), Muskegon Area ISD (8/6) and Ottawa Area ISD (8/8).

Topics include: Common Core, iPads and mobile devices, Web 2.0, Moodle, Twitter, digital portfolios, Google apps, online learning, 1:1 programs, flipping the classroom, smart phones, interactive white boards and much, much more.

To see the complete list of sessions and descriptions and to register, link to:

To keep up with the ever changing world of education technology, it's the Best of MACUL!

Do you know someone that challenges the status quo? It is time to challenge the systems that are not working.

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

― Apple Inc.