Reading in today's world is much more then just text on a page. We live in a time where reading can and does happen anywhere, at anytime. We explore a couple of advances that have helped us enjoy and expand the reading experience in this Conceptual Age.
Technology is pervasive in all that we do, and often times it is easy to get caught up in the newest webtools and the excitement of what the technology can do! In the midst of this information availability, we should not forgot why we are doing what we are doing. The people are the most important. We need to keep the people in mind: the student, the teacher, the end user. Put the people first, not the thing (the production).
Did you know that when you visit a website you leave a digital mark. Most websites have analytical data attached to them. In our own district websites (WIKI’s) we have the ability to get some good information about how our websites are being used. This week we explore the wealth of information to be gained by looking at how our websites help us learn about our users. This is information you don’t want to miss!
We spend a lot of time online in this digital age. It is important that we begin to realize how much time we spend online and to be aware of the possible pitfalls along with the joys an online life can bring. This week we look at Digital Citizenship and our health and wellness.
Location data is on many digital files including photos taken on smart phones and tablet devices. Geotagging, as it is called, is a convenience for some applications but can also pose security risks. In this podcast, Tim and Jake explore the applications of geotagging and how to avoid the risks associated with it.
This week a discussion on eBooks, ePub, and the coming age of digital reading is encouraged. What is ePub, and how is it effecting reading? Is digital publishing really the future and how easy is it for us and our students to publish their own ePub Books? Websites and "how to's" are discussed considering these questions.
Failure is an essential component of the learning process. As national education standards focus more heavily on the creativity and innovation in learning, how we view failure needs to change. In this week’s podcast the failures of organizations, professionals, and individuals are explored as we discuss what they learned from those failures.
Tagging is the key method to organize information using webtools. This week Tim and Jake discuss what tagging is, why it is important, and how to create and use tags in various webtools like Diigo, Yammer, and Twitter.
Info-graphics are multidimensional visual representations of data. In a time when information is everywhere, students and teachers need to be able to make sense of any information. Tim and Jake explore the learning potential of infographics and discuss some ways to create your own.
This week aspects of what an OS is are discussed in conjunction to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and 21st Century Skills. CMS has particular needs and reasons why their computer systems run in ie7 and XP. Further more it is a key aspect of 21st Century Skills to be able to ADAPT in this changing field of knowledge and technology. Everyday students and teachers are required to work in multiple OS', and our facilitation of this 21st Century Skill of adapting is going to be the new standard.