Category Archives: 21st Century Skills

Ubuntu Learning Part 1: Installing the Linux OS Ubuntu

I started playing around with a Linux Live CD on Wednesday. I wanted to see what I could do with an old laptop and an outdated desktop PC. I was prompted to do this for two reasons: I read the … Continue reading

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Change, Communication, and Education Reform

Change is difficult.  Typically it is most difficult for those that don’t make the decisions for the change. There is a lot of change going on right now in education.  Common Core standards driving standardized assessments, pay for performance, and … Continue reading

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AppleTV and iPad The New Interactive Classroom?

I picked up an AppleTV this evening after a lot of thinking about how this device can be used instructionally. You see apple has quietly added features to the whole mirroring concept in iOS 5 so that now you can … Continue reading

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Wordle: The First Infographic

I’ve been thinking about this idea for a while and have used it in a couple of presentations.  Just the idea of making Wordles and then discussing the differences between Wrodles created from two different sources on the same content.

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IWB Creativity and Collaboration

I have been doing a lot of training in the last month on how to utilize Promethean boards in an “interactive” way. This is what administrators tell me they want. Most administrators have never taught with one so I always … Continue reading

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Responsibility

“A law cannot create as sense of responsibility.” -Arundhati Ghosh I’m inspired to write this blog today from a podcast that I listened to this morning (Enough- The Minimal Mac Podcast).  In the episode they were talking about twitter and … Continue reading

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Why Teach Social Media?

As we look at 21st century skills in education, there is a lot of emphasis on making sure students are utilizing webtools and concepts.  Approaches to content creation like blogging, digital storytelling, and content remixing are being merged with collaboration … Continue reading

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Curatorship: Individual Responsibility or Job of Expert?

via flickr.com Thank you Brian Eno for presenting the obvious before anyone else discovers it. I hope we all find curatorship skills and utilize them more effectively. Organizing information and being able to find it later is going to be … Continue reading

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The Torrent of Interent Information and Restricting Access

via flickr.com This is a commonly used argument for restricting access, utilizing resources that will curate information for our selves or our students. The trouble with these kinds of metaphors is that people start to actually immagine that the interent … Continue reading

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Are Twitter, YouTube, and Blogging for Educators?

In the last month I’ve spend a lot of time discussing the relevance of webtools in learning. Tim Smith and I have been presenting on 21st Century Learning Skills and Tools throughout the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District. We’ve spent a … Continue reading

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