Monday, July 31, 2006

One Web Day

Greetings from West Virginia! We'll be podcasting this morning's opening session with Chris O'Neal. And look for pictures later this week when we head out on a field trip to a gob pile!

Meanwhile, start planning now for One Web Day, a celebration modeled on Earth Day. It's being billed as a chance to celebrate all the good that the web has done. In this day and age of COPA and DOPA, I think we need to remind ourselves that that Internet does have some positive influences.

Here's the link:

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Teachers Get Tech-Savvy

From the Daily News Record, a story of middle school teachers at James Madison learning to use GPS and GIS:

If you haven't played with Google Earth yet, this story should inspire you...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Great article about using wireless response systems in the classroom:

Astronomy Education Review

Old and New Media

I am doing an independent study on media literacy this summer and constantly coming up against the class between old and new media. If you're interested, I'm keeping a blog about my reading and using a wiki to develop the annotated biobliography.

This website--an e-journal for those who work with books--shows the perfect marriage of old and new media. Using new media to communicate about old media:

Monday, July 24, 2006

Microsoft's Answer to the iPod

Microsoft has confirmed that it will be introducing a personal music player that should be a rival to the iPod:

Monday, July 17, 2006

Banning Cell Phones

An article from The New York Times about parent opposition to a decision to ban cell phones in schools. A good read for anyone thinking about this issue in their school divisions:

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Geeks rule in Japan!

From Wired, an article about the "otaku" in Japan, an elite group of men who are obsessed with anime, comics, and videogames.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Second Life

An article from The Phoenix about Second Life, the 3-D virtual community that seems to have sprung up almost overnight. I spent some time there yesterday as part of an academic poster session. Read the article and then head to Second Life to create your avatar and learn to fly!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Living in Web 2.0

From James Fallows in MIT's Technology Review, an article about trying to live in Web 2.0 and who Dodgeball was really meant for!