Change is Good

Yesterday I resigned from position at the CMSCE at Rutgers University.

Today I listened to Dr. Punya Mishra keynote at  TechForum NY. Dr. Mishra’s presentation reminded me how important it is to publish and share. He spoke of how it’s not the technology, or the device, it’s the teaching methodologies that help students meet their objectives. Though I already knew this, it was refreshing today to hear it and see the nodding heads in the room.

What do I want to do?

My plan is to continue working with educators, administrators and students on 21st Century skills. What do I mean by that? Dr. Mishra said it well, when he said we need to prepare students for the technology of five years from now. We should not be spending precious instructional time on tools as technology should not be taught in isolation. We should combine pedagogy, content and technology in authentic ways.

This is the challenge I face as I join Mike Searson and Janis Jensen at the  School for Global Education and Innovation at Kean University on November 7, 2011. I’m looking forward to this very much. I will miss my colleagues at Rutgers as change is hard. On November 7, I will start my day with the phrase “BRING IT ON!” as change is good.

The Ultimate Web2.0 Smackdown at Tech Forum, Boston

I was honored to be invited to present at the inaugural Tech Forum Boston yesterday. Just over 200 educators gathered at the Burlington, MA Marriott to learn together along with Keynote Mitch Resnick and presenters Patrick Larkin, Alice Barr, Samantha Morra, Kathy Schrock and countless others.

Dan CallahanJoanne Najarian and I facilitated the “Ultimate Web 2.0 Smackdown” and were joined by several educators including Karen Janowski and Valerie Beck as we spent no more than 3 minutes demonstrating the following tools:

Sites we smacked down:

  1. http:/goo.gl
  2. http://www.symbaloo.com/
  3. http://www.zooburst.com/
  4. http://abcya.com/animate.htm
  5. http://abcya.com/word_clouds.htm
  6. http://voki.com
  7. http://animoto.com/education
  8. http://www.facesoflearning.net/
  9. http://museumbox.e2bn.org/
  10. http://www.debate.org/
  11. http://www.paperrater.com/
  12. http://livebinders.com/
  13. http://www.tineye.com/
  14. http://www.qwiki.com/
  15. http://www.google.com/squared
  16. http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/
  17. http://www.uen.org/3-6interactives/
  18. http://audioboo.fm
  19. http://freedomshare.eu/
  20. http://www.khanacademy.org/
  21. http://reading.ecb.org/
  22. http://www.shmoop.com/
  23. http://www.youtube.com/user/SearchStories
  24. http://quietube.com/
  25. http://www.tubechop.com/
  26. https://www.readability.com/bookmarklets
  27. http://snipsnip.it/
  28. http://tenmarks.com/

Added via Twitter

  1. http://m.scribblemaps.com/#map
  2. http://www.jotform.com/dropbox/
  3. http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/

There are a few new ones here for me and I’m looking forward to checking them out. Thanks to all that contributed both in person and virtually. ENJOY!!

Web 2.0 Smackdown at TechForum

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I was fortunate to present with Adam BelowHowie DiBlasi and David Andrade today at Tech Forum NY. We shared a Google Doc at the morning session of the Web 2.0 Smackdown.

After the lunch break,  Adam and I facilitated a session giving the participants time to show what tools they feel are useful in the classroom. The ideas started flooding in before we even met. They were coming in via Twitter, suggestions from the the morning group and folks that came to say hi after we were finished.

Here is the list of tools that was generated in our afternoon gathering:

  1. Evernote
  2. Rapportive
  3. http://www.pageflakes.com/Default.aspx
  4. http://only2clicks.com/
  5. http://www.symbalooedu.com/
  6. http://www.symbalooedu.com/
  7. http://www.3x3links.com/index.html
  8. http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/
  9. http://tidyfavorites.com/
  10. http://apture.com/
  11. http://yolink.com
  12. http://www.sweetsearch.com
  13. http://4me.sweetsearch.com/
  14. http://books.google.com/
  15. http://www.shelfari.com/
  16. http://edutecher.com
  17. http://quietube.com/
  18. http://tubechop.com/
  19. http://www.yooouuutuuube.com/
  20. http://www.synchtube.com
  21. http://keepvid.com/
  22. http://zamzar.com/
  23. http://www.vuvox.com/
  24. http://aviary.com
  25. http://docsteach.org/
  26. Gmail Labs
  27. http://www.showdocument.com/ds/main.jsf
  28. http:prezi.com
  29. http://www.zotero.org/
  30. http://classmarker.com/
  31. http://ytinstant.com

Not only did Adam and I have fun sharing all of these tools with the attendees, but it was great to have folks share out what they like and how they use the tools for productivity and to help improve teaching and learning in the classroom.