On the wire – African Air

In this on the wire update I am looking at a couple of brilliant  resources for video.

1. Mediastorm – African Airhttp://mediastorm.com/publication/african-air This is a seven minute mini documentary that looks at africa in its diversity from the air. the air part of this mostly from a powered paraglider. Its stunning and the mixture of still, moving images and interview show africa in its diversity and beauty. Its a great piece for stimulus material for humanities and the social sciences etc.

The other material produced by media storm is well worth looking at. There is a disclaimer weith this that some of the content is challenging and needs to be checked by the teacher prior to showing to students. The themes are very valid but orientated to an adult audience. - http://mediastorm.com/pub/projects

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2. Commoncraft Show – Computer Viruses and threats in plain englishhttp://www.commoncraft.com/virus-video Another paper styled video from Lee leFever and the crew at Commoncraft.  As their blurb suggests this video examines the threats to computer etc.

“This video explains computer viruses by comparing them to human viruses and focuses on the role of prevention in being protected.  Major points include:

  • A basic look at computer viruses as computer programs that can spread like a disease and can be prevented by anti-virus software.
  • An introduction to worms, how they cause damage in networks and can be prevented by software updates.
  • An introduciton to trojans, how they trick people into downloading a virus and how awareness is important for prevention.”

Source: http://www.commoncraft.com/virus-video

3. Resources about Youtube – Youtube has announced that it has a creative commons licience for material hosted on the site. This is great news for many of our students who will download and reuse content frequently. So here are some resources to help understand this and also youtube itself

Consider these facts froim the Youtube statistics page

Traffic

  • More than 13 million hours of video were uploaded during 2010, and 35 hours of video are uploaded every minute.
  • The equivalent of 150,000+ full-length films in cinemas each week
  • More video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years
  • 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
  • YouTube is localised in 25 countries across 43 languages
  • YouTube’s demographic is broad: 18-54 years old
  • YouTube reached over 700 billion playbacks in 2010

Have a look at CITIZENTUBE which is youtube’s news channel – http://www.citizentube.com/

citizentube

But what about reading.

I have been sent two article recently that have caught my attention. The first called Some startling statistics by Robyn Jackson – http://www.humorwriters.org/startlingstats.html looks at some statistics fro reading and they are worth considering:

  • 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
  • 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
  • 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
  • 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
  • 57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
  • 70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
  • 70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.

(Source: Jerold Jenkins, www.JenkinsGroupInc.com) There are more check the rest of the article out – http://www.humorwriters.org/startlingstats.html source: 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Many would ask what has caused this and I would suspect as probably most people would the availability and ease of access to other forms of media. In fact the article continues stating -

Each day in the U.S., people spend 4 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines.

(Source: Veronis, Suhler & Associates investment banker)
This does not paint a pretty picture for the publishing industry and books. So what is going to happen.

Enter article number two This one from the Huffington Post discussing Al Gore’s App/Book on the ipad called Our Choice – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/28/al-gore-our-choice-app-push-pop-press_n_854783.html

One of the opening comments in the article is “Al Gore’s ‘Our Choice’ App Reinvents Books, Reading” It does, seemlessly embedding text, imagery, video, interactive elements, audio into an ebook. I bought the book, not only because it is interesting, but also because this is a blue print of what books will be.

When we consider the traits we seen in the Millennial generation – preference for media, viewing images first then text, predominantly visual (this is a human trait rather than just a millennial one), liking non linear approach to reading and learning (hyperlinking), speed of access (and impatience) portability, and convergence of entertainment and learning. This style of publishing has obvious value and merit.

Al Gore\’s Our Choice Guided tour

Al Gore’s Our Choice Guided Tour from Push Pop Press on Vimeo.

On The wire

In this update of on the wire we will look at the IAEA, some Biology, ITGS & Mathematics resources and more

1. IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency – http://www.iaea.org/ This is an interesting site at the best of times, but in light of the tragedy unfolding in Fukushima this site provides unbiased and accurate information. The daily updated blog does not just look at the Fuushima reactor complex rather examines and documents all of the reactors. An excellent valid information source.

2. Anatomy Arcade – http://www.anatomyarcade.com/ A games based learning site for anatomy. This site is useful for Science, Biology, health, and Physical education. Worth visiting to appraise.Games for skeletal, respiratory, muscular systems and more

source: http://www.anatomyarcade.com/images/AAheader.jpg

source: http://www.anatomyarcade.com/images/AAheader.jpg

3. Super maths world http://www.supermathsworld.com/ This is a mathematics games based site that provides an engaging way of learning mathematics.

4. TeacherZone - http://teacher.tenmarks.com/ Mathematics video resources. This is a useful site that has over 1000 videos aimed at grades 3-10. Its free for teachers but does require a sign up. Also worth examining are:

5. Here’s to the crazy ones video – I love this its inspiring – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oAB83Z1ydE&feature=player_embedded

and finally for the ITGS and IT students. This infographic about the size of files and storage. Useful for terminology

Source: http://media.focus.com/images/uploaded/fyi/how-much-data-infographic/How_Much_Data.png

Born to Learn

I like this video. Its a great summary of many of the things I talk about when I am working with groups and talking about students and change.

In class today I had my students work through a process where they watch the video and then when through and identified what were the key points for them. Then they pared the list down to the 2-3 most important points. Once they refined the list down they choose their most important point and had to defend their decision to the class. Their peers then supported or debates their points.

Interestingly, the two key elements they brought out where the importance of play and the value of risk. isn’t it interesting that in many classes these are the two things that are scrupulously avoided.
Source; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=falHoOEUFz0&sns=em

On the wire – Digital citizen, 7 things and more

In this update of on the wire we have a variety of resources including some brilliant digital citizenship videos.

1. Exposed – CEOP -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ovR3FF_6us Exposed is the latest release from the CEOP, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. This video examines  sexting from the perspective of a young person. This 10 minute videofor 14 to 18 year olds.

Also produced by CEOP is concequenceshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK5OeGeudBM&feature=relmfu

Check out the CEOP websitehttp://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16/

this is an issues facing schools around the world – here are some current articles

2. 7 things you should know – ipad apps for learning - http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutiPadA/223289 This is one of the ongoing series of resources for educators. it focuses on the variety of applications available for the iPad. Recent briefs include:

3. Divided attention disorderhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12406677 – This article examines Divided Attention Disorder or DAD – it looks at the effect of technology on attention and concentration. This is worth reading. Other recent articles include

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On the wire – Math, science, biology, health and more

In this update of on the wire we have a number of useful sites for you viewing pleasure – these include sites for science, the environment, videos, chemistry, health & biology, mathematics and humanities

1. ChemEd DL – Chemistry Education Digital Library - http://www.chemeddl.org/ This is a digital repository for chemistry education resources. This is another site funded in part by the National Science Foundation. A useful resource for science and particularly chemistry.

2. Medical Animation Libraryhttp://www.pennmedicine.org/health_info/animationplayer/ This site has a wealth of medical animations that are very useful to the biology and health classes. Most are suited to the senior end of the school given the depth of information and the topics covered.

3. Yummy Mathshttp://www.yummymath.com/index.php This site is about making Mathematics relevant. It has resources for Algebra, Geometry, probability and much more.

4. Conceptua Mathhttp://www.conceptuamath.com/fractions.html – this site has some useful resources for teaching fractions. Also worth looking at is http://algebra.mrmeyer.com/ dy/dan – Algebra supplement – this is brilliant.

5. When the water endshttp://www.mediastorm.com/clients/when-the-water-ends-for-yale360 A media storm production for Yale Environment 360. A powerful video on climate change in East Africa

and finally  another from MediaStorm http://www.mediastorm.com/ a 12 minute video – UNDESIRED -  that examines and discusses the cultural pressure to have a son in India – moving, scary and frightening – http://www.mediastorm.com/publication/undesired

In India, all women must confront the cultural pressure to bear a son. The consequences of this preference is a disregard for the lives of women and girls. From birth until death they face a constant threat of violence. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/undesired

on the wire – Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy – digital citizenship and creativity, professional developments and twitter

In this on the wire update we are looking at a range of interesting websites for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy – digital citizenship and creativity, professional developments and twitter

1. Sixty Symbolshttp://www.sixtysymbols.com/index.html this is a physics and astronomy, plus a little bit of mathematics site. In the site are a collection of videos that explain the symbols of of physics etc. Here is an example video – Pi – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V–pS7Is4P8&feature=player_embedded

2. Fotopediahttp://www.fotopedia.com/ Fotopedia is a collaborative photo encyclopedia. This is an interesting site with some brilliant photography. You are asked to (as a member) vote on images. The materials uploaded and placed on the site is licienced according to the owners wishes, so please check out if its in creative commons or all rights reserved, and respect this. http://www.fotopedia.com/help/guidelines

3. Ask Sir Ken Robinson - This is a sereis of short video clips from Sir ken Robinson in responce to a series of questions posed to him via twitter.

4. The complete list of iPad Tips, Tricks and tutorialshttp://www.howtogeek.com/howto/14529/the-complete-list-of-ipad-tips-tricks-and-tutorials This is a good post and well worth reading, given that you have an iPad.

5. Teacher training Videoshttp://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/twitter1/index.html this is a training guide for that ubiquitous tool twitter. Developed using camtasia (this is a great tool – http:/www.techsmith.com) this is a useful and appropriate training resource for teachers and students alike.

and finally from my Friend Doug Johnson – A dozen ways to teach ethical and safe technology use – http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2010/12/26/a-dozen-ways-to-teach-ethical-and-safe-technology-use.html I am looking forward to the Book Doug.

1. Articulate personal values when using technology.

2. Stress the consideration and application of principles rather than relying on a detailed set of rules.

3. Model ethical behaviors.

4. Build student trust.

5. Encourage discussion of ethical issues.

6. Accept the fact students will make mistakes.

7. Allow students personal use of the Internet.

8. Reinforce ethical behaviors and react to the misuse of technology.

9. Create environments that help students avoid temptations.

10. Assess children’s understanding of ethical concepts.

11. Educate our students and ourselves.

12. Educate your parents about ethical technology use.

source: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/12/25-funny-t-shirts-for-designers-and-developers/

source: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/12/25-funny-t-shirts-for-designers-and-developers/

Christmas Story – The Digital Story of the Nativity

Merry Christmas. I hope you are all having a great time with your family and enjoying the festive season. I am.

I have a video to share with you, its been doing the rounds, but I thought I would save it for a special day, the most appropriate day. Please enjoy the digital story of the nativity. A clever and thoroughly web 2.0 version of the christmas story.

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA

Enjoy, share and have fun. – Andrew

On the wire – Videos to watch, ponder and consider

On this on the wire update we are looking at a couple of videos that worth watching. Here is the first:

1. Next is Now – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvad4B0lCdk in the same vein as the famous almost cult (well in educational circles) video Shift happens this is an excellent video with a catchy sound track too.

2.The commoncraft Show – project based learning explained – http://www.commoncraft.com/project-based-learning-explained-custom-video-project-bie This is a great overview to PBL or project based learning. This video was commissioned by the Buck Institute, a leader in PBL.

Also by the commoncraft show are:

3. Hans Rosling – 200 years in 4 minutes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo This is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Health vs wealth. this video looks at the last 200 years of statistics in a brilliant and awe inspiring animation.

4. RSA Animate – Changing education paradigms – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U This is a brilliant video based on a Sir Ken Robinson talk given to the RSA.

And finally Infowhelm and Information Fluency – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ECAVxbfsfc

About 1/2 an hour of video that will change your world.

On the Wire – Building apps

In this installment we have a number of interesting sites to look at including some brilliant resources for building applications for Apple iOS

1. Developing apps for iOS - http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/developing-apps-for-ios-sd/id395631522 This is a series of 23 podcasts that cover the basics of developing applications for iOS the operating system for the iPad, iPhone etc. They are a free download/subscribe from iTunes. Nice.

2. MammalsRus - http://mammalsrus.com/index.html The name isn’t the best and does make it sound like a shoe or toy store, but its a nice clean straight forward site that is a good reference for science and biology. A good selection of video are posted/linked to the site too. I would also recommend my favourite camera site  - http://africam.com for live video of waterholes etc.

3. NuVu Studio – Innovation Center for Young MInds - http://nuvustudio.org/ This is a site to watch, its a joint project between MIT and Harvard, students work on a theme or as they describe it a specific studio and work in small teams with access to professors, experts, practitioners etc. Each of the studios is about 2 weeks long and has a review process and exhibition. worth looking into and would be great fun to play in. This reminds me a lot of the excellent work done by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis in the Flat classroom project- http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/ and the exciting flat classroom conference next year in Beijing - http://www.flatclassroomconference.com/

4.Real time collaboration tools – text editing - http://open-tube.com/real-time-collaborative-text-editing-software this is an interesting post which details a series of collaborative text editing tools. Some like etherpad I have seen before but other are quite new to me. Here is the ones reviewed here:

  • Etherpad – Browser  based
  • Doing text – browser based
  • SynchroEdit – Browser based
  • Collabedit – Browser based

and finally I would like to end with a quote from American educator Derek Bok

If you think that education is expensive, try ignorance.