I can't believe I am just noticing your message after 4 years. I am currently retired but still do a lot of consulting in the use of technology in the classroom. Johnson C Smith has been a laptop university since 2000. we provide laptops for all full-time students. Our work is mostly focused on finding effective laptop use that supports learning. When the technology is available to everyone, innovation happens very fast.
I've been away from Classroom 2.0- my father had complications following surgery on March 3rd and was in the ICU for a few weeks, then a special care unit. I'm catching up with work and hope to visit the Classroom 2.0 world more regularly in the near future.
Hi Lynn. I was wondering if your students and colleagues would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I've been slow getting back to classroom 2.0. I've gotten into working with Project Lead the Way, and I've been consumed with getting that going for the past 18 months. I should be able to get back into this forum now that PLTW is running successfully.
It's nice to see another psychologist interested in technology. I enjoyed reading your blogs. Check out www.cpschallenge.com if you have time. I am looking for someone with a good background in technology and school psychology to do a review. Take care.
In your research of web technologies I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's web based power point presentation platform. Both web based platforms have proven to be very useful to me in my online class.
Contact in Melbourne for Banana Keyboard Access Kits: Ken Owen, Executive Officer SoundHouse Association
phone: +61 3 9376 6833
Just tell him Gavin sent you! LOL :)
Hi Lynn, SoundHouse Australia , based in Melbourne Australia has developed the "Banana Keyboard", designed for people with physical disabilities to make music on computers - that might be well worth exploring, I can give you the contact there if your are interested, it's Ken Owen, I can give you his email.
My son is very much into Gary's Mod, now that's 'modding' on a game engine, he works collaboratively with kids from all over the world building objects and stuff in 3D environment.
Thanks for your message. Are you currently a practicing school psychologist? Are you using this technology now in some way? I am working on establishing a high school utilizing this Web 2.0 and a social networking platform. It's been quite a learning curve for me so far!
Could an international group provide free access to primary and secondary school curricula, aligned with national, state and local standards, delivered by our best AI tutoring technologies, in several languages, over the Internet? The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the feasibility of an International Internet Classroom Project, specifically...
…to sketch the core requirements for such a project and the immediate needs to get the project started. One critical requirement is that the core should be extensible, so researchers can incorporate and test the efficacy of their new technologies within the infrastructure – and with the participant pool – of the International Internet Classroom;
…to review the available sources of content, tools, platforms, student modeling methods, educational data mining techniques, pedagogical strategies, modes of content delivery, and concrete experiences deploying technology-based education;
…to explore the feasibility of common standards for representing content and student data and to review previous standards efforts in academia, the private sector, and government;
…to build connections among people who work on related projects and sketch a plan to build the International Internet Classroom.
We seek papers, including position papers, from all sectors – academia, industry and government – on all these subjects. Authors are encouraged to present their research, systems, tools, evaluations and deployment experiences in terms of and as contributions to what we hope will become the International Internet Classroom Project. Submission Guidelines and Important Dates
Please submit papers using the final camera-ready formatting style specified in ECAI 08 Style Guide. Our requirements are not identical to ECAI's: Papers may be up to 6 pages long and should be submitted directly to Paul Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org). All submissions must be sent in PDF or PS format.
Deadline for paper submission: 14 April 2008
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 12 May 2008
Deadline for camera-ready paper: 26 May 2008
Carole Beal, one of the program organizers, is an educational psychologist at USC. She's worked on the Wayang Outpost.
This will give you more information about her work:
According to the K12usc.edu website:
"The Wayang Outpost is a web-based tutoring system for high school mathematics, with a specific emphasis on preparation for high-stakes achievement tests such as the SAT-Math exam. Students complete brief assessments of their learning style, including spatial cognition, math fact proficiency, math achievement, and mathematics motivation. They then receive multimedia tutoring on practice test items, and can select from either algorithmic explanations or more visually-oriented solutions. Integrated SkillBuilder units provide practice in specific math topics. Students receive motivational and progress feedback based on a model of learner engagement."
"Evaluation studies indicate that, after working with the system, students improve 20-25% on average on the integrated pre- and post-tests of math proficiency, and the improvement is greatest for students with the weakest math skills. We also find that students who describe themselves as disengaged from math are most likely to access the multimedia help in an effort to learn, suggesting that technology-based instruction can offer discouraged students a path to success in math."
"The Wayang Outpost tutoring system includes "virtual adventures" that embed math problem solving in narratives about environmental science, specifically, an imaginary research station in Indonesia. Students interact with virtual role model characters based on real scientists and researchers who use math in their field work."
The Wayang Outpost project is supported by National Science Foundation grants HRD 0411532 and REC 04118
I responded to your message, but my log-in timed out.
Basically, I started taking computer classes out of my frustrations with user-unfriendly database systems, and the lame educational applications for students
I was initially inspired by the work of CAST in the area of Universal Design for Learning, the increase in interactive whiteboards in educational settings, the increase in the use of PDA's and other hand-held devices for education, and serious games, specifically games for education, social skills development, and mental health promotion.
I realized that after 20+ years in the schools that no one was going to magically make things much better in terms of technology, so I decided to become part of the solution. At least, try.
Truthfully, its can be very challanging in the public system from financial need standpoint :). The purchasing money is / budget is not what we would like it to be....but so goes education....right? I've came over from Dell about 3 years ago and why I like it...a lot, Its not entirely without stress.
Anderson is halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta on I85 about 20 minutes past Greenville. Its a good size community and growing.
K-12 security issues? That is an interesting subject because its an ever-going issue. We had a huge issue with that the year before I got here which led to a budget increase.....so it turned out good for us. :)
We poured a lot of money into our systems and tightened down our network and changed the way we did everything - security wise....which I think also led to some other problems with our network which is now sending us to a migration from novell to windows.....its a balance but I think we are winning.
The one think techies are really missing is the "customer relations" aspect. Having an education background...or in my case, coorporate mngmt experiece, really put me ahead of the game in my climb through the IT world, it gives perspective on issues others dont see and you can actually carry a conversation with someone who doesnt know anything about what youre telling them.
Its good to hear from you, whats your interest in IT coming from the school psychology? Not a jump that I would normally associate. I started poking around this site a while back just trying to stay in touch with education tools that we might suggest for teachers from a technology perspective, which Is one of my responsiblities as well