Currently on a self-funded sabbatical year having completed three 2-year contracts in international schools in Spain, Turkey and Colombia. The plan is to start at another overseas school in August 2009 and spend the year catching up on technology practices while we travel around the USA and Canada in our van. My prime career interest is the professional development of classroom teachers to integrate technology into their lessons, and my personal technology interests are photography, video, music and writing. My preferred educational philosophy revolves around experiential education with little enthusiasm for current trends in standardized testing, benchmarks, etc. We are keen to visit schools or individuals developing learning environments in which exploration, as old-fashioned as it may seem, is at the heart of their practice.
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With your work in Technology Practices, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
Bryan I have emailed Frappr about your map viewing problem and will await their response. If it's not good for Mac's, I will find another product and ask everyone to sign in again.
Re-- your travels. I can certainly invite you to our school when you arrive at the West Coast. We are just beginning to look at ways to make more use of technology in our classrooms. We struggle with strangled bandwidth and a restrictive downloading policy (kind of like being caught between and IT rock and a hardware hard place) but we have lots of plans and we are an interesting school to see. (I was going to send you the link to the school website, but all I can find is some miserable thing that is 2 years out of date!!!!!! Ouch! That tells quite a story in itself.) In March the daffodils will be starting to bloom. Our whole province is on Spring Break from March 13 to 22 and then we are out again for Easter from April 2 to 5.
Hi Bryan -- I'd like to invite you to join a Classroom 2.0 group called Canadians Mashup. I'm trying to build a network of Canadian educators and bloggers. No discussions yet. I'm just starting out by trying to find where everyone lives and what they teach. If you're interested, please add me as a colleague as well.
You might be interested in the approach my teaching partner and I are slowly working towards as laid out in our Squidoo website.
If you add yourself to the map, please include a name or a photo of some sort. There seem to be a lot of unidentified people from unidentified places and the map is getting stuck on for some reason. The problem is that I can't tell from the members’ list which anonymous hits are real people and which were just false starts. The company does not differentiate members unless there is a picture or a name. Location only is not enough to help me know which entries are not real ones. THANKS!!!!
I've been spending quite a bit of time on Classroom 2.0 exploring the world of Social Networking. BTW, I just updated my "About me" section, so there's a little background there. I'd be interested to hear your opinions on Classroom 2.0 as you get more time to check it out.
Enjoy your drive across the USA; I've done it many times, but never in December. Hope you have decent weather. What route will you be taking?
Brian, GO to the source: The Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley. Joe Lambert started this whole thing. I did it 5 years ago...loved it. I also do workshops on DST. If you have a group, let me know.