EdTechWeekly #195

EdTechWeekly #195

May 15, 2011

Regular hosts: Dave, Jen, John

Guest host: Eric Curts

This week’s links:

  • Khan Academy:
    • Website: http://www.khanacademy.org/
    • Charlie Rose Interview with founder Sal Khan: http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11658
    • On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/khanacademy
    • Sal Khan TED 2011: http://www.youtube.com/khanacademy#p/u/23/gM95HHI4gLk
    • Jen’s
      take: Age old instructional “model” of (1) Presentation, (2) Practice
      with both online exercises and hope to flip classroom model with time in
      class for practice not lecture, (3) guidance / feedback with focus on
      mastery with integrated analytic and “badges” based on gaming concepts.
      No current focus on credentials. Hope for global classroom. A lot of
      tried instructional concepts on self-paced learning, but sparkle here is
      each of the three elements (presentation, practice, guidance /
      feedback) are done by a really smart dude. Can it scale? Is there
      “enough” content beyond bites of important concepts? Heavy focus on
      learner-content interaction (and to some extent learner-teacher
      interaction in terms of designed instruction), but what else is required
      (learner-teacher interaction or learner-learner interaction) for
      practice / guidance beyond online experience?
  • (sigh) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110509/ap_on_re_us/us_military_virtual_schools
  • Microsoft Buys Skype: http://about.skype.com/press/2011/05/microsoft_to_acquire_skype.html
  • Chromebook:

  • and in other rumors … Amazon Android Tablet:
    http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Amazon-Android-Tablet-Challenges-Apple-iPad-5-Ways-How-465858/

Chat Log:

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19:10:43 JenM -> here is the list of topics … http://edtechweekly.wikispaces.com/EdTechWeekly+195

19:10:43 PeggyG -> hi sr

19:11:18 PeggyG -> what happened with the chat that we can no longer copy/drag it to save it? doesn’t seem to be any way to copy it now

19:12:21 sr -> Hi Peggy

19:12:43 JohnS -> could be java settings.

19:13:04 JohnS -> Current version of java doesn’t allow access to the clipboard on some platforms.

19:13:05 PeggyG -> java settings on the server?

19:14:28 PeggyG -> districts have a way of doing that–merging jobs and doubling the work for one person and same pay 

19:14:54 JenM -> Chromebook:     Overview of offering: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Chrome-OS-Notebooks-Coming-From-Samsung-Acer-June-15-181311/     Business and Schools: http://mashable.com/2011/05/11/chromebook-business-education/     … and why some say it will fail … http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216718/Elgan_Why_Chromebooks_will_fail?taxonomyId=71     Chromebooks in Schools – Part 1: The Good – http://www.appsusergroup.org/articles/chromebooks-for-schools-the-good (article written by Eric Curts)     Chromebooks in Schools – Part 2: The Bad – http://www.appsusergroup.org/articles/chromebooks-for-schools-the-bad (article written by Eric Curts)     Microsoft’s alternative online applications for schools: http://www.microsoft.com/education/solutions/liveedu.aspx     Microsoft’s [email protected] pricing: http://www.microsoft.com/liveatedu/learn-about-office-365.aspx#4 – http://www.cmswire.com/cms/document-management/microsoft-outlines-plans-for-office365-for-education-release-009797.php

19:17:00 JenM -> http://www.appsusergroup.org/articles/chromebooks-for-schools-the-good

19:17:05 JenM -> http://www.appsusergroup.org/articles/chromebooks-for-schools-the-bad

19:17:18 JohnS -> Apps User Group: http://www.appsusergroup.org/

19:18:12 PeggyG -> very helpful articles–the good/bad. Thanks Eric!

19:20:51 Cathy E -> How do you feel about running Chrome OS on computers you already have?  Possible?

19:21:02 JohnS -> not possible.

19:21:15 JohnS -> Google only makes it available preinstalled on computers.

19:21:22 Cathy E -> ahh

19:27:07 JenM -> and more reasons it may fail … http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216718/Elgan_Why_Chromebooks_will_fail?taxonomyId=71

19:37:53 JenM -> Microsoft’s alternative online applications for schools: http://www.microsoft.com/education/solutions/liveedu.aspx Microsoft’s [email protected] pricing: http://www.microsoft.com/liveatedu/learn-about-office-365.aspx#4 – http://www.cmswire.com/cms/document-management/microsoft-outlines-plans-for-office365-for-education-release-009797.php

19:41:54 PeggyG -> this review is really interesting and informative!! 

19:42:05 JenM -> Khan Academy:     Website: http://www.khanacademy.org/     Charlie Rose Interview with founder Sal Khan: http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11658     On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/khanacademy     Sal Khan TED 2011: http://www.youtube.com/khanacademy#p/u/23/gM95HHI4gLk     Jen’s take: Age old instructional “model” of (1) Presentation, (2) Practice with both online exercises and hope to flip classroom model with time in class for practice not lecture, (3) guidance / feedback with focus on mastery with integrated analytic and “badges” based on gaming concepts. No current focus on credentials. Hope for global classroom. A lot of tried instructional concepts on self-paced learning, but sparkle here is each of the three elements (presentation, practice, guidance / feedback) are done by a really smart dude. Can it scale? Is there “enough” content beyond bites of important concepts? Heavy focus on learner-content interaction (and to some extent learner-teacher interaction in terms of designed instruction), but what else is required (learner-teacher interaction or learner-learner interaction) for practice / guidance beyond online experience?

19:42:31 PeggyG -> hear both pros/cons of Khan Academy…

19:42:54 PeggyG -> Sylvia Martinez kind of bashed it in her blog–not constructivist enough

19:43:53 PeggyG -> http://blog.genyes.org/ Sylvia has a number of blog posts about the Khan Academy

19:44:23 PeggyG -> http://blog.genyes.org/index.php/2011/04/21/khan-academy-posts/

19:53:54 JohnS -> http://www.ohiotreasurechest.org/

20:00:26 Cathy E -> I knew his voice sounded familiar – 

20:00:30 JohnS -> http://www.pow-pak.com/powpak.html

20:02:02 PeggyG -> excellent conversation!!! thanks Eric and all

20:03:19 JenM -> Nite all!

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