My 60 Second Saturday – A Video Narrative

Jul 1, 2013 by

It’s no secret that I’m openly in love with the anti-MOOC that is #ds106. It’s also no secret that my wife makes amazing digital art…when she actually has time to create. Last summer she created a 60-second narrative of her day, capturing small moments with her phone’s video camera. She cut each of those moments into one-second vignettes then stitched them all back together to create a minute of video that was a heart-warming and compelling narrative. You can watch it below or follow the link here to see it on YouTube. I should have tweeted, blogged, and Facebook’d it last summer, but I didn’t. I’m a bad husband (sorry, honey). I’m trying to make up for that now, and took last Saturday to create my own version, with my wife providing a few cameos throughout the day. There’s been a lot of buzz about the 1 Second Every...

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Thoughts on the GLS Playful Learning Summit

Jun 28, 2013 by

Earlier this month, I was given an opportunity to attend the inaugural Playful Learning Summit in Madison, Wisconsin. It was a full day of playful learning workshops, conversations, and professional development dedicated to educators, education researchers, and web/app developers who have a keen interest in creating game-ful and playful learning experiences for students. That’s right, a game-ful environment, NOT a “gamified” learning experience. The summit was part of  the larger Games Learning and Society Conference, or GLS, a gathering much akin to the Games 4 Change conference in New York, but on a slightly more intimate scale. If you love games (video or otherwise), and strive to find ways to create playful learning experiences for your learners, I highly recommend attending next year. The GLS conference is an interesting mix of educators, developers, researchers, and theorists that gave rise to sessions about multiplayer gaming & collaboration in the classroom to effective...

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My Day Surviving #ISTE13

Jun 25, 2013 by

I’m currently NOT at the 2013 ISTE Conference in San Antonia, Texas. In fact, the vast majority of educators in the United States and around the world are most likely not at the conference either. However, the amount of buzz that ISTE generates dominates the mindshare in the greater education blogging and tweeting world. Some individuals lament not being able to attend, determined groups banding together to form “I’m not at ISTE” support communities to talk about the intersection of education and technology from afar. At least one prominent and vocal member of the education community is questioning whether conferences like ISTE merely reflect a lot of what’s wrong with our educational system. What am I doing? I’m surviving not being at the conference the best I can with my kids, a little bit of Twitter mischief, and keeping myself busy with summer work for school. Oh, and I’ve created a...

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What a 5-hour Layover in O’Hare Feels Like

Jun 18, 2013 by

Last week I flew to Madison, Wisconsin from South Bend, Indiana. There was a short layover in Chicago, and the entire trip was supposed to take a little more than 3 hours. It turns out, a small fire on a plane is good enough cause to ground it (thankfully) and thoroughly checked over by the mechanical crew. It also turns a 45 minute layover into a 5 hour layover. I know it’s not the worst layover an air traveler could have, nor was it the longest I had on this particular trip (which is another story). I do know when a trip that you could have driven in 4 hours turns into an almost 8 hour air adventure (there were other delays on the first leg of the trip), the passage of time seems to come to a stand still. It’s as if each minute is stretched into ten, an...

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Tablet Battle! Wacom Bamboo vs. Promethean ActivSlate

Jun 4, 2013 by

In my position I get to try out a lot of new gadgets for use in the classroom. Sometimes our school pays for these “trial gadgets” and sometimes vendors are willing to give us a device gratis for testing. I’m not sure if it’s my blogging that helps, the large purchases we make at least once or twice a year, or the fact that I get to put the devices into real world scenarios with teachers and students, but it’s nice to be able to play with all of these gadgets. We recently received a Bamboo Create wireless tablet by Wacom, free of charge for full disclosure, to see how it would work in a classroom setting. I wanted to put it up against one of the Promethean ActivSlate wireless tablets that a few of our teachers have to see how it compared. Although we did receive one of...

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For Your Consideration…a Funky Twilight Zone Ringtone

May 31, 2013 by

I haven’t blogged about anything music-related since November of 2012. That’s criminal. Especially considering the last one was a lazy post with several different examples of teachers parodying Rebecca Black’s “Friday”. No I will not link to it, you can go search for it if you like. I’m going to pretend as though I never hit the “publish” button on that post. I feel as though I may have made up for it with this post; a special assignment from deep within the DS106 Audio Archives entitled “Make Your Own Ringtone“. Considering this is the summer of the DS106Zone, I decided to add a Twilight Zone twist to this audio assignment, creating a funky fresh, beat-heavy ringtone based on the iconic opening bar of the Twilight Zone theme song. It’s guaranteed to grate on your ears like a piece of broken chalk down a slate chalkboard. You can hop over to SoundCloud and...

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