"This maker movement isn’t necessarily something new. For years in my library, I have allowed opportunities for my students to play and tinker with reading and writing."
"The word makerspace, for me, is really simply a metaphor for enabling opportunities for your students to create, imagine, and build, and what better springboard for that than stories? Stories fuel and ignite the imagination."
"On one hand we gather information from all corners of the planet - network. But all this gathering requires intention, filtering and sorting. While we have intentions to understand and become more expert with particular knowledge, we also have intentions for how we want to organize and/or distribute what we have learned. On top of that we have publics (people we respect, trust and follow and people who are interested in what we have to say). Since we are the center of this universe (dream) it makes sense to optimize our this process by taking care of our minds and bodies, developing good habits. "
Superpositions of social networks, such as communication, friendship, or trade networks, are called multiplex networks, forming the structural backbone of human societies. Novel datasets now allow quantification and exploration of multiplex networks.
Although the preponderance of publicity about Massive Open Online Courses has focused on well-funded enterprises such as Coursera and Udacity, and superstars of what is mostly an online version of a lecture course, such as Sebastian Thrun, those of us who have been excited about the potential of MOOCs for a more student-centric, discursive, network
When working on large writing projects, Scrivener is my tool of choice. Here, one user gets into his use of Scrivener for infotention workflow. -- Howard
"I should note that the way I use Scrivener probably isn’t the traditional way of using the app. If you want a more traditional review of it as a writing tool, take a look at Literature and Latte’s Twitter feed, as they have links to a lot of users reviews. For those who don’t know what Scrivener is, it is one the best all-in-one place writing tools. I compare it to a programming IDE (Integrated development environment), but I’m a bit geeky.
I found Scrivener just after they updated to 2.0. I was looking for a solution to manage not only my writing, but also all the random bits of information that help me write."
Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.
I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.
Some, as good as Vidyo or Zoom.us may provide HD quality video and even full support for mobile platforms. Others, like MeBeam or Sinfor offer bare-bone ad-supported solutions that have zero frills but can do the job if you need an immediate, zero-cost solution.
There are boatloads of tools out there that can give you a private social network. From Edmodo to the upcoming Facebook Groups For Schools, there’s plenty of options. Most are free, but some are better than others.
"Recently I’ve been exploring the options for slide-casting and screen-casting...
"I’d like to begin to archive and more broadly share professional development. I’d like to offer teachers easy ways to present and archive instruction. To offer students new strategies for presentation and for archiving their work. To help me rehearse and archive my own formal presentations. And I am planning to do a little online adjuncting in the fall.
"And, as more schools and more individual teachers adopt the Flipped Classroom model, we will be looking for options to present content, lecture, and video as homework, so we can devote class time to more interactive and engaging collaborative learning strategies."
Nature.com (blog)'The Single Biggest Change in Education Since the Printing Press'The AtlanticWe don't know how best to translate classroom education to the online realm, but the tools are there, and, sooner or later, someone is going to figure it...
Robin Good: Cisco Jabber is a multi-platform and multi-device collaboration and communication platform which provides text chat/instant messaging, video-conferencing, telephony and voicemail and which can escalate to full-blown web-conferencing and collaboration sessions.
Cisco Jabber utilizes the XMPP protocol allowing interoperability with other instant messaging systems.
Ciso Jabber is available for Windows, Mac, Web, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Nokia devices.