"In the video, how does Dr. John Heckman define “soft skills” and why does he say they are important? To what extent do you agree with him? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, anything you have read, and information from the video.
"Bam! Two birds with one stone — a review of the importance on self-control and practice responding to an academic writing prompt. I’m figuring the whole thing will take up twenty minutes, including a quick sharing in partners."
"Write About This is an engaging and creative writing application. It allows the user to use text and voice prompts, publish stories, create prompts, and much more. This app can create an exciting atmosphere during each writing lesson."
"While filming a documentary about divisive oil refinery ventures in the subzero cold of Fort McMurray, Alberta, the director David Dufresne said he wasn’t considering only pollution in that Canadian boomtown or the vast tar sands beneath its frozen ground. He was also thinking deeply about technology, about making a new kind of hybrid media, a docugame.
"Interactive documentaries have been widely available since the CD-ROM boom of the 1990s. Yet while they have become a genre unto themselves, few have included a game component. With “Fort McMoney,” a free program released online this week, Mr. Dufresne has tried to change that."
Daniel Burrus: "Augmented reality (AR) provides a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose are augmented by computer-generated input such as information, sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. AR has been in existence for quite a while"
Kristi Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli are the talented authors of the popular book Smarter Charts: Optimizing an Instructional Staple to Create Independent Readers and Writers. If you haven’t seen it already, this book provides inspiration for using charts and other tools to help your students remember your teaching, and to create resources that kids can refer back to again and again across time, allowing them to work with a greater sense of independence. Instead of relying on a grown-up to tell them what to do, they can use the charts and resources in the room to work independently. When kids can look back at a chart to remember a strategy, or find a resource in the room to help them solve a problem, they develop a sense of agency and ownership over their own learning. Learning becomes less about teacher action, and more about student and teacher interaction.
"A new, free productivity app for iPad enables you to create and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents with a gorgeous user interface rebuilt for the iPad. It’s the app Microsoft wishes it built — but it’s actually from a small, publicly traded company called HopTo. http://hopto.com/ "
Storyboarding is an essential part of the design process because it is at this initial stage when you can try your ideas more freely, encounter key questions about User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) and explore different alternatives until you find the best solution to present the content. If you miss this stage, you are jumping too prematurely to a final solution without exploring different possibilities that could work best at the end.
Jim Lerman's insight:
Everything said in this article about business applies just as readily to writing, composing, and course planning.
"Younger kids typically love to draw and aren’t too worried about the outcomes of their artwork — until they get older. By the time they’ve learned to read and write, art takes a back burner to academics, primarily because of what most schools prioritize. Over time it becomes harder for kids to think in pictures the way they once did.
"But what if students were encouraged to think in pictures alongside words?
“There’s something about writing that is a link to your brain,” said Marissa Moss, author of the popular children’s book series Amelia’s Notebook. In the books, Moss takes on the persona of a little girl expressing her ideas about the world and people around her. The books are a combination of words and drawings and look free form – as though Amelia sketched them herself.
"Taking a cue from Moss, teachers from Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif., decided to have their students keep notebooks in a similar style. The notebooks aren’t graded; rather, they’re a place of private, free expression. Karen Clancy and Andrea Boatright presented the project at the Innovative Learning Conference hosted by the Nueva School recently."
"Today's post is one example of this collaborative co-construction of the content of this blog. I was sent this wonderful graphic from one of my readers and I found it very relevant to what we have been talking about in the digital storytelling section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. The infographic below has been designed by CMA and features the 7 steps to the perfect story. Check it out and share with us what you think of it. Enjoy"
"Tour Builder is a cool web tool that allows users to create narrative stories using text, graphics, pictures, videos and Google Maps.Tour Builder lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation. Currently, Tour builder is still in beta version and it requires the Google Earth plugin which is only available for Windows and Mac OS X 10.6+"
MIT Open Documentary Lab: "[Lance] Weiler is a boundary-pushing transmedia storyteller who has, among many notable achievements, directed and self-distributed innovative movies (The Last Broadcast, Head Trauma), created an ARG for Head Trauma, made the immersive storytelling short Pandemic, and founded the regular creative conference diy days and the transmedia company Reboot Stories."
"Why SHOULD kids WANT to write anymore? They text, tweet, Facebook, blog, etc. all day. Social media is the new chat rooms which were the new forums which were the new face-to-face social clubs. SO how are we supposed to convince our kids that they can and should write creatively...for school...for their teacher...without fear?
"I found an app that remarkably did exactly what I wanted it to do. (Yes, there is an app for that too!!) It is called ColAR Mix and it is FREE! (There is an in-app upgrade if you choose for $2.99). This app comes with coloring pages that can be turned into 3D Augmented Reality animated images!!!
"I did not tell the students about the app at first. I wanted to see what they would produce for me based on their pictures. I instructed them to write about what the think is happening in the picture. Who is it? What do they want? What's stopping them from getting what they want? Where are they? How do they change or do the circumstances change so that either they get what they want or stop wanting what they want?"
"Amit Dodani, a 15-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, talks about 'My Name My Story'--his youth-run leadership program to inspire the next generation of leaders."
"I encourage young people like myself to find their passion and run with it! Everyone's talents can be used for the greater good. For an athlete, it may be teaching disabled children how to play their sport. For a musician, it may be holding a charity concert to raise money for cancer. For a scientist, it may be working with corporations on finding new developments in medicine that can cure millions. For a writer, it may be writing inspirational poetry that moves people in healthy directions. For me, it is public speaking. I recently realized my words really can make a difference."
"With the recent release of the new version of iMovie, my colleague Matt Przybylski (tech coordinator at our school) created this presentation for part two of our iPad workshop series. (Check out part one, iPad filming tips here http://bit.ly/1j6AMGN )"