Friday, January 21, 2011

notmaster is the twitter feed!

Search notmaster on twitter! (not edtecnot)

See you there.

jim :-)

Friday, August 06, 2010

The Blog is dead...long live TWITTER!

Join us on twitter at "edtechnot"

The days of stirring things up as to what the best uses of ed tech are have pretty much bitten the dust in most school districts. This twitter feed will be my contribution to the twitter-verse on matters related to ed tech.

The blog will come down at the end of the Summer 2010.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Help Gary Stager!

Click here to get him on a debate panel! i am sure that he would spice things up and make it memorable!

Let's make this happen people!

Jim :-)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

NCTE tries to define 21st C Writing ---LOL

This e-School news article is very interesting. NCTE is trying to wrap their arms around, and control, informal writing styles that predominate Web 2.0 and are labeling them unacceptable. They state that the new generation are learning from,"extracurricular social co-apprenticeship." A term like this will have a typical 16 year old heading for the hills with their iPhones! :-) This sounds like an organization feeling a loss of control trying to control a social phenomenon. Good luck with that.

What do you think?

Jim :-)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Study Gives Proponents of Virtual Classrooms a Boost

This is a great article covering the idea that podcasts may be better that in person lectures for college students. I must admit that it makes some very compelling points that I agree with. This is especially true after downloading a number of great lectures to my iPhone from iTunes university.

Review the article and let me know what you think.

Jim :-)

Web 2.0 teaching

Click here to see an article about web 2.0 applications and teaching.

Please comment as to the ACTUAL web 2.0 applications you see happening at your school. We have a few bloggers amongst our staff. There is a book review blog and a few classroom blogs. We also use our school web site for our homework hotline, which works out pretty well. There is even an underground staff facebook community but, frankly, your typical teacher really doesn't "tweet" often or "flick'r" their photos...or do they?

Let's chat about this.

JIm :-)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ed Tech and the Stimulus Package

So what does the stimulus bill do for ed tech? here are some reactions from the ed tech press.

THE Journal article

Ed Week


Apparently 696 million brings us back to the 2004 level, but doubles some recent funding. I'll take it. You and I both know where the devil is though. What will an actual classroom teacher see at the end of all of this? The new funding falls into the Title II part D of ESEA known as the EETT, this is how ed tech has been funded under NCLB. Enough acronyms yet? I like the fact that 25% ofthat funding is "supposed" to be spent on staff development. Even in 2009 the need is embarressingly apparent.

PSSSST- Get your copy of the entire bill as a pdf by clicking here!

Until next time!

Jim :-)

My students and terrapins!

Hi All!

I am going to do my best to get back in the swing of things here at edtechnot. I have been in an existential struggle as it concerns this entire concept but have ultimately concluded that it must have some value...even if it is just cathartic in nature.

SOOO... here is a little tid bit from my world. My students have decided to save the diamond backed terrapin which is in a struggle for survival. See their efforts atr this address... Terrpain Kids.

As a full time science teacher it is difficult to keep this bolg populated with cool ideas but I will do my best to get back into the swing of at least a weekly post.

All th ebest!

Jim Forde :-)


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ed Tech may be the least of our issues!

Read this article by Gary Stager and let me know what you think!

School Wars

Jim :-)

Long blog

Hi All,

I am still out here! I teach science now at Scofield Magnet MS in Stamford, CT.

See my classroom blog....

I am still interested in debating the pit-falls and promise of using ed tech in schools.

Lately, I have ben finding that curricula is becoming more and more centrally controlled, at the district level. While this is a good idea, as it evens out the experience for kids throughout the district, it can limit what a creative teacher might do with ed tech. Do we all have to cover the topic the same way as long as we meet the curricular control? The answer for me, as I perceive it is "follow the curriculum as described".

What do you think about this and the impact on the potential use of ed tech?

Jim :-)