Monday, April 17, 2006

Sign a petition in support of the EETT

Here is the petition.

It couldn't hurt.

This request came from an email sent out by Keith Krueger,CEO, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and Don Knezek , CEO, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

JIm :-)

Friday, April 14, 2006

"tune in , turn off" chat transcript

Hi All,

Here is a link to a live chat transcript that was sponsored by Ed Week that, according to moderator Kevin Bushweller, was, "about how educators are dealing with the constant influx of new technologies, such as iPods, that students are bringing to school. Should schools embrace the presence of those technologies and harness their powers for learning? Or are there good arguments for schools to restrict the presence and use of such gadgetry?"

I think you'll enjoy this exchange. I was impressed with Alan W's ability to keep refocusing the conversation on what matters most.

What do you think?

btw...the link above may require a registration on ed week, but if you are interested in this topic you really should register, if only to get access to the annual "Technology Counts" editions.

Jim :-)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Is "ed tech stalled by fear?"

In the eSchool News conversation, Thornburg: Ed tech stalled by 'fear', David Thornburg states, "The main thing that's holding technology back is ... a fear--a well-placed fear, I might add--that if technology becomes ubiquitous, it will totally transform the practice of education. There are a lot of people who don't want the practice of education transformed, because they're very comfortable with it."

What do you think about this? Is David right?

Are we all essentially buggy-whip makers.... while the world is already buying automobiles?

Are we doing enough things "differently" with technology?

BTW-- If you ever get the chance to hear David in person, do so. He is fascinating to listen to. My first encounter with him was in '93 at a WNET summer workshop in NYC. It was a real mind-opener to hear him in person.

Jim :-)