Saturday, November 29th, 2008

One Laptop Per Child

I just attended the NYSCATE Conference in Rochester, NY. Gary Stager one of the speakers showed the video linked below. What a difference technology is making in our world. It is linking children to people and ideas that were unthinkable just a few years ago. More importantly the "One Laptop Per Child" project is helping some of the poorest countries in the world leapfrog into this young century. If you find yourself wondering about a charity to contribute to this holiday season then watch the video below and you will know what to do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpRRivQgpjc&eurl=http://www.stager.org/blog/&feature=player_embedded

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

First A Dream

I remember so vividly where I was the day John F. Kennedy died. I was in Mrs. Hart’s class when the principal came over the PA system to announce the president had been shot. As young as we were we sat stunned unable to comphrehend the magnitude of this moment in history.

On this 45th anniversary of his passing it seems appropriate to remember not just his passing but the dream he ignited by pledging to put a man on the moon before 1970. At the time it seemed impossible, undoable and just plain crazy. The surge in the teaching of science and math that would follow would create wondrous new tools that we take for granted today, ranging from microwaves to velcro.

If anything Kennedy’s speech proved that if you can dream it, you can do it. Let’s bring that same spirit to revamping education today. We can dream it and will and must do it for our students to compete in this flattened world.

http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=6251d6574e9b1a315321&page=1&viewtype=&category=

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Catch Me If You Can A Must See On “Identity Theft”

Frank Abgnale the character Leonardo DiCaprio played in "Catch Me If You Can" has been working on helping people and companies protect themselves from identity theft for years. Most recently he spoke to a Cyber Safety Summit in NYC. If you click onthe link below his picture will appear  on the right a 31 minute video will start. Thirty one minutes may seem like a long time but you will be absolutely amazed by what you learn and need to know. It is an absolute necessity to know the things he shares for you and your families protection.

Let me know what you think.

http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/561092

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

In The Year 2014, Something To Talk About

This video takes a look at technology in our recent history. It then takes a really provocative look at the future. The conclusion might give us all something to think about.

http://www.robinsloan.com/epic/

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

A Really Interactive Physics Site

Here is a really neat interactive site to try physics experiments. There are teacher lesson plans here too!

http://phet.colorado.edu/index.php

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

President Obama Uses The Web For Weekly Address

Few people today remember how effectively Franklin Roosevelt used radio the technology of his time to communicate a message hope and unity to the nation in a time of crisis. Many of us remember how effectively John F. Kennedy used technology in both his election campaign and throughout his presidency. President Obama has kicked it up a notch by using the web as a new way to roll out his message. What a powerful way to communicate messages and engage the public. Click  on….  http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=10686378&ch=4226716&src=news or

http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-11-14-voa38.cfm

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

No More Paper! Let’s Go Green

Will Richardson did a great job in giving an example that begins to lead the way for us to stop the redundant practice of using paper and technology when only the technology is necessary to get the message across.What a way to go green.  Read on…..

http://weblogg-ed.com/2008/get-off-paper/

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Brighton’s 2020 Vision Featured on School 2.0 Website

We are very proud to have our 2020 Vision featured on the US Department of Education’s website.

http://etoolkit.org/etoolkit/transtools/brighton

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

WEB 2.0 Helps Elect A President

President Elect Obama’s campaign demonstrated the power of WEB 2.0 tools. Click on the link below.

http://webtrends.about.com/od/web20/a/obama-web.ht m

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Speaking A Second Language Is A Good Thing

Lucy shows us all how important being multi-lingual can be.

http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=22a3bd0eb4a9986c5e13

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