CapEd Crusader Blog

A blog about blogs. Very M.C. Escher-esque in its circularity. This is a blog for educators interested in resources on blog use in education. The ideas expressed in this blog represent those of the authors and not necessarily those of Capital University.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Wikipedia has great blog history and terms

Check out Wikipedia and search for "blog" to get an excellent entry on blogs.

OSN Tuesday Part II

I saw a presentation on "Limiting Legal Exposure While Embracing Digitality" from Eric Johnson at Squires, Sanders & Dempsey law firm. This was a fascinating legal perspective on things like AUPs, CIPA, NCLB and other alphabet soup laws. Despite their pleadings to not leave scared of being digital, the complexity of the issues and the possible consequences of seemingly innocent actions left me a little afraid! Nevertheless I have some great notes from their presentation which I may or may not post later (if I can figure out the legal ramifications of doing so!!)

Then I saw Morrie Reese, a VP of education at Apple (23 years experience working at Apple - wow!) presented on "eleven tools for cross-platform portfolios." While I think I probably knew most of what was going on already, the examples of things from digital portfolios reminded me that many students are doing some amazing digital things like claymation, recorded performances (band, vocal, theater, athletic), animation, etc. What were the eleven things?
* iMac, eMac, or iBook *Audio recorder * Digicam * DV Camcorder * Scanner * Appleworks * iMovie HD * Quicktime Pro * iPhoto * Adobe Acrobat AND *Web authoring software. Think he works for Apple??

Lastly, Deborah Kuchey from Xavier University in Cincinatti presented a treasure trove of resources for early childhood mathematics education using technology. These included the TI-10 and TI-15 calculators, software, Web resources, and online organizations that catalog lesson plans. I will try to post lists of these at a later date.

At the end of the day I went to my favorite coffee house to get a cup of decaf. Ooops. Forgot to say decaf! Looks like I'll be up all night! I'm not used to caffeine - it has pretty rotten effects on me. Grrr. Tasted good though.

The presentation is tomorrow. The folks at SchoolNet have put on a pretty good conference so far - I've been impressed. BUT, they failed to put my presentation in the book AND in the addendum as promised. Hence I am presenting at the last time slot of the conference in an unadvertised session. Anyone reading this... PLEASE COME! I'm making final preparations now. Maybe a big door prize?

OSN Tuesday Part I

This morning, I saw Marty Bowe, from Perry Local Schools present (or "brief" as he says - he's ex-AF) on Administrator concerns for making technology work. It was a very structured, top-down approach that probably wouldn't translate well to environments like higher-ed where academic freedom is such a big issue. However, and I hope the IT guys at Cap aren't reading..., it made me sensitive to many of the issues IT folks face regarding standardization, cost/benefit analysis, etc.

I hoped to learn about how to bring faculty to technology, but it really ended right before that. It answered the "what do I need to have in place before technology integration can take place. Admittedly I don't have control over that at Cap., but I now understand the issues surrounding the bargaining and negotiating that takes place in working things out with IT.

Monday, February 14, 2005

OSN Monday part II

I talked with a couple of teachers who are experts in using technology in grades K-6. Betty Cavanaugh and Donna Johns are teachers at Claymont City Schools and put together a fabulous resource book that I can’t wait to share with Stefanie. Lot’s of great activities and suggestions for lessons.

This afternoon I sat in on Granville MS’s group that put together a Quicktime VR tour of their school. They did it on the cheap with some very inventive hardware and equipment and it looked terrific. The students that presented did a fabulous job. I'd love to urge you to check out their website to see what I mean but I can't find it! Help!

Then I saw Clint Funk, Acrobat Consultant. (And no, I don’t mean “should we do trapeze or highwire). His presentation was on Acrobat 7 and ranged from beginning to advanced features.

• Windows only: Print multiple e-mails from Outlook to one pdf file – this is then organized by sender, by date, etc. via bookmarks.
• Add attachments to a pdf file – xls, doc, etc.
• Make pdf of Webpage – not new, but Flash animations appear animated (and some animated GIFs), links active, etc.
• OCR (from scanner) – (was paper capture in v. 6)
• Security- (you can use public key certificates – new to 7), save settings as a “policy” use passwords to limit access OR changes OR even limiting to Low Res printing) also allow (or Not) someone to copy and paste text from the PDF,
• Digitally signing things – didn’t say much about this.
• Organizer – view pdfs by when you last looked at them, by HD location, or collections (like a bookmark folder).
• Embed QT movies. Record screen moves with other app (demo purpose)

And yes, Virginia, it's still raining...

OSN - Web Logs in Education

I just attended a presentation on Weblogs by Mark Kernohan at WVIZ/PBS in Cleveland. The audience was very involved and it is obvious to me that there is great interest in blogs (though I admith my sample was self-selected!) though there are real concerns about security, safety, accountability. Questions arose about whether or not the school districts would block these sites (like because they are similar (their claim) to chat rooms, because of bandwidth issues related to posting videos and pictures, etc.

Mark had wonderful examples of uses, of ways to involve parents AND students using blogs, and I can't wait to get a copy of the presentation from him (a promised e-mail) at which point I will be able to share some of those links.

Other issues raised include: free speech vs. school's (especially private) right to limit, podcasting was mentioned as an example of new technologies (cool!)...

Meanwhile, outside the rain continues to pour..

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Kidzlog makes blogs easy - Follow up

I have successfuly posted a Kidzlog blog example at My Website so that you can see what it does. It gives children an opportunity to write AND draw for each post. Parents and/or teachers have the ability to secure the publishing process with a password so that the only things published are those things already reviewed by the parent/teacher.

See for your self! The website is fairly instructive. The only thing that I was confused by is that the post window has a button that says "Publish" which I clicked to post it to the Website. Doing so changes the button to say "Don't Publish." It turns out that this button is a toggle. When it reads "Publish" that blog entry will be published otherwise not.

Great product. Easiest blogging client I have set up to date and it is available for Mac and PC.