Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Website HippoCampus and it has FREE resources for you and your students

New Website HippoCampus and it has FREE resources for you and your students.

Here is a very exciting new website that I ran found today. It is called Hippo Campus http://www.hippocampus.org/ . It is a website that has online tools to help a student that has missed a class objective or needs reinforce for mastery of a class objective. There are short video or animated clips talking about the subject, and then it has students practice what they have learned. Also this website is align to some textbooks, this way you can have student access content in the order of the chapters. Also you have the ability to create a site for your classes at Hippo Campus. With this you can then edit the left tool bar so only the Items that you teach will show up there. There are also test question on the site for the students to be able to do a self assessment of knowledge.

Here is my website that I created at Hippo Campus http://www.hippocampus.org/myHippo/?user=sharpstf

Hope you enjoy this and please let me know if you are using it and how it works out for you.

sharpstf@gmail.com

Deregulation of the Cable Industry and how it effects Public Education and Government Access (PEG)

Deregulation of the Cable Industry Has Threatened the Existence of PEG Programming:

What is PEG it is the Public Education and Government network. With the passage of PA 480 in Michigan it has cause many issues with cable TV, Higher Rates, No extra created completion as suggested under the bill and take local control of franchise way from the city, Villages and townships. the link below is a paper wrote on how PA 480 has effected education and 10 reason why PA 480 has not done what was promised. Some of are school with the passage of this bill have seen the public network channels adversely effected. I would like to take a moment to thank Mi-NATOA.ORG for their work on this issues in Educational Technology.

http://www.mi-natoa.org/pdfs/The_Ten_Disappointments_of_Cable.pdf

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative is a great program!

Protecting children from predators is one of my top priorities. Predators today typically use the Internet to befriend, seduce, and ultimately harm children. Putting these criminals behind bars is not enough; we must also proactively combat the problem by educating children and adults. The Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (Michigan CSI) is an Internet safety education program with customized presentations for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and a community seminar. They have invited all public school district superintendents, intermediate school district superintendents, Michigan Dioceses, Homeschooling Michigan members, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools members, and Michigan Association of Public School Academies members to participate in the Michigan CSI program during the 2008-2009 school year. Registrations are now being accepted. Encourage your school to become a leader in cyber safety education and to submit a Michigan CSI registration form as soon as possible. We had them into are school and it was a very good presentation by them for the children of are school.

The Michigan Cyber Safety website

New Educational Events Calendar

This will be a place for us to share educational events on technology. If you have an event that you would like listed please contact me. I will be glade to add them to the google calendar on this blog site. The calendar is placed at the bottom of this blog site.

sharpstf@gmail.com

Codie Award finalists 2009

EDUCATION CATEGORIES

http://www.siia.net/codies/2009/finalist_list.asp#Education
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Best Classroom Management Solution
- Flourish, AbleNet, Inc.
- ANGEL Learning Management Suite, ANGEL Learning, Inc.
- ClassLink ClassMate, ClassLink, Inc.
- PowerTeacher, Pearson
- Review360, Psychological Software Solutions, Inc.
- Align, SchoolNet, Inc.

Best Corporate Learning Solution
- Adobe Captivate 3, Adobe Systems, Inc.
- Articulate Studio '09, Articulate
- Productive Business Dialogue Learning Simulation Course, Harvard Business School Publishing
- Measured Success, McCann Associates
- Mzinga Social Learning Suite, Mzinga

Best Course Management Solution
- http://www.excelsiorsoftware.com/K12solutions/pinnacleSuite.aspx, Excelsior Software, Inc.
- Digital Learning Environment, Learning.com
- LearningExpress eFolio, LearningExpress, LLC
- eCollege, Pearson
- Rosetta Stone Classroom Version 3, Rosetta Stone

Best Education Game or Simulation
- www.generationcures.org, Children's Hospital Boston
- KidZui, KidZui
- BrainWare Safari, Learning Enhancement Corporation
-&nb sp;www.skatekidsonline.com, Quantum Learning Technologies
- Ticket to Read, Voyager Expanded Learning
- VmathLive, Voyager Expanded Learning

Best Education Reference or Search Service
- EDR OnDemand, Environmental Data Resources
- Books & Authors - Open Web Version, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning
- http://pop.greenwood.com/, Greenwood Publishing Group
- The INTELECOM Online Resources Network, INTELECOM
- Black Studies Center w/ The History Makers, ProQuest
- iSEEK Education, Vantage Learning

Best Education Solution
- Connect!, ConnectEdu
- Academic Intervention, EducateOnline
- In2Books, ePALS, Inc.
- The INTELECOM Online Resources Network, INTELECOM
- Operation: Resilient Planet, The JASON Project
- Wimba Collaboration Suite, Wimba Inc.

Best Education Technology Solution for Productivity/Creativity
- Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro, Adobe Systems, Inc.
- Gaggle.Net Student Email and Collaboration Tools, Gaggle.Net, Inc.
- SMART Notebook software 10, SMART Technologies ULC
- SynchronEyes 7.0, SMART Technologies ULC
- Lesson Builder V4, SoftChalk LLC

Best Educational Use of a Technology Device
- Interwrite Workspace- ExamView Edition, eInstruction
- www.raz-kids.com, Learning A-Z
- DRA2 Handheld -Tango Software Edition, Pearson
- VisagraphB D III, Reading Plus by Taylor Associates
- http://www.lecturetools.org, University of Michigan

Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas
- Aventa Learning World Language Survey Course for Middle School, Aventa Learning
- ePals Global Learning Community, ePALS, Inc.
- Gaggle.Net Student Email and Collaboration Tools, Gaggle.Net, Inc.
- Kidspiration 3, Inspiration Software, Inc.
- BrainWare Safari, Learning Enhancement Corporation
- SIRS Discoverer, ProQuest

Best Instructional Solution for Special Needs Students
- RtI Package for the Academy of READING�, Autoskill International, Inc.
- HELP Math (Help with English Language Proficiency), Digital Directions International
- FLRT- a fluent reading trainer, MindPlay
- World Book Discover, World Book, Inc.

Best K-12 Enterprise Solution
- ClassLink CLiC (ClassLink Information Console), ClassLink, Inc.
- Connect!, ConnectEdu
- PowerSchool Premier 5.2, Pearson
- Instructional Management Solutions (IMS) Suite, SchoolNet, Inc.
- EXCEEDtm, Spectrum K12 School Solutions Inc.
- EduTone Xchange Platform, VIP Tone, Inc.

Best K-12 Instructional Solution
- RtI Package for the Academy of READING�, Autoskill International, Inc.
- Aventa Learning Middle School Courses, Aventa Learning
- ClassLink LaunchPad, ClassLin k, Inc.
- Academic Intervention, EducateOnline
- EDUSS XiTeach, EDUSS Learning
- ExploreLearning Gizmos, ExploreLearning.com

Best Mathematics Instructional Solution
- Carnegie Learning Adaptive Math Solutions, Carnegie Learning, Inc.
- HELP Math (Help with English Language Proficiency), Digital Directions International
- SmartMath, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.
- ExploreLearning Gizmos, ExploreLearning.com
- The Key to Tracker, Key Curriculum Press

Best Online Instructional Solution
- BrainPOP Jr. (www.brainpopjr.com), BrainPOP
- Rosetta Stone Classroom Version 3, Rosetta Stone
- SAS Curriculum Pathways, SAS Institute, Inc.
- Adaptive Curriculum, Sebit, LLC
- Operation: Resilient Planet, The JASON Project

Best Postsecondary Course or Learning Management Solution
- ANGEL Learning Management Suite, ANGEL Learning, Inc.
- Jenzabar's Learning Management System, Jenzabar, Inc.
- eCollege, Pearson
- Scholar360 - www.scholar360.com, Scholar360
- McGraw-Hill Learning Solution's Katana, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- Timecruiser Solution Suite, Timecruiser Computing Corporation

Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution
- Jenzabar CX, Jenzabar, Inc.
- Jenzabar's Non-Traditional System, Jenzabar, Inc.
- Parature Customer Service Software for Education, Parature, Inc.
- Regent Enterprise, Diamond Edition, Regent Education, Inc.
- Timecruiser Solution Suite, Timecruiser Computing Corporation

Best Postsecondary Instructional Solution
- Accounting Made Easy, AME Learning
- Seminars on Science: The Solar System, National Center for Science, Literacy, Education and
Technology
- MyCompLab, Pearson Education
- Reading Plus - www.readingplus.com, Reading Plus by Taylor Associates
- Lesson Builder V4, SoftChalk LLC
- http://www.lecturetools.org, University of Michigan

Best Professional Development Solution
- ELT Advantage, Heinle, a part of Cengage Learning
- www.kdsi.org, Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc.
- Seminars on Science: The Solar System, National Center for Science, Literacy, Education and Technology
- PD 360 (www.pd360.com), School Improvement Network
- eCDA, Teaching Strategies, Inc.
- VoyagerU Targeted Courses, Voyager Expanded Learning

Best Reading/English Instructional Solution
- Classworks, Curriculum Advantage
- www.writinga-z.com, Learning A-Z
- MyCompLab, Pearson Education
- Rosetta Stone Classroom Version 3, Rosetta Stone
- SAS Curriculum Pathways, SAS Institute, Inc.
- Ticket to Read, Voyager Expanded Learning

Best Science Instructional Solution
- Classworks, Curriculum Advantage
- Discovery Education Science, Discovery Education
- ExploreLearning Gizmos, ExploreLearning.com
- Adaptive Curriculum, Sebit, LLC
- Operation: Resilient Planet, The JASON Project

Best Social Studies Instructional Solution
- ABC-CLIO Social Studies Databases, Release 2.0, ABC-CLIO
- CICERO: History Beyond the Textbookâ„¢, American Institute for History Education, LLC
- SIRS Researcher, ProQuest

Best Student Assessment Solution
- A+ LearningLink, American Education Corporation
- Acuity 2008, CTB/McGraw-Hill
- Perspective, Pearson
- Scantron Assessment Solution, Scantron Corporation
- Assess, SchoolNet, Inc.

Best Virtual School Solution for Students
- Aventa Learning (entire program of online courses), Aventa Learning
- ClassLink LaunchPad, ClassLink, Inc.
- www.flvs.net, Florida Virtual School
- NovaNET, Pearson
- StraighterLine, www.straighterline.com, SMARTHINKING

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Illinois Computing Educators

What is ICE

I thought I would write a Blog about are next-door neighbors Illinois Computing Educators. Last March I took a trip with some other educators to Ohio Department of Education to find out what Ohio was doing as it relates to consolidated network centers and also there state wide computer network. I think it is very useful to-do site visits to other schools and state to see what is happening around us. I have learned a great deal from these experiences. I would encourage you to make appoint to visiting your next-door school district or state to see what innovative ideas that they may have to share with you.

Here are some details about Illinois Computing Educators (ICE).

ICE's Mission:
The mission of Illinois Computing Educators is to lead the educational community in enhancing learning through technology.

ICE's Vision:
Illinois Computing Educators is the leader in supporting and promoting innovative education for all.

ICE's Goals:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Support and provide professional development opportunities in educational technology through collaborative communities.

ADVOCACY:
Build relationships with other organizations by being the premier education technology visionary and voice for Illinois.

LEADERSHIP:
Forge partnerships to advance 21st century digital literacy.
MEMBERSHIP/CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT: Increase ICE membership by creating new chapters and affiliations, attracting new members, and strengthening existing chapters.
OUTREACH/EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS: Become the recognized educational technology portal.

FUNDING/SPONSORSHIPS:
Increase funding through partnership, sponsorship, membership and grant writing.

COLLABORATION/INTERNAL COMMUNICATION:
Improve collaboration and communication for members through print and interactive tools.

ICE Office:
Welcome to the Illinois Computing Educators organization (ICE). ICE is an organizational affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). If you would like more information about ICE, please contact:

Dick Marchessault
Executive Director
777 Army Trail Blvd.
Addison, Illinois 60101
Phone: 630-628-1088
Fax: 630-628-5388
Sara Taylor

www.iceberg.org

Saturday, February 21, 2009

MIT OpenCourseWare 1800 event

MIT OpenCourseWare 1800 event: Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds: A Milestone Celebration. The event celebrates the publishing of the 1800th course on MIT OpenCourseWare. Maybe we should consider doing this type of thing in K-12 Education.

Making IT work as one Video

Making IT work as one Video.

Podcast on Educational Issuses wanted....

Podcast on Technology educational issues wanted.... Have an Idea for an educational Podcast as it relates to educational technology and student learning. Record your points of view, innovative technology ideas and send me a link were I can download them, as most are to large for email because of there size. If they are small enough you can try to send them to [sharpstf@gmail.com]. If you need a place to upload it let me know and we will work something out. After getting the podcast I will listen to them and then places them on my blog site. I look forward to hearing your podcast.

Guidelines:
Don't use students full name
Try to keep them from 5 to 10 min.
No flaming comments
No negative comments about a person
Positive Podcast about change are best

Thanks again, Look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

AudioBooks Free Online

Here is a very neat site that allows you to have Free AudioBooks for your students to listen to as they follow along in there books.

Free Online AudioBook

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Charlie Rose - THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN (The World Is Flat)

Here is a Blog on the world is Flat. He makes references to education and the global markets that are out there in this flat world. THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN (The World Is Flat)

Charlie Rose - JIM COLLINS

Charlie Rose - JIM COLLINS

YouTube interview with Jim Collins about Good to Great. I think that this can also be used with Schools.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson - Book Review

Who moved my Cheese this is a great book to look at how change is importand. This YouTube video is a book review of who moved my cheese. If you are in education and technology this is a must read book.

3 Steps for 21st Century Learning

3 Steps for 21st Century Learning Century Learner.

Here is a Video on YouTube that talks about the skills needed by the 21st

Why We Need To Teach Technology in School

Why We Need To Teach Technology in School

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

Here is a YouTube Video of the vission of are young people and what they believe as it realtes to Technology and Learning.

Online Learning K-12 Teacher Survey

Here are the survey results of 296 teachers in the state of Michigan and what they think about Online Learning and Virtual course work. I will post my research paper as soon as it is one in this blog also. Please send me your thoughts on this at.

Here is my contact information

Technology Online Learning Teacher Survey (296 results)

Monday, February 2, 2009

CNN reports 26 Million streaming video hits

CNN reports 26 Million streaming video hits
Wow this is a phenomenal amount of live streams; we are reaching a time when communications on the internet is reaching a huge tipping point. In other words, with all this video taking more and more bandwidth from the Internet we will see more latency continually. Obama has shown us the way to connecting to the common person. It also shows that the common person is well connected. We can move many people with just a few clicks of the keyboard. Today on television news show they collected 35,000 plus photos in just a short period of time. I placed a survey online this weekend and sent a letter to the MDE technology list server and ask the directors to ask there teachers to voluntarily take it. With in two hours there were 135 users that had taken the survey. The speed of information is growing as we become more interconnected. We as a country need to invest in the backbone infrastructure of the internet. We also will need this structure to help consolidate server rooms across the state. We have seen bandwidth go up exponentially as we stream more video for online learning courses. We also see this inter-connecting of are student with the use of cell phone. I saw a group of twenty high school girls all with there cell phones open texting with there friends. I kiddingly told them you know you can just talk to each other, they all just smiled and laughed, like what planet is he from.

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