Thursday, February 21, 2008

Technology Overload - 2030

There is a Game Developers Conference taking place, offering surprising forecasts for the future of today's students. While we know kids love digital games, at conferences like these the question is more about how life engages with computers and artificial intelligence.

Today's Game Developers Conference keynote featured a uniquely distinguished individual. In 1963, at the age of fifteen, Ray Kurzweil wrote his first computer program to process statistical data at a summer job. The program was so useful that IBM distributed it to researchers. Later in high school he created a sophisticated pattern-recognition software program that analyzed musical pieces of great classical music composers and then synthesized its own songs in similar styles.

According to Kurzweil's estimates, in 2029 a $1,000 computer will be 1,000 times more powerful than the human brain. But instead of these systems mocking us autonomously, they will be miniaturized (via nanotechnology) and fused directly to the neural connections in your brain. We will no longer be limited by polygons or advanced lighting techniques because the resolution you see will be the maximum resolution your brain is capable of seeing.

Will I need to go to the movies in 2030? I've got popcorn at home.

What are the benefits of classroom Blogging?

Bloggging has opened a door that many schools are finding it difficult to open. What are the benefits of Blogging as a community (classroom). Here are a few examples. They can
  • reflect on their reading or classroom discussions.
  • investigate topics online and then report on their research.
  • record group progress on a project.
  • talk about shared classroom experiences.
  • copy and paste thought-provoking quotes from other blogs, and then offer their own thoughts on the topic.
  • ask professional writers to edit their blogs, or provide feedback.

What benefits can you foresee your campus taking advantage of?

Wiki's in Education

Using a Wiki for learning is a natural extension of putting pen to paper. But now, your friends have access to your paper, to make improvements simultaneously. The link below list several educators experimenting with wiki's to enhance the learning process.

Find an idea you like and post your comments on how this could affect your campus.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Change in Schools

I read blogs more often than most people read the paper. Mainly because everytime I check a web-blog, there is new information. Today I found a great read on improving technology in classrooms. (Read) Five ways to improve technology in education

Do you think he has a point? However more importantly, who are the people involved that can actually make this type of change on a campus? What do you think?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Amazing Resources for Web 2.0 Classroom Tools

This is an amazing set of Web 2.0 tools. There are three sections of the site, just one will leave you experimenting and testing new tools for days.

Back to School with the class of web 2.0

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Reflection - 08

When student collaboration in my classroom is at its best, I notice…

Submit your comment to this answer, and review comments from others.