As 2012 comes to an end I am going to take a look back at the books I read during the year. In 2011 I ended up reading 11 books outside of books related to work or school. In 2012 the number only reached 4. The books I read are listed below:
Diary of a Player – Brad Paisley
Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World
Hockeytown Doc: A Half-Century of Red Wings Stories from Howe to Yzerman
Howlling Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America
Oh and I almost forgot this book that I picked up at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, MI
The ABC’s of Detroit Red Wings Hockey
Looking ahead I already have 2 books waiting to be read and they are quite different in subject.
11/22/63 – Stephen King
This book is quite interesting as it takes a look at the events surrounding the ATTEMPTED assination of John F. Kennedy as the actual event was disrupted by time travellers…if I remember the description correctly. At 866 pages for the Kindle edition…it will be a long read but appears to be very interesting.
The 20% Doctrine – Ryan Tate
Audio Recording (24:00) – You will need to download this file as it was larger than the allowed file size.
IT vs TI – The Debate
In our EDTL 6340 class at Bowling Green State Univeristy, we have to create online professional development resources. After exploring different options I finally settled on a 4 part video series covering 4 different programs. The programs selected were Evernote, Skitch, Penultimate and Evernote Peek.
I feel that a challenge for educators who are interested in integrating technology within the classroom is not having a clear understanding of not only what the software does but how does it fit into my workflow or my classroom. Each video will aim to be 3 – 5 minutes in length and ask the three simple questions: Who, What and Why. We realize that not every piece of software we review will not fit for all users (teachers, administration, parents and students) but if it can make life easier for one for those groups we will explore it. In future videos, we will take a more in-depth look at the software and cover how it is currently being used in the classroom.
Evernote Peek Video
All videos shown within the screencast I created are available for viewing on http://evernote.com/video/
Wow..is it really July 31st? The calendar says it is and I am left to wonder where the summer has gone. In my EDTL 6330 class at Bowling Green State University we had an assignment where we had to review and demonstrate a Web 2.0 program and use screen recording software to present it.
I reviewed Evernote but went a step further and reviewed Evernote Hello, Skitch and Penultimate. You can find view my presentation by clicking here.
You can also view my Evernote Notebook I created for this project by clicking here.
Earlier today I listened in and observed a discussion amongst technology and administrative leaders from within Ohio and eTech Ohio. It was interesting to see that 35 or so respones generated through 3 questions had a common theme emerge amongst them. Considering that there are 613 districts and 353 charter schools within Ohio and the group represented other agencies throughout the state the results may not have been the most accurate to represent the state of Ohio.
The discussion centered around the following themes that emerged through the survey:
Bring Your Own Technology(Device)/Mobile Technology
The title for this presentation came about based on a discussion centered around the 2013 State Technology Conference in February. John Schinker who was part of the team responsible for bringing about Edcamp Cleveland brought up practicing what we preach to our teachers and that is changing the way we teach. Moving the classroom from the state of where the teacher stands in front of the classroom and the desks are lined up in nice neat rows.
This led me to think about a presentation I am giving at a conference in October. While still trying to narrow down mt topic and focus I asked my self how I could change my presentation so that it is not a presentation where I stand in front of the room looking out at a sea of nodding heads. As of now I think my topic will focus on Information Technology vs Technology Integration, exploring how these two titles are very different roles within a school. Flipping this presentation will not be easy because it will make those in attendance uneasy because it bucks the trend they are comfortable with.
As of now I am working on ways to flip my presentation and make it more than just me standing in front of a room of nodding heads. A follow up post will be made once I figure this out.
The audio recording of the presentation did not turn out the way I intended. I plan to try and save the recording through Audacity but not 100% sure it will improve the quality to an acceptable level.
I am providing you with the resources I used to create my presentation and also an Evernote fact sheet. You can access these resources here.
If you have any questions about my presentation or want to know more about using Evernote as a digital portfolio please feel free to contact me at bob.green at neergbob . com
In EDTL 6360 at BGSU we were required to utilize Wordle (wordle.com) and produce a digital artifact that contained words about education and technology. We were further instructed to use words related to our content area and grade level. I am currently not in the classroom as a teacher so I chose to focus on words that were related to 21st century learning and technology.
In my experiences programmers are known to be a bit odd and tend to think in terms of their preferred programming language structure. One common element amongst languages is they have ability to do similar things…but may go about it in different ways or call it something different. A common task for programmers is to evaluate an input and then decide what to do based on the input and either do a task or do something else. This is called an If Then Else Statement. This logic way of thinking has moved to the Internet in a service called IFTTT.com (If This Then That).
One thing I want to do is collect all of the e-mails that are related to a project I am working on that contain a certain label and then send them into an Evernote Notebook. The challenge is I am working with multiple people from different organizations so establishing a filter within Gmail would prove challenging. There could be e-mails that have no relation to to the project at hand so do a blanket filter of any e-mail from their domain would not work. Here is my workflow:
Locate e-mail within my account and assign a label to the message.
When a new e-mail comes in that matches that label it should trigger a response and send the e-mail automatically to the correct Evernote notebook.
This will allow me to have all communication within Evernote and easily searchable.
IFTTT is currently a free service that is in beta that operates through a point and click creation of recipes (programs). You have two options when deciding how you will create a task. You can create the task from scratch or edit an existing recipe. The first step in creating a task is to select the trigger channel. I first looked through the existing recipes and found one that fit my needs so I edited the recipe.
The recipe I have selected states the following:
If an e-mail within GMAIL is labeled EVERNOTE then create a note in Evernote with the following conditions:
Subject and Received Date
The body of the message will contain the following information:
From Address, Subject, Received At and the body of the message.
The created note is placed into a defined notebook that I placed in the recipe. I then created tags to more easily identify the message when searching.
The group of schools I am working with right now is a total of four so the email messages could be regarding all four schools or one particular school. Once I examine the contents of the message, I can adjust the tagging system and apply the tags necessary to the contents of that e-mail for improved search results based on tags.
How can we use IFTTT in a school setting to simplify tasks? I have been thinking about this and know there is a use for this program but I am coming up empty on a good example to provide. Usually when I come up with an idea it is to resolve an issue that I am faced with so I think that is part of the block that is making it hard for me to figure out this answer. I am going to think about this longer and will hopefully come up with solutions.