Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Todd Hall 105: Boeing Wireless Classroom of the Future

This is the classroom of the future at Washington STate University, funded in 2003 by Boeing. One article I saw referred to it as a cross between Ikea and the Starship Enterprise. While I'm not sure I hold with that characterization, I think it's an interesting one. I wonder if this is really how kids will learn in the future. I kind of doubt it. Even at Marietta, where we have a 12:1 student: professor ratio, we still have few classrooms of this size as many classes are 15-20 people. A few are even larger. We're experimenting with new types of spaces, but I don't think we should throw the baby out with the bathwater. Granted, we no longer need all classrooms to support the "sage on a stage" mentality, but the key to new learning space is flexiblity. This space doesn't look very flexible to me if you're not willing to have an encounter session on the beanbag chairs.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

As teens embrace blogs, schools sound an alarm | CNET News.com

An Interesting article in CNET news about blogs in high schools and colleges. Great resource for Facebook controversy too.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Terra Nova: Delusions of granter

An interesting view from both sides of the grant-writing divide (both writers and reviewers), with particular emphasis to the quant. vs. qual debate. I'd like some time to ruminate before I blog more on this one.

The Pew Charitable Trusts: News Room

Most (57%) teenagers are now creating content online in one form or another, either by blogging or creating web pages, according to a Pew Internet and American Life Project report. While I think this can be a great way to get kids involved, I worry about some of the issues related to the privacy and the information that these kids are sharing. "Don't post it on the Internet unless you would post the same thing in a grocery store bulletin board," is the advice I give them. Share their ideas? Their experiences? Certainly. Be aware of exactly what's out there? Critical.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Icing on the Cake: Online Tools for Classroom Use

Another one from Kathy Schrock. This is a list of electronic tools for the online classroom, targeted toward K-12 but applicable for other ages. These could also be quite useful in face-to-face classrooms.

And another thing, I just realized that BlogThis! is no longer copying the URL. No big deal, but it is a bit annoying.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Perfect score on Math!!

Take that, Mrs. Deadrick! I got a perfect score on 8th grade math. Hehehe!!

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs

http://mediachannel.org/blog/book/print/929