August, 2009

My Twitter Journey So Far: Using Twitter as a Personal Educational Resource


Like many of you I started hearing buzz about Twitter this year. Everyone was on it. The local news station. The radio station. Technology gurus. Celebrities. But I didn''t see any use for Twitter for me, an ed tech specialist with nothing to sell or promote. I signed on in April of 2009, but didn''t do much with it. I thought it was a mini-Facebook, with people constantly updating what they were doing, no matter how mundane.

Essential Reading

The Electric Educator

Those of us planning on being in education for a while need to think about, prepare for, and understand the coming changes in education. Here are three essential works that speak to each of these things: 1. Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen. A disruptive innovation is an idea that, at first, is not accepted because of its expense, and lack of application to everyday life. Over time this innovation gains a following amongst a fringe crowd who develop a cult-like following.


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Save The Coffeeboy: Ransom Note Generator

The Daring Librarian

Great for Wiki or Blog headers.or Just for Fun ! I really like this Ransom Note Generator.but it''s a bit have to play with it to get good results adding spaces and the like. But when you''e done you can download the image to your HD & i crop it with iPhoto but i think it''s right nifty! Here are some tips from the site Tips: Use the button at the top of your picture to download it to your computer! See this page for more ideas!

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Feeling Change

The Electric Educator

I''m currently reading The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter. I''m part of the vision team at Southfield Christian School that is working toward fundamentally changing the way that we educate students. Instigating and sustaining such radical organizational change is very difficult. One of the key points that Kotter keeps hitting home is that true change requires a shift in behavior. This requires urgency that is felt, not thought.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Tech Training at Southfield Christian

The Electric Educator

This year I am leading monthly tech workshops for the teachers in my building. I did a couple of workshops last year which were well received and encouraged me to continue this year. The Google Teacher Academy gave me lots of ideas that I''m excited to share with others. I''m also doing to do some training on the old standbys: Outlook and PowerPoint. Just for fun, here is the handout that I am giving to teachers tomorrow during staff orientation.

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Auto Fill for Google Docs Spreadsheets

The Electric Educator

Here''s a feature of Google Docs Spreadsheets that will save you a ton of time! Learn how to automatically generate a list of practically anything using the power of Google Sets. Thanks again to Ronald Ho , Project Manager of Spreadsheets, for sharing this at the Google Teacher Academy. Click here to view in full screen. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash).

Word Cloud Gadget for Google Docs Spreadsheets

The Electric Educator

Ronald Ho , the project manager for Google Spreadsheets, demonstrated some awesome gadgets for Google spreadsheets at the Google Teacher Academy. One of them was a word cloud gadget. It''s a neat tool, here''s how to use it! Note: the size of the video in Blogger makes it very difficult to read the text. You can view a full screen version here. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.

More on Social Networking Guidelines for Educators


A couple of months ago I posted ten social networking guidelines for educators that I had come up with in response to a request from colleagues in my district. Today I came across some more detailed guidelines in the making. One is a blog with several thoughtful comments, and the other a wiki that is being collaboratively created. A great amount of detail in both and much food for thought. Guidelines for Educators Using Social Networking Sites [link] Social Media Guidelines for Schools [link].

U.S. Recruiting Cyber Patriots to Defend the Interwebs


As I feared, the combination of full time job and part time masters degree leaves me little energy for blogging. I have some thoughts I hope to post soon. Maybe when I get a break at the end of the second class - school law - which I am almost finished with. In the mean time, wanted to record for myself and share with any stumbling across my blog this interesting report on recruiting efforts for young people to become the defenders of the Internet. Fascinating.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Google Teacher Academy Reflection

The Electric Educator

Yesterday, I got to be a Googler for the day. I attended the 2009 Google Teacher Academy which was held in Boulder, Colorado this year. Corporate culture at Google is unlike any other company in the world. As soon as I entered their office I new this: an eight foot bouldering wall dominated one corner of the main floor. The other areas were filled with video games, a pool table, and a gigantic bean bag chair.

Pictures from GTA

The Electric Educator

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Google Teacher Academy

The Electric Educator

It was a long drive to Boulder, Colorado, but my wife, daughter, and I arrived safely. Tomorrow is the 2009 Google Teacher Academy. I''m excited about the opportunity to rub shoulders with a very distinguished and influential group of educators from around the country. Tomorrow will be a full day starting with breakfast at 8am and ending with a "celebration dinner" at 6:15. I previously posted the published schedule provided by the folks at Google.

Siftables: The next thing in Hands-On learning?

The Daring Librarian

- "MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?" I''m frankly gobsmacked! this just sets my mind a reeling with all the possibilities and then i go back to the this just another toy or the next wave of interactive manipulative''s !? what say you? comments sought & desired.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Discovery Shark Week

The Daring Librarian

Discovery Shark Week starts tomorrow Aug 2 And there are events in Second Life celebrating it! Learn more about Shark Week Aug 2nd Grand re- opening of Dive World You are invited to attend at 12 PM SLT. Here''s the SLURL Saturday Aug 8th, 8 AM SLT - 10 AM SLT "Sharks After Dark" private event for DEN in Second Life. To register and for more information please go HERE There will be a limit of 60 people for this event