The Pondering Pixel

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Posts with topic 21st Century Classroom:

Will Keyboarding Become an Antiquated Skill?

All current discussions around classroom technology (interactive projectors, whiteboards, iPads, smartphones, clickers, document cameras, 3D projectors, electronic textbooks etc.) must at least touch on the future of the keyboard more specifically, keyboarding as part of high school and community college curricula nationwide.more

Haiku Deck and Presentation Creation

Haiku Deck is an iPad app that deserves some attention because of the noble mission of its creators. In their words on their website "We yearn for the fabled day when the words, “Let me just fire up this presentation,” ...fills an audience with eager anticipation instead of all-consuming dread." Truly, this is an app that should be installed on the iPads of any student or teacher displaying 21st Century skills in the 21st Century classroom.more

Will the Concept of Classroom Change Forever?

Microsoft's Research wing houses an infinite number of technology possibilities that will never come to market, primarily because of cost issues. I am fairly sure this one, called Illumishare will be different as its components are tried and true technologies already with us: a camera, projector, computer and Skype. As 21st Century classroom technology in the purest sense it will enable the walls of the traditional classroom to melt away alongside the walls that surround countries, cultures and concepts. The push for 21st Century skills acquisition is inspired by the emergence of technologies such as this that will demand we collaborate as citizens of the world rather than simply members of an office team.

Teachers and Technology

T.H.E. Journal recently reported on an Illinois school district’s methods for infusing technology in the classroom. As is common knowledge, K-12 school districts nationwide are often challenged by some teachers accepting and incorporating the technology immediately with others failing to grasp the necessity and reverting to traditional methods.

The superindendent of Westville Illinois Community District II attributes his success to ongoing professional development as well as an IT based learning atmosphere.more

Technology as a Language

CDW released a report today claiming that only 39 percent of students claim their technology needs are being met by their highschools. I was struck by a student quote which read “I don’t want to type things just to say I used technology, I want to be doing something I couldn’t do without it.” I’m not sure why but it was reminiscent of a discussion I had with a middle schooler not long ago when asking him about the projector/whiteboard combination present in all the classrooms of his upscale school district. He told me there was really no point...that it was all the same things only shown on a projector instead of written on a dry erase board.more

Flexible High-Tech Learning Space at Temple University

If you get a chance take a moment to read the case study and watch this video recently shared with me by Temple University. It involves the transformation of their Speakman Hall Room 200 into a high-tech meeting and events space.more

Classroom Furniture Imitates Life

Identifying trends enables foresight. Sometimes those trends appear in obscure places and people don’t make the connection. For example, in education circles, what’s to be learned by looking at the kind of classroom furniture being manufactured these days? I think it is something significant.

Perhaps it is best to first consider that US colleges and universities,the ultimate destination of many of many K-12 students, are now seeking to "host the discussion" rather than simply house the genius. In other words, they want to be the facilitators of innovation. It takes student collaboration to achieve this.The ability to work successfully in groups is a 21st Century skill and is not innate simply because we're human.more

Pico Projectors and Rural Health Education

There is nothing as satisfying as when multiple interests converge to create something new and exciting. As our resident pico projector cheerleader, my passion for the potential use scenarios of these handheld projectors led me to offer one as a solution to obstacles faced by an organization near and dear to my heart,Pre-vent.org as their Chairman surveyed programs in Africa and Guatemala.

A little background is in order.more

Figment.com in the 21st Century Classroom

I sat next to a teenage boy on my Seattle ferry ride yesterday who composed rap lyrics on his cell phone. Looking over his shoulder out of the corner of my eye I could almost hear the beat as I marveled at his need to create and share instantly with his friends. For the remainder of the ride he received multiple text messages from those friends--affirmations for the most part. Friends are like that.more

The Most Searched Classroom Projectors

Aside from the Feature Search utility that I discussed in my previous post, another way to identify the best classroom projectors is to see where all the buzz out there is leading those with a quest similar to yours.more