The Pondering Pixel

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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

Epson Interactive Projector Training Videos Available

Epson has developed more than 30 “BrightLink Bright Spots” training videos to help teachers and technology trainers get to know intimately all the capabilities of EPSON® BrightLink ultra-short throw and short throw interactive projectors. The videos are free and accessed here. Some of the topics covered are connecting computers and document cameras as well as how to implement software like Easy Interactive Tools or the iProjection app.more

If the InFocus Mondopad Were a Woman, He'd Marry it

One of the highlights of my CES experience last month was a visit to the InFocus suite. There I got a sneak peek at products that reaffirmed my belief in this Northwest pioneer of the industry. Of specific interest on this visit, however, was not a projector but the Mondopad. As my regular readers will attest to, I’ve been ranting about the superfluous nature of pricey interactive whiteboards for a couple of years now—ever since Epson released its first interactive projector. The Mondopad takes that rant to new heights as it puts a lot of other classroom technology tools in the hot seat and positions itself to be the new brain center of any wired classroom replacing white boards, PCs, touch panels, cameras, and video conferencing unitsmore

IWB Exit...Stage Left

In an article earlier this week in her blog on tweenteacher.com, writer/teacher Heather Wolport Gawron addresses an issue I raised in my mind and in an earlier post of my own: Why would schools continue to spend money on a high priced interactive whiteboards (SMARTboard,Promethean or otherwise) in light of current trends and technology options?more

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

The Flipped Classroom

I am thrilled at all the chatter surrounding the so called “flipped” classroom. It is not a new concept. It was pioneered by two very forward thinking teachers in a rural school and actually predates YouTube and online video. However, it was highlighted at the recent ITSE Conference and new discussions have emerged in blogs and forums.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

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

Samsung Launches SUPERHERO Video Competition

Samsung Techwin seems to be big on contests and I think it's a good thing--especially when it gives kids a chance to showcase not only their video making talents but their creative and academic prowess as well.

Students are to portray their favorite historical character on video. All entries will be posted on the company's website and each week they will post one of the best videos on Facebook.Each student who wins gets $500 and their class receives a SAMCAM 860 document camera.more

Samsung Scholarship Contest for High Schoolers

I had to give a plug to Samsung Techwin for sponsoring an essay contest whose submissions might give some great insight. Ten high school students have the opportunity to win $1000 scholarships for writing on whether technology is critical to a live presentation or if it is is only a crutch.more