Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Day After...

I have not been able to stop thinking about the ideas that were hatched in Chicago. I know most of the Google tools and the applications of them, but the GTA connected me to the people to implement my ideas. Naturally, you drink a little Kool-aid and get excited about all that Google has to offer, but the thing I really walked away with is the instant network I became a part of and the potential for more in everything I do.

One thing that I want to work on is my 20%. What can I do for an hour a week with my kids that is outside the box and will better prepare them for the world they are entering? I am kicking around an interdisciplinary online collaboration around the idea of place. I would naturally throw in some earth science but I would want it to be accessible to other disciplines too. I already have four burners going so my 20% might be on top of an already full plate. I'm sure most other educators are in the same boat so maybe I ought to just jump in.

Stay tuned for more on The Place Project! Anyone interested?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Google Teacher Academy - Chicago

Back from Chicago and looking forward to implementing some of the ideas and plans that were hatched in Chicago.

Details to follow...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Update: The New Book of Knowledge

"All books on this cart are garbage. Please throw away."

Apparently there was another set of The New Book of Knowledge floating around the school. What amused me was these books are not just headed to the garbage, they are garbage.

I'm inclined to agree, but the wording is a little strong. I would offer an alternative. "All the information in these books is already on Wikipedia, please recycle."