Last week we looked at proposed technologies that were in development. Some are farther along than we realize.
This week is about innovations that already exist. Some are mind boggling! Click the title link.
1. After watching the quick movie of all ten innovations, choose one and find a website with more information about it. Provide a shortlink of your findings. (10)
2. What interests you most about this innovation? (10)
3. Think big. If you could add one adaptation, improvement or change to the device, what would it be? No you can't say, the device is perfect the way it is. Think outside the box. Make a change and substantiate it. (30)
Yeah you probably guessed it ...the emphasis on this blog is question 3.
1. What new idea or future innovation impressed you the most? Why?
2. Think about this. You might let the future unfold in front of you or you can be part of the process. I believe you have the potential to be a very cool, future innovator. So dream a bit and project how you might be involved in developing and using one of these or other future technologies. Provide imaginative details....
Considering the cool things we are doing with our Innovation Projects and the development of our AMPLITUDE concept, I thought it would be interesting to investigate what other high schools are doing and how we compare. Here are some results of my search:
Research some of these schools. (You will need to uncover the schools real websites)
Pick ONE high school that hasn't been selected by someone posting before you.
1. What list was the school on that you picked? Why do you think it made one (or more) of these lists? What can we learn from this school?
2. Do you think there is anything we are doing technologically at our school that they are not doing? What? What gives you the impression they are not doing it?!
3. How does Shadow compare to these schools in general and specifically to the school you picked?
4. Do you think we should make one of these lists? How do we get there?
In honor of officially kicking off your innovation projects ... this week we will focus the blog assignment on that.
Convey what you are doing out side of class time to work on your projects. Are you... Meeting a teammate? Researching? Attending a webinar? Meeting with teachers? Writing emails? Writing notes on your webpage?
All you have to do this week is share what work you are doing on your project out side of class time.
As GenYES students and technology mentors, one of the most importance facets of your role is to be technology innovators. Last week you explored the idea of innovation. Now it's time to BE innovators!
So how do we do this?
1. Breeze through this document: Up to the Challenge(YIKES! It's 38 pages long! Are you CRAZY MsK?) No! I just want you to get the feel for what the study* is talking about! Read a few parts in the beginning. Stop and look at some pages that get your attention. Discover some critical skills needed for students (Like YOU!) to be successful. Pause around pages 17 through 20ish and understand what we (GenYES'ers) are striving for as tech innovators. Consider what we've built and are building. Why are we creating AMP Zones? What are we doing with this Compass Lab? Why did we buy a Promethean Board? → Comment on points about what you read and how it affects what we are doing. Are you up for the challenge?
2. There may be things more important in education than memorization of facts. After all, we have google for fact finding, right? The new ideologies are: The 4 C's. What are they?
3. The simple video above is analogous to the way we do classwork now and proposes the idea of discovering new approaches and ideas through ... innovation. Think about how this movie applies to the classrooms of today and potentially tomorrow. Be specific.
5. In Shadow's part of Compass 2015 what Objective and Strategy are the Compass Lab and Amp Zones listed for this year? (Listed as digital lab and Amplitude) What other notes about 21st Century Learning does it say we are proposed to do?
Note: Yep this is a long blog assignment! OK OK...it's worth 100 points AND you will have class time to work on these concepts this week! *study: There are many, similar studies and significant data to support this thinking.
Considering the philosophy of the GenYES organization; sound leadership plays a major role in the programs' success, from the local perspective of students acting as campus, technology ambassadors to running a world class company.
1. Explore thisLeadership link. Choose one of the topics and fully investigate the properties of leadership. Give a summary of what you read.
2. What leadership strengths do you possess?
3. List some characteristics of being a leader that you feel you might need some improvement.
Say Shadow received a check for $ 200,000. to use for technology and YOU were in charge of how to spend it for our school. How would you spend it? (No it's not for you...it's for the SCHOOL!)
1. Research prices of the items you want to buy. (Round out the dollar amount) What decisions would you make? Would you replace the labs? Would you buy another laptop cart? Would you buy portable devices? Which devices? Smartboards? Would you mix it all up? Come as close as you can to spending all the money to best represent current technologies. See my (somewhat crazy) example below.
2. Provide an idea for care of the purchases you made against theft or misuse.
3. There are approximately 1750 students, about 60 classrooms at SMHS. How many kids will benefit from your idea?
The past year or so, a wide range of tablets, iPads, Galaxys, Xooms and more hit the streets. Netbooks are making a splash splitting out thelaptop market. There are so many choices... it's mind boggling!
1. Why don't we see more kids bringing these devices to school? If there are so many devices out there ...who has them?
2. What are the issues with the idea of parents buying digital devices for kids to bring to school? (Instead of paper, pencils, binders etc)
3. What about the school providing a digital device for each student? What are the good points of this idea? Bad points? (Schools have only about $270/student to spend for books)
Go to reddit and click "register" in the upper right hand corner. Explore the site. Answer the questions below. As always, number your responses.
1. What is reddit? How does it compare to a blog?
2. Find an article that you think is interesting and appropriate. Upvote it. Read a few comments of that article. Upvote the ones that you feel made good points. List the article you chose.
3. Comment on the article. When you have submitted, click on the 'permalink' below your comment. Copy the url of the page it brings you to and save that link. Paste the link to the comment you made.
4. How does the concept of "social news" appeal to you? What are it's strengths and weaknesses?
NOTE: Everyone needs to submit valid answers before the "Monday Deal" goes into effect.
1. How many of your classes are basically paperless, that is your classwork is delivered and completed online?
2. How many of your classes use paper handouts, packets, worksheets or paper tests all or most of the time?
3. Which do you prefer? Paper or Paperless? Why?
4. pvLearners / Google docs are good online environments, but there were some in class that disapproved. Do you think it's an efficient means to collaborate, communicate, teach/learn between teachers and students? Why? If not, what is a better idea?
Based on what you've read from the GenYES site and the work you've done at SMHS, describe, in your opinion what you feel is the most important function of GenYES.
This is a shortened version of the student written blog topic. But since we are having several discussions on GenYES this week, I thought you should catch a break here! One or two sentences will suffice for this week's task.
We use technology all the time, computers, phones, ipods. What makes it work?
Program languages are the underlying methods that allow computer and application functions to happen.
Research one programming language.
1. Describe it, what it is used for and the applications that use it. 2. What advantages does it have over other programming languages? 3. What is the relative difficulty of it to learn? 4. What professions might you use this language in?
Over the past few months of the blog assignment, we've examined the biggest presence on the internet and in the world of operation systems. Your job this week is to find the biggest blunders of the tech world.
1. Find one failed tech idea that really stands out to you. Give a short summary about this product, including when it was made, who made it, and what it aspired to do.
2. What went wrong with the product?
3. What could have been done to make it more successful?
1) The Mac app store has been launched! How will the addition of the mac app store effect the "Lite" and spam apps already on the regular iTouch app store?
2) With piracy being so prevalent on the web, what's to stop pirates from taking the software and creating a mac based cydia?
3) You've all seen it. The iPad commercials brag about being used with third party items such as a guitar and the camera connector cords in tandem with app store apps. What would you like to see an app for? What ports are you looking forward to seeing on the mac? (other than angry birds) ARD for the ipad? car control?