Thursday night, Adam and I will be hosting our second UTW Live Show! If you missed the first, you can catch it on the community site. The second one will be on Thursday, December 12th at 7pm EST, registration over here at the Google Event.
I gotta be honest, I really look forward to these. Love hanging out with Adam, but in paritcular it gets back to the spirit in which we wrote the book. We really didn’t want to just throw something in print, we wanted something that would live, and breath. We wanted to connect to readers and help them connect to a much larger world. While it’s slow to get rolling, it’s something we’re committed to and going to keep pushing on. Plan is to do at least one per month from here on out, and to tie in challenges on the community site. It takes time to build anything great. And while some might see the book itself as the accomplishment, we’re looking at it as the first step in something much larger.
Hope to see you at the livecast!
Thank you for reaching out to me. I understand some company you contracted to do advertising engaged in some unethical behavior. They had the audacity to spam hundreds of thousands of blogs with spam comments containing links to your fine website. Upon learning about this, I’m sure you were completely mortified. And even more embarrassing, now that Google is penalizing those types of linkages, you’re at a loss for how to redeem your good name.
It must be awfully difficult to have to reach out to all those blogs that you unknowingly spammed over the last few years and to ask them to remove the comments that company left, in an effort to regain some of the page ranking you’ve lost to such nefarious tactics (that you were completely ignorant of, of course). And I do understand how much you’d appreciate me removing those links, because after all… those connections are also hurting MY Google ranking as well. So let me clue you in to a little secret….
I DON’T CARE.
I really don’t think many people arrive at my blog via Google. And if it hurts my ranking, so what? I can live with that. If keeping your spam on my site hurts your site’s reputation and ranking, then I couldn’t be happier to keep them active on blog posts of mine from 2009. No, I don’t really like them either, to be honest, but it does make me giggle a bit that the very unethical behavior that you’ve engaged in over the last several years is now biting you right on the rear end.
If you really want them gone, you can send me $25 per link removal, directly to Paypal. Please put “I’m a SPAMmer, a slimeball and I make the world worse for other people” in the memo field so I know what this is in reference to.
Is this a podcast? Yeah, kinda sorta. On the heels of posting yesterday, I thought I’d do a little walking and talking while heading over to the car. And since I’m still getting the hang of Glass, I figured it would be a good medium for it. Nothing revolutionary, but it also gave me an excuse to try to work out the workflow. I attempted to use an app that was supposed to post to WordPress directly from Glass, but clearly that wasn’t set up quite right. So instead, I recorded it on Glass, waited overnight for it to auto-backup to Google+, posted it to my G+ account, and then embedded the post below. A hassle? Yeah. But I think I can smooth some of it out. Thinking that maybe I can tie in IFTTT to handle some of the automation.
Not sure what the final formula will be, but I promise… I’ll keep you posted So for now, enjoy the show!
Hi. My name is Steve. I taught the little ones for a while, and then served as the Director of Technology for a school in Chicago. Since then, I’ve been working for Discovery and while so many things in my life have gotten better, I’ve let other things laps. Including this blog. In fact, it’s been several years since I’ve done any real posting here.
That’s not to say I haven’t been active. I’ve hosted virtual conferences that thousands of educators have attended. I co-authored a book about web tools. I’ve joined my local school board and presented at way more conferences that I can count. I was even honored with a BAMMY award.
But I do feel like I’ve lost a few things as well. I’ve stopped sharing many of the little things that SHOULD be shared. I haven’t participated in chats or local events as much as I’d like. And most of all, I feel like I’m starting to lose my sense of the path that got me here.
Perhaps this is the start of a back to basics campaign. Perhaps this is the start of a new journey. I’m not exactly sure yet. But all I know is that there are a lot of people that I miss dearly that I used to communicate through blogs and podcasts. And I’d really like to get back to that.
So if you are reading this, do me a favor. Say hello. I’d appreciate it.
One of the projects in my Wilkes course for students working towards their masters in secondary education and Ph.D. in Education is to host their own live broadcast. Leading in to it, they need to attend a live webinar and reflect upon the experience. Most of the time, the experiences are largely positive. But every so often, it opens the door to something much more.
I can’t stress enough how much of an impact this first webinar has made on my view of “information distribution” using technology. In a matter of 15 minutes, I was able to search out a webinar that dealt directly with my field, attend for free, and now share an overview for others. Being present for a “live” webinar made me feel more involved, although I did not participate in the Q and A session at the end. I felt like a true part of the audio production industry, and reinforced my professional development in a simple one-hour segment while comfortably sitting in my office at home.
One teacher, one experience, one step… That’s what makes it all worthwhile.
There’s a new comic book shop that recently opened in downtown Skokie (Aw Yeah Comics for those that are interested), and it is quickly becoming a tradition for the family to walk over there and pick up a couple of books from the quarter bins. During our last trip, I picked up a comic for myself, a new cross over event called “Avengers vs X-Men“.
This was the first paper comic book I’ve read in quite a long time, and while I enjoyed flipping the pages, the physical comic was just one of several layers that became available. I noticed an “AR” symbol on quite a few pages, but didn’t have any real clue what it was all about until I found a page mentioning additional content available through the Marvel AR app (iOS and Android). A quick download later, and every time I saw that symbol, I was scanning the page with my phone and getting additional video content, commentary from the writers, and seeing certain pages evolve from pencils, to ink, to being filled in with color. It was like being able to flip on the director’s commentary track on a DVD as you’re reading. I absolutely loved the experience and it left me hungry for more.
I also got a very pleasant surprise when I hit the last page fo the comic. There was a sticker to peel off that provided a code you could use to download the digital copy of the comic which you could read via app or browser. I’ve used th
e Marvel app before and they really nailed the reading experience. It’s a fantastic way to read comics, I just haven’t wanted to spend the $$ to purchase many.
That said, if I can support a local business, have the paper version to share with my son, get the augmented reality extra content, and download a digital copy of the comic, all for the same price? I’m all over it. Major props to Marvel comics, they’ve figured out a winning formula for keeping paper comics relevant in an increasingly digital age. If you want to see what all this looks like, check out the video below.
So many elements of school are still based on paper. Traditional textbooks, workbooks, study guides, posters, and of course the work that students create. QR codes and related technologies are allowing every educator and student to add digital layers to their own paper projects as well, but how many are actually leveraging it? When a student creates an art project, why not allow them to tag it with a QR code that links to other projects they’ve done? Or a video showing the way they created it? Or a survey asking viewers to share their impressions? When a teacher hands out a page of information, why not include a link to a digital version that has extra links, videos and activities for the students to dig deeper. It can provide additional info for the students who need it, or new challenges for students that are ready to push a little further. And the best part is, it’s incredibly easy to do.
Why aren’t more print companies leveraging this technology? And why aren’t more teachers jumping on board? Low level of effort and high reward. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
Oh, and for those of you that are curious about how Marvel is handling their AR, it’s through Aurasma. Think QR Codes without those pesky squares. Well worth exploring.
- New Marvel Comics App Augments Reality (rev2.org)
The business of education is massive. And I mean REALLY massive. There’s a ton of major players making billions of dollars off of schools, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t space for new players on the field. We all have our favorite Web 2.0 sites, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, if a site doesn’t have a direct line of funding within site, I’d be slightly skeptical of how long it’ll be around for. Site development costs money. Servers cost money. Bug fixing costs money. And if developers can’t offset those costs, well more than likely the site won’t be around for the long haul.
That said, there’s quite a few start ups that are looking to break into the education market. The beautiful thing is that if they’re smart, they can keep costs relatively low, meaning it doesn’t take too much to keep them going until they can establish a user base. If you’re at all interested in following these startups and seeing what they’re up to, @Injenuity has put together a fantastic list of Edu Startups on Twitter. Take a look through them, follow the ones you’re interested in… and if you really like what they have to offer, I strongly suggest you consider making some sort of an investment in them. Buy a premium feature, upgrade to a pro account, make a donation, or just evangelize for them. Because if you don’t, they may not be around much longer!
First of all, this TEDx rocks. Watch it and be inspired by one incredible educator. Even better though, while she’s up on stage presenting, she’s even leaving notes for her students back in the classroom.
Extra credit for posting your favorite learning “moment” or short story in the comments.”
I could watch this again and again. And while I’m thrilled for Caine and inspired by his story… I keep wondering just how many tales like this aren’t getting told because nobody thinks anyone else would be interested? Knowing how to market yourself is such a critical skill in today’s society.