A very NICE mini-conference

I know, I know, the title of the post is corny, but how can you avoid it when the group hosting the mini-conference is named "NICE", Northern Illinois Computing Educators? The conference itself was a resounding success. There were only three time slots, perfect for a half day mini-conference. I did a quick 45 minute [...]

By | January 30th, 2006|Musings|2 Comments

Under construction

Just to warn ya'all, I'm in the midst of upgrading to Wordpress 2.0 and getting a new theme set up (one that actually works in all browsers correctly). So the site will probably be up and down over the next few days.

By | January 28th, 2006|Site news|10 Comments

Today’s news, from SMS Live

Know what one of the great things about DEN having regional managers in every area of the country?  You find out about some amazing things that teachers and students are doing that somehow manage to slip under the radar.  Via the Pennsylvania DEN blog: The kids at Salisbury Middle School are on the air.  They [...]

By | January 27th, 2006|Musings, Tech|3 Comments

DEN vs. Teach42

I got an email the other day asking me how I'm deciding what should go up on the national Discovery Educator Network blog and what goes on Teach42.com. Umm... I'm not really sure just yet. I'm still trying to figure out just where that line is going to be drawn, and at least for the [...]

By | January 26th, 2006|Site news|3 Comments

A NICE way to spend a Saturday if you’re in Illinois

Somehow, I always forget to actually post conferences that I'm going to be attending or presenting at before they actually occur. Dick Marchessault has a good write up of the NICE Mini-Conference that I'll be doing a Podcasting session at on Saturday. If you're in the area, stop on by!

By | January 26th, 2006|Conferences|Comments Off on A NICE way to spend a Saturday if you’re in Illinois

Podcasting vs. Lecture: Followup

Seems as though this post got struck a chord with a few people. Will chimed in, John tossed his two cents in the bucket, but Barbara's response really tries to answer the questions that everyone is asking. "When the lecture, presentation slides and notes can all be shared online, what SHOULD a higher education class [...]

By | January 26th, 2006|Musings|1 Comment

Chalkdust Torture

Not sure if anyone else is a fan of the band Phish, but reading Casey's comment about college reminding me of a verse from Chalkdust Torture: But who can unlearn all the facts that I've learned As I sat in their chairs and my synapses burned And the torture of chalk dust collects on my [...]

By | January 24th, 2006|Musings|4 Comments

Podcast versus lecture shootout

Via Online Learning Update Some professors posting their lectures online as podcasts claim they are seeing a rise in absenteeism. Professors are responding by having more pop quizzes or giving extra credit for attending class. School boards are starting to question if students are serious about school and if they will be successful in completing [...]

By | January 24th, 2006|Musings|14 Comments

Spammer with a sense of humor

Spam Karma for Wordpress does a pretty darn decent job of filtering everything. In fact, it's caught about 700 spam comments in the last two weeks, without even bringing it to my attention. Occasionally, a comment is held in a queue because it isn't sure if it's spam or not. I got one such comment [...]

By | January 24th, 2006|Musings, Site news|5 Comments

Principal possibly fired due to his personal blog

From EdBlogger Praxis: A principal of a French school is in big trouble because his blog Oy vey. A principal in France was fired after school officials discovered his anonymous personal blog which was determined to be pornographic and obscene. According to some, it wasn't either of those, but regardless it caused a major scandal. [...]

By | January 24th, 2006|Musings|Comments Off on Principal possibly fired due to his personal blog