Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Using mobile technology to learn

Mobile technology is here. Portable technology is here. The availability of technology is no longer an impediment to teaching (or learning). Technology is no longer limited to this classroom, or that classroom. Prices for technology are dropping, and the power is increasing. So, how do we use technology to learn? How should we use mobile technology to learn? With this shift from non-mobile (stationary) technology to mobile technology has our approach to teaching changed ENOUGH? Do we realize that IF learning can occur ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, and ANYPLACE, teaching should also? The “traditional” classroom needs to be reexamined, and reshaped to reflect these technological shifts.

We need to adopt new technologies ourselves, to teach with, and to learn with. Technology has changed education, and education has changed technology – but have the same changes occurred in teaching? In learning? That’s the challenge for all of us – to use mobile technology to learn and to teach. Are we ready?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

How does Twitter help you learn?

  1. Twitter provides instant connection to other students
  2. Twitter provides instant connection to faculty
  3. Twitter provides access to a community of experts
  4. Twitter provides instant access to resources worldwide
  5. Twitter provides just-in-time-learning
  6. Twitter promotes learning anywhere, anytime and anyplace
  7. Twitter is mobile and supports mobile learning
  8. Twitter promotes ubiquitous, pervasive and transparent learning

How does Twitter help you teach?

  1. Twitter can provide updates to students
  2. Twitter can provide personalized updates to students
  3. Twitter can be used to check-in on students
  4. Twitter can provide reminders to students
  5. Twitter can prompt participation
  6. Twitter can provide feedback immediately
  7. Twitter can support just-in-time-teaching
  8. Twitter promotes ubiquitous, pervasive and transparent teaching

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

31 Topics for 31 Days (October's Blog Preview)

The goal is to write 31 posts in the month of October. The goal is to write on THESE topics. One topic, each day. If there are MORE posts, that's good. But at least 31 topics, starting on October 1st.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Reflection: Innovation in education? Or educational innovation?

Do I promote innovation in education or educational innovations? I don’t consider this a play on words. In my mind, it is changing the process or labeling change.

I hope to change the process of education. Education is a process, a fluid and dynamic process. Change in education can only be fleeting, and if it is successful, this change can have a lasting impact. Changes or innovations in education may include the printed book, the pencil, television, slides, computers, and digital media. Changes also include homeschooling, charter schools, and magnet schools. Changes lead to other changes.

Change is transformational. Transformations are the result of innovation.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New (Academic) Year Professional Development Resolutions

  1. Collaborate more. Find more opportunities. Create more. Share more.
  2. Create and enhance opportunities for professional networking. Share. Co-create. Collaborate.
  3. Promote integration of new and emerging technologies. Explore new technologies and new software.
  4. Identify strategies to use technology in teaching and learning.

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Top 10 Teaching and Learning Technologies for 2009-2010 (In no particular order)

  1. Twitter - http://twitter.com/ - Micro-blogging web based application. Multiple client applications. (follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/dpeter)
  2. Twitpic - http://twitpic.com/ - Upload/send pictures via Twitter. Tag images. Comment on images. Web based application.
  3. Picasa - http://picasa.google.com/ - Upload pictures. Create online photo or image albums.
  4. Google Reader – http://google.com/reader - RSS feed reader. Send feed items via email or Twitter. Comment and tag feed items.
  5. Google Documents – http://docs.google.com – Web based application. Word processor, Presentation Software, Spreadsheet, On-line Form creator. Create, share, upload, download forms.
  6. Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html - Web browser. Numerous “Add-ons” that can customize browser.
  7. Delicious – http://delicious.com – Web based bookmark collector, aggregator. Tag bookmarks. (my bookmarks are at http://delicious.com/dpeter19)
  8. Evernote - http://evernote.com/ - Web based application, client application. Organize notes, tag notes. Create virtual notebooks.
  9. Screenr - http://screenr.com/ - Record, share, upload screen video recordings. Integrates with Twitter.
  10. TweetMic - http://tweetmic.com/ - iPhone application for recording audio files. Upload audio files. Share with link via Twitter.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Digital, Digitized and Available EVERYWHERE

The new digital frontier is shifting the landscape for teaching and learning. No longer is the landscape restricted to a specific time and place. Digital content can be accessed anywhere there is a connection, and anywhere there is a device capable of viewing the content. As the digital media changed, and changes, the technology changed and continues to change.
  • Has the technology changed in response to the digital media? or
  • Has the digital media changed in response to the technology?
The digital frontier has allowed us to grow knowledge, to share knowledge, and ultimately to create new knowledge. "... learning has always had one foot firmly planted in the production of knowledge and the other in disseminating and enabling access to such knowledge" (Bonk, 2009, p. 65) (EMPHASIS ADDED). The new technology is our tool to accomplish these ends. The new media becomes the means to achieve these ends. Whether the technology has caused this to happen or the new media has required this to happen is ultimately a rhetorical question. Change is a part of being digital, and digital lifestyle exists to change.


Bonk, C. (2009). The world is open: How web technology is revolutionizing education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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