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21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020 January 1, 2011

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21 things that will become obsolete in education by 2020 was posted on Twitter today.  It was originally posted on the Daily Riff on December 19, 2010.

I am going to go through just a few of the ones that I agree with, and hope do become obsolete by 2020, if not sooner.  You can read the entire article for yourself to determine if you agree with any, all, or none of them.

Desks!  Oh, definitely.  I hated sitting at desks when I was in school and I hated having desks in my own classroom when I was teaching in the Brick and Mortar school.  I preferred tables scattered around the room so that students could easily maneuver and work together.  It also made it so much easier for me to get to  a student to help him or her if needed.

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Motorola Droid Pro January 1, 2011

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Yes, I crossed over to the Android OS phones.  On December 12, 2010, I purchased a Motorola Droid Pro.  I spent almost three weeks pondering this decision through research, asking others who had Blackberry phones (which is what I had before – see previous post), and asking those who had Android phones.

I love it.  It synced immediately with my Google account so that my e-mail, contacts, and calendars were accessible on my phone.  As soon as I add or change a contact to GMail, it is immediately available on my phone.  The same with a Calendar event, which comes in handy when there is a change in my children’s sports practices and games.

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Blackberry Phones December 7, 2010

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I have used Blackberry phones for almost two years now.  I do love my Blackberry Tour, but it has some quirks I just can’t seem to get past.

Since installing the last update in November, it has locked up on me at least once a day.  So at least once a day, I remove the battery to perform a reset.  Ohhh, what fun.  The Verizon guys told me to back up all my data on the phone to my computer and perform a Security Wipe.  So I did that and, while it helped some, I am still removing the battery at least once a day.  This is most annoying.  And I can’t see it being healthy for my phone either.

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Change in Venue September 30, 2010

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After teaching a few years in the Public School setting, I have crossed over to the Virtual Academy.  This semester I am teaching seven different classes using Moodle as the LMS (Learning Management System).  I have over 165 students in those seven classes and I LOVE IT!

My classes for this fall include:

  • Audio Engineering
  • Computer Literacy
  • Digital Arts
  • Game Design
  • Intro to Entrepreneurship I
  • Intro to Marketing I
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Digital Citizenship and Creative Content Curriculum October 22, 2009

Posted by jlhawkinson in MAC Wk 4, Technology and Business.
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Looking for curriculum for Digital Citizenship and Creative Content?  Look no further.  I found the following site where you can register and receive free curriculum:  www.digitalcitizenshiped.com.

This program helps teachers address the value of creative content and the rights assigned to it.  The curriculum helps students gain respect for creative rights and become good digital citizens, follows the ISTE Seal of Alignment and the AASL standards for the 21st Century learner.

The four units are:

  • Creative What
  • By Rule of Law
  • Calling All Digital Citizens
  • Protect Your Work, Respect Your Work

If interested, REGISTER!  It’s FREE!

iDon’t Commerical by Verizon (Wk 4) October 18, 2009

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I have been with Alltel for the last several years and Verizon and Alltel just merged.  Actually in my area the merger will be complete tomorrow!

My husband and I were watching television tonight and a Verizon commercial came on.  They are introducing their new phone.

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Reading – The Art of Possibility (Wk 4) October 18, 2009

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First I want to comment on the video that was posted on this assignments FSO activity.  I really liked this video.  Ben made some very wise comments about possibility and I really liked how he told a story.  He has wonderful energy and the movements he use made me really listen to what he had to say.

Chapters 7 – 12

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Comment to Katie Hirt’s Show Me What You’ve Learned Post Wk 4 October 18, 2009

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I’m going to try something different this week.  Instead of finding one classmate to post a comment to, I am going to post to at least five people, but my goal is to post to everyone.  The first comment for this week goes to Katie Hirt on her “Show Me What You’ve Learned” entry.

Show Me What You've Learned by Katie Hirt

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Show Me What You’ve Learned (Wk 4) October 18, 2009

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With the different blog entries I have read, the blog entries I have written, and the discussion board posts I have definitely learned a lot.

The one thing I did this month that I have never done before is vodcasting for my classes.  I was sick and missed work for an entire week.  On day 3, when I realized I was going to be gone day 4, I decided to do things I bit different.  I created vodcasts for each of my classes.  Then I did the same thing for Friday.

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Stickam.com (Wk 4) October 18, 2009

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I registered for a Stickam account about two weeks ago and this past weekend my group got together for a practice session.  I did embed the player in an iWeb page, but it never quite worked right.  However we were able to use the Live Chat player that automatically pops up when you “Go Live” and that worked just fine.

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