Tuesday, June 05, 2007
On To Student Teaching
So, this summer will be about playing with my daughters, nieces, and nephews, preparing for tests and the fall, and staying up late making palm applications and other tech endeavors.
Its going to be a great summer!
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Tony and Mike's Soft Reset Podcast
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Fun with RSS in my classroom - Twitter and Tumblr
I want to use Tumblr in a classroom as a class log, but there is real possibility that the site is blocked through the ISD server. There's a widget on the Tumblr site that allows Mac users to update their tumblelog without actually logging on and now I've found a pair of similar option for Windows' users. Except that these desktop tools, called TriQQr and Twitteroo, are for twitter, and that's where Tony's twitter/Tumblr RSS setup comes in handy. Soooo.....
In my classroom I want to have a PC or Mac that constantly runs either the Tumbler Widget or TriQQr/Twitteroo. Every so often I want a student (I have several ideas for procedures) to create an entry using these tools about what is going on in the classroom. I'd like to windup with about 10 entries a day from different students. I don't view the fact that students can't read the tumblelog at that time as a negative. In fact, I think it would be an incentive for the digital kids that I'm going to teach to go home and see what their peers are saying. In Addition, I will be able to update the tumblelog with some my information, and hopefully that will get the parents involved.
Anyways, I have this setup with Triqqr/Twitteroo and Twitter working. It can be viewed at here and I hope to start putting some more interesting info up shortly.
Update: Twitteroo is a little nicer, IMHO, than TriQQr.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
There are a couple of basic different strategies for disposable e-mail,
1. the disposable e-mail account lasts for specific amount of time and you can use to complete a registration process or correspond with the site.
2. the disposable e-mail accounts forwards correspondence to your real email, and if spam starts getting forwarded you delete the disposable one (and you know who sells to spammers).
Many of them allow you to pick the address you provide, so you can do something like dalePalmGearRegistration@"Whatever the disposable email site uses"
Here is a pretty good list of sites that provide disposable e-mail accounts
Information like this will certainly be part of any Internet-safety unit I teach to students.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Similar to the freeware PalmOS application Boneman, Pivot is a downloaded program that allows the user to manipulate the bend points of a human stick figure. From what I've seen, you can also import background images.
Linerider is a web-based application. In Linerider the user creates a course that a character on a sled follows. You can make extremely dynamic course where the character does all sorts of flips and loops.
I really see all sorts of potential using these tools throughout a curriculum in the form of animated chains (food and life cycle), time-lines and sequences. Perhaps animate a Haiku or take a ride through some math facts.......
Here is a Pivot sample from a group of 3rd graders
and here is a very involved Linerider clip entitled "Jagged Peak Adventure"
There are quite a few tutorials on YouTube for creating really involved courses on YouTube. Just do a search for Linerider.