Wednesday, March 29, 2006

NECC 2006

I've attended past NECC conferences. They are very large, comprehensive events--excellent for technology-using teachers. I won't be in San Diego this year as I'm presenting at the ED MEDIA conference in late June. I look forward to NECC 2007 in Atlanta.

The deadline for registering for NECC 2006 at the Super Early-Bird rate of $199 is this FRIDAY the 31st.

Registration is lower for ISTE and California CUE members: $145 at the Super Early-Bird rate. If you're not already an ISTE member, you can sign up via the NECC registration process.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Chris Dede

I am a fan of Dr. Chris Dede's work. I've had the opportunity to speak with him as an expert visitor while I attended Pepperdine. He also spoke at a recent NJEDGE conference as keynote where I had the pleasure to witness his work with MUVEs.

Read the latest interview with Dede here.

Global Mentoring

Students in my Distance Learning class get the opportunity to become a telementor as one of their projects (if they select the option). I am always heartened by the reaction following the mentoring--they are inevitably enriched by the experience and see the value of it in education.

I've joined a global mentoring worldwide community (part of the TED pledge process). Take a look at the new blog and see if it is something that might enrich your life!

Virus Warning

Gotta love a spoof on those hoax emails...

Virus Warning!

There is a dangerous virus being passed electronically, orally and by hand. This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (or as it's commonly known - WORK)

If you receive WORK of any kind from any of your colleagues, your boss or anyone else via ANY means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private/social life completely.

If you should come into contact with WORK, follow these instructions:

1. Put on your jacket
2. Take 2 friends to the nearest bar
3. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolator-Neutralizer-Extractor (or as it's commonly called - WINE)
4. Ingest the antidote orally in 6-8 oz doses repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

PLEASE forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life!

This virus is DEADLY! Run (don' t walk) to the closest liquor store or restaurant
(if you are not near a bar) and administer the antidote immediately!

UPDATE: After extensive testing, it has been concluded that Best-Equivalent-Extractor-Remedy (or BEER) may be substituted for WINE.
Please note that you may require a more generous dosage in order to receive equal benefit of WINE.

Looking out for you and your health!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Google Mars

If you like Google Earth (or at least find it interesting), then you'll love Google Mars.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Online Photo Editing

This is on Ronkowitz's Serendipity blog mentioned in my previous post. But, I thought it is worth breaking out...

Online photo editing that directly uploads to Flickr!

Teaching Tools

I attended (and moderated) a session at the NJEDge Faculty to Faculty Best Practices conference today. The first speaker, Ken Ronkowitz, Manager, Instructional Technology, NJIT, talked about several new and interesting tools that are being used in online learning environments. The URLs and further information is available on his blog.

I am definitely subscribing to his blog. Looks like he is on top of it all...

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Google Spellcheck

I've heard a number of students complain about the lack of spellcheck in WebCT. If you add a Google toolbar to your browser, you can simply click the "ABC check" and it will spell-check your discussion post before you send it.