Later today, I will be conducting a professional development workshop for teachers in our area and particularly those in the Shelby County Schools district. While I’ve been using QR codes for a while, the augmented reality apps I have only dabbled in.  So, I have spent quite a bit of time working through these to see what’s possible.

Earlier this summer while I was working with some teachers as part of a grant, I found out about the ColAR App, which is just fun.  I’ve also heard of the Aurasma app, but I spent a lot of time researching this to see what was possible, as well as what I could do.  I’m really pleased to see what I was able to come up with.

Here’s a brief description of the workshop and the slides I will be using:

Drop in for this fast-paced and hands-on workshop to see some of the most current and exciting technologies available for teachers and students. We’ll take look at QR codes (those square thingies on signs and posters) and augmented reality, which let’s you merge the real world with the digital one. In addition to learning how to do use these technologies, we’ll discuss how they can be leveraged for teaching and learning, too. Feel free to bring your own iPad or iPhone or I’ll have one for you to borrow.

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Barnes & Noble is again offering their Summer Reading Program for children, where kids read any 8 books to earn a free book.  One of our daughters has done this in the past, and it’s really easy to do.  I suspect we will do this for two this summer.  Just use the Reading Journal to record any 8 books and you can take it in to any store to select from their list.

I would really love to see Barnes & Noble begin to add ebooks or digital books to the choices for Nook, but I haven’t see that yet.  I think this would be a great way to link their Nook and ebook choices to the reading program.  Maybe they’ll see this post and consider creating a special gift card/code that would allow this to happen.

via Summer Reading – Barnes & Noble.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I thought I would share this information graphic (infographic) that provides quite a bit of demographic details into the teachers of our children.  I hope you enjoy.

And if you are a teacher (and that includes college faculty members, Sunday School/religion teachers, homeschooling parents), then I salute you, and say, “Thank you for your commitment and desire to impact our children and our future.”

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Good morning! I just wanted to reminder everyone that Wednesday, November 16, 2011, is ‘My Twitter Story’ day! This grew out of a conversation with a student of mine in one of my online courses and some follow up conversations about how we really should be sharing our stories of professional development for others.

I would really like to share and document the value you find from social media … and Twitter is just one example of this.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. Invite. I invite you and you invite others to write your own Twitter story. Here’s mine if you haven’t read it. By the way, feel free to use this blog post and image in your own posts! (Feel free to plagiarize this to death use this as a model.) Start now. Retweet this.
  2. Write. Write your own Twitter story on or before Wedenesday, November 16, 2011, as a blog post. Feel free to be creative. Podcasts, vidcasts, and slidecasts are all fine by me.
  3. Rite. Add #mytwitterstory as the hashtag in your tweets and/or blog post.
  4. Cite. On or before Wednesday, November 16, 2011, add your name and the URL to your blog post in the comments area this blog post. I will add your name and link into the updated blog post for Wednesday, November 16.
  5. Excite! On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, I’ll publish the updated blog post and tweet it out as well. Retweet it willy-nilly!

I’ve had a couple of folks ask me about the presentations I gave at the Midsouth Technology Conference (#mstc2010) last week. So, I wanted to go ahead and provide those links and slides.  This first one is for beginners and is about Web 2.0. I’m also providing the links to my resources that go with this presentations, so you can see all of the videos and links I use.  Enjoy!

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Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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I had the distinct honor to be included in Connie Malamed’s list of 12 Unique Blogs Are Written By Professors over at the eLearning Coach blog.  To follow the Oscar sentiment of “It’s an honor to be nominated,” it certainly was an honor to be included on Connie’s list.  It was equally humbling to see the others on the list as well, such as George, David, Scott, and Michael.  (I do know it sounds a little shallow to also hear “It’s an honor to be included with the other nominees,” as well.)

I am friends and colleagues with many of the folks on this list, so thanks for thinking of me, too, Connie.  I see many of these folks as making significant contributions in formal and informal publishing to the areas of instructional technology, elearning, instructional design, and teacher education.  In their blogs, you can see that these guys use the blogs to connect with their professional communities, but they also use their blogs within their teaching.  So, you can see these guys are models for me in many ways.

Who else do you follow and use as a model?

These are my Jumptags for March 17th through April 13th:

I just wanted to offer a quick, “Hello” to those of you who are in Dr. Clifford’s courses at Union University.  I know you guys will be dropping by, and I will be dropping  by to see you all tomorrow.  I hope you find the posts interesting and insightful.  Be sure to check out my bookmarks at the top of the page, where I have a lot of things for preservice K-12 teachers.  See you all soon.  Of course, if you have questions or comments, be sure to leave them.

Dr. Bill Taylor, a Professor of Political Science at Oakton Community College, wrote a letter to his students regarding academic integrity.  I think this is awesome.  It spells out exceptionally well what he expects of his students and what elements of integrity they should expect out of him.  It makes his procedures for assessment and professionalism transparent to the student.  I think in teacher education, we would also liken this to dispositions.  But Dr. Taylor does a masterful job of explaining why academic integrity is important to him as an individual and why it should be respected by a profession.

What are your thoughts?  Does your school have a code of conduct for academic honesty?  Is it taken seriously?  Should teachers write letters like this home to students — either for middle school, high school or college?  What about elementary schools?  We’ve all sat through the fourth grade reports on dinosaurs, where each student said the exact same thing.  Or for me, worse yet, is where you can tell the parents did the school project.  Where’s the learning?  What might this letter look like to elementary school students?

I’m considering doing this with my students.  What do you think?  Should I?

These are my Jumptags for January 21st through January 22nd: