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I’m excited to announce that I have a new article published with my good friend Michael K. Barbour. This is some work that Michael did while he was still in Michigan, and I was invited to do some writing with him to ground the data in existing literature about mobile technologies.

Here’s the abstract:

The iPad is a tool that could change the way in which teachers prepare and deliver instruction in the K-12 environment. But, while proponents tout its capabilities, school administrators run the risk of purchasing yet another tool without understanding its potential impacts on the teacher, students, and classroom environment. This study used iPads to implement a four-month professional development program aimed at helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. The iPads were deployed to classroom teachers in the science department at a suburban high school. Professional development was tailored to the teachers’ interests, and was followed by individual interviews by the project leader. Results of the study showed that while teachers are open to new technologies, their focus is more on teaching considerations than on professional development. The study also indicated that teachers have difficulty considering incorporating a single device into a classroom of multiple students. It is recommended that this study be replicated, without the technical problems, on a larger scale and in subject areas beyond the sciences.

If you would like a copy of the article and can’t seem to get access, just let me know.

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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Today starts the Midsouth Technology Conference hosted by Memphis City Schools. I am proud to say that the UofM Instructional Design and Technology program faculty, students, and alumni are offering 14 presentations over the 2 days of the conference. This is up from last year .

You can see our schedule of presentations inside a Google Docs file at

Also inside the schedule of presentations, we have linked up our slide decks and resources for the presentations.  We will continue to update this fill with links, so you can get access to them.

google conference on air

While it has been publicized pretty widely, I wanted to make sure you remembered that May 2nd (next week) is when Google’s Education On Air conference is happening.  This is completely online and free professional development for inservice and preservice teachers.  So, I highly encourage you to attend what you can.

Another bonus is that the sessions are being offered by everyday folks, like you and me.  You can see in the presenters list that there are folks from around the world who will be presenting on a wide variety of topics all day long. There are very tech-y things, like setting up Google Apps for your domain to very concrete pedagogical things with Google Apps, such as Google Docs for writing instructors (this is one I think I’m going to try and make).

Google even has the sessions set up to add directly into your Gcal, so you won’t miss a thing!  If you attend a session next week, let me know.  If you take notes or you’re tweeting, let me know, too.  I’d like to add your thoughts in here.

via EducationOnAir.

As I’m gearing up for our STEM teacher professional development grant to start up this summer, I’ve begun to collect and curate a number of resources that I will be sharing with the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade teachers.  One, I’d like to share with you today is called “Minds of Modern Mathematics” and was produced by IBM. From the description, you can see the amount of information they’ve included:

Inspired by the 1960’s-era World’s Fair exhibit, IBM today announced an iPad app, Minds of Modern Mathematics, available for free at the App Store. The app is a vintage-meets-digital interactive recreation of a massive 50-foot-long timeline from IBM’s World’s Fair exhibit — detailing hundreds of artifacts, milestones and giants of math from 1000 AD to 1960.

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You can download the app for free inside the Apple App Store, and IBM produced a very nice video of the app so you can see how interesting the chronology and information is.  I’ve embedded the YouTube Video below.


I am super excited to let everyone know that Dr. Alistair Windsor and I have been awarded a science, technology, engineering, and math teacher professional development grant with Tipton County Schools and Lauderdale County Schools here in Tennessee.  This grant titled “Mobiles, Math, INquiry & Data (mMIND)” is funded by the Tennessee Department of Education‘s higher education commission and our state’s First to the Top funds as part of the Race to the Top federal program.  Below is a brief abstract of our professional development program. We are in the process of recruiting math and science teachers in Tipton and Lauderdale Counties.

The purpose of this project is to provide high quality, research-based teacher PD to 30 math and science teachers in Grades 7, 8, and 9 in Tipton and Lauderdale Counties of Tennessee. Specifically, this PD program will target (a) mathematical content knowledge, (b) mathematical pedagogical-content knowledge, (c) interdisciplinary inquiry through problem-based and project-based learning (PBLs) strategies, and (d) technology integration with mobile computing devices. This will be accomplished through summer teacher academies, continuing professional development, face-to-face classes, synchronous online sessions through Adobe Connect, and asynchronous online activities. By involving both math and science teachers, both content areas will be able to integrate CCSSM with pre-algebra/algebra, PBLs, authentic learning scenarios for applying math and science, and data analysis, representation, and interpretation methods, as well as active mobile teaching and learning strategies.

In addition, we will create professional learning communities (PLCs) at the building level and communities of practice at the district levels. With math and science teachers at the building level collaborating in a PLC, the teachers will be better situated to create interdisciplinary and complementary STEM lessons, which researchers suggest will prevent inert knowledge (Bereiter & Scardamalia, 1985) and increase generalizability of knowledge in multiple content areas (Grant & Branch, 2005; Spiro, Feltovich, Jacobson, & Coulson, 1992). At the district level, teachers will be able to collaborate and debrief across school boundaries, and share best practices.

Creative Commons
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From my Inbox.  A great opportunity for teachers on copyright and Creative Commons licensing.

Creative Commons online workshop

Date: 23/01/2012 – 27/01/2012

“Open content licensing for educators” is a free online workshop held from 23rd – 27th January 2012. It is designed for educators who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and creative commons licences.

The course materials were developed as a collaborative project by volunteers from the OER Foundation, WikiEducator, the OpenCourseWare Consortium and Creative Commons with funding support from UNESCO. The course will provide prerequisite knowledge required by educators to legally remix open education materials and help institutions to take informed decisions about open content licences.

Registration is open.

Participants will need approximately 1 hour for each day of the workshop at a time which suits your own schedule.


Cable Green, Director Global Learning, Creative Commons
Jane Hornibrook , Public Lead, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand
Wayne Mackintosh, Director, OER Foundation

This free workshop is sponsored by Ako Aotearoa, a strategic partner member of the OER Foundation.

Charges/Fees: Free

Web link: Register

via Creative Commons online workshop / Events / News and Events / home – Creative Commons.

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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Today, I get to spend the day at Union University with Dr. Anna Clifford’s classes. Anna is always so generous and invites me to come visit with her students and share a little of my knowledge with them. For the past few times, we’ve been concentrating on Google Docs. But I think I’m going to throw in a little Wordle this time, too.

Below are the links and resources we’ll be using from my Resource Wiki hosted at PBWorks.

  1. Using Google Docs word processor
  2. Using Google Docs presentations
  3. Using Google Docs spreadsheet
  4. Creating forms and quizzes with Google Docs forms

And hopefully, we’ll have time to do a little Wordle, too, to see how we might use Wordle during class.

Union University logoIt’s going to be a great Saturday morning! I get to spend the morning with some awesome teachers at Union University in Jackson, TN. So, “Good morning, Union!” or maybe it should be, “Google morning, Union!”  They are taking a weekend class with my dear friend Dr. Anna Clifford, and she asks me from time to time to come spend some time playing with them. I’m so honored that I get to come.  I love sharing and I get to learn something, too.

Today, we’re going to tooling around with Google Docs/Apps.  In particular, we’re going to take a look at Google Reader, Google Docs word processor, Google Docs presentations, Google Docs spreadsheets and Google Docs forms.  I hope we can get through it all.

If we don’t happen to make it through everything (and that’s okay, I always plan too much), here’s the links to the wiki pages I’ve created to go along with the workshop.  Anything we don’t get to will be accessible through these links, and please use them liberally.

  1. Using Google Reader
  2. Using Google Docs word processor
  3. Using Google Docs presentations
  4. Using Google Docs spreadsheet
  5. Creating forms and quizzes with Google Docs forms

And a Google Form for us to try.