Showing posts from December, 2011

#Free Books Worth Reading - Sword and Sorcery #Fantasy

You get what you pay for, right? It's one of those truisms that I've found to be wrong on various occasions. Allow me to share one more with you.

Since I have to support the Barnes and Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, iPad/iPodTouch, Aluratek eReaders, I often find myself looking for free content to share with folks. Of course, I'd explored SmashWords and other sites, downloading hundreds of books available at no cost.
One of the sources that I overlooked, though, was Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon, as a source of free books. A short time ago, I wrote about one trilogy by J.R. Lallo. Here's the relevant section: Joseph Lallo's The Book of Deacon(which is an engaging tale that had me reading from the moment I downloaded it from Smashwords for free, although it's also a free title you can get via Amazon for your Kindle) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (available through for free).
Lallo's The Book of Deacon (BTW, catch Joseph Lall…

#Android Apps on My Phone 2012 (Updated 1/2/12)

Two days ago, grateful that the AT&T merger with T-Mobile had been de-railed (yay!!), I renewed my mobile phone contract, abandoning my Motorola Cliq for the Samsung Galaxy, a wonderful phone that easily plays video, audio, has ample storage, and, well, blows my Motorola Cliq out of the water.

Since I haven't updated my list of favorite apps in awhile--it was fruitless to do so on the Cliq since the phone just couldn't handle it--I thought I'd revisit my original list of Android Apps.
You can check the original list here, and here's my new list of currently "Great" (I notice I used that word quite a bit below) installed, no cost apps for 2012...what do you have installed on your's?

Update 01/1/2012: I've added recommendations from Scott Laleman and Rusty Meyners! Those are highlighted! Check 'em out!
Communication/Social Networking GO SMS Pro - This is my new preferred SMS message application. Works great and is preferred over old favorites (Handce…

Bare Learning

Having just begun my journey to get "healthier," I found Doug Noon's (Borderland) account of his preparing for a marathon, and his subsequent comparison to commercialization of curriculum powerful and moving. I started reading about his getting ready to run a marathon and finished with a different realization altogether.
Tests, in and of themselves, don’t call people to their best efforts. Real teaching has to begin with the intentions of the learner, not the teacher, and certainly not the administrator or the policy maker. The more I work in the shadow of the standards movement, the less I want to listen to anyone but the kids, themselves, for guidance about what they really need to learn. What good is an education if, in the bargain, we all lose sight of who and what we really are? (Source: Hitting the Wall, Doug Noon, Borderlands)

If we had a back to basics movement, would that include getting back to what kids think they need to learn?

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Stalled on Launch - An Unbalanced Force

In previous blog entries, I mused about the realizations that low-hanging fruit--such as building a PLN, blogging, social bookmarking, wikifying your learning--aren't enough to change an organization. An object at rest, goes the Law, tends to stay at rest, unless acted upon by an unbalanced force, right? 
Would you agree that most schools are "at rest" in terms of remaining within the firm embrace of the status quo? That status quo involves people doing what they are told, following an agreed upon set of standards and curriculum. It would be unreasonable to change that...some would say only the unbalanced, crazy people would urge technology integration into this picture of static imperfection.

For example, if you want to spend instructional time to do blogging and collaborative document editing/creation activities, connect with K-12 and/or adult learners through social media, you have to set aside the following: The push to better implement standardized curriculum.Constant…

Doug Johnson's "The Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide to Technology"

Check out Doug "Blue Skunk" Johnson's new book and pre-order it! Please note that I received an advanced peek at the manuscript.
A comprehensive guide for integrating educational technology in the K-12 classroomThis is a must-have resource for all K-12 teachers and administrators who want to really make the best use of available technologies. Written by Doug Johnson, an expert in educational technology, The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide is replete with practical tips teachers can easily use to engage their students and make their classrooms places where both students and teachers will enjoy learning.
Covers the most up-to-date technologies and how they can best be used in the classroomIncludes advice on upgrading time-tested educational strategies using technologyTalks about managing "disruptive technologies" in the classroomIncludes a wealth of illustrative examples, helpful suggestions, and practical tips This timely book provides a commons…

Hunter-Gatherers - Metaphor for Surviving a Mobile Education

In considering the Top 5 Trends in EdTech, I found this particular perspective engaging - The Rise of Mobile and the Return of Neolithic-Style Hunter gatherers.
It makes some fascinating points, featured briefly here but worth clicking through to read the rest: Partake of All Screens, Loyal to NoneEvery Hunter for HimselfThe Relentless ToolmakersThe Earth is FlatFreedom over Security