This week's tech tip is not so much a tip but rather a report. Earlier this week all students grades 7-12 at Goodhue Schools took a survey about their own personal computer use, what they have access to at home, and their attitudes toward school (click here if you would like to see a copy of the survey questions). The survey produced some interesting results that should help us to make informed decisions regarding technology policy, purchases, and instruction. Please take a moment to look over these results. Did you find any of these results surprising? Does knowing this information change anything about what we expect of students or what we can or should do?
Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology - This amazing new technology apparently is going to be given away as free open source software and building instructions. Allegedly one of these devices could be build for as little as $300.
University of the People – This is a free online global university that is in the process of being accredited. Interesting and fantastic implications.
- Dron & Anderson (2009) "How the Crowd Can Teach" - Fantastic paper on open source network learning. Discusses in depth the seemingly contradictory relationship between forms of learning made possible by web 2.0 tools and traditional institutions of learning such as schools, colleges, and universities.
- 20 Mindblowing Concept Laptop Designs