edubloggercon - EduBloggerCon 2010

EduBloggerCons are about conversations that teach. Questions are asked, problems posed, experiences shared, and everyone learns.

EduBloggerCon 2010 will be held Saturday, June 26, prior to ISTE 2010. Below is the topic I suggested.

Title: Analytic Tools for Evaluating E-Books & Educational Mobile Apps

Description: The potential for mobile learning devices such as Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices are very high. Optimal design features of e-books and educational mobile apps are yet to be specified, although some progress has been made in articulating high level generalizations of app design and construction. Research is mixed, for example, on the benefits of animations, hotspots and highlights as code-related supports for young readers. Helpful at times, these features also distract children from paying attention to print. Supportive sometimes, they also can be annoying, thus reducing engagement, especially for able readers. So–what design information do we have and what do we still need to construct good apps for young children? The research suggests three design domains for consideration: (1) multimedia design which focuses on how words (printed; spoken) and pictures (static; dynamic) are presented; (2) interface design which describes conventions of use, format, and controls; and (3) learning design which involves the basic features of instruction—the learn about loop of purpose, content and feedback. This discussion will take a closer look at the educational possibilities of these devices and applications for students, teachers and administrators and focus on how educators can identify quality apps for instructional purposes.

Facilitator(s): Jeremy Brueck & Christopher Craft

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ISTE BYOL

We are less than a week away from ISTE 2010 in Denver, Colorado! If you are not currently pre-registered to participate in the BYOL session #tweet. #learn. #lead. with Jon Becker, Jeremy Brueck and Christopher Craft, we’d recommend you add our session using the ISTE conference planner. About two weeks ago, we contacted registered participants and asked them to complete a pre-session evaluation. Thank you to those individuals who completed the short survey! The data you provided were analyzed and used to help inform the design of our BYOL session. In order to make our 60 minutes with you the most rewarding professional learning experience possible, we have a few requests for you prior to ISTE 2010.

1. We have developed a self-paced online module to compliment this BYOL session. Prior to ISTE 2010, please take a few minutes to log in to Moodle and review the material. Pay close attention to the items in the BUILD BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE section of the course. By completing this portion online, we hope to provide participants with a basic understanding of Twitter and how educators can use Twitter for personal and professional learning. Materials in the RESOURCES section will also support those of you who are brand new to Twitter. Log-in information for the online module is below.

URL: http://brueckei.org/moodle/
USER: beiguest
PASS: iste10

To access the online module, paste the URL in your browser and navigate to the Moodle main page. Click on the #tweet. #learn. #lead. course. Enter username and password credentials when prompted.

2. The data indicate that most participants already have a Twitter account. If you do not currently have a free Twitter account, please sign up for one prior to attending #tweet. #learn. #lead. Video tutorials that demonstrate account creation and set-up are available in the RESOURCES section of the online course.

3. Prepare yourself for an exciting, collaborative and engaging professional learning experience.

While honoring these requests is in no way required to participate in #tweet. #learn. #lead., we hope these items will help set the stage for an exciting day of professional learning and enable us to meet the learning needs of all our participants. We are looking forward to our time together at ISTE 2010. See you in Denver!

Regards,
Jon, Jeremy & Chris

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For me, summer always brings back memories of youth and rebellion. It’s in that spirit that I’m going to break my model of IEAR app reviews from applications that clearly have a classroom focus.  Instead, I’m going to go rogue and take a look at a little app that I have been enjoying in a less formal learning space, the golf course.

My golf career began early in my teen years when my grandfather passed down an old set of Sam Snead clubs. The grips were worn smooth and some of the clubs were slightly shafted, but they got me started with the game. I played on the high school team for 3 years with mediocre results. I wasn’t terrible, but I far from great. Nevertheless, I enjoyed every minute of my time on the course, and those formative years have led to a life-long love of a sport that helped me learn about concentration, discipline and dedication.

Recently, I decided to make the jump from the traditional paper-based scorecard to a digital version for my iPod Touch. I downloaded a number of apps, but the one that I have taken the most to has been Golfshot by Shotzoom Software. While it is not a traditional educational app, I feel that it could be beneficial to junior golfers and high school golf coaches. I can only imagine how much I might have been able to improve my game and sharpen my mathematical thinking skills if I would have had access to a mobile data collection and analysis tool like Golfshot when I really had time to work on improving my game. Let’s take a closer look at the app and imagine how it might be used for educational purposes.

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With ISTE 2010 just a few weeks away, one of the things that has been consuming my time is planning for the Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) session that I’ll be facilitating along with Jon Becker and Chris Craft. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Denver as part of our #tweet. #learn. #lead. session, which currently has close to 70 registered participants. Here’s the link to the ISTE Conference Planner if you’d like to sign up to participate. Here’s the description:

#tweet. #learn. #lead.
[Formal Session : BYOL(s)]
Monday, 6/28/2010, 3:30pm–4:30pm, CCC 103/105

Jeremy Brueck, The University of Akron with Jonathon Becker and Christopher Craft

21st-century educational leaders can use Twitter to support their own professional learning. Participants will learn interactively during a focused and intense hands-on Twitter session.  Recommended by ISTE’s SIGILT

If you’re a registered participant, please share a little bit about your background knowledge of Twitter and provide some ideas about what you’d like to come away from this BYOL session. The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete and will help us to prepare for a rewarding professional learning experience.

Click here to take the survey

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