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Leading Educational Innovation in 1:1 Classrooms

FI 7-8-09 -- 153Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Leading Innovation: Implementing Effective 1:1 Technology Programs at The Friday Institute at North Carolina State University.  I was able to participate as both a vendor and attendee and gained fantastic insight from the experience.  It’s inspiring to hear from leaders across North Carolina who are connecting with technology to do right by kids in school.

David Warlick keynoted the event, and it’s incredibly encouraging to see so many school leaders engaged in making flat classrooms a reality in their districts.  There were valuable connections to make with the other attendees – superintendents, principals and classroom teachers.  Educators I spoke with were particularly excited about participating in the Young Minds Digital Times Film Competition and pioneering PlumbBrain Micro-Communities in their classrooms.  I’ve been in touch with many of my new acquaintances since the event ended on Friday.

FI 7-8-09 -- 213The Friday Institute (FI) provided a paperless institute – the first I’ve been to!  Not only is this a fantastic was to conserve paper and money, but they’ve also made all of the resources available to you!  Both the institute wiki and Ning are “on-growing” communities where educators and laypeople alike are invited to join the conversation about 1:1 computing environments.  You’ll also find all the handouts from the different presenters available through the wiki.  Please check them out, enjoy, then invite any like-minds you know!

A large thanks to the FI for including KidThrive.org + OneSeventeen Media in the event!

(Pictured from top to bottom:  teachers collaborating during an immersive project-based learning simulation and David Warlick looking on as one district makes their comprehensive plan for 1:1 connectivity in their schools.  Photos by Amy Strecker)

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July 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm 2 comments

Reality Check on the Meaning of Growing Up Digital

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This article speaks for itself.  From the San Francisco Chronicle’s Technology Blog:

Walkman, at 30, a mystery to teen

What better way to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Sony’s iconic Walkman than to ask a teenager for some feedback on the device?

The BBC couldn’t think of one, and neither can I.

I like to imagine that the experience was similar to an archaeologist rediscovering how a recently excavated artifact was employed thousands of years ago. But I’m well aware that it must have been different for 13-year-old Scott Campbell, who co-edits his own news Web site. For one, teenage impatience must have stood in the place where I fantasize scientific curiosity should have been.

“My dad had told me it was the iPod of its day,” Campbell wrote. “He had told me it was big, but I hadn’t realized he meant that big. It was the size of a small book.”

Sure enough, people on the street noticed the antique clinging from his belt with amusement and friends on his school bus were quick to come up with some witty remark.

Campbell went on to criticize the portable cassette player’s size, appearance, functionality and the “hissy backtrack and odd warbly noises.”

Even when he discovered the cassette had more music on the other side (it took him three days), Campbell was still disappointed it could only hold a small fraction of what an iPod can.

“Did my dad … really ever think this was a credible piece of technology?”

Ouch.

(Image found here)

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July 2, 2009 at 10:07 am 1 comment

Save The Date: Young Minds Digital Times Film Competition 2009-2010 — Details Aug 1, 2009

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OneSeventeen Media will sponsor the second annual Young Minds Digital Times Film Competition in 2009-2010.  We’re hard at work getting the details in place to announce them August 1, 2009 here and on www.youngmindsdigitaltimes.com.  We hope you’ll stay tuned!  If you’re interested in participating as a judge, email Competition Director, Amy Strecker at amy.strecker@oneseventeenmedia.com

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May 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm 2 comments

$1Billion Annual Spending on Virtual Currencies

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“Castronova says people transfer at least $1 billion into the virtual currencies each year, with most of that money going into online games. The actual amount could be much higher, he said, but the market is hard to quantify.” — John D. Sutter, CNN

Virtual currencies are a popular feature of many online gaming and networking sites, but even I was surprised at the amount of annual spending devoted to virtual currencies as disclosed by CNN.  If you’re new to the social media space, the article also provides a strong overview on the traditional features of virtual currencies on many sites.  Virtual currency utilization is not a primary revenue means for most sites, however the $1Billion+ in annual spending validates that youth and adults are willing to spend their real-life-dollars for virtual products and services.  

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May 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

Local Students Document Hurricane Ike’s Aftermath

Hurricane Ike tore through the Texas coast last September, completely devastating many families and leaving OneSeventeen Media’s Houston headquarters with minor damage, but without power for many days.  (The blown over back fence pictured below).

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Neighboring Galveston Island endure the brunt of the storm as Ike overtook the island and left total destruction in his wake.  While the community continues to rebuild seven months later, local students at Ball High School have made what looks to be an incredible film about the experience called Ike: A Documentary.  

We’re all looking forward to an opportunity to see the film ourselves, and we applaud these students for opening themselves up and telling the stories of their community’s strength and sorrow through Ike’s aftermath.  

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April 21, 2009 at 8:57 am 2 comments

10 Years Since Columbine; Pausing to Remember

Today marks the ten year anniversary of the tragic Columbine High School shootings.  At OneSeventeen Media, we have all paused in our work today to remember the lives that were lost that day and to think of the countless families affected by this violence.  This anniversary also renews our call to action to provide kids with the tools they need to effectively work through social-emotional stresses of growing up without turning to violence.  

I’d been very interested in a promo for this afternoon’s Oprah show detailing what lead to the tragedy, but late yesterday I received an email announcing a schedule change from Oprah.com, and this morning Oprah’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter both announced her decision.

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While I have wanted to see what her show had to say, I consider her decision a compassionate one, and I do hope at some point she will choose to share the episode to help us all better understand what lead to such a tragedy.  

Today’s anniversary also coincides with the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2009.  In honor of the young people lost on April 20, 1999, consider volunteering your time to begin mentoring tweens and teens to build the valuable, caring relationships that help kids grow into caring adults.  One of the biggest ways to stand up to violence is to take action out of love to invest yourself in the young people of your community.  

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April 20, 2009 at 1:39 pm 2 comments

OneSeventeen Media <3’s Teachers!

Our friends at Ypulse have partnered with Dell to offer an awesome award for a Totally Wired Teacher.  

“The Ypulse 2009 Totally Wired Teacher Award (sponsored by Dell) will honor a public school teacher from grades 3 to12 who is successfully using technology (the internet/social media, mobile technology, gaming) in the classroom.”

The submission deadline is May 15, 2009, so get your nominations in now!  This is a fantastic way to honor a teacher you see doing outstanding work to with kids and technology.  

“We will select three finalists and choose this year’s Totally Wired Teacher to be honored in person at the Ypulse Mashup. All three finalists will receive an IT solution from Dell to use in their respective schools. “

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April 17, 2009 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

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