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  • How is a SMART Board Like a Mosquito Net?

    Residents of Zambia, provided with mosquito nets to help reduce the number of cases of malaria, have been wreaking havoc on the nation’s beleaguered wetlands. The thing is, they have no intention of using the nets over their beds, which make handy – and freely provided by well-wishing developed nations – fishing nets. It’s not that the mosquito nets aren’t needed, it’s just that hungry now is a more powerful motivator than malaria someday. The worries do not end with the misuse of the nets. Laced with a pesticide that is carcinogenic to humans and also especially poisonous to fish,…

  • FETC 2015 Day 3

    This post is coming a little after the fact, as you might have noticed. I spent the day at Universal Studios Orlando yesterday but I don’t have much to report on that, educationally speaking. Here are some quick overall observations from my time in Florida, which are not necessarily specific to the FETC: When going to the FETC, be very careful to take note of who is giving the session. If it is on the exhibit floor, it’s usually a sales pitch. However, some sessions are researchers presenting their findings, which can be useful. Poster sessions are teachers presenting their ideas…

  • FETC 2015 Day 2

    Another fantastic day at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC). These are just the highlights that I experienced, of course, as there is so much going on at this conference that it is impossible to experience it all! Only 10 000 steps were taken today, but this is still a fair distance. The day started with the STEM awards and keynote from Yuri Salnikoff of MakerBot, a 3D printer company. Every turn I take at FETC screams “3D printing is the way of the future”. There are several stands that display 3D printers and their various creations and Salnikoff certainly…

  • FETC 2015 Day 1

    After my first day at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, I am exhausted. My Nike+ Fuelband says that I took a total of 16 532 steps today, however that did include a 4.4 kilometre run after the exhibit hall closed… We started our day with a Photo Walk. The FETC committee was hoping to break a world record but I get the impression that we didn’t quite make it, given that they haven’t mentioned it since this morning. We did, however, break a record for the number of simultaneous users on Kahoot at the Techshare Live session. If you haven’t…

  • What kids in a New Delhi slum can show us about pedagogy

    There is a movement in many schools to try to achieve a 1:1 ratio of computers to students, essentially giving each student a personal computer. In the 21st century, technology is going to be vital and learning how to use these tools is paramount. Therefore, the question is not if we should be using computers in schools but how. The notion of having a computer for every student seems appealing, but I would contend that it reinforces old, 20th century models of education. First, let’s start with a little bit of a history lesson. The model of education that we…

  • Tools for students who have difficulty writing or typing

    How to use Google Chrome | Speech Recognizer This is a tool that allows students who have trouble with writing or typing to speak into the computer and have the computer recognize their voice. This is a step by step “how to” tutorial for how to use the Speech Recognizer downloadable through Google Chrome. Cameron May is a substitute teacher with Rocky View School Division. Follow and share ideas with him @elbow_patch.

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