This week’s cleaning house – Technology Highlights

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Prezi showed me how to create a resume that stands out.

LA county students hacked their district’s iPads. Makes you wonder if they should have built a privacy app that was child proof.

Never miss a word with Livescribe smartpen, a Bluetooth compatible writing device. It makes lazy writers (like me) never have to use a computer – they can send their scribbles with the click of a pen.

Evernote is doing some great things like integrating with Salesforce and starting an online marketplace, but does not garner my attention with a statement like this: “[We want to] eliminate the stupid uses of paper.” I say NO: preserve our love for books and neon post-its.

Starting October 5th in Durham, North Carolina, you, me and grandma will be able to try Google Glass first hand. This traveling roadshow with LIVE demos and Q&A will be on tour before releasing to retail next year.

And crowdfunding kicks off with Kickstarter campaigns and bitcoins; fictional online currency to exchange goods.


School Spotlight: Inglewood Unified School District, Inglewood, California

This series will highlight school districts that are empowering youngsters to embrace technology. Perhaps your school is bringing GAFE to the classroom, rolling out tablets, using or Khan Academy to introduce video supplements or you are just a Nerdy Teacher using Evernote as an experiment to engage students in a new way.

Inglewood Unified School District is southwest of downtown Los Angeles, California with a population of 100,000+ students amongst its twenty-six schools.  In 2008, the district launched Game Smart Design Academy (with Think Now Education, a community-oriented business dedicated to bringing creative after school programs to SoCal) for grades 6-8 encouraging students to write, create and publish video games. This program motivates students to learn about game design, animation, critical thinking and problem solving, storyboarding, collaboration and constructive criticism all while following a STEM-enriched curriculum.

In 2011 Inglewood created Newshounds Journalism Club, a project based, common core aligned language arts program teaching students the fundamentals of blogging. Those interested use this medium to express themselves, develop a voice, and inspire others to do the same through text, video or still images published online. Students work in teams to address a theme; brainstorm ideas, conduct research and interviews, and gather multimedia resources to create a succinct blog post. The Club’s live product is available online and in school libraries.

You may ask what significance do these programs have? Who cares about these buzzwords being thrown around: STEM, Common Core, Digital storytelling, and the various Learning types (blended learning, mobile learning, project based learning, competency based learning, etc.)?

In my opinion, the Newshounds Journalism Club is an innovative after school program that inspires youth to explore the written word and hone in on their audience, voice and style. (aka great free write exercise on the tablet) What better way to do this than sharing instantly with each other? I also see how students can understand the production process to complete a project. For instance, one can learn how to create and refine content and present stories in iterations; all things that journalists, software developers and video game designers do on a daily basis. With school programs like these, students are given the skills that can be used in future endeavors.

This week’s cleaning house, part deux

I always wanted a dog, just didn’t know which breed would complement my own temperament. With findthebest, consumers are given data-driven comparisons and I can decide if Atticus is a Schnauzer or more of an Airedale.

Churchill taught me that history is doomed to repeat itself if we don’t make a conscious effort to see what went wrong and try to change it.  Remappingdebate asks the why and why not of today’s issues. One compelling interview discusses the fate of history majors and history teachers today.

Most times I write my blog posts on my tablet and use Google Keep to organize thoughts and copy/paste them into WordPress. On my desktop I use Microsoft’s OneNote and on my Android phone I use notepad to do the same. Try Evernote to capture anything and everything across all platforms. Also use this product to draw with your stylus pen, categorize your recipes and turn content into flashcards for test prep.

Collaborative workspaces are sprouting up everywhere from Bloomington, Indiana to the Santa Monica pier. Check out this list of inspirational collaborative workspaces around the world. Three Drunk Monkeys is at the top of my list, perhaps because of their name. Looking for an inside view to your next dream job’s office? Visit office snapshots for a tour of some of the coolest offices, especially Abercrombie & Fitch

EdSurge has a comprehensive list of EdTech products broken down to subject matter, standards, audience, platform and characteristics. My one stop shop for everything new in online assessments, games, videos, and Common Core tools.

Looking for a good time in NYC that involves art, culture and fun? The Museum of Modern Art partnered with Foursquare for a new, exciting scavenger hunt app. Let MOMA take you around the city to find the most famous and not so famous architectural finds.