Project 365: Take a Photo a Day
Photojojo, one of my favorite DIY sites, has a great post on taking a photo a day for a year. Imagine getting your students to snap shots (maybe around a common theme, maybe without any boundaries) and post them to a blog or flickr. This raw material could be used for discussion or as writing prompts, web publishing lessons or [insert your idea here–serious].
I’m inspired and plan to take on the challenge–using only my camera phone (low rez 4 life!).
The Wii now uses current weather conditions for regions to control the weather in certain games. I’m just thinking of all the cool things that you could do with games that incorporate real data on the fly. Want to create virtual labs that use real data being generated in space? Makes you wonder how long education can continue to ignore the power and possibilities inherent in these gaming platforms. My goal is to never again complain about education.Â It’s up to me to change things.Â What I should have asked is how am I going to start using gaming platforms?Â How am I go to convince teachers around me to start using them?Â It’s also a pretty powerful argument for focusing on creating data that can easily be reused by multiple applications. via Digg
See more on Know Your Meme Granted, it’s more than possible I have no idea what “digital content” means either. I may also be the guy walking around arguing that water is wet. The White Whale “Digital content” is what everyone wants as we move towards the magical BYOD-Edu-singularity. What that means is likely very different depending on the person saying it.If it’s followed directly with a “cloud” reference, I suggest beating a hasty retreat. I think you can divide what people mean by digital content into a few major categories. Link Lists – the venerable link list divided by your content label of choice (state standard, topic header, novel, etc.). The “new” version would likely be built using a social bookmarking solution and tagging but it’s the same concept. Context for the resources is minimal if it exists at all. PDF/HTML textbooks – no substantial changes in what we’ve always had but in digital format. The rationale usually involves things like lighter backpacks and the ability to update/correct errors.Both of these make me fairly sad. It is a sterile environment where you have to take what you get and integrating additional resources fluidly is difficult. Topical content integration isn’t facilitated. Augmented Textbooks – start with a traditional textbook and replace some of the pictures with movies, add self-grading multiple […]
Survival guides have some interesting potential for a variety of historical and literary analysis needs. This idea was jump started by the Brighid Survival Manual which was found via Super Punch. Here’s a quick example for the Witch in The Wizard of Oz. I’ll see if time allows me to make one for a Jamestown colonist. The problem is that these take a good bit of time and effort if they’re going to be good. That’s great in a project but it does make it harder on me. Anyway, lots of English and history applications. It’d be fun to write survival guides for self-destructive historical or literary figures- maybe Edgar Allen Poe or Custard.