Friday, October 24, 2008

My Father ~ My Mentor~ My Best Friend


Good Morning Everyone,

I wanted to share with all of you today a poem I have written for my Father below. This poem I am sharing with you reflects how my five siblings and the sixteen grandchildren will remember their Father ~ their Grandfather~ their Mentor ~ and their very Best Friend. The pictures in this post and the music slide show represents my Father's happiest moments in his life flying his powered parachute- he was so adventurous and such a risk taker from his generation. He was a wonderful man and taught me so much about life through his caring ways, his creative inventions, his enduring work ethic, and his love for polka music and dance he instilled in everyone he met, to preserve the family heritage from the old world. I will truly miss him as we lay him to rest today.

My Grandfather's Flight
Whether a family is bound together or scattered far apart,
Loved ones from the past and present are always in our hearts.
Legacies of love and pride are passed down through the years,
Journals kept of triumphs, tragedies and tears.
Tales of great joy, sacrifice and sorrow can be found,
Character traits, personalities and likenesses abound.
Families give us history- roots tied to our past,
And a heritage of My Grandfather's Flight- is one that is sure to last.

~ We love you Grandpa Jack ~

N. Harm

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Top Videos to Showcase to Administrative Leaders

Happy Sunday!

Thanks to my new friend on Twitter, Lisa Thumann, I am creating this post in support of her efforts to create a video repository. This video collection will highlight the best administrative leadership videos to assist and guide our leaders of the importance of why we need to meet the needs our 21st century learners, infusing Web 2.0 technologies, and transformative solutions to assist our students to be competent self-directed learners.

Please feel free to leave a comment and share your favorite video clip, so we can add it to the collection. More to come.....

A Brave New World Wide Web
A Portal to Media Literacy
A Vision of K-12 Students
A Vision of Students Today
Did You Know ..IV
Educational Podcasting in Colorado to Replace Homework
Famous Failures
Learning and Motivation in the 21st Century
Learn to Change- Change to Learn
Let's Fight it Together!
Mr. Dalton Sherman
Pay Attention
Teachers- What Do You Really Make?
Think Differently
Web 2.0...The Machine is Us/ing Us
What I Want for My Children
Where the Hell is Matt?
Why Teaching is Such an Important Calling

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Evolution of the Web According to Solomon

Web 1.0 was basic connection via the Internet, where information flowed one way and was rarely updated. Web 1.0 ended in 2001 with the crash of the dot com era that some estimate cost in excess of $5 Trillion. The Web 1.0 lesson: Cash, not content, is king.

Web 2.0 marked the beginning of the 'two sided Internet,' where we started using the Internet to talk to one another. This interactivity generated billions of dollars in data - virtually for free. The Web 2.0 lesson: Sustainable revenues are possible.

Web 3.0 offers detailed data exchange to every point on the Internet, a 'machine in the middle,' with three main characteristics:

1. Smart internetworkingThe Internet itself will get smarter and become a gathering tool to execute relatively complex tasks and analyze collective online behavior.

2. Seamless applicationsWeb 3.0 theories suggest that all applications will fit together; a continuation of open source where all applications will be able to communicate. APIs will read data from any platform and provide a single point of reference.

3. Distributed databasesWeb 3.0 will need somewhere to store very complex and memory intensive information. It will require ontologies to establish relationships between information sources; search millions of nodes, and scan billions of data records at once.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wisconsin Title 1 Conference

Good Morning,

Today I am in Stevens Point, WI presenting at the Title 1 conference on
the topic of WEB 2.0 Visual Literacy Tools to Engage and Motivate Student Learning. I am very excited to showcase and demonstrate a new collection of Web 2.0 auditory and visual literacy tools. These tool sets will inspire, motivate and engage all learners, while instilling the importance of everyday real-world applications to support reading and writing fluency. Each participate will have many "take-aways" in which to add to their professional "toolbox" of quick tips, tricks and and innovative learning strategies.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

CESA #3 Web 2.0 Class

Greetings,

I will be in beautiful Fennimore, WI at CESA #3 this week. Web 2.0 literacy tools is the focus topic and we will be explore the robust and collaborative tools of Google Docs, Google Sites, Blogger and a variety of digital photo and video tools to support k-12 classroom instruction. I love this class!- and working with the tools and seeing how excited the teachers become to make instant real-word connections of how these tools can improve their instructional delivery. I also enjoy listening to the best practice share sessions, and how teachers of various technology proficiency levels plan to engage and motivates their students with these tools the very next day after the delivery of this workshop.

Here is a collection of more tools we will be exploring:

Big Huge Labs
Dumpr
Jaycut
Jumpcut
IDEAS
Loonapix
Muveemix
Pics4Learning
Picnik
Voki

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Technology Planning Resources

After trying to submit a variety of technology planning resources tonight through one of our Wisconsin listservs and all emails being returned- I became quite frustrated with the limit of the 200kb attachment size. I have a found an alternative solution to share these resources with all of you through the embedded Google Site link for a hosting site for the tech planning attachments. Here is the support link:
http://sites.google.com/site/techplanningsurveytools

I have personally created a variety of online technology planning assessment tools within Zoomerang, and also have collected over the past 5 years an "exemplar" collection of resources to support best practices through researched based tools. I am always willing to share to assist others in the "somewhat" agonizing task- but it is truly amazing to review the data results for the summarized surveys to support your technology initiatives within your school districts or educational environments.

Please remember that the Speak Up Day survey is also an excellent "FREE" survey tool to use within your district to gain critical strategic planning information. Here is the link http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/ This survey tool is NOW available and remains open until Dec. 19th. You need to setup your district information through the site and distribute the activation link within your districts to have teachers, students parents and community members take the survey. Results should be tabulated by late January early February 2009. You can request this info early if you need it to support your tech planning efforts.

Another tool kit to support 21st century learning environments and Web 2.0 planning is School 2.0 at http://etoolkit.org/etoolkit/ Outstanding resources found within this site- even a bandwidth calculator for your 3 year tech planning efforts.

Good luck!

Naomi Harm
CESA #4 Educational Technology Director
WEMTA Program Chair
http://ie20-naomi.blogspot.com
Twitter: nharm

Monday, October 6, 2008

Top 100 e-Learning Professionals on Twitter

Greetings Everyone!

I was contacted by Todd Gilmore, Center for Learning and Performance Technologies out of the UK this evening and notified that I made the top 100 e-Learning Professional list on Twitter. Even though I am not on Twitter everyday- or have more than 1,000 postings or followers- I try my best share best practices, Web 2.0 literacy websites, and ask relevant and driving questions about technology integration and supportive leadership practices. I was thrilled to be mentioned with so many unique individuals that I have only conversed with over Twitter, EdTech Talk, or through U-Stream. All I can say is thanks for the recoginition- I am honored- and I will continue to share my knowledge I have gained from my blogging community and Twitter friends to assist us with our collective vision of 21st century technology literacy efforts to support, engage and motivate student learning!

Naomi

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Education International Celebrates World Teachers' Day 2008

World Teacher's Day 2008

Every day, in millions of classrooms around the world, the universal endeavour of teaching and learning takes place. The gift of literacy is passed from one generation to the next, along with love of learning and thirst for knowledge. When knowledge is shared, skills are gained and lives can be changed.

Blue Microphones Snowflake USB Microphone - $69.00

Say hello to the Snowflake, the first professional portable USB microphone.Whether you're recording your newest podcast, talking business on the web, or just narrating your latest great family movie, the Snowflake can capture it with amazing clarity and depth that's head and shoulders above any comparable portable USB on the market!The Snowflake works on both Mac and PC with no complicated drivers to install: just connect it to your computer's USB port, follow the prompts and you'll have high-fidelity sound in no time. It's perfect for podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, and VoIP software such as Skype and Vonage. Or use it for dictation, field recording, lecture recording, and narration for slideshows and PowerPoint presentations. The sky's the limit. It's even great for recording music via GarageBand and other multitrack recording software.Designed with the traveler in mind, the Snowflake's unique design allows you to place it on a desk or flat surface near your computer, or mount it to the screen of most laptops. Because it simply connects to your USB port, it offers a wide range of applications coupled with an ease of use never before offered in a professional-quality microphone. In the tradition of Blue's line of renowned studio microphones, the Snowflake features Blue's superior proprietary capsule and circuit design, optimized to make sure that you always get the best sound possible into your computer, and sets a new standard for digital recording on the go!

18 Super Small Projectors

We have been hearing about mini /pico projectors for a long time now but so far, nothing has made it to store shelves. However, there is no doubt that this technology will be an important part of many of our mobile devices in the near future—which is why there is no shortage of concepts out there. OObject has collected 18 of these potential products, including the look at Microvision's Pico Projector at CES. Thanks to http://www.gizmodo.com/ for this update.

Naomi