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Chris selected as K12OnlineConference keynote speaker Each year the K12OnlineConference provides tremendous professional development for free, and entirely online. This year, they have selected me as one of their keynote speakers. I am thrilled to have been chosen and look forward to participating in the conversation. Read the full post announcing all the keynote speakers here.

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Two quick links on Cognitive Load Theory I've been fielding lots of questions lately about Cognitive Load Theory. Here are two quick links that may be useful. First is an article talking about the practical implications of CLT on the design of learning. The second are some "recent" (as of 2003) developments regarding CLT. Happy reading! Update: I clarified the second...

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Practical advice on kids and Android app development After hearing about my students' success developing an Android app, I've gotten several emails asking for more details as to how I practically worked with my kids. Here are some pointers that I offered to the first person that emailed me, perhaps they are of some use to you. Please note that your mileage may vary. It's ok to not be...

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Publishing an App Inventor app to the Android Market As I mentioned earlier, my students and I published an Android app to the Android Market. See those links for more information on the background. This post is decidedly technical. First, once we finished the coding process, we packaged the app for to download to the computer. This is an option in App Inventor. This downloaded an .apk file....

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Designing and publishing an Android app with kids This post is designed to provide some context around how/why we decided to build this app. The more technical details of the code and how we published it will come in a future post. My students and I recently completed and published an Android app, and here's how we did it. First, the genesis for this goes back to a question I asked...

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Alvin Trusty on creating a great PowerPoint

Category : General

I came across this from the Langwitches blog, and being a sucker for presentations about presentations, I decided to take a look.

I take exception to a few of the statements, most namely that Prof. Trusty calls it a PowerPoint. I believe that PowerPoint is a tool, and a flawed one at that. It is a presentation, a slide deck, or any number of other names.

Nonetheless, I learned a good bit about copyright law and there are some good tips. It’s worth a watch.

Papershow’s Purpose

Category : Educational Technology

Since I was a bit wrong about Papershow’s purpose, I wanted to clear that up. Here is a bit straight from the US distributor.

The purpose of Papershow is to allow presenters, teachers, marketers, etc. to give interactive presentations while also having the ability to annotate their presentations on the fly. While aspects of the Papershow pen are similar to the Pulse Smart Pen, Papershow as an entire product, which consists of three components, is very unique. The Papershow interactive paper, USB key and Bluetooth pen working together allow someone to give a presentation, conduct a brainstorm or teach a class all from a notepad, and that person can be 20 feet away from the computer. After annotating a presentation or conducting a whiteboard session, Papershow allows you to save all of the notes as a PDF, and then print or e-mail them to anyone you would like.

Papershow is a similar concept as the SMART Airliner wireless slate and eInstruction tablets, but it is much less expensive, it’s just $199 for the starter kit. Also, with Papershow, you are physically writing with ink on paper, rather than an electronic tablet, and this is then projected on the screen which creates more of a “magic” effect. Papershow is very portable too, and easy to carry around, as it’s just the pen, USB key and pad of paper or presentation binder.

You’ll note the comparison against SMART Airliners (which I don’t like much) and other tablets. This is because I mentioned that it seemed a likely market for Papershow.

I’ll test it out a bit this week with students to see how they like it compared to the Airliner.

links for 2009-02-02

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