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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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links for 2009-04-30

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  • DoubleCommand is software for Mac OS X (a kernel extension) that lets you remap keys, in other words change the way your keyboard works.

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  • Hide the Spam & Drafts count in Gmail. You can control whether to show the count of Spam/Drafts through Tools->Greasemonkey->User Script Commands. You need to be on the gmail page for the user script commands to get activated. Compatible with the new themes

Embedding a LiveScribe Pencast

Category : Academics

There is finally a way to embed LiveScribe pencasts. I’ve been asked not to share how to do this just yet. This is proof of concept so far.

Let’s see how it works! I chose this lecture intentionally, so watch it if you have time. It is from my Vygtosky seminar and covers some of the many misconceptions in dealing with Lev Vygotsky. Of particular interest is how many people misunderstand the Zone of Proximal Development. If you have the time and/or inclination, I encourage you to watch and learn. And no, it’s not me lecturing!

WVOC Interview

Category : General

I was included as a part of a news story on our local AM station WVOC recently due to being selected as a finalist in the Cable in the Classroom Leaders in Learning National Teacher Awards. So far there is no news on who won.

Anyway, if you’re curious, here is the audio from the news story. It’s just a snippet, but I was glad to participate.

Enjoy.

links for 2009-04-16

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  • HardwareGrowler is an application that sends Growl notifications when devices are connected or disconnected from your Mac.

links for 2009-04-03

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