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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 2009-11-20

Category : Feeds

  • Scan Tailor is an interactive post-processing tool for scanned pages. It performs operations such as page splitting, deskewing, adding/removing borders, and others. You give it raw scans, and you get pages ready to be printed or assembled into a PDF or DJVU file

What should I teach em?

Category : General

Untitled 0 00 00-06 I have a group of kids that I’ve been working with on our morning news show, called Cougar KidKast.

Well, we’ve almost finished all of our episodes, as we’ve been working ahead of time. Now, I’m leaving it up to them (and you) to help me figure out what to teach them.

I asked them today what they wanted to learn about, and here is a short list. I’d love it if you would help me figure out what exactly they need to know. Bear in mind these are sixth graders, but they’re pretty tech savvy.

They want to learn how to:

  1. Make a web site.
  2. Take a computer apart and know what the parts and pieces are in it that make it work. (I’ve got this covered).
  3. Internet Privacy. They want to know what to post and what not to post.
  4. They want to learn how to search using Google and get better results.
  5. They want to learn green screen techniques.
  6. They want to learn how to use their cell phones for more than just calling/texting.
  7. They want to learn how to create animations, and perhaps stop motion being a part of that.
  8. They want to make a movie.
  9. They want to learn about online video sharing sites other than YouTube.

So there is the list.

Perhaps you fancy yourself an expert in one of these areas? Maybe you want to come teach my class for me? We have pretty good access to Skype, want to guest speak? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for the help..

links for 2009-11-10

Category : Feeds