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EdReach Show #23

Let’s start with some EdReach Nuggets:
  • Google starts only supporting “newer” browsers:

From the Google Enterprise Blog

Google Apps will only support modern browsers. Beginning August 1st, we’ll support the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, we’ll begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.

1. News Watch:  **** What’s happening in the news? *****  Our Big Story
  • Academics, in New Move, Begin to Work With Wikipedia

From Wired Campus Blog

Washington—The call to action was all over the Association for Psychological Science’s annual meeting here this past weekend. “Attention APS Members. Take Charge of Your Science,” fliers shouted. Promotional ads in the conference programs urged the society’s 25,000 members to join the APS Wikipedia Initiative and “make sure Wikipedia—the world’s No. 1 online encyclopedia—represents psychology fully and accurately.” And the Wikimedia Foundation, which backs the encyclopedia, was holding editing demonstrations in the middle of the conference exhibit hall.

Why is this remarkable for educators?

2. Blog Watch -theme here- BYOD
From EdReach via Scott Meech:

The Future of Ed Tech is Bring Your Own Device   Very popular post along with the

Netbooks vs. iPads as a 1-1.
And, of course, started by Judi:

This is a very popular topic among educators. Before I get into this:
Why do you two think this topic is so popular among educators?

True BYOD will never be a solution for schools that continue to focus on standardization of hardware and applications.  Reasons for one-to-one devices have morphed over the years as we do not need devices to do it all.  Please keep in mind that BYOD does not proclude “targeted purchasing” of technology within a school system.  Schools will continue to need specialized equipment for specific learning needs.

Let’s face it, human beings tend to take better care of something they own versus something they rent. It is time to give our students ownership over their learning through the use of their own devices.

I think he makes an interesting point here, standardization.*  

Also from ESchoolNews:

“Concerns remain about students who are unable to purchase or borrow a device for use in the classroom, but districts might find creative ways—such as asking local businesses or community organizations for help—to provide devices in such instances, advocates of the trend say.”

Interesting reaction from Jeremy Brueck:

What about support? While the school or district may not "have to" provide support for BYOD (because the parents/student will each support their own device), the teacher is going to ultimately end up "supporting" students who are trying to use a variety of devices. I just don't think classroom teachers are ready for this. I don't think that pre-service educator degree programs are preparing future teachers for BYOD. While it seems like a great alternative to school/district provided equipment, and a big cost saving opportunity, the bottom line...our current crop of practicing teachers just aren't ready for this type of move and pre-service teachers aren't being prepared in this manner either.

He’s got a good point. *   

3.  The EdReach Keynote Review:
Chris Lehmann from TedXNY from last april. Go to 9:30 in, start there.
  • What we’re interested in here, is how does his thoughts of a Student Centered Learning Environment comment on the BYOD discussion?

4.  “On the Radar”- Resources/ Tools/ Functions/ EdGadget

Intel’s Museum of Me: (Judi)

Playstation Certified SmartPhone: (Judi)

iChromy from Diigo (Dan):

SnagFilms -  (Jay)

Video Time Machine -
iTunes  (Jay)