Designing Educational Technology

I’m a big Google fan and I have been extremely happy with Google Docs since I first started using them a few years ago.  However, the last couple of days have led me to question my faith in Google Docs, but after some minor frustration (not really, I was actually quite p!$$#*) I have come to terms with the limitations of Google Forms. So here’s what happened.

I have been creating a couple forms to use by pre-service teachers in one of their field experiences.  Like I have done dozens of times before, I created a new form and began building the different fields, pages, and sections, saving throughout.  Then, once I complete the form, I clicked on the link at the bottom of the page that takes you to the live form.  Everything looked great and the only change I needed to make was the addition of a theme to…

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Robin Smith

Crawling is the process that Google goes about finding your website and adding it to their index. Crawler programs known alternatively as “bots”, “scutters”, “web-spider”, or “indexers” will trawl the Internet picking up links in websites and adding them to Google’s index of sites. Google Bot is the program particular to Google and it constantly scans the website. Originally running every 3-4 months, Google realized that their content would be out of data much of the time it was searched, so the company put Google Bot on permanent active-duty.

Google Bot has a list of websites that it must visit each time it scans, generated from its previous scan. It goes through these sites, searching for and exploring new links to sites it has not already found. When it finds a new link, G-Bot files it in the Google indexes to be surveyed next time the bot runs.

Indexing is…

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Reading continues-
time to write now, as the end
is fast approaching.

The end of another semester is fast approaching and I am feeling pensive as the deadline for my last assignment is one week away. For this task I have been investigating two (future) trends that will impact on libraries in the next five years. For my focus I have chosen digital content creation and mobile technologies. The readings appear insurmountable and, the more I work through the pile the more I feel I need to read/climb to reach the top.

As part of my research, I decided to interview a handful of librarians from different library services. I have recorded the audio of the interviews and my intention is to create a short documentary after I submit my final assignment. At present, I would love to upload all the audio and start the editing process……

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Phipps Files

Another coincidence in my learning happened today when the second article I noticed in the Middle School Journal was dealing with Web 2.0 applications in the classroom. I find it interesting that the article calls the children of today, digital natives, meaning that they have grown up using digital technology on a daily basis. It is in fact a natural part of their lives. The article states that most teachers ask students to “power down” when entering a classroom because we do not incorporate this natural part of their lives into the daily routine of learning and communicating in the class. The article goes on to discuss some of the benefits of Web 2.0 applications as well as look at two concrete examples in a middle school environment.

Here are some of the advantages to using Web 2.0 technologies:

– they combine face-to-face interactions with the virtual world

– they…

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Mostly Tech

“No, the picture above isn’t some modernized Power Ranger’s wrist communicator.

This is the Mutewatch, and we’ve been intrigued since we first laid eyes on it over a year ago.

At a glance, it looks akin to a rubber fashion bracelet, which could make its $260 price tag a shocker. But with the right touch or flick it reveals itself to be much more.

The Stockholm-based start-up behind it, dubbed Mutewatch AB, envisions the device serving as “time management tool” for setting quick wrist-felt vibrating reminders during the course of the day. Think Growl, but on your wrist.

The wristwatch lacks a dial and crystal, and instead has an angled, touch-sensitive section for a face with hidden LEDs, an ambient light sensor, a motion sensor and a vibrating motor for alarms.”

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