Thursday, July 14, 2005

Norm at Night

Norm at Night

I have sat through another presidential election simulation at the St. Albans School of Public Service, again serving as the political pundit from which the Blog grew. It was such great fun.

The simulation is run by Dr. Robert Shurmer and a Univerisity of Pennsylvania student, Mr. Josh Miller, who is an outstanding computer programmer and a brilliant history student. The reality of the whole simulation was incredible.

Stay tuned here for the web casts of Norm at Night which should begin by September 1, 2005.

Things will be outrageous!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Everyone here is a Laptop Teacher

There is hope to become a Laptop teacher, especially in Arizona. I hope more schools find the stones to follow their lead.
Arizona High School Throws out Textbooks I would love to meet this principal.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Maybe it should be the Cell Phone Teacher

I started this Blog to talk about things that go on or should go in the laptop classroom. There really aren't that many classrooms that each student has a laptop in but there there are thousands where every student or almost every student has a cell phone. Maybe this Blog should become The Cell Phone Teacher.

Marc Prensky writes about how today's kids are different and how we need to engage them or we will lose them. ( Today's kids are wired. Robert MacMillian wrote a great column in the Washington Post The Kids are all Wired .The talk is all about cell phones and not computers.

Schools still for the most part forbid cell phone usage in the classroom, without doubt enraging kids everywhere. Apparantly Disney understands, much better than k-12 schools do, how cell phones engage kids. This article appeared in the Washington Post ,Connecting With Kids, Wirelessly:Disney Among Firms Pitching Cell Phones to the Younger Set. Give it a read.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

The World is a Giant Remix!!

It has been over a month since I wrote anything here. I hope that I will be able to recover my audience if I ever had one. William Gibson might have something to say to all of us with this article in Wired. Let me know what you think..."God's Little Toys"