Google for K12 Educators

Education, Elementary School, High School, Middle School

This from the Official Google Blog:

“…We’ve been hearing about some pretty cool assignments from classrooms across the U.S. where teachers at all grade levels are using Google products to bring history lessons to life, illuminate new sources of information, and encourage sharing and collaboration. What we’ve also heard loud and clear is that teachers want more information about using Google products, and more connections to other educators who are using the web creatively. This is why we’ve launched a set of resources for K-12 educators today at the new Google for Educators site. Here you’ll find teachers’ guides for 12 Google products, including basic information about each, examples of how educators are using them, plus lesson ideas. We’re also offering some additional multimedia content, including lesson plans and videos from Discovery Education that use Google Earth and SketchUp, and a series of podcasts at Infinite Thinking Machine on innovative ways to use the web in the classroom…”

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Super Smart Whiteboard Application

Education, Human Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Movie

I had a very unique yet welcome happening the other day. My namesake, “Rob Fay” – a 16 year old living in Nottingham, England, decided to contact me. I had “Googled” my own name before to see if there were other “Rob Fays,” but I never decided to track them down. Well, I’m delighted that Rob contacted me.

Today I decided to check out his site and found an interesting find. I’m surprised I hadn’t stumbled across it sooner, but I believe it can inspire a company such as ours since we leverage whiteboard technologies with our learning curriculum. Check it out.

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K12 Online Conference


The “K12 Online Conference” is for teachers, administrators and educators around the world interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice! This year’s conference is scheduled to be held over two weeks, Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30 – Nov. 3 and will include a preconference keynote. The conference theme is “Unleashing the Potential.”

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Links from BLC Presentation

Education, Elementary School, High School, How Students Learn, Interaction Design, Middle School

Building Learning Communities Conference

Marco Torres

Darren Kuropatwa

MIT MEDIA LAB – Lifelong Kindergarten

Games in Education

Education, How Students Learn, Movie, Online Gaming

Mark Wagner of the EdTechLife blog linked this interesting video [Quicktime movie] about how educators can incorporate games to facilitate learning. Webcast about video games in education, with Interviews of Henry Jenkins, James Paul Gee, Clark Aldrich…

It may not be completely relevant for us, but my impression is that gaming in K12’s products has become more of a focus.

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