I have just started toying with OpenClass, a free LMS (learning management system) from Pearson, which is a Google Apps for Education tool. It's quite capable, yet basic at the same time. It reflects a certain structured class setup, without much obvious room for flexibility. There seems to be some social features like the class wall, but it's difficult to assess how collaborative students will be able to be. It seems like Google Docs are well integrated, which could help, but what about discussion boards, wikis, etc?
inspired by Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown comes Goodnight iPad, a video by Ann Droyd (note the joke author). Almost hard to watch, but apropos to modern life!
Apple's front page today is dedicated to Steve Jobs. They also have a site where you can read their statement as well as send your thoughts in.
Coming out of a Kickstarter campaign, Teaguduino looks like a great way to get kids (or adults) started with real programming and robot building. It seems a lot easier to get started that Arduino, but easier isn't always better. Just different. I'm pretty compelled by their work, though. Will you or your school be an early investor? They have a great price points for a 5 piece set - $650.
Mendley, a powerful resource for academics. Upload your papers into the software and it extracts relevant data like journal, title, authors, and more. Use others work to help you connect to other related research. Powerful, and worth looking into if you are doing research or reading a lot of research.Via ProfHacker
Chancellor Joel Klein and Sir Ken Robinson discuss where schools should and are heading in the near future. It feels good to hear them as I work on designing a new high school in New York City - we're focused on helping kids find their passions.
The team at Evernote just announced a new app utilizing iPad 2's new smart covers. This is an elegant idea, and intersects learning institutions pretty obviously. I am still totally unsold on iPad's for schools, but this could be pretty useful for me personally. Read more on Evernote's blog.
In wonderful news YouTube announces a partnership with Creative Commons to let people use Creative Commons licensed music easily in any uploaded videos. They have an online editor to let you do so. This is great for teachers and students creating video projects. I often find myself helping students and teachers walking about of copyright traps when they just slap an iTunes song on a video and want to upload them to the web. People can also elect to share their end-product videos back into the commons allowing others to use their work. Talk about creating a useful video!
Microsoft previews the highly touch-centric Windows 8 operating system. I like the idea of tiles, but wonder if that is the ideal interface metaphor for the next shift. I'm already victim of app fatigue, I wonder if tile fatigue is next. I don't mean to be a doubter, this looks quite beautiful. Just keeping up with the change right now seems to be overwhelming for technologists, let alone users.