Its Taking Awhile …. But were Getting There: Collaborative Technologies in the Classroom

For nearly 12 years now I have had a very deep interest in the possibilities of collaborative web technology in education.  When I started creating these tool of my own 4-5 years ago a few of these technologies seemed  obvious to make their way into the mainstream classroom (eventually o.O), namely open source educational software, open source (if you will) learning content (think open courseware), collaborative learning tools (almost all of the web 2.o tools out there now) , and 3D immersive environments (with natural user interfaces ala the Ipad 😉 ).   Over the past few years much of these technologies seem to be making good progress towards common classroom adoption, and in some cases  even approaching main stream. As I follow these trends I take particular note of just how main stream some of these technologies are becoming,  in…

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The Basics of Developing 2D & 3D Digital Story Telling & Simple Game Development with Scratch & Alice @ Greenbush

The Basics of Developing 2D & 3D Digital Story Telling & Simple Game Development with Scratch & Alice   5/4/2011 9:00:00 AM – 5/4/2011 3:30:00 PM  @ Greenbush – ESC DESCRIPTION: Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.   Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first…

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Teacher Training: The Basics of Developing 2D & 3D Digital Story Telling & Simple Game Development with Scratch & Alice

Links: Todays Slides – http://labs.greenbush.us/Greenbush_Topeka01.pdf Alice 2.2 Slides – http://labs.greenbush.us/Greenbush_Topeka_Alice2_01.pdf Scratch 1.4 – http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Scratch_1.4_Download Alice 2.2 – http://alice.org/index.php?page=downloads/download_alice2.2 Alice 3.0 – http://alice.org/index.php?page=alice3/download Notes & Resources: Scratch: ScratchEd – http://scratched.media.mit.edu Learn Scratch – http://learnscratch.org/ Scratch Cards – http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Support/Scratch_Cards Publish on your own site – http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Publishing_your_Scratch_projects_on_other_websites Alice: Programming With Alice Learning to Program with Alice

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The Mobile Immersive Learning Lab 2.0 (CAVE for the Classroom)

  @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ The Mobile Immersive Learning Lab 2.0 (CAVE for the Classroom) ================================================== 3 X http://us.toshiba.com/tv/3d/65ul610u (3 X $4,500) 1 X http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/ (1 X $300) 1 X http://www.apple.com/macbook/ (1 X $1000) Estimated total: $14,800 ================================================== The visualization software we use are open source applications called Opensim & OpenCobalt

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Teacher Training: The Basics of Developing 2D & 3D Digital Story Telling & Simple Game Development with Scratch & Alice

The Basics of Developing 2D & 3D Digital Story Telling & Simple Game Development with Scratch & Alice   4/6/2011 9:00:00 AM – 4/6/2011 3:30:00 PM  @ Forbes Field Topeka Kansas DESCRIPTION: Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming…

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