Monthly Archives: April 2011

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 a article today in ars technica a few of these technologies are discussed (via http://nextgenlearning.org).

In the first of two rounds, The Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) awarded $10.6 million to 29 organizations, with the potential for an additional $5.4 million to be doled out later. Close to half of the initial $10.6 million went to open courseware projects that seek to publish adaptable Web-based courses for the public.

The funded initiatives focus on four areas:

  • Open courseware
  • “Blended learning,” the mixture of in-class time with online learning
  • “Deeper learning,” the use of social media and virtual worlds to increase student engagement
  • “Learner analytics,” analytical software to retain and use student data

Other projects of interest:

http://openstudy.com

http://www.open.ac.uk

http://ocw.mit.edu

 

 

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 programming experience.

REGISTER HERE ! ! !


Coming Fall 2011 – Basic Programming & Game Development with SCRATCH

I am currently working on the “Basic Programming & Game Development with SCRATCH” with Daniel Green and the Coordinator of our Greenbush Online Learning program. I am pleased to report we are way ahead of schedule and anxious to offer this online class to students ! …. A quick peak below !

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

     

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    The Mobile Immersive Learning Lab 2.0 (CAVE for the Classroom)
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    • Estimated total: $14,800

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    The visualization software we use are open source applications called Opensim & OpenCobalt


    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 experience.

    REGISTER HERE ! ! !