Teachers Playing on the Same Playground as the Students

I’m currently participating in the MOREnet MITC2008 Conference at Lake of the Ozarks. This morning, I was entertained by the keynote speaker Kevin Honeycutt, an education consultant for ESSDACK in Hutchinson, Kansas. Kevin also produces the Driving Questions in Education podcast and the ArtSnacks. His message was that we need to play on the same playground as the students, move beyond “old school.” The world has changed more in our generation than in any other.

Having grown up in a troubled family, he provides an interesting perspective on school, teachers, and technology. He inspired us with several videos:

Tools he mentioned:

  • Google sketchup: “software that you can use to create, modify and share 3D models. It’s easier to learn than other 3D modeling programs, which is why so many people are already using it.”written and video tutorial included
  • Lulu: self publishing site; upload your book and visitors can purchase it; no up front costs; books are printed as ordered;
  • YouTube Berkeley channel: view classroom content for free, Harvard and other schools doing the same,
  • Zamzar: file conversion to take videos to school, put in URL and get email with video
  • Artsnacks.org: his site, art, teacher has account, not students, social network
  • Skype: make free calls over the internet

Some good sites shared in my morning sessions:

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