Sunday, August 18, 2013

Got my Chromecast and have been using it with my MAC and Windows 8 computers.  The MAC work far better.  With the Windows 8 there was a lot of lag on the video.  The MAC shows smoothly and in sync on the TV.  Will be trying with a Windows 7 machine and Chromebook this week.  Will report findings.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Summer Conferences

Had the privilege to present at Campus Technology Conference in Boston and Educators Changing the World Conference at Monte Vista Christian School in California. 

Campus Technology was great.  The best keynote speaker was Kyle Bowen of from Purdue University.

ECWC had Sir Ken Robinson, Alan November, Kevin Honeycutt, Mark Barnes, and many more.  I was honored to be part of this line-up. 

CT Conference is higher ed folks and ECWC is focused on K-12 but very similar needs.  Faculty and teachers are hungry to integrate technology in their practices.  Some of the hurdles I heard about was the lack of professional development, support, funding, and over controlling tech directors.  I believe it is the time educational technology professionals to call for a change in how decisions are made.  Network people are a vital resource but have no clue as to what teachers need in the classroom.  Make the network and access to resources easy.  Too many hoops and blocked sites are discouraging the use of technology in the classroom.  Time for change!