Friday, October 02, 2015

TTT -  Sketching

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Sketching
An Alternative Way

Greetings Sequoyah, 

Staying with the Inktober theme a bit I was turned onto Travel Sketching (http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/29/travel-sketching-101/) today. I struggle with art, drawing and perspective are mysteries. Art in college was a struggle. Now when I pick up a pen and start to draw I try to remember to not take myself to seriously and try not to worry about failure. We are working on that yet principle. I can not draw, yet. I can not paint, yet. You know the Edmond Fine Arts Institute has classes in all things art. So I encourage us all to break out of our shell just a bit. 

I think with art and drawing in a foreign place it allows us to settle down. To relax. To take a bit of time and look at things differently. Certainly getting a picture with the iPhone is great. But when you see the David, try drawing the pebble in his hand. 

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

TTT -  The Tipping Point

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The Tipping Point
Get On Board

Greetings Sequoyah, 

Malcolm Gladwell  wrote The Tipping Point fifteen years ago. The book discusses the concept of critical mass. When enough people begin to do a thing everything changes. It reminds me of the story of the 100th monkey. Having not read the book I am not sure of content but the idea behind it. 

In Education we are at a tipping point with technology. There are groups of people integrating technology in life: The Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, and Laggards. The chart from 2009 shows the early adopters on twitter. Six years later we are looking at late adopters and laggards. It is interesting that the hot trend in education right now is twitter. Educators are using twitter to build a Professional Learning Community and connections with other educators around the world. It is a great tool. 

I think that educational technology in and of itself is following this trend so apparent in Twitter. I think back to the days of innovators with the OKTechMasters program. The OKTechMasters consisted of a small group of educators going out into the classroom and teaching teachers how to use technology. We were on the vanguard of a movement then. The program lasted two or three years and the grant funding the project expired. Many teachers were impacted by the program and the innovatite teaching methods presented through the curriculum. 

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

Twitter Early Adopters from 2009 (http://www.trendsspotting.com/blog/?p=1675)
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

TTT -  Inktober

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Inktober
Draw Everyday

Greetings Sequoyah, 

There is a great movement during the month of October. The objective is to draw everyday. Upload the drawing to the internet and tag it with the hashtag #inktober. The website http://inktober.com/ describes the project and process. 

This could make for a great extension in class. Have students illustrate a concept or event. Upload it and tag it. 

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TTT -  YouTube SmartBoards

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YouTube 
SmartBoards 

Greetings Sequoyah, 

Many of us have a SmartBoard in the classroom. They are used in a variety of ways. Most polling indicates it is really a glorified white board. They take up valuable real estate in the classroom and when purchased were one of the largest technology expenditures in the classroom. 

Do you want to learn how to integrate your SmartBoard into your curriculum? Wonder what are the possibilities of this tool and software? Check out the SmartBoard Education YouTube channel for some great resources. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/SMARTClassrooms

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

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