Dec 22 2009

Has anyone seen either of the two Digital Goonies?

jim

No, it’s not your imagination… we’ve been on a small hiatus (as you can tell from the date of the last posting). It’s not because of the holidays either! Actually, we’ve been putting the finishing touches on our most recent book, Web 2.0: Hot Apps & Cool Projects for Language Arts. And as of today, our manuscript is officially out of our hands and headed to the chopping block editor.

Anyway, we’ll be back in full swing right after Christmas. Thanks for making this a great year for us. We (Jim and Susan) wish you the best holidays (and yes, since the both of us are Christians we celebrate Christmas). We wish you a fantastic new year!


Dec 10 2009

Etherpad- a favorite going away :-(

jim

It was bound to happen- it’s just the nature of web applications.

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We love Etherpad- remember the really cool, really real-time collaboration tool that we blogged about back on October 1st? Well, it will be going to the Web 2.0 graveyard soon!

Etherpad announced on December 4th that Google had acquired AppJet (the great company behind Etherpad) and plans to incorporate the same functionality into Google Wave. So for those of you that got excited about Etherpad and started using it and making great plans, time is ticking away. After an outcry from users, Etherpad revamped their transition plan to keep it breathing for us a while longer. And they’re going to open-source their code (which means maybe we can see it re-surface in other free web apps later)!

We feel your pain! Our next book (Web 2.0: Hot Apps & Cool Projects for Language Arts) was only weeks away from completion and being sent to the editor. Etherpad was one of the great apps we included (but have since removed).

We are excited about Google Wave and wish the Etherpad folks who are transitioning to their team the best. Google Wave (yes, it’s free) is still open by invitation only. It’s got some exciting real-time collaboration features that we as educators will love! We have about 20 Google Wave invites to give away- send me a message if you’d like one!

Let’s give it up for the Etherpad team! They made a great product and let us use it for FREE! We wish Aaron Iba (former CEO of AppJet) the best over there! We were privileged to have worked with him and his web application briefly on our last book! Thanks!


Nov 8 2009

Digital Goonies at CAST 2009- Galveston, TX

jim

Susan and I just returned from Galveston, TX where we presented five (that’s right, five!) sessions for science teachers from across the state and also introduced our newest book!Web2.0Science

We met some great teachers and got to share a little of what we know about technology integration in our five sessions. Some of you reading this attended CAST and we hope you had a great conference- and even more, we hope your hotel was better than ours! cast2009

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Jul 6 2009

Digital Goonies at NECC 2009

jim

We had a great time in Washington D.C. and met many of you there. We have received some great feedback from our three sessions. Many people didn’t make it in to the two free sessions because they were so full- we appreciate those of you who did make it to one of our sessions. We hope that you left with some new ideas and inspiration to use with your own students and/or teachers.

We referenced many websites in these sessions- some are already listed here on the blog (use tha Categories menu on the right). But many many more are coming your way soon. You can go check out some of our other websites:

Curriculum Magic- here you’ll find links related to Google Earth and GPS.

Google Earth Lessons Wiki- come see what educators are doing with Google Earth. Join the wiki and add your own content if you wish. Here you can also download the Google Earth sample files we used in our sessions. This wiki is relatively young, so content is limited at the moment!

Print, Cut, & Fold- come take another look at the sample activity types we flew through- as well as links to free downloads. Here you will also find some great links to free image websites that are copyright friendly!

Creative Edge Resources- this is by far the most boring of the sites and is the business arm of what we do. If you are wanting to talk about staff development for your school or district (yes, we travel nationwide), look here!

Thanks again for joining us- we hope you’ll keep up with us by reading the blog. We have some great content coming your way! And if you made it this far in reading, check out this cool Animoto video I put together of the Korean War Memorial that I visited while in D.C.


May 28 2009

New Vocabulary: Keeping up with the Joneses

jim

I almost didn’t title this posting as I did. I can never remember how to make Jones plural without looking stupid. Thanks to a quick Google search, I think I have it right this time!

It seems that every blog posting I read these days uses some new term that sets me off on a rabbit chase through the world wide web- just because I can’t stand not knowing. To save you some time and keep you in the know, here are a few I ran across recently:

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Cloud Computing- “the cloud” refers to this surreal, invisible entity of the internet where files can be stored, applications can reside, and no one really knows or cares where the files are physically. They are just stored in the cloud- and can be accessed from anywhere. There are huge advantages to cloud computing- and some not so great things about it! But that’s for a discussion in some future post! Google Docs is a perfect example of cloud computing!

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