This is the moment when technology and education really are starting to converge. Is the overall market demand already driving system change and more specifically, as Seth encourages in the video, can parents really drive education reforms from within?
This is short film showing some visionaries talking about the future of technology and education … “with companies like Knewton and Coursera about their quest to use technology to help engage all children and make the learning experience both more engaging and more streamlined.”
Morgan Clendaniel. Watch A Great Short Film On The Future Of Technology And Education. Co.Exist by Fast Company. Accessed October 24, 2012.
Here’s a blog to test if it will feed into my twitter account which will then feed to facebook automatically. Follow?
I’ll at least write something of interest.
My godson Everett turned one last week.His parents with their family and friends got together to have a celebration at the park on Saturday. It rained so there was no ride on the train as planned but the pavilion kept everyone dry…for the most part. I did manage to get a couple of the kiddos out into the rain just so I could show them they wouldn’t melt. In first birthday tradition, he took a swim in the cake.
The kid raked in the swag. I’d have birthday parties if they’d work that way for me. Books, clothes, toys. I don’t know where they are going to put it all once they get home. He was a good sport and opened every present. Most of the paper made it into mouth at some point. Fiber right.
I made him a poster so he can be a superstar whenever he wants.
There was the coolest little girl at the party. two maybe three years old, tough as nails, nerves of steel. I watched a ballon pop without warning in her hands and she didn’t even flinch. She just handed her mom the pieces and went for the next one. The jack in the box barely registered. I was tempted to try to swing her 360 full around the pole on the swing-set just to get a reaction out of her but parents tend to get a little weird about things like that. She finally lost her cool when her dad didn’t do something she wanted and I was relieved somewhat to know she wasn’t a robot. I wanna be like her when I grow up. Cool and calm.
Later in the day when the crowd thinned a fox visited us. He wasn’t really scared of us either. I snapped a few pics when he came close.
Ev looked exhausted by the time all was packed up so I image he had a great day. Wonder what they have planned to bday#2?
On some level, I find myself curious what types of people share my same name. Of course when Google first became a sensation, a viral activity to “google” your own name sprouted. Being the “wannabe” tech geek, I tried it and found fascinating results. http://www.dixiesroadtrip.com/wordpress/?p=201.
Now, with Google Alerts, I get these updates delivered to me by email as they happen. More often than not, it picks up my blog posts from the work blog or other small items but occasionally it picks up something more meaty in substance. Then, I am equally fascinated with the results especially when someone with my same name has an interest that dove tails my own.
Like this recent one:
Or these other, not me but out there just the same
Fellow web geek: http://www.danielleshaw.com/
Avid Amazon user: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A6F8H5X2QPRPQ
I am going out on a limb and say yep. (i wonder if this is the web geek?): http://www.02.01.snc1.facebook.com/people/Danielle-Shaw/638543339
LinkedIN has a few: but one one Dani so far.
Most people who know me personally would most likely tell you that I am techno savy or some variation of that phrase but the secret is that mostly I am not. It’s only that I don’t have much fear of technology and that’s the truth of it. The only reason I bring it up today is that I downloaded my very first cd yesterday. Didn’t leave my house, didn’t move from this very chair. Which is weird and I feel somewhat disloyal to my local independent, Bill’s Records and Tapes. I’ll have to go this weekend to buy something just to relieve my guilt.
one might assume that being a music lover, I would have been a downloading fool but it just never caught on with me. The only reason I tried this at all was because of an internet program that gave me a free subscription to Napster and had free downloads included. I downloaded two songs for free last month. That’s all I used it for until today when I actually spent real dollars and downloaded an entire album. It was easy and cheaper. Especially when you factor in that I didn’t spend a dime on gas to get me there or spend time in traffic getting there, you get the picture.
And, it was an excellent choice. The new Bruce Springsteen album is marvelous. No offense intended to the e street band but I just prefer him with string instruments rather than the horns. It’s back to raw acoustic driven music and good solid full of life lyrics, anyone’s life. I highly recommend this new one. Way better than the Rising.
Oh, and I promised these in an earlier entry this month. Music recommendations:
That’s all for today…tonight I am going to the BW Stevenson Singer songwriter contest at Poor David’s. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about my very first professional photographer gig last weekend.