edumacator (910819) writes "I have a wonderful Media Specialist at my high school who loves books, but realizes we need to more with that communal space in our school. After sharing the attached article, she is very excited to investigate creating a "Makers Lab" in our media center. I'm an English teacher that loves technology and a bit of a DIY background, but I'm not terribly knowledgeable in this field. So, my slashdot compatriots, I turn to you. What are essentials do I need to get this off the ground?" Link to Original Source top
How SHOULD a technologically sound and collaborative high school classroom look?
edumacator (910819) writes "Disclaimer off the top. In the near future, this will go out as an IndieGoGo project. But I'm NOT looking for money from you, but rather ideas.
I'm a teacher, and although I think I know what tools my students need to be successful, I'm locked up here in my ivory tower. You are out there, in that big scary world my students will soon enter, so help me break out of the 18th century classroom model, and design a classroom for students today. What should it look like?
If you could design your ideal classroom to prepare our high school kids for the world they will enter, what technology would you include? How would you encourage engagement and collaboration between students in the class and outside the school? Are there must have programs or devices? Do I need a device for each child, or a shared workstation for four or five be better? I've included a video of my prototype idea. What have I missed?" Link to Original Source top
edumacator (910819) writes "It seems Microsoft is working on an interesting concept for smartphones, or maybe they are just adding to their patent war chest.
A recent Microsoft patent describes a smartphone with a slide-out section that can house one of several modules, including a QWERTY keyboard, a gaming pad, a second display or a battery pack. Even better: The modules work wirelessly when they aren’t docked in the smartphone’s slider. Another useful way the modular smartphone concept could be used: The keyboard can be used as a controller while the smartphone acts as a TV-connected media hub.
Google+ is designed around "Circles" that allow users to group people within their social sphere into different categories. Google says that the people you tend to meet up with on Saturday nights, for example, can be grouped into their own category, while parents can be placed into another. You can then decide to share only certain information with different Circles.
edumacator writes "Our school is working hard to provide our students with relevant opportunities of study. We have a short "seminar" period that meets three days a week for thirty minutes. I've chosen to teach a seminar on "Home Grown Technology" even though I'm an English teacher and only an amateur techie. If you had thirty minutes, three days a week, for nine weeks, what would you teach a group of high school students? I'm considering the Wii-mote smartboard and multitouch displays, but I'm afraid I'm overreaching."