And Now . . . LADS 2010


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A look at the emerging technologies that are and will have an effect on education and the way we operate within our schools. Presented at the Leading a Digital School Conference in Melbourne September 2010

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  • MIAMI — A South Florida teenager who sued her former principal after she was suspended for creating a Facebook page criticizing a teacher can proceed with her lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled. The student, Katherine Evans, is seeking to have her suspension expunged from her disciplinary record. School officials suspended her for three days, saying she had been “cyberbullying” the teacher, Sarah Phelps. Ms. Evans is also seeking a “nominal fee” for what she argues was a violation of her First Amendment rights, her lawyers said, and payment of her legal fees. The former principal, Peter Bayer, who worked at the Pembroke Pines Charter High School, had asked that the case be dismissed. But Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber denied Mr. Bayer’s petition and rejected his claims of qualified immunity. Lawyers for Ms. Evans, 19, now a sophomore at the University of Florida, said that they were pleased by the ruling and that they hoped to bring the case to trial in the spring. One of the lawyers, Maria Kayanan, associate legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said the judge’s decision had clearly extended the protection of First Amendment rights to online writings of a non-threatening manner. “ This is an important victory both for Ms. Evans and Internet free speech,” Ms. Kayanan said, “because it upholds the principle that the right to freedom of speech and expression in America does not depend on the technology used to convey opinions and ideas.” Ms. Evans would not comment on the judge’s ruling. Efforts to reach Mr. Bayer or officials at the high school were unsuccessful. Ms. Evans’s suspension first came to the attention of the civil liberties union in 2007. Then a high school senior and an honor student, Ms. Evans repeatedly clashed with Ms. Phelps, her English teacher, over assignments, Ms. Evans has said. She turned to Facebook to vent her frustration. At home on her computer, Ms. Evans created a Facebook page titled “Ms. Sarah Phelps is the worst teacher I’ve ever had” and invited past and current students of Ms. Phelps to post their own comments. Some students wrote comments agreeing with Ms. Evans’s criticism of Ms. Phelps. Others offered support for the teacher. After a few days, Ms. Evans took down the Facebook page. Two months later, Ms. Evans says, she was called into the principal’s office and told she was being suspended for creating the page.
  • Digital citizenship Give students a +ve web presence by publishing their names with good work
  • Flip was the leader in this technology but with no significant development since its introduction a new player leapfrogs the Flip. The Kodak Playsport shoots HD quality video, is waterproof to 3 metres, uses SD cards for more versatile memory, takes 5mpx stills, has a larger view screen and comes in different colours!
  • $10 million venture capital investment
  • Valuable or gimmick?
  • Press release 28 July 2010 - Panasonic said in today's press release that this is the worlds first digital interchangeable twin-lens that allows 3D capture on a regular camera.
  • Press release 28 July 2010 - Panasonic said in today's press release that this is the worlds first digital interchangeable twin-lens that allows 3D capture on a regular camera.
  • And Now . . . LADS 2010

    1. 1. And Now for Something Completely Different Kel Hathaway Learning Technologies Officer Catholic Education Office Canberra Goulburn September 2010
    2. 2. It’s the 5mb memory storage unit that was used in IBM’s 305 RAMAC computer released in 1956. It was the world’s first “hard drive”. The 305 RAMAC could be leased from IBM for $3200 per month. Makes you really appreciate your 4mb thumb drive.
    3. 3. "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, 1949 "But it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, president/founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977. "640K (of memory) ought to be enough for anybody.” - Bill Gates (1981) "The Internet? Is that thing still around?” - Homer Simpson Statements are from Internet sources so authenticity is not guaranteed . . . but interesting anyway
    4. 4. Implications for schools ???
    5. 5. It will be remembered so . . . it is important for schools to foster “good” digital practices
    6. 6. Not surprising – many students will be getting hand me down smartphones as their parents upgrade – this is an opportunity for schools
    7. 8. <ul><li>Advantages for schools </li></ul><ul><li>Long battery life </li></ul><ul><li>Light and mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent screen quality </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap apps </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced technician dependence </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive and interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Adapts to your work style </li></ul><ul><li>Instant startup / shutdown </li></ul><ul><li>Works in the cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Fast switching between apps </li></ul><ul><li>Community of developers </li></ul>
    8. 9. iRack
    9. 11. Available on commercial trains and buses, now . . .
    10. 13. Toy blocks that can think TED 2009
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    14. 17. In July 2007 scientists from MIT elluminated a 60W light bulb from 2 metres away. In March 2010 appliance maker Haier powered a 32” television without wires. A big improvement on the 1890 attempt, when NikolaTesla first switched on his 200-foot-tall, 1,000,000-volt Colorado Springs tower, 130-foot-long bolts of electricity shot out of it, sparks leaped up at the toes of passersby, and the grass around the lab glowed blue.
    15. 18. If it’s wireless why an extra cable thing???
    16. 20. A more effective sized IWB for preschool and Kinder
    17. 21. Relive the school excursion in 3D Visit partner schools in 3D
    18. 23. Launch date : October 2010 RRP: $1399 Launch date : end 2010 RRP: $???? Relive school excursions in 3D Visit partner schools in 3D
    19. 24. Amazing but . . . 20 years to go
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    23. 30. How will the election outcome affect this???
    24. 31. within 12 months Mobile computing Open content 2-3 years Electronic books Simple augmented reality 4-5 years Gesture based computing Visual data analysis
    25. 32. BECTA