Saturday, March 21, 2009

Discovering New Life.

In my past life I was a teacher or a scientist. How I became an ICT pro I can't explain. I love nature documentaries and working with kids, but I never pursued a career in either discipline. So nowadays I just get to watch from afar and think about what could have been.

Recently I learned of a project that will allow three special teachers to accompany scientists from The Nature Conservancy and The American Museum of Natural History on a trip to Palmyra and the Solomon Islands. They’ll see first hand the amazing diversity of life found there and view efforts to conserve the fast vanishing marine and terrestrial habitats.

The teachers are:

Robin Bottini
Science Teacher from Avon Lake High School, Avon Lake Central School District, Ohio

Dawn Sherwood
Science/Oceanography Teacher from Highland Springs High School, Henrico County Public Schools, Virginia

Jennifer Van Gundy
9th Grade Science Teacher from Hinkley High School, Aurora Public Schools, Colorado

You can also check their progress at

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SMART Table Gets Some Gizmodo Love

Even my fellow geeks at have nice things to say about the SMART table and how they can be used to educate our children. You know how I feel about edu-tech, so check out this post.

New Promethean Viral Shows and Proves.

The folks at Promethean went with a testimonial feel with their new video, but also added actual classroom footage. Check out the video below.

Also worth noting is Promethean's use of consumer feedback after the initial beta release of their new software ActivInspire. Between the teacher blog contest and hundreds of unsolicited responses, the software developers had plenty of fodder to go back and make corrections. Check out this article.