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Glass!

A few months ago, I wrote a proposal to equip three faculty members – myself, and professors Fowler (CIS) and Pittman (Geosciences) with Glass for the purposes of instructional R&D.    After a bunch of budget and purchasing contortions, the units were ordered and arrived just yesterday.

Here’s what we’ve learned so far:

  • Google Wallet is the only way to pay for the devices, and this made purchasing relatively difficult.  With the help of folks in Business Services locally and Purchasing at the DO, we were able to make it happen.
  • Glass won’t work with our college wireless networks.  To use WiFi, glass needs a simple network + passcode, and our networks around here require much more than that.  We’re working to see if IT can get some easier-to-access R&D wireless network going.
  • It seems to be way more difficult for folks who wear glasses to find the visual sweet spot.  Not so for those without glasses, or for those with contacts.  I’m a glasses wearer, so I need to make an appointment to get prescription lenses for my Glass frames.
  • I’m stymied by the network issue, and have only been able to use the device at home.  As such, I’ve only done basic things – “Okay, Glass – Google such and such,” and “Okay Glass – send a message to so and so.”  That sort of thing.
  • People are excited about it, as it’s something many have seen or heard about in the news.

More to follow…

Ok, Glass...

Online Educators Recap 11.16.12

Path – Mobile social networking
http://www.path.com

Ingress – Google’s Alternate Reality Game
http://www.ingress.com

MentorMob – Curate playlists
http://www.mentormob.com

Popcorn Maker – Mozilla’s new content creation thang
https://popcorn.webmaker.org/

Self-Check
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGhaTlZsWVNoeVd3YkRUU3Z0bnBjUVE6MA#gid=0

DoLookDown
http://dolookdown.org

It’s a Marathon AND a Sprint – Epic 24-Hour EdTech Jam This Friday @ Noon

Additional details here.

Epic 24-Hour EdTech Jam 2012!

Epic 24-Hour EdTech Jam 2012Join colleagues from across the district for an Epic 24 Hour EdTech Jam.  Pick an edtech project that you’ve never been able to find the time for – learn a new tool or technology, convert an onground course to hybrid or online, create audio/video lessons or OER resources – and commit to working it out in an all night grueling marathon of innovation, creativity, and productivity.  Embrace adversity!

November 2 – 3, noon to noon NONSTOP
FLC Innovation Center (FL1-130)

Wear comfortable clothes.
Bring your own device.*
Come prepared to work on a weighty project.
If you need Zack’s help with anything, let him know ahead of time – he’ll try and help you out.

*A limited number of desktops/laptops/netbooks will be available, if you don’t have your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

FLC Online Educators Roundup

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1whawicjQdSDh1ohWF4-CDnSrrpkjfFtnpc6632vGBvg/edit

QR Code Generator – http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hunterd/zombie-based-learning-geography-taught-in-zombie-a

https://www.zombiesrungame.com/

http://www.dreamonapp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9JXtTj0mzE&hd=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/education/harvard-and-mit-team-up-to-offer-free-online-courses.html?_r=2

FLC Robotics Club


Dan Ross and I are co-advisers of the newly-chartered FLC Robotics Club. It’s a long story, but the club met today, and we got the Parallax Quadrover working. Nice.

More photos…

DoLookDown.org – Quadcopters and Geospatial Imaging

I got the blog up and running for a new project that Jason Pittman (Geosciences) and I are working on.

http://dolookdown.org and @DoLookDown on Twitter

The project will help FLC students develop technical geospatial analysis skills and learn contemporary applications of geospatial imaging, and the images will be used for spatial analysis; evaluating landscape changes, hazard analyses, and investigating rural and urban development.

LRCA Conference Presentation Resources

Thanks to LRCA for having me out to speak!

Link to the presention (CC BY-NC-SA):  http://prezi.com/ty7smcrvex0b/trends-in-ed-tech-lrca-spring-2012/

Research citations:

Mobile Access 2010 – Pew Internet, July 2010
Teens and Mobile Phones – Pew Internet, April 2010
Project Tomorrow – Speak Up 2010 Report

Online Educators Meeting 03.09.12

Mark your calendars for April 19th at 3PM PST for a live hangout with our colleagues from the Program for Online Teaching.  Details to follow.

Join the Program for Online Teaching Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/101863643236562/

What technologies our students use, own and want.
LRCCD Student Communication Survey 2011 – Executive Summary :  EdTech2011_ExecSummary

Frequency distributions – All LRCCD:  LRCCD_FREQ_EDTech2011

Frequency distributions – FLC:  FLC_FREQ_EDTech2012

Frequency distribution by college, in case you want to see how our sister colleges compare (Note – This link will only work from “inside” the network): http://irweb.losrios.edu/do_esearch/EDTech_CommunicationsSurvey_2012/CommunicationsSurvey2012_cover.htm

The Flipped Classroom infographic:  http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com

Smithsonian 3D Initiative:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-57384166-52/smithsonian-turns-to-3d-to-bring-collection-to-the-world/

Quadrotor Swarm:  http://youtu.be/YQIMGV5vtd4

01.27.12 FLC Online Educators Meeting Roundup

Great first meeting of the semester!  Here are links to the various things we discussed:

D2L Text/Email Notifications – http://d2lresources.losrios.edu/welcome/news–home-page/notifications

D2L Intelligent Agents – Intelligent Agents Information Sheet v9

Remind 101 (send texts to students) – http://www.remind101.com

Library Pilots
Embedded Librarian – http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6317224.html
Bolt-on library modules for import into LMS courses
On-demand synchronous librarian presence in online courses

Mira Costa Program in Online Teaching (POT) – http://www.pedagogyfirst.org
The plan is to join this MOOC and associated network as a cohort.  The syllabus is here.
The initial task is to create a blog (for recording observations and posting responses to the various prompts and activities).  You can use http://blogger.com or http://wordpress.com or http://tumblr.com or http://posterous.com.  Then register that blog at pedagogyfirst.org and tag all related posts #potcert11

-Zack

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