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Year that Was, What's Ahead

Then, create a graphic organizer for today by looking over this agenda page.  Notice the big headings - PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.  You may also want to focus on a few of the subtopics under each one.  Use your graphic organizer to take notes.  If you'd like, you may also create a google doc and share it with a few partners to take some group notes.  Enter some headings into the Google Doc to complete your GO.


Let's take a look back at what where we have been.  Here are some essential technology you should be familiar with:

GUI (Graphic User Interface) and Hard Drives
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1984:  Apple introduces Graphic User Interface (GUI) with Macintosh and Apple IIe.  Apple is king until mid 1990s when Microsoft releases Windows 95 & Windows 98.  Stand alone games such as Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego ruled.
    What should you know about this?     Suggested Tasks:
AP#1  Look at your GO, and then talk with a partner about / post to back channel:

Our BackChannel

  1. Discuss some ways you can organize files on your computer.  
  2. How do you organize your teaching files?  
  3. Compare and contrast tags/labels and folders for organizing files
  4. What were some ways technology impacted your life in the late 1980's and early 1990's?
  5. Discuss something you just learned that you didn't know before?

Office Software

People mainly used their computers to run software programs that were installed on their computer.  At work and school, office software became the most used software on computers. 

By 1995, Microsoft Office Word vs Corel WordPerfect (QuattroPro, Presentations) vs Apple's ClarisWorks/AppleWorks were at the peak of battling it out to become the standard office productivity software.  AppleWorks was discontinued in 2004, and Apple released a new suite called iWork in 2005 to try to compete with Microsoft Office.

        What should you know about this?     Suggested Tasks:

AP#2  Look at your GO, and then talk with a partner about / post to back channel:
    1. Name a few online resources to help you learn how to use Office 2010?
    2. Describe the levels of organization of the new ribbon interface.
    3. Describe a few of the new features of Office 2010.
    4. How is a pivot table different than a graph (chart) in excel?


In 1991, the WWW network was developed and released by CERN.  In 1992, the term "surfing the web" is coined.  In 1994, White House web site goes online, Bill Clinton becomes the first president with an email address, and Pizza Hut has the first pizza ordered over the internet.

In 1994, we started hooking our computers up to this new Internet using dial up subscription services, called ISPs (Internet Service Providers) such as America Online, CompuServe, and Prodigy, of which AOL was most popular.  By 1998, the masses really started connecting to the Internet, and a browser war broke out between Netscape and Internet Explorer.  Once on the Internet, we visited web pages built by folks who had to have some technical knowledge of HTML and FTP.  Looking back, the other popular thing to do online at the time was to visit chatrooms, which would foreshadow the social media technologies like Facebook and Twitter that are so popular now.  WebQuests blending project based learning principles and the Internet where the big trend in Internet use in schools.

What should you know about this?     Suggested Tasks:

AP#3  Look at your GO, and then talk with a partner about / post to back channel:
  1. Compare and contrast the elements of WebQuests and Project Based Learning.
  2. Share a website you found and how you plan to use it in your class this fall.

Web 2.0

With the launch of the iPod in 2001, Apple began the process of turning itself around as a technology company.  Soon, pod casting made sharing audio and video on the web possible - and students and adults loved having anytime/anywhere access to digital content stored on a small, handheld device.  The Internet was also going through a multimedia revolution.  Websites that promoted user interaction, sharing of content, and social interaction became increasingly popular.  New web technologies allowed people to create or contribute to websites with little to no technical knowledge of HTML code.  Suddenly, teachers and students had any person in the World as a potential resource and audience.  Wikis, blogs, YouTube, Flickr, and Google Docs are two types of websites that epitomize the concept of web 2.0 and became hot buzz words in education.  

    What should you know about this?     Suggested Tasks:

AP#4  Look at your GO, and then talk with a partner about / post to back channel:
  1. Describe the following RSS technologies using twentieth century examples.  I did one for you.
    1. Blog or other Websites on Internet: __?__
    2. Blog Entry:  An issue of a magazine or maybe a magazine article        This is the information you are interested in reading.
    3. RSS (like Google's) Reader:  __?__
    4. RSS: __?__
    5. Blog Roll: __?__

  2. What would be the twentieth century examples of a blog and wiki?  Explain the criteria you would use to decide when to use a blog, and when to use a wiki. 


Right now, our most used technology tools at SWSD are SW Google Docs, SW Wikispaces, SW Blogs (Wordpress), Office 2010, Discovery Streaming, and Turning Point.  We currently block Facebook and Twitter.  Twitter has really become a popular tool for people to share what is going on at the moment. For example, check out the Ravens, Eagles, and Steelers Twitter pages to see what is happening with your favorite team RIGHT NOW.  Reading blogs is another great way to keep up-to-date on what is happening with these various technologies.  Often, you hear about or get a link to the "headline", then visit the blog to get the details.   

    What should you know about this?     Suggested Tasks:

AP#5  Look at your GO, and then talk with a partner about / post to back channel:
  1. Discuss a new feature you are excited about using this year.  How do you plan to use it?
  2. How do you see My Big Campus impacting your classroom this year?

Future Technologies

The Future of Microsoft Office

Books - Digital or Paper?

Digital Books 
Guthrie library

The Cloud

The "cloud" refers to web based programs, files storage, etc.  Click here to learn more. The cloud has really been made possible because of our high speed, 24/7 internet connection.  The downside to the cloud is if your internet connection drops, your dead in the water, although they are starting to support more "offline" modes again.

Google Apps - living in the cloud

2011 Apple Conference - Apple is joining the cloud model.
Time - 80 mins   

Augmented Reality

Its real life, enhanced with digital content. - Augmented Reality in Plain English

GE Site - some augmented reality stuff here

Too Much Technology?

Are we turning into cyborgs?

The "Filter" Bubble

Is the machine  already controlling us?
How search works:
The filter bubble - folks are getting "customized" results so computer is deciding what you see, not you

New Worlds

by PAIU and CCIU.  Similar to Second Life, but strictly a virtual learning environment

The River City Project - another MUVE (Multi-User Virtual Environment)

Future Computers

What is the trend in operating systems usage?

AP#6  Look at your GO, and then talk with a partner about / post to backchannel:
    1. Discuss/Explain a new technology.  What is your opinion of how it will impact education?

Other Stuff:

Will Richardson Blog - check bottom entries for thoughts about future education/tech.

National Ed Tech Plan

digital citizenship resources

Keynote - Will Richardson keynote - backchannel

On-Demand Webinars

Kelly Gallager - Readacide - tech question at bottom

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