The official last day of Course 2 is Sunday May 19th. Hopefully everyone can have their final projects and reflections on the process and what it was like to collaborate globally posted by then. I love reading those reflections as that is where the learning takes place and realizing just how hard collaborating globally can be across time zones, schedules, and life is something to keep in mind as you do collaborative projects with your students.
Know that just because the course has ended officially the community and networks you have formed are still alive and well. Your blog is here to continue to use and reflect on over the summer, twitter doesn’t stop, and change and learning are constant. So know that if you find something in your summer travels that you just have to write about…your blog is always open.
Summer time we do not run any COETAIL courses. A) We’re teachers and like our summers too. B) It’s time to do updates!
We have some major updates rolling out over the summer so there will be times during the summer when the site and your blog might be down. Know it will be back up shortly and the updates will continue to roll out as the developers get them ready for August and the start of another year of COETAIL.
The Future is Amazing:
I spent yesterday in geek out mode. Google started their big developers conference yesterday with a 3 hour keynote that myself along with about a million others watched live online. I was in full geek mode (really not a pretty site).
What they announced and where they are heading is just simply amazing and as I sit her a day later and listen to developers talk about what they are going to create with what Google announced makes me shake my head in awe.
The future is here….Google and other companies are not slowing down. If anything they are speeding up and as educators where does that leave us? Take what they released yesterday with the new Google Maps alone and the classroom has to change. Globes and pull down maps just will not cut it and outside of school students will never use anything but a digital map in their lives. So what does that do to our curriculum around maps? Around GPS? You do teach GPS in your mapping unit right?
Throughout the sessions that I have listened to the developers keep referring to this generation as the “On Demand” generation. They will expect everything to be on demand and not only will they demand it, companies goals are to make sure everything you need can be found on demand. The new Google Chrome will blow your mind.
Google is also adding voice commands to Chrome. By saying “Okay, Google” and then asking a question — such as “show me things to do in Santa Cruz” — the Google results page will speak back to you. It comes from its knowledge graph and knows Santa Cruz is a place. It then pulls related things to the city. Users can also make more narrow voice requests, such as “show me pictures of the Santa Cruz boardwalk.”
Users can also ask how far away a point is to their location and where to eat nearby. ~Mashable
Or what about the new Google Play Education store that looks to take education and specifically the iPad head on.
At the end of the day…..the future is here…..if you teach next year the same way you taught this year……you will be behind. If your school and school leaders expect next year to be the same as this year….you will be behind.
The world is changing and changing fast. If we are headed towards an “On Demand” world then we need to figure out what education looks like in that world and how do we take advantage of it in our classrooms.
Have a great summer, relax, reflect, learn, love, disconnect and recharge. I’ll see you all back here officially on September 2nd!